‘Crowdsourcing might work for something like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk), a marketplace that unleashes crowds onto gargantuan-yet-repetitive tasks in exchange for small fees; it might prove a fantastic tool for Kaggle.com, which lets organizations and individuals post data problems to a massive community of analysts and scientists. But there’s also a point when crowdsourcing veers into the madness of crowds…’
Facial-Recognition Technology Failed
‘Whether to sell ads or discover terrorists, it’s clear that analyzing visual information is Big Data’s next big frontier. But when the FBI tried to use facial-recognition software to scan the crowds around the Boston bombing site for suspects, it apparently came up empty…’
This tool at least gave police safety and confidence
The First Robot in a Hi-Profile (Boston) Police Op
‘After Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second suspect in the Boston bombing case taken into custody last night, was discovered in a boat parked in a Watertown, Mass. backyard by its owner Friday, police enlisted the help of a robot to safely remove the tarp from the boat. While authorities did not specify exactly which robot was used to pull said tarp, Mashable has identified at least one robot that was on the scene.
‘The robot in the photograph seems to match Bedford, Mass.-based iRobot‘s PackBot, a multi-purpose defense and security robot available in several different configuraitons, including EOD (explosive ordinance disposal)…’
How Technology is Changing Human Connections and Communication
‘In the past if we interacted with others, then it was done in-person, but the technology and online services available to us today have changed that. Now we simply grab our mobile phone and interact with others through texting, Twitter, Facebook, and more. Convenient? Yes, but not necessarily good for us though. Sherry Turkle discusses how new technology is affecting our ability to relate to others as well as ourselves in this terrific TedEd video…’
Was Boston Bombing a Test for Martial Law?
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