Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Random Assortment

Imagine a world where you’re driving to campus, and before you get there, your car tells you to park in one lot because it already knows another is full. That could soon be the reality at Carnegie Mellon University, where researchers have teamed up with Google to place wireless sensors around the campus to connect everyday items with the web.
Students could determine whether their professors were in their offices, or see what friends were available for lunch.
Security and privacy are top priorities, said Yuvraj Agarwal, an assistant professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon and one of the project’s researchers. 
I like that students seeing whether their professors were in their offices is next to seeing what friends were available for lunch. I imagine the latter is far more important to students than the former.

That said, yeah right, privacy is a top priority! Imagine the soft pressure profs will feel to share the info that they're in their offices. And probably also to spend more time in them (whether or not that space is most conducive to their work).

~ Speaking of privacy and the university: "Students under surveillance" talks about the affects of gathering big data on accessing students' engagement in the class. (Via Francisco.)

~ A man tried to charge his phone in a fake outlet at a Broadway play. Great video.

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