Smartphones Are The New Lie Detectors.

It may not be so easy to tell a little white lie in the future. Computer scientists at the University of Copenhagen are working on turning the smartphone into a lie detector.

I don’t think the technology is totally accurate yet, but scientists are working diligently to get the new algorithm to identify honesty and dishonesty. The results are determined by analyzing how you swipe or tap a smartphone. “Dishonest interactions often take longer and involve more hand movement than honest ones,” according to a research paper from the University of Copenhagen

The algorithm is called Veritaps. The university claims a green check mark is flashed when truthful statements are entered into a smartphone and notes doubtful information with a red question mark.

Will this replace the polygraph? I guess we will find out when it becomes a reality. Read more about this in CNET.

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A Check Up From The Neck Up—A Must

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Pictured here: Jake Carlin, Alex Fisherman, Josh Chostaka and Ian Langan of the Cavallini Middle School in New Jersey created Head Safe.

In the last few years, I keep hearing stories about senior friends who have suffered head injuries and don’t seek medical help. Some slipped in the snow while others fell off ladders. If these folks didn’t experience bleeding, or lose consciousness, they assumed they were just fine and continued their normal activities.

Fast forward a few months later. Several friends experienced vertigo, headaches, double vision, and severe neck pain. Thankfully, no one died. Actress Natasha Richardson was not as lucky. She died in 2008, after a severe head injury in a skiing accident in Montreal. She refused immediate medical help.

The lesson here is that you must get checked out immediately. At least student football players all over the United States are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of head injuries. That’s why four New Jersey eighth-graders developed a device that can immediately detect serious brain injuries.

Samsung, headquartered close to the Cavallini Middle School, awarded $150,000 to the students as part of a technology contest.

Called Head Safe, a sensor is inserted inside a football helmet and “uses an accelerometer that detects a possible concussion based on the force of the impact. The data is then sent via Bluetooth to an app which alerts coaches, and other team members, that a serious injury might have taken place. The sensor calculates linear acceleration and also records vibration and shock.”

That is so amazing. The goal is to bring Head Safe to market. I’m available to help.

The New York Post was the first to report about Head Safe. Read it here.

Stop Telemarketing Calls

After reading the above headline, I bet you are all paying close attention to what I have to say. We all hate the endless telemarketing calls we get each day.

Just when you think the calls are going to stop, the phone starts ringing again.I’m just about to become your best friend.

I’m enclosing a story by David Cogen of Digital Trends who is going to give you a step by step plan to get rid of the calls. You must watch the video to get the true essence of what you need to do.

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Facebook Is Not Alone

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For the last several weeks, I have had to listen to many of my contemporaries talk about the dangers of Facebook. I find it very interesting that most of the comments came from friends who know very little about Facebook, and why it became so important to so many.

While everyone is focused on Facebook, they seem to be ignoring the fact that they too are vulnerable because of their participation on digital media with giants such as Amazon and Google. Both companies are collecting far more information on all of us than Facebook has ever been capable of obtaining.

Think about it.

Amazon and Google know your personal email, home address, credit card information, purchases, websites you have visited, trips you have made, local tracking information, addresses of your friends, your reviews, on and on.

The so-called Facebook backlash is just the beginning of more truths about the digital world. Get ready for it. You are very involved and you better be prepared for all kinds of exposure.

Read about the realities of the digital world in Mashable.

Click here. Facebook isn’t the only one with too much of your data. Just ask Google and Amazon.

Bathroom Hand Dryers Spread Poop

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I don’t make this stuff up. I just report it.

Every time I go to a public bathroom, I think that I am sanitizing my hands if I use the air dry.


CNET just reported that the scientists at the University of Connecticut discovered that hand dryers spread fecal matter that’s already in the air.

The study entitled “Deposition of Bacteria and Bacterial Spores by Bathroom Hot-Air Hand Dryersfound that “after a toilet is flushed, the fecal particles in the air land on the hand dryer, then are redistributed to the users damp hands, which happens to also be the perfect condition for germs to spread.”

While paper towels are not politically correct, they are definitely cleaner.

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Can You Top This?

There are a lot of things I love about Miami, but real estate is really on top of the list. Real estate developers in the sunshine state go out of their way to build some of the most dramatic high rises in the country. They are very high tech.

I have seen condos with built-in exercise equipment, spas on balconies, air conditioned storage units, massage rooms, and over-sized wine storage. One building is better than the other.

Now I just heard that the Paramount Miami Worldcenter, being built in the downtown area, is going to feature a 5,000 square foot sky port on top of a 60-story tower for passenger drones or flying cars.

Now that is awesome. You have to watch the video to see the future in high-rise living. It’s a thrill to see a sky lobby and a dedicated glass-enclosed elevator.

Doesn’t everyone live like this?



Lip-Reading Technology Can Make You Say Things You Did Not

Supasorn Suwajanakorn, a computer scientist at Google Brain, an artificial intelligence research team at Google, has created a new kind of lip-reading technology that could possibly produce a video of you saying something you did not.

I was told about this technology during a special events assignment I was working on. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

Suwajanakorn said. “The technology is so good that you can barely tell the difference. It’s all done by a neural learning network that mimics movements in the mouth and teeth of a person from video footage.

“The computer algorithm teaches itself to imitate exactly how a person talks by watching him or her, over and over, again. It picks up on a speaker’s mannerisms by studying the subject’s teeth, lip movements, and jaw shape.”

Suwajanakorn has already created phony videos of Tom Hanks and former president Barack Obama. Check out the video.

Read Business Insider for complete coverage.

Write A Song In John Lennon’s Handwriting

I sent a birthday card to a friend who I haven’t seen or spoken to in 10 years. She said the minute she saw my card in her mailbox she knew it was from me. She said she would recognize my handwriting anywhere, I was amazed. Was my handwriting that distinctive?

I don’t think so, but apparently it made some impact on her. I guess that’s why songwriters are now loving a digital project called “Songwriters Fonts” because they can download typefaces created from dead rock legends and write songs using their handwriting style. Some of the rockers are: Kurt Cobain, David Bowie and John Lennon. There are so many others.

Songwriters fonts were designed to give musicians inspiration, motivation and imagination. Creating a composition in the handwriting of a musical super star could possibly give someone the impetus to write the next big hit.The company clearly states the fonts are for personal use only.

This is what the promotional material looks like. Create a song for me.

Read more about this in Pitchfork, an online music publication.