Robots Search Google Goggles to Pick New Things Up

Some days Google seems like it’s more of a science fiction factory than a search engine, developing products like driverless cars, and augmented reality glasses. An academic project at Berkeley adds another element to the mix – Robots. Robots that can help pick up commonplace objects around your home, and put them in their proper … Read more

Hornet’s Balls and Gold Mining

Hornet balls

As much as I love exploring search engines and how they tick, sometimes it’s good to get away from behind the monitor and go exploring outdoors. I’ve been writing recently about how search engines might mine data found on the Web and in their log files to learn more about the intent behind searcher’s queries. … Read more

Some Random Observations

People still read books. I started on Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness not long ago. I’m about a fifth of the way through, and I’ve already added “Choice architecture” to my list of concepts to study more, and I’m looking more carefully at the choices I make. Seeing a lot of intriguing … Read more