Archive for February, 2010

Catch up on your meetings

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

You can address your iPhone like Captain Kirk the Enterprise’s computer (see Your personal assistant Siri). How about letting your computer summarize (verbally) in almost real time what has been said in a business meeting (especially, when you were boosting your brain power with a kip at your desk)?

Read about the system Catchup (newscientist.com) which is able to identify the important words and edit out the unimportant ones and about how a midday nap markedly boosts the brain’s learning capacity (theregister.co.uk).

Your personal assistant Siri

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

After the universal translator how about addressing your iPhone like Captain Kirk the Enterprise’s computer?

With the new application, Siri, you can literally have a conversation with your Apple iPhone. Expect “Better wear a warm winter coat today” when asking for the weather report.

The tech behind this app came out of a project from the Stanford Research Institute as part of a government funded artificial intelligence project called CALO, or Cognitive Agent that Learns and Organizes. Over time, the app will learn about what a user likes and the searches will get better and better.

(via wired.com)

Do you want an universal translator?

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Remember the science fiction Star Trek and how human beings could communicate with each other and also with aliens? They had a so called universal translator.

Now Google is working on an automatic system for translating languages which will be based upon the existing translate.google.com and the voice recognition system goog-411. And, with each use, translation software is likely to become smarter.

(via timesonline.co.uk)

How to boost brainpower

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Surf the web. Stay physically active. Eat healthily. And leave time in the day to day dream.

According to a series of studies, it is important to keep the body as fit as the mind and to sleep enough. The results of a new study suggests that chronic insomnia may be another condition associated with reduced cortical volume. Eat a healthy diet and take magnesium supplement which boosts brainpower – that is if you are a mouse. Last but not least, take breaks. Research shows that memories are strengthened during periods of rest while we are awake, not just during sleep.