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Robots in the lab

By Mike Loukides
April 23, 2014

In the new issue of BioCoder, Peter Sand writes about Hacking Lab Equipment. It’s well worth a read: it gives a number of hints about how standard equipment can be modified so that it can be controlled by a program. This …

Business models that make the Internet of Things feasible

By Andy Oram
April 8, 2014

For some people, it’s too early to plan mass consumerization of the Internet of Things. Developers are contentedly tinkering with Arduinos and clip cables, demonstrating cool one-off applications. We know that home automation can save energy, keep the elderly and …

Four short links: 19 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 19, 2014

The Transformation of the Workplace Through Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Automation — fascinating legal questions about the rise of the automated workforce. . Is an employer required to bargain if it wishes to acquire robots to do work previously performed …

Podcast: automation and an abundance-oriented economy

By Jenn Webb
March 5, 2014

What happens if emerging technology and automation result in a world of abundance, where anyone at anytime can produce anything they need and there’s no need for jobs? In his recent Strata keynote, James Burke warned that society is not …

The technology and jobs debate raises complex questions

By Jim Stogdill
February 25, 2014

Editor’s note: Doug Hill and I recently had a conversation here on Radar about the impact of automation on jobs. In one of our exchanges, Doug mentioned a piece by James Bessen. James reached out to me and was kind …

The home automation paradox

By Scott Jenson
February 19, 2014

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on Scott Jenson’s blog, Exploring the World Beyond Mobile. This lightly edited version is republished here with permission. The level of hype around the “Internet of Things” (IoT) is getting a bit out of …

Trope or fact? Technology creates more jobs than it destroys

By Jim Stogdill
February 5, 2014

Editor’s note: We’re trying something new here. I read this back-and-forth exchange and decided we should give it a try. Or, more accurately, since we’re already having plenty of back-and-forth email exchanges like that, we just need to start publishing …

Upward Mobility: Your phone is your robot’s best friend

By James Turner
February 3, 2014

Recently, Glenn Martin wrote an article describing how robotics in moving out of the factory and into the house. And while Glenn restricted himself mainly to the type of robots that pop into your head when someone says the word …

Why Feedback?

By Philipp Janert
October 16, 2013

In two previous posts (Part 1 and Part 2) we introduced the idea of feedback control. The basic idea is that we can keep a system (any system!) on track, by constantly monitoring its actual behavior, so that we can …

Making Systems Operable

By Richard Cook
October 7, 2013

There’s an old joke about the aviation cockpit of the future that it will contain just a pilot and a dog. The pilot will be there to watch the automation. The dog will be there to bite the pilot if …

Obstacles to future proofing home automation

By Matthew Gast
September 25, 2013

When contemplating a home-automation project — as with many other technology decisions — the right place to start is ensuring you’re purchasing something that is future proof. As a veteran of the networking industry, future proofing is a technology decision …

Sharing is a competitive advantage

By Courtney Nash
September 5, 2013

In October, we’re bringing our Velocity conference to New York for the first time. Let’s face it, a company expanding its conference to other locations isn’t anything that unique. And given the thriving startup scene in New York, there’s no …

Sharing is a competitive advantage

By Courtney Nash
September 4, 2013

In October, we’re bringing our Velocity conference to New York for the first time. Let’s face it, a company expanding its conference to other locations isn’t anything that unique. And given the thriving startup scene in New York, there’s no …

Automation Myths

By Courtney Nash
August 19, 2013

In the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA’s domestic surveillance activities, the NSA has recently announced that they plan to get rid of 90% of their system administrators via software automation in order to “improve security.” So far, I’ve mostly …

The Rise of Infrastructure as Data

By Michael DeHaan
August 6, 2013

IT infrastructure should be simpler to automate. A new method of describing IT configurations and policy as data formats can help us get there. To understand this conclusion, it helps to understand how the existing tool chains of automation software …

Zero Downtime Application Updates with Ansible

By Michael DeHaan
July 18, 2013

Automating the configuration management of your operating systems and the rollout of your applications is one of the most important things an administrator or developer can do to avoid surprises when updating services, scaling up, or recovering from failures. However, …

Test-driven Infrastructure with Chef

By Courtney Nash
June 10, 2013

If you’re a System Administrator, you’re likely all too familiar with the 2:35am PagerDuty alert. “When you roll out testing on your infrastructure,” says Seth Vargo, “the number of alerts drastically decreases because you can build tests right into your …

Strata Week: Robots will let us be more human

By Jenn Webb
January 4, 2013

Happy new year! Here are a few stories from the data space that caught my attention recently. It’s OK if all our jobs are belong to them Kevin Kelly took a look at the effects of automation on society over …

Four short links: 6 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 6, 2012

HM Government Consultation on Modernising Copyright (PDF) -- from all appearances, the UK Govt is prepared to be progressive and tech-savvy in considering updates to copyright law. Proof of the pudding is in the eating (i.e., wait and see whether the process is coopted by maximalists) but an optimistic start. Cisco Provides a Lesson (Eric Raymond) -- This is...

Top Stories: October 17-21, 2011

Top Stories: October 17-21, 2011
By Mac Slocum
October 21, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Andy Kirk explained why data, maps and animation work so well together, we discovered the connection between a game-playing robot and the future of mobile app testing, and we learned how The Guardian develops its data journalism.

Flash TDD Project Template

By Jesse Freeman
November 30, 2009

Advanced Flash Tactics or AFTs are techniques that come from deep within the Flash Art Of War, the oldest Flash military treatise in the world. In this AFT I will go over - Flash TDD Project Template. Those of...

Getting started with RIATest 2.0

By Tariq Ahmed
February 20, 2009

Who here has boat loads of dough to drop on functional testing tools? Not many do, especially in these tough economic times. But there is hope! With RIATest 2.0, this powerful product's mission is to bring user interface test automation to the masses with a low cost price point. In this article we take a look at how it works and how you can get started with improving the quality of your software.

Everyday Automation - Processing Downloaded Files

By Jochen Wolters
December 30, 2008

If you live a highly Internetworked life, there will likely be certain types of files that, after downloading them from the 'Net, you perform the same regular tasks on: say, archiving bank statements to a folder, printing electronic invoices, etc. You can highly automate processing such files by using Folder Actions attached to your downloads folder.

Small Apps, Loosely-Joined Into Contextual Tasks

By chromatic
November 20, 2008

I spend too much time telling my computer how to do things when I should be able to tell it what I want to do. Perhaps it's time for declarative UIs to replace our procedural UIs.

Everyday Automation - Renaming Files

By Jochen Wolters
October 14, 2008

Renaming multiple files at once in the Mac's Finder can be a pain, unless you use a renaming utility. While there is a wide range of such utilities available as third-party offerings, Mac OS X has a flexible renaming tool built right in.

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