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Friday, April 06, 2007
 

Ok ... this is one place where I like Local.Live.com even more than Google Maps ... again!  I was long a user of Google Maps, however they didn't allow me to mark-up the maps and add my own annotations.  Yes ... I could hack code, but c'mon ... Local.Live.com has had the ability for a long time.

Well FINALLY, Google adds the ability to annotate and more through their new My Maps features ... BUT ... I MUST create an account and be tracked by Google in order to use the features!!  What the heck?  I can't just hack out a quick annotated map for a friend or family without providing information to Google about who I am and having them permanently note my interest in some specific point on earth?

Once again ... the average person has NO idea they are now going to have even more records kept of every place they have marked or annotated, and when they did it.  Google continues to gather even more information about you ... who you are ... what you do ... where you do.  Amazing.  I'll stick with Local.Live.com.
Google makes mashups easy, even for me. The search giant's new My Maps feature lets anyone create customizable maps with photos and video, regardless of technical know-how.
Photos: Google maps out mashups [CNET News.com]


10:18:29 PM     

It really impresses me as we continue to make advances in the reproduction of human senses or capabilities in silicon and software.  What really caught my eye about this article was thinking about the fact that the accuracy of the model can be measured not only by it's success at mirroring human-like abilities ... but that it also makes errors in a way that is similar to humans.

Once the models are solid enough, then they will be able to learn from the errors in humans ... and potentially due to shear quantity, scale, or speed exceed our human abilities.  Closer and closer to the Singularity we move each day ...
Computer Model Behaves Like Humans On Visual Categorization Task. In a new MIT study, a computer model designed to mimic the way the brain itself processes visual information performs as well as humans do on rapid categorization tasks.

The model even tends to make similar errors as humans, possibly because it s... [KurzweilAI.net Accelerating Intelligence News]


10:05:57 PM     

After reading this post, I went out and played with ZoomInfo ... it's got some very interesting features.  You are able to search using various keywords, names, etc. and it seems to come up with some pretty impressive results.  Looking for a business in a particular market?  Looking for people in a particular role in a market?  Give it a try ... there are some really interesting results.
First Semantic Search Engine?. Business search company ZoomInfo announced today the launch of what it's calling the first-ever semantic search engine.

The site works by applying tags to information that distinguish between key concepts, such as a person, an industry, or a compa... [KurzweilAI.net Accelerating Intelligence News]



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