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An interesting excerpt from a report:
By 2010, IT professionals will need to possess expertise in multiple domains. Technical aptitude alone will no longer be enough. IT professionals must prove they can understand business realities – industry, core processes, customer bases, regulatory environment, culture and constraints. Versatility will be crucial.
Times World Univeristy Rankings 2006, released 6th October 2006. Oxbridge dominates top three 🙂
First I thought this is simply like the Matrix theme – what’s new about it!?! But then I realised there is more. It’s intriguing. I didn’t quite understand p2 col 1 – “If we work out the numbers, we find that there would be vastly many more simulated minds than nonsimulated minds”. Last paragraph in the document is nice.
Really liked this perspective!
MIT Labs have developed a robot called Leonardo that interacts with humans and learns through such interactions. It is able to learn and apply its knowledge to similar tasks. Apart from carrying out complex visual and auditory tasks, it even looks remarkably like a living being. MIT Labs has many demonstration videos, though this one is my favourite.
As mentioned in a recent article (requires subscription) by New York times, Image metrics unveiled their new facial mapping software that is bound to change the way animation is done in movies. The mapping in done till fine details of facial muscles. Folow the jump to watch a demo. Can’t be bothered to create a subscription id like me, hey then get one from bugmenot.com!
Quite harsh one-sided opinion, but has some merit!