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Mineways turns your Minecraft creations into something you can hold | The Verge

New software called Mineways enables you to export your Minecraft creations into models and texture maps ready to send to a 3D printer. To do this, you’ll need an exported world map from Minecraft with your favorite design inside. Using a birds-eye view, you can then select the area you want to print, save it as a model, and then send it over to a 3D printing service like Shapeways. 

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Posted at 3:30am and tagged with: Tech, Technology, Innovation, 3d printing, Software,.

More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services—from movies to agriculture to national defense. Many of the winners are Silicon Valley-style entrepreneurial technology companies that are invading and overturning established industry structures. Over the next 10 years, I expect many more industries to be disrupted by software, with new world-beating Silicon Valley companies doing the disruption in more cases than not.

“The rate of change in hardware captured by Moore’s Law, experts agree, is an extraordinary achievement. “But the ingenuity that computer scientists have put into algorithms have yielded performance improvements that make even the exponential gains of Moore’s Law look trivial,” said Edward Lazowska, a professor at the University of Washington.

Full Story:Technology Review

Posted at 7:18am and tagged with: Moore's law, software, computers, technology,.

Armies of Expensive Lawyers, Replaced by Cheaper Software

Some programs go beyond just finding documents with relevant terms at computer speeds. They can extract relevant concepts — like documents relevant to social protest in the Middle East — even in the absence of specific terms, and deduce patterns of behavior that would have eluded lawyers examining millions of documents.

Full Story: New York Times

Posted at 1:35pm and tagged with: software, disruption, computers, technology,.

Armies of Expensive Lawyers, Replaced by Cheaper Software

Some programs go beyond just finding documents with relevant terms at  computer speeds. They can extract relevant concepts — like documents  relevant to social protest in the Middle East — even in the absence of  specific terms, and deduce patterns of behavior that would have eluded  lawyers examining millions of documents.

Full Story: New York Times

Continuous Deployment

At Etsy, they push out code about 25 times per day. It has worked out very well for Etsy and has led to faster cycles, improved morale, and a more stable and reliable web service

Full Story: AVC

Posted at 4:09am and tagged with: technology, software, web applications,.

Continuous Deployment



At Etsy, they push out code about 25 times per day. It has worked out  very well for Etsy and has led to faster cycles, improved morale, and a  more stable and reliable web service

Full Story: AVC

Darpa’s Self-Learning Software Knows Who You Are

Yann LeCun and Rob Fergus, both computer science professors at New York University, are the brains behind “Deep Learning,” a program sponsored by Darpa, the Pentagon’s blue-sky research agency. The idea, ultimately, is to develop code that can teach itself to spot objects in a picture, actions in a video, or voices in a crowd. LeCun and Fergus have $2 million and four years to make it happen.

Posted at 11:34pm and tagged with: DARPA, software, evolution, computers,.

Darpa’s Self-Learning Software Knows Who You Are

Yann LeCun and Rob Fergus, both computer science professors at New York  University, are the brains behind “Deep  Learning,” a program sponsored by Darpa, the Pentagon’s blue-sky  research agency. The idea, ultimately, is to develop code that can teach  itself to spot objects in a picture, actions in a video, or voices in a  crowd. LeCun and Fergus have $2 million and four years to make it  happen.

Artificial Intelligence Brings Musicians Back From the Dead, Allowing All-Stars of All Time to Jam

New software, developed by North Carolina-based Zenph Sound Innovations, is something like a Pandora for live musical style; sophisticated software analyzes musicians based on how they sound on old, archaic recordings. The software can then reconstruct songs as they would have sounded if those musicians had recorded in a modern studio and on superior media.

But it doesn’t end there. Zenph is working on a means to not only recreate old performances, but to dissect a style to the point that it can manifest an artist’s personal touch into pieces he or she never performed in life. Meaning the software could potentially lift Jimmy Page out of Black Dog and replace him with, say, Jimi Hendrix, just so see how it sounds.

Posted at 2:50am and tagged with: technology, music, artificial intelligence, software,.

Artificial  Intelligence Brings Musicians Back From the Dead, Allowing All-Stars of  All Time to Jam

New software, developed by North Carolina-based Zenph Sound Innovations,  is something like a Pandora for live musical style; sophisticated  software analyzes musicians based on how they sound on old, archaic  recordings. The software can then reconstruct songs as they would have  sounded if those musicians had recorded in a modern studio and on  superior media.
But it doesn’t end there. Zenph is working on a means to not only  recreate old performances, but to dissect a style to the point that it  can manifest an artist’s personal touch into pieces he or she never  performed in life. Meaning the software could potentially lift Jimmy  Page out of Black Dog and replace him with, say, Jimi Hendrix,  just so see how it sounds.

Software Listens for Hints of Depression


A large-scale trial will test whether software can identify depressed patients.

Posted at 6:15pm and tagged with: software, technological, medicine, depression,.

Software Listens for Hints of Depression

A large-scale trial will test whether software can identify depressed patients.

Software That Fixes Itself

A new tool aims to fix misbehaving programs without shutting them down.

Posted at 8:45am and tagged with: software, computers, future,.

Software That Fixes Itself
A new tool aims to fix misbehaving programs without shutting them down.