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More people are buying Android phones . . .

This article from the New York Times points out that more people are currently buying Android phones than iPhones.  The article points out that, if this trend continues, there will be more Android phones in a year than iPhones.  Do you think Android will ultimately be more successful than the iPhone?  Why?


You may need a (free) nyt.com account to read the article.

Eliza Demo

Here’s a link to the Eliza demo we reviewed in class.  http://chayden.net/eliza/Eliza.html

You must have a Java enabled browser to run the demo.

Eliza was developed a long time ago and is primitive by today’s standards.   But it can give you some insights related to Expert Systems.  Look for the accumulation of knowledge as you interact with Eliza and the use of the knowledge later in the conversation.

Printer Ink and Chateau Lafitte Rothschild

The cost of a gallon of HP printer ink is $8000 making it more expensive than a first growth Bordeaux wine! A gallon of Chateau Lafite Rothschild costs about $2000 to $4000 depending on the vintage. The article states that HP’s profit margin on supplies is 14-16%. If this is correct, some of the cost is certainly related to the cost of producing the ink. I suspect some of the cost is also related to the cost of producing disposable cartridges (which contain the nozzles for the ink), and the allocated cost selling subsidized printers.


The second article discusses Kodak’s printer strategy vs HP’s. Kodak seems to be moving to a model where they charge more for the printer but less for the ink — reducing the cost for each printed page.


Building robots is no longer expensive . . .

But — Will we see a cyber crime wave associated with cheaper robot technology? 

Here’s an article in Electronics Weekly about a prediction by Noel Sharkey of the University of Scheffield and others.   http://www.electronicsweekly.com/Articles/2010/07/26/49134/robot-crime-wave-warning.htm  The article mentions a contest at this year’s International Aerial Robotics Competition where contestants are being challenged to remove a flash drive from a secure building using a robotic micro aircraft.  Also checkout this video of a robotic micro-helicopter controlled by an iPhone/iPod Touch.

Grace Hopper on 60 Minutes

Grace Hopper, the person most responsible for modern programming languages, appeared on 60 minutes in the 80s.   The interview included her famous nanosecond lecture.   You can view the interview here.


Hardee’s Monster Thickburger

The Monster Thickburger is a 1400+ calorie menu item at Hardee’s restaurants.  Business Intelligence systems played a key role in helping Hardee’s determine whether they should introduce the burger.  Here’s a video about the burger: