Humans in Jeopardy!?

Watson’s easy victory against the best humanoid Jeopardy! players in the world has prompted completely opposing visions of the future.  One version is Terminator around the corner:  self-aware machines enslaving the human race even sooner…



Want a great sabbatical? Portugal!

My fond memories of three months in the Azores made it to this online article (from ioline.pt) about foreign academics coming to Portugal for their sabbaticals.  Fire up the Google Translate, unless your Portuguese is…


“The Future of Open” seminar

Why is everyone in the tech industry claiming they are ‘open’, and their competitors aren’t?  Is this merely a war of buzzwords and PR?  Or is building proprietary products on top of open technology, while…