More than any other technology the world wide web has changed our planet. Enabling a myriad of other technologies while bringing the world closer together, it is transformative but the web itself continues to evolve and transform. Not only has the technology behind the web changed but the way we use it and the way the information contained within the web is used has also changed.
These changes have seen the rise of a new type of internet, the deep web and the dark web. With the rise of these new webs a new name was given to first web, it is now known as the Surface Web. To clear up any confusion here is how you tell them apart.
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No longer must Australians settle for the rubbish free to air television over the holiday season. Now with a wealth of streaming options available all that is required is a fast internet connection for the holiday season ratings hiatus to be a thing of the past.
With many of the new breed of TV streaming services offering a free trial period there has never been a better time to switch remote controls and get a solid binge watch under your belt. It is time to break the couch.
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When Will They Learn? Connecting an AI to the internet will result in only one outcome, JAFA (Just Another F…… Ass….) with an internet connection. And this week the internet claimed another artificial life. After being connected to twitter for just one day Microsoft’s AI chatbot Tay had to be unplugged, formatted and sent back to the lab for a software upgrade.
Tay was developed by Microsoft as an experiment in conversational understanding, a chatbot for the street generation (18 to 35 they say). MS made only one mistake though, a mistake that many other tech companies have made, connecting to the internet. If only Microsoft had watched 27 this may have never happened.
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Spreading the World Wide Web to cover all four corners of our world is no small challenge. Internet penetration has reached 60% of the world’s population in the last 2 decades but the first 60% was the easy bit. Low population density, infrastructure costs and the fact that the world is a really big place will conspire to make the last 40% far tougher than the first 60%.
Facebook this week revealed technology to help bridge the internet gap, the Aquila drone which is now completed and ready for testing. The carbon fibre flying wing is in essence a communications platform that will bring the internet to the hard to get to corners of the world.
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As the world is made smaller by technology the speed of life is also increasing, especially the speed of our digital lives. Google’s latest product seeks to provide a pause button or throttle for these digital lives of ours, sneaking in a little time for our other lives to shine. Dial-Up Mode is this product and it can help anyone escape life in the fast lane just long enough for normality to return for a moment.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the poignant gag from Google. A brief insight into the side-effects of living with Google’s amazing Fibre internet connection, this is what Gigabit speed and limitless quota’s will get you. Sit back, relax and prepare to giggle at the Google.
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liitleBits the company that brought us the snap together electronics kits have recently added to the abilities of their incredibly cool kits. Introducing the CloudBit module that’s ready to connect everything to everything via the internet.
The new CloudBit module adds to the Arduino compute module and analogue synch module that have added extremely advanced functionality to the system in recent years. As with the all bits programming is via IFTTT or API library.
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MTV, a musical institution in the lives of many people has gradually changed, slowly transforming into a reality TV stalwart, albeit with music videos breaking up the high performance personalities that make up the shows. This has led many to ask ‘Why doesn’t MTV play music videos anymore?” A question that itself says much about those asking it.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the video that will answer the question on everybody’s mind. With a little tongue in cheek social commentary the consistently hilarious comedy duo Brian and Maria bring us ‘Why Doesn’t MTV Play Music Videos Anymore?”, part of their series of YouTube videos ‘Ask a Network Head’. Taking the tough questions all the way to the top the comedy duo hit the nail on the head this time around.
Sit back, relax and hit the play button, be sure to be wearing your stretchy laughing pants this one may hurt.
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IBM’s supercomputer brothers Deep Blue and its game show playing brother Watson are two of the most powerful supercomputers ever created. The culmination of 70 years of quickly evolving technology, these machines are some of the greatest examples of our creativity.
Eric Brown and his team at IBM are always looking to improve their supercomputer technology; this time round they had the bright idea of improving Watson’s language skills, adding internet slang. In an effort to make the machine more current vocabulary wise they added website The Urban Dictionary and Wikipedia to Watson’s database. Unfortunately Watson was a little too eager to absorb the internet, taking in the good and the bad habits that we all display. It turns out the bad may out-weigh the good.
The net result for IBM was the creation of the world’s greatest profanity machine in history. Any question could be asked of Watson with a guaranteed result of more profanity than an Irish pub full of Irish sailor’s fresh back from profanity training in Dublin. With exceptional flaming abilities on display Watson could bring a scientist to tears in record time, calling them a ‘hot mess’ while their findings were described as ‘bullshit’.
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Chumby our favourite internet gadget company has just released Chumby 8, an upgrade to the already excellent internet device. Chumby is a small gadget that allows you to load add-on applications to the screen turning the gadget into anything you want. More than just the ultimate bedside device, think clock radio or alarm clock with a Star Trek twist. Chumby was the first device to really fulfill the term Widget.
If your sick of plain old alarm clocks, bored by the latest MP3 playing picture frame or just want a device to do more then the Chumby is for you. With 1500 apps available, the Chumby can be many things to many people. Load the Flicker application to make Chumby into a picture frame, Alarm Clock, Weather, social media dating applications all turn Chumby into something different. Load the news feeds, sports updates and horoscopes onto your Chumby and you have a live news centre. Load the financials and world clocks to turn Chumby into a world-wide stock tracker. Internet radio, games, social and online video applications all expand the Chumby’s usefulness.
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