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Modern Computing: A Short History, 1945-2022

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Inspired by A New History of Modern Computing by Thomas Haigh and Paul E. Ceruzzi. But the selection of key events in the journey from ENIAC to Tesla, from Data Processing to Big Data, is mine. This was the first computer made by Apple Computers Inc, which became one of the fastest growing ... [ ] companies in history, launching a number of innovative and influential computer hardware and software products. Most home computer users in the 1970s were hobbyists who designed and assembled their own machines. The Apple I, devised in a bedroom by Steve Wozniak, Steven Jobs and Ron Wayne, was a basic circuit board to which enthusiasts would add display units and keyboards. April 1945 John von Neumann's "First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC," often called the founding document of modern computing, defines "the stored program concept." July 1945 Vannevar Bush publishes "As We May Think," in which he envisions the "Memex," a memory extension device serving as a large personal repository of information that could be instantly retrieved through associative links.


Syncing Alexa, Google Nest and Apple smart home tech is about to get easier with Matter

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Chances are, if you're reading this article, you have at least one smart home device in your household. After all, according to several studies on the topic, nearly half of U.S. households currently have at least one. From smart speakers and connected thermostats to light bulbs and video cameras, these gadgets have quickly moved from cutting edge to mainstream. If you have multiple smart devices in your home, you've likely discovered what's keeping much of the remaining half of U.S. households from buying their first one. It's hard to make them work together.


Turn your smartphone into a smart home hub with Home Depot's Hubspace

Mashable

You Got This is a series that spotlights the gear you need to improve one area of your life. Your home could be a finely tuned hive of efficiency, where scheduled lights turn on and off, conserving energy automatically, illuminating your walkways, and dimming your bedroom as you doze off in the middle of a movie. A smart home hub is the control center for different devices and their apps. Hold up, can't you just do that with your phone? Home Depot's Hubspace app takes the confusion out of setting up a smart home with one app to control a wide array of products that are easy to set up and easy to use, such as lights, outlets, and ceiling fans.


Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite is up to $45 off, plus the rest of the week's best tech deals

Engadget

Many of Amazon's gadgets went on sale at the start of this week and continue to be discounted today. Key among them are both new Kindle Paperwhites -- the standard version and the Signature Edition -- along with the second-generation Echo Show 8 and the Fire TV Cube. On top of that, Apple's AirPods Pro are on sale for $175 and the 2021 Apple TV 4K remains discounted to $160. Here are the best tech deals from this week that you can still get today. The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is on sale for $145, which is an all-time low.


Why it matters having Matter support for your new smart home device – TechCrunch

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As companies unveil their new smart home devices at the 2022 CES tech show, underway now in Las Vegas, much of the hype involves Matter, an open-source connectivity standard built around a shared belief that smart home devices should seamlessly integrate with other systems and be secure and reliable. If you like devices, you are probably among the 66% of households that have smart home devices, according to Deloitte. We also know you don't just stick with one company or brand, but probably have purchased from at least half a dozen different companies. That's why for any company launching a smart home device this year, having Matter support will be helpful. Not only is the protocol being developed by some of the biggest tech companies -- think Apple, Amazon and Google -- and smart home device makers, it is designed to finally fix the issues around fragmented smart home systems so that all of your devices can be easily set up and routed from one place.


Challenges of Artificial Intelligence -- From Machine Learning and Computer Vision to Emotional Intelligence

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a part of everyday conversation and our lives. It is considered as the new electricity that is revolutionizing the world. AI is heavily invested in both industry and academy. However, there is also a lot of hype in the current AI debate. AI based on so-called deep learning has achieved impressive results in many problems, but its limits are already visible. AI has been under research since the 1940s, and the industry has seen many ups and downs due to over-expectations and related disappointments that have followed. The purpose of this book is to give a realistic picture of AI, its history, its potential and limitations. We believe that AI is a helper, not a ruler of humans. We begin by describing what AI is and how it has evolved over the decades. After fundamentals, we explain the importance of massive data for the current mainstream of artificial intelligence. The most common representations for AI, methods, and machine learning are covered. In addition, the main application areas are introduced. Computer vision has been central to the development of AI. The book provides a general introduction to computer vision, and includes an exposure to the results and applications of our own research. Emotions are central to human intelligence, but little use has been made in AI. We present the basics of emotional intelligence and our own research on the topic. We discuss super-intelligence that transcends human understanding, explaining why such achievement seems impossible on the basis of present knowledge,and how AI could be improved. Finally, a summary is made of the current state of AI and what to do in the future. In the appendix, we look at the development of AI education, especially from the perspective of contents at our own university.


How to connect, update, and troubleshoot your Google Home Wi-Fi network

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Your Google Home or Google Assistant speaker listens intently to your every word to deliver music requests, smart home control, and answers to questions -- but only if it's connected to the internet.


Role of AI for disabled persons

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A person with a disability is defined as a person having an impairment which can be physical, sensory or mental in nature. According to the United Nations as of the year 2021 the world population stands at a whopping 7.9 billion. Out of 7.9 billion people more than 1 billion people have some form of disability which is approximately 15 percent of the total population of the world. Life is hard enough as it is but for people with disabilities there are additional hardships that they have to face every single day. These hardships vary according to the type of disability.


A bunch of robot vacuums and smart home gadgets are on sale for Black Friday

Engadget

Black Friday typically presents lots of opportunities to smarten up your abode, with everything from connected bulbs to robot vacuums undergoing deep discounts for the holidays. We've already seen a few of these items go on sale as part of early Black Friday efforts, and we'll definitely see more today and over the weekend. These devices include not just the aforementioned bulbs and robot vacuums but also sous vide machines, Instant Pots, Nest Hubs and more. To prevent you from sifting through all these sales yourself, we've done the hard work for you. Here are some of the best ones we've seen so far. One of our favorite robot vacuums, the iRobot Roomba 694, is now $95 off, which brings its price down to $180. It does a great job cleaning both hard and carpeted surfaces, plus the app is easy to use.


Ecobee SmartThermostat vs. Nest Learning Thermostat

ZDNet

Make your home smarter, automated, and more energy-efficient by getting one of the best smart thermostats on the market. Smart thermostats can save you time and money when managing your home's comfort level. They adapt to your daily routine to make sure your heating or cooling is running only when you need it. No more worries about forgetting to turn off the AC before heading out -- your smart thermostat has got you covered. Two of the best on the market are the Ecobee SmartThermostat and the Nest Learning Thermostat.