Our New Robot Overlords

Robotics has quite evolved for the last fifty years, yet, there is still a huge amount of work needed before we see them taking care of ourselves as many Japanese efforts are put toward this objective.

And then there is Atlas from Boston Dynamics (owned by Alphabet) along his big and little robot friends. As you will see in the next video, there has been a good step taken towards equilibrium and I did get all emotional when I saw their creators kick them and try to fool them.

After all, Atlas doesn’t care if he is tricked, but one day he might be. And let’s not become barbarians with robots and respect them for what they are: Creatures.

540 Robots Dancing For The New Lunar Calendar

CCTV’s annual Spring Festival Gala welcomed the new lunar calendar with a show featuring 540 robots dancing with some nicely coordinated moves along some drones doing a lighting show.

Heavy Video Resolutions Of Tomorrow

It pretty seems that 4K is now everywhere. On our phones and TVs. And we’re already talking about 8K. And how about 16K? All this is great, but there seems to be a rising problem with higher bitmap resolutions.

Although I’m not an expert in video, cinema or film, there is an eventual problem with computer processing and data networking with the higher demands of 8K and 16K. I have a fairly new computer, it ain’t a beast but it boasts a recent Intel i7 with 24GB of RAM and I’m having difficulties handling 4K. I know that computer processing is progressing but I’m asking myself what kind of CPU monsters we’re going to have in a few years to manipulate the eventual replacement of 4K, 8K that is, or what some experts are talking about on the Web.

Not long ago I stumbled across an article that opened up some perspective on the replacement of 4K. No it ain’t 8K. It is Vectorial Video. There is already a codec in production by the University of Bath. Here’s the two-ish year old preview of what their developped codec looked like then.

Some work must have been done to evolve on the subject but last I looked I couldn’t find much. Maybe some corporation took on the research.

To be followed…

(via redsharknews.com)

Replacing France’s AZERTY Keyboard

Looks like France is looking into replacing its AZERTY Keyboard as it no longer seems to aid the French typpists as it asn’t been for a while.

There doesn’t seem to be a standard in the AZERTY Keyboard as there is with the QWERTY keyboard.

I for one use the Canadian Multilingual keyboard layout to write French. It might not be the ideal keyboard but it is compatible with the QWERTY keyboard as I use it also to write in English with the English US keyboard layout.

Although I have been intrigued by the DVORAK keyboard in the past, the BÉPO keyboard being an open-source alternative to the France’s AZERTY keyboard is also based on the DVORAK layout. It could be an interesting alternative for French-Canadians if ever rises the need to switch keyboard layouts for us also. To be followed.

(via The Verge)