Monday, March 02, 2009

Winding Road


Lots of interesting news these days. Microsoft building a personal virtual assistant (IHT) capable of scheduling appointments, flights, etc.

More compelling, however, is Laura's ability to make sophisticated decisions about the people in front of her, judging things like their attire, whether they seem impatient, their importance and their preferred times for appointments.

Cool. Now they just need to work on personalizing it enough to incorporate the cool thought-based controller (NYT) and your past habits, to build an avatar of you that can live online and answer messages and such.

An interesting IHT article on expanding broadband access to fight the depression. Ridiculous idea, it'll probably work. Not that it will for the reasons they suggest, or anything reasonable like that, but I'd bet it'll work.

Also a hilarious article on businessweek about how twitter wasn't taken in by Facebook's idiotic valuation games. Just because your company is privately held doesn't mean you can value it differently for different purposes. Really, guys? Really?

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