Sunday, September 8, 2019

The past future of programming.

Could of lovely videos by Bret Victor - a former visionary at Apple he wrote magic ink the most inspirational thing about UI I ever read.

The Humane Representation of Thought from Bret Victor on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Discovery of the day DeepGaze

Basically someone has programmed a neural network to simulate what would happen if you had an eye tracker and a group fo subjects. It was intended for mobile eye tracking in scene  ( ie saliency ) 

I tried  this page web page

Kind of works with my intuition of where people look at the page 

What do people think? Does anyone know of someone has does this for a web page. 

Seems like it would be very useful for designers - design page try it out on auto ‘eye tracking’ the redesigning to get the right things noticed. 

File under: I wish I had thought of that… 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Back with out a bang

Stuff to read

Inequality is one of the main challenges posed by the proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) and other forms of worker-replacing technological progress. This paper provides a taxonomy of the associated economic issues: First, we discuss the general conditions under which new technologies such as AI may lead to a Pareto improvement. Secondly, we delineate the two main channels through which inequality is affected – the surplus arising to innovators and redistributions arising from factor price changes. Third, we provide several simple economic models to describe how policy can counter these effects, even in the case of a “singularity” where machines come to dominate human labor. Under plausible conditions, non-distortionary taxation can be levied to compensate those who otherwise might lose. Fourth, we describe the two main channels through which technological progress may lead to technological unemployment – via efficiency wage effects and as a transitional phenomenon. Lastly, we speculate on how technologies to create super-human levels of intelligence may affect inequality and on how to save humanity from the Malthusian destiny that may ensue.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Bob Martin SOLID Principles of Object Oriented and Agile Design

This is a good explanation of why object orientation really exists. For me it talks about how we can design better future languages.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

More positions going

Northumbria is looking for more people for the computing department.

Associate Professor in Computer Sciences 
Faculty of Engineering and Environment 
Northumbria University 
Placed on: 11-07-2017  Salary: £49,772 to £55,998 
Professor in Computer Science 
Faculty of Engineering and Environment 
Northumbria University 
Placed on: 12-07-2017  Salary: Competitive Salary 
Senior Lecturer/Lecturer (Fixed Term until 30 June 2018 – Maternity Cover) 
Department of Computer and Information Sciences 
Northumbria University 
Placed on: 12-07-2017  Salary: £33,943 to £48,327 pro rata 
Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Computer Science 
Department of Computer and Information Sciences 
Northumbria University 
Placed on: 24-07-2017  Salary: £33,943 to £48,327 
Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Data and Information Science 
Department of Computer and Information Sciences 
Northumbria University 
Placed on: 24-07-2017  Salary: £33,943 to £48,327 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Northumbria Learning and Teaching

I've just done day 1 of Northumbria Learning and Teaching. Perhaps it's the post-workshop blues but I'm really down by the whole situation.

I think I entered academia because as the first generation of students with a learning disability  I had a lousy education experience and I thought I could do something about it for the next generation. I'm sitting in a workshop where the reading materials about teaching for accessibility actually isn't' screen readable and I'm wondering how I am being coopted into this dystopia.

I always believe in the transformative power of education. I always want to see myself as giving a hand up rather than being another barrier to be overcome. I know this isn't always the way but my feeling was this is what we all generally want. The opposite view is that education is a way of promoting privilege to a particular social class.  In this case the neurotypical class.  I like to believe this isn't the general view of my fellow academics, but I've seen on the ground evidence this isn't true.

If you do training on how to interview people the answer is interviewers generally want to 'self-reproduce'.  "if only I had the time I would be the best person for the job'"  interviewers are supposed to think. So they pick someone most like themselves.   This is supposed to be the source of unwitting bias. You know - I'm white your not so why should you be any good at this job. So I'm not people are being deliberately exclusive, it's a non-deliberate outcome of other focuses.  I saw this in plain view all over the workshop but this time it's about getting the students to be more like 'us'. So one interpretation of academic assessment is a way of giving potential employers can an excuse ( qualifications ) to reject people who might just think differently from them. From this perspective, the promotion of me-ness Academic activity is at it's worst a way of demoting difference.

In the first day of the sessions, I see how this comes about. I guess it's all about the priorities, one seemingly natural priority pushes another out and somewhere in all this the few without any fault become the fewer. Not intentionally but unintentionally. I watch people becoming victims not of deliberate exclusion but of impetuous neglect.

I know the system doesn't feel I should be here. I guess this is why I overstay my welcome. I am the thin end of the wedge in the door. I am the irritant who doesn't know their place. I am the upstart. I am the vulgarian. I am the nail that sticks out and If I can't take the knocks I should return to the pool my kind came from. But I choose not to. I guess those are the greatest words every written. I will not because I choose not to.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Apps are dying. Long live the subservient bots ready to fulfil your every desire

Some interesting info on new types of interaction processes

Apps are dying. Long live the subservient bots ready to fulfil your every desire: In October 2009, Apple launched in-app purchases for the App Store. The software industry hasn't looked back. In the second half of 2013 alone, Candy Crush Saga made $1.04 billion from microtransactions. More recently, Pok�mon GO, Niantic's runaway-success game, made $35 million from in-app purchases in two weeks. According to analysts IDC, revenue from mobile apps, not including advertising, was around $34.2 billion in 2015. For bots, the opportunity could be even greater. "Bots have emerged as a high-potential channel of distribution for mobile services," says Guo. Not only do messaging apps have a captive audience, the cost of developing bots is lower than for apps. "The progression from trivial to sophisticated is going to happen faster," says Underwood. "App developers have been able to learn from the introduction of prior interfaces because it wasn't long ago that mobile apps came on the scene. It took a few years in mobile. With bots I think it will happen in half the time." Libin, one of the bot industry's leading investors, has no doubts about its transformative potential. "There are going to be 100 million bots. It's going to be similar to the app gold-rush, but magnified," he says. As with apps, the vast majority of bots will be pointless, he argues. "But the few hundred that are actually really good are going to be world-changing."

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Charting and zero values.

Not that I'm obsessed with p values or anthing in the run up to chi.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Future of the high street and other social computing.

It's wonderful being in a new group. This is from a Curator  project workshop I attended looking at  the future of high street retail specifically the future of the traditional English pub ( Bar ). There has been many on the decline and it becomes an interesting point to look at how technology has influenced this decline and what technology may or may not do to revitalise.