BBC documentary trailer on a breed of flying penguins who migrate to the rain forest.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/page/item/epeng001.shtml (UK only)
Penguins April Fool – The Making Of : http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/page/item/epeng002.shtml
New Google search tool ‘can see into future’
A NEW Google program powered by artificial intelligence allows internet users to search web pages 24 hours before they’re created, the company said today.
Google Australia said the new beta search technology which drives the gDay search feature can accurately predict future internet content – and even future events.
The gDay technology – developed in the company’s Sydney engineering centre – uses machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques from a system called MATE, or Machine Automated Temporal Extrapolation.
The feature then creates a sophisticated model of what the internet will look like 24 hours from a given point by using the company’s index of historic, cached web content and a combination of recurrence plots and “fuzzy measure” analysis.
By accessing web pages before they’re actually created, users can view information from the future – including news events, share price movements and sporting results.
“Google’s Australian engineers have a history of major technological innovations, from Google Maps to Mapplets to Traffic for Google Maps,” said Alan Noble, head of engineering for Google Australia & New Zealand.
“Giving humankind the ability to see 24 hours into the future is just a natural progression – of sorts,” he said.
To rank future web pages in order of relevance, gDay uses a statistical extrapolation of a page’s PageRank, called SageRank.
NEWS.com.au editor David Higgins said gDay would have a major impact on news gathering and news delivery.
“This is a fantastic new resource for reporters, who will now be able to find information about events before they happen,” Higgins said.
“Our sports coverage and analysis will be one area where we’ll see major gains by knowing which team won before anyone’s pulled on a boot.”
Mr Noble said gDay would also be a handy tool for gamblers.
“Users – particularly those who like a flutter – will really benefit from this feature,” he said.
“Maybe you want to see tomorrow’s rugby scores. Maybe you want to see tomorrow’s lotto numbers. Maybe this is the greatest freakin’ product ever.”
Google and Virgin Media to go to Mars
For thousands of years,
the human race has spread out across the Earth, scaling mountains and plying the oceans, planting crops and building highways, raising skyscrapers and atmospheric CO2 levels, and observing, with tremendous and unflagging enthusiasm, the Biblical injunction to be fruitful and multiply across our world’s every last nook, cranny and subdivision.
Earth has issues, and it’s time humanity got started on a Plan B. So, starting in 2014, Virgin founder Richard Branson and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will be leading hundreds of users on one of the grandest adventures in human history: Project Virgle, the first permanent human colony on Mars.
The question is, do you want to join us?
Ever yearned to journey to the stars? You can learn how to become a Virgle Pioneer, test your Pioneering potential, or join the Mission Control community that will help develop the 100 Year Plan we’ve outlined here.
Gmail Custom time
How do I use it?
Just click “Set custom time” from the Compose view. Any email you send to the past appears in the proper chronological order in your recipient’s inbox. You can opt for it to show up read or unread by selecting the appropriate option.
Is there a limit to how far back I can send email?
Yes. You’ll only be able to send email back until April 1, 2004, the day we launched Gmail. If we were to let you send an email from Gmail before Gmail existed, well, that would be like hanging out with your parents before you were born — crazy talk.
How does it work?
Gmail utilizes an e-flux capacitor to resolve issues of causality (see Grandfather Paradox).
How come I only get ten?
Our researchers have concluded that allowing each person more than ten pre-dated emails per year would cause people to lose faith in the accuracy of time, thus rendering the feature useless.
N = Total emails sent
P = Probability that user believes the time stamp
φ = The Golden Ratio
L = Average life expectancy
“I used to be an honest person; but now I don’t have to be. It’s just so much easier this way. I’ve gained a lot of productivity by not having to think about doing the ‘right’ thing.”
Todd J., Investment Banker
“The entire concept of ‘late’ no longer exists for me. That’s pretty cool. Thanks Gmail!”
Miriam S., Delivery girl
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