This week on the Virtual Skeptics
- Bob’s head hurts from all the knowledge;
- Eve’s struggles to stay awake;
- And Tim never forgets.
A favorite word used by skeptics has a known birthday of February 25, 1820. What is it? (Hint: it has a connection to a location in North Carolina). (Answer at 55:33 in show)
Tim Farley’s segment (at 3:38)
Google has gotten 70,000 requests to be forgotten since the ruling http://www.marketwatch.com/story/google-more-than-70k-right-to-be-forgotten-requests-2014-07-11
It’s already being abused by people criticized in news stories, Google backtracked on removing some of these https://gigaom.com/2014/07/03/why-is-google-really-removing-links-to-news-articles-in-europe/
Skeptic webmasters can sign up for Google Webmaster tools here, it’s free. They will notify you through this if your site is targeted: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/home?hl=en
Microsoft has a similar set of tools for webmasters too, and they have started taking removal requests as of Thursday: http://www.bing.com/toolbox/webmaster
Brian Gregory’s segment (at 14:20)
Don’t look now! MIT is working on the world’s first autonomous soft-body robotic … fish.
Not only can drones swarm and drop bombs, now they can … make you look good in photographs. (also, MIT, lame) http://gizmodo.com/mit-thinks-lighting-drones-could-be-the-perfect-photogr-1603541968
Disappointed that Watson hasn’t yet turned into Skynet!? Perhaps Microsoft has the answer with it’s super powerful Project Admin AI that can … recognize dog breeds in pictures? http://www.wired.com/2014/07/microsoft-adam/
It is a very sad week in doomsday robotics.
Bob Blaskiewicz & Eve Siebert’s segment (at 27:02)
More information about TAM here – click the “coverage” links on the lower right to see more photos and videos. http://lanyrd.com/2014/tam/
Eventifier and Conferize also have lots of photos and social media posts about TAM archived here: http://eventifier.com/event/tam14/popular
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