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The Human Machine

[Updated] How Siri Got Her Voice [VIDEO]

Here’s an interesting feature on “machine language,” put together by The Verge. They touch on a lot of interesting things (and there’s a small clip of Ricardo Montalban) but if you’d like to jump straight to Siri, aka Allison Dufty, go to 3:34 in the video.

Update: We heard from Dufty, who clarified that she is not the voice of Siri, rather an actress used by the video to illustrate how Siri’s voice was created. Apologies for the error.

(via The FW)

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om nom nom

A Chocolate Circuit Board, For When She’s Already Got Enough RAM

Japanese manufacterer I-O Data has been making computer parts for more than thirty years now, and to mark the occasion, this year they’re giving away some pretty convincing-looking chocolate RAM to a few lucky folks chosen from those who shop from their website. So, this could either be for when your significan other already has more than enough RAM, or for when the price of premium RAM actually drops below the price of premium chocolate and therefore becomes an unimpressive gift.

Previously in Food


What Boys Think of Girls

Finally, A Computer Women Can Use! [Eyeroll]

Everyday items for “ladies” almost always rub us the wrong way. I mean, Lady-Pens, really? But now one company has decided those pesky desktops and laptops we already own should probably be replaced with something more suitable for women-folk. May we present, the Fujitsu Floral Kiss? 


Sock It To 'Em Ada

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Today is Ada Lovelace Day 2012, a day dedicated to women in STEM fields, in honor of Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer. Lovelace’s life, particularly her childhood and the clashes between her parents, would be a fitting origin for any modern Prometheus, and so I love looking at the way cartoonists have depicted it.


she blinded me with science

Google’s Artificial Brain Watches More Cat Videos Than You Do

Google’s X Laboratory, a secret facility that’s been used to research novel technologies such as self-driving cars and augmented reality glasses, has been working on creating an artificial human brain using 16,000 computer processors connected to simulate the brain’s neural networks. The “brain” was tasked with scanning thumbnails from Youtube, after which is did the only logical thing a brain could do when presented with a wealth of human-made viral videos: identify all of the ones with cats in them.


It Goes Ding When There's Stuff

This 8-Bit Super Mario Bros. Mushroom Is Really A Computer

Richard Clinton has built something pretty impressive. He’s created a Super Mario Bros. super mushroom case mod for a PC computer. But he didn’t stop there. Hit the jump to see what this mushroom looks like on the inside as well as other versions he created from The Legend of Zelda


This Exists... Because of A Lady

Meet Susan Kare, the Woman Behind Apple’s Icons

Back in the days of yore when a computer’s interface was, well, less than “friendly” and only understood by the most entrenched computer programmers, a young Steve Jobs took a tour of Xerox PARC. The company was developing a new graphical user interface (GUI) for computers marketed for corporations, but Jobs saw the future: user-friendly, personal computers that used GUI. He quickly licensed the technology so he could create a “democratic” personal computer. Eventually, a young woman with a Ph.D. in fine arts came along and helped to create the fonts and icons that made people fall in love with the Apple interface. That woman was Susan Kare.


Olden Lore

New Research Shows the Antikythera Mechanism Tracked the Sun

The 2,000-year old “computer” has a newly discovered function: tracking the sun using geometry and an intricate system of gears. What makes this such an amazing discovery is that it accounts for — and corrects — the fact that the Earth’s orbit around the Sun (as well as the Moon’s orbit around Earth) is an ellipse. Despite not being able to depend on a perfect circle and also the fact that this device was made 2,000 years ago, the developers figured out a way to accurately measure the position of celestial bodies.