Today, the machines became a little smarter, as a computer named Elbot managed to achieve a 25% success rate when convincing a human being that they were talking to another human. via Gizmodo & The Telegraph
Should the law of exponential growth hold, it isn't going to long until we can create programs that can ace the turing test. Its taken 58 years  from its inception to this point, I don't think it will take us many more years before the test is passed.
Ray Kurzweil has previously stated in his books (Age of Spiritual Machines & The Singularity is Near) that we would be able to create a system that accurately simulates human interaction to pass the turing test  I think I am going to go out on a limb and say it will be much sooner.
A deluge of European startups descended on London’s ExCel Centre for the Future of Web Apps 2008 conference this week, and while the economic crisis has already reached Europe, the fear clearly hasn’t reached its startup community.Via GigaOm
OK so its hard to deny that everything in the world is in melt down, but it seems like we aren't happy talking ourselves into economic crisis, i.e. Panic and Fear. Lets stifle startups and companies who want to make it big.
There is lots of talk of recession the fact remains we are still technically not in a recession:
Recession: 2 consecutive quarters of negative growth.
While it makes sense to make your business 'recession proof' there is no reason to stifle creativity and laugh in the face of the entrepreneurs who want to succeed even in these difficult times. Sequoia Capitial is telling everybody to bunker down and take not that the good times are well and truly over, but how does this become recession . There are still great people out there with great products and with or without recession great products sell. Its just the latter makes harder but no the less rewarding. Continue reading
There has been lots of talk about Apple is doomed to fail with the iPhone as a software Platform and the Android platform is going to be so much better, simple because its open.
Firstly, take a look at the iPhone. Its a fantastically designed device, and the attention to detail is insane - that's not to say the Android platform isn't. But it is a sensible justification that the platform needs to slightly closed to allow a continuity of quality to be maintained. Secondly, the iTunes to iPhone facility has yet to face any real competition, its far from perfect but there is a seamless connection from buying to using. You click buy and the app or music is downloaded and synced to your phone, without having to drag and drop, move or do anything manually. However there is growing concern that the closed nature of the platform will be its undoing see Pull My Finger  Continue reading