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Friday, May 25, 2007

Idea: Multiple "From" Addresses in Gmail

Xiaowan in the forum created a couple of mockups to propose a way for Gmail to handle multiple email addresses of yours, with a synchronized signature for each. What do you all think?

Automated Lip Reading Technology

Fascinating: a computer program analyzes a person’s lip movement in a silent movie (here: Hitler filmed by Eva Braun), matches the frames to a large library of pronounced words to find out what was being said, and then plays back the sound via a computer generated voice. This way, fully automated, a silent film turns into a film with speech, and historical archives reveal new information.

This technology was foreshadowed in Kubrick’s 2001 – quote Wikipedia (spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the movie):

In 2001: A Space Odyssey, after HAL appears to be mistaken about a fault in the spacecraft, astronauts David Bowman and Frank Poole consider disconnecting his cognitive circuits [they are moving to an air-sealed capsule in the spacecraft, but one that has windows]. They believe that HAL cannot hear them, but are unaware that HAL is capable of lip reading. Faced with the prospect of disconnection, HAL decides to kill the astronauts, in order to protect and continue the directive he is programmed with.


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