Inventive solution from 1971 for audio directions. Using cassette tapes and a controller device that calculates how far you’ve driven, this 4 minute video demonstrates a GPS driving aide years before modern onboard maps were driven by satellites.
How new AI (artificial intelligence) methods will allow for more data gathering with more privacy. From MIT Technology Review.
In 1982, Suzanne Vega wrote a song about a small restaurant in New York City. It was first recorded in 1984, but Tom’s Diner didn’t become an international hit and earworm until it was remixed, without permission, in 1990.
For reasons we’ll leave for audio engineers to geek out about, an a capella track with a beat – like Tom’s Diner – made for a great song to test high end (at the time) speaker systems. This led an audio compression engineer, Karlheinz Brandenburg, to use the song on a project he was working on.
The compression algorithm his team developed allowed music to fit into small files and be widely distributed on the Internet and played on multiple devices. Today, we take the MP3 for granted, but it started with Tom’s Diner.
The actual Tom’s Diner? The real name of the place that inspired Vega is Tom’s Restaurant, the familiar meeting place of Jerry Seinfeld and George – played by Jason Alexander – across many seasons of Seinfeld.
Shopify released a free tool for sellers that will allow shoppers to visualize product sizes in their own space.
If you don’t know the basics of the technology shaping the next 100 years – artificial intelligence – start here. Free online course from the University of Helsinki in Finland.
No catch. Not an ad. This is just information that Finland thought the world should learn.
If you enjoy your next dose of caffeine, thank a little known software company called Cropster. Their story in Bloomberg.
Thought provoking post from Tom MacWright detailing his skepticism of using ReactJS for major web development projects.