Google Home & Artificial Intelligence

hand-1571849_1920I started writing this post innocently enough just to report on the  newest tech gadgets that are available and have become ‘useful’ in assisting us with our ‘day-to-day’ chores. Those of you who follow tech4boomers know that I pretty much give you the pros and cons of the ‘experts’ advice about new devices.

As I think about these newest, ‘cute’, robotic gadgets, I am reminded about 2001: A Space Odyssey and the famous HAL 9000, the spaceship’s computer, which is capable of speech, speech recognition, automated reasoning,  and a host of other capabilities. For those of you who don’t already know, HAL 9000 malfunctions and decides inappropriately to kill the astronauts!  Yes! It’s a pretty scary film, much more so than vampires, zombies, etc. At least you may be able to handle vampires when the daylight comes.

Have you thought about how much we humans rely more and more on artificial intelligence devices to ‘help’ us out? I don’t know the last time I even looked at a map to get me somewhere, and the truth be told, in most cases if Siri takes me in the wrong direction, I am pretty much lost – LOL.  I started wondering: what are humans doing about paying attention to their increasingly all-purpose uses of  Artificial Intelligence? Continue reading

Black History Resources

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Nowadays there are many resources available to us via the Internet and APPS, which give Black History information.  Below are some that I like.

♦ ORIGINS OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH. The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures. Source: Black History Month – Black History – HISTORY.com

For those of you who like to explore information using APPS these links will lead you to some interesting sources.

  • Get fresh and razor-sharp insights on black news and perspectives from The Root. Download The Root Android app to get: *Highlights of the hottest news stories from around the web *Our hand-picked selection of commentary by the top African-American writers *Original features tackling race, politics, society, culture and the day’s most-talked about topics.Source: The Root – Android Apps on Google Play
  • Description The Then and Now Series offers an informative look into the lives of 100 people in history. The initial product covers 100 people in Black History.Source: Then and Now Series: Black History on the App Store

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Black Tech inventors Who Shaped the Modern World

canstockphoto3111576We wouldn’t be enjoying our gadgets and apps without these amazing innovators. This list of dreamers and scientists include a “godfather”, a “father” and two women, who, along with the rest of these high achievers, have helped shape our modern, digital, connected world.via Black Tech inventors Who Shaped the Modern World.

 

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http://blacksintech.tumblr.com/post/12788668095/list-of-black-tech-startups

Celebrating Black History with APPS

canstockphoto11531826In 1926, Dr. Woodson initiated the celebration of Negro History Week, which corresponded with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.  In 1976, this celebration was expanded to include the entire month of February, and today Black History Month garners support throughout the country as people of all ethnic and social backgrounds discuss the black experience.   Continue reading

APPS Celebrate Black History

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history. via Black History Month — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts.

Both Android and Apple are celebrating Black History Month with interesting APPS.  There is an exciting selection to choose from.  Take a look and see what meets your personal interest.

ANDROID APPS:  Description – Are you searching for facts and information about the lives of famous and important black people in history? Discover all the facts about the inspirational lives and achievements of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, and other famous and noteworthy black history people.Maybe you’re a teacher looking for ideas for Black History Month activities…a student researching a project… or a concerned parent who wants to make sure that their kids are fully aware of the many famous African Americans who can inspire them to follow their dreams. Nearly 100 profiles are included.via Black History People – Android Apps and Tests – AndroidPIT.

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iPhone APPS for History and Inspiration