On the wire – Tineye labs, 3d Printers, Cambridge Digital Library and more

Its been a while since I have had the time to pen an on the wire update, but here is one.

1. TinEye Labshttp://labs.tineye.com/

This is a search engine with a difference, this one is based on colour. The search feature allows you to select a colour and then search through Flickr for creative commons images that match this colour. There is also TinEye which is the reverse search engine that allows you to search by inputting an image.

2. The Flynn effecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Are-You-Smarter-Than-Your-Grandfather-Probably-Not-181842991.html

The Flynn effect is a discovery by a NZ scientist in the 1980′s that Human intelligence in the developed world increases by about 3 points every 10 years. Average human intelligence is meant to be 100. This is an interesting discussion on this phenomena.

3.Is artificial intelligence a threat to humanity? http://www.3news.co.nz/Is-artificial-intelligence-a-threat-to-humanity/tabid/1160/articleID/278117/Default.aspx

This is an interesting opinion piece syndicated on to New Zealand’s TV3 News. worth a read as we see the speed at which artificial intelligence is progressing

4. 3D Printing  Рeducause Р7 things you shoould know about 3D printing - http://www.educause.edu/library/resources/7-things-you-should-know-about-3d-printing

If you are not familiar with this series of resources, they are a great and balanced perspective on the impact of a tech nology on education (its focused on higher education). Each paper asks seven questions:

  1. What is it?
  2. How does it work?
  3. Who’s doing it?
  4. Why is it signficant?
  5. What are the downsides?
  6. Where is it going?
  7. What are the implications for higher education?

This one is looking at 3D printing and benefits and downsides. No long ago you were looking at 3D printers costing in the thousands of dollars, but now you can pick them up for under AU$1000 and if you look to the US there are lots available – http://www.3ders.org/pricecompare/3dprinters/ This is an amazing development and I would imagine that the price will come down a little more. Unlike printer ink, the plastic for the these tools is probably more easily obtained, so companies will be hard pressed to maintain there monopoly and there for extortionate cost on the consumables. What a great opportunity for students to work right through the creative and development process – Solution Fluency

For those with an endless budget, check this out – Buildatron – http://buildatron.com/

5. Cambridge Digital Libraryhttp://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/

This is an amazing and fascinating site to visit. It holds, in digital format, an array of books, manuscripts and works from various religions, authors and scientists.

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