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

Image: Jonathan Harvey, New York Post

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.

Facebook Is Not Alone

Image: CFO Innovation

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.

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.

Don’t Say A Word

For some reason, the technologists at MIT, do not think it’s natural for human beings to be speaking out loud to voice assistants.

Instead they want everyone to get what they want by just thinking about it.

MIT is working on a nonverbal device that communicates your demands. I know this sounds like voodoo, but MIT has invented a jaw-mounted device that reads your neuromuscular signals through built-in electrodes.

Now this is scary. The hardware called AlterEgo, can read “words in your head.”

The idea is to meld human and machine.

The IA device, intelligence-augmentation, was trained by 10 techies to read their neurophysiology. A school news release stated,”Once calibrated, the research team was able to get about 92 percent accuracy for commands.”

It’s very possible that one day you will be able to order a pizza from the comfort of your couch without saying a word. You will be surprising the whole family when the doorbell rings.

I guess we are all in for a bunch of surprises in the not so distant future.

TechCrunch covered this development too.

Miami Beach Gay Pride

Since its inception in 2009, the Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown from a neighborhood event to a global celebration. Eliot and I volunteered to walk alongside the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce float in the annual parade. There were so many young people who showed up to give out promotional materials to the crowds, we were able to actually sit down and watch the show.

We are proud to be involved in any activity that demonstrates love for others.

Photos by Eliot Hess, except the one he is in. Marcia Grand took that one.

I’ve always been attracted to tall men.

Everyone wanted to participate in photo ops.

Our jobs were to give out bubble bottles.

Marcia Grand took this photo. She should have been in it. We just weren’t complete.

The Miami Beach Chamber Of Commerce float.

Interesting choices.

It was so good to see young people getting involved.

Walking Through The Muck In The Everglades National Park

This is one time when you really want cold feet. After walking through the muck in the Everglades National Park for a few hours, the continuous flow of cold water was truly appreciated. It was hot outside. Eleven of us met early this morning to walk through the secret gardens of the Everglades to see what inspired artist Christina Pettersson to create her intricate and life-like nature drawings. Christina is on the top row, far left.

I’m pictured here with Kathryn Mikesell, founder of Fountainhead Studios and the events organizer for the day. Christina is a Fountainhead artist who has been working in the Everglades for several months and is having an exhibition in conjunction with AIRIE (Artists in Residence in Everglades) at Ernest Coe Visitor Center

Kathryn invited some of her residency artists and members of her foundation (that’s us) to visit the gardens that inspired Christina. It was an amazing expedition because we walked through slog up to our knees. We used walking sticks and stayed pretty close together to lend a helping hand.

John DeFaro, a Miami multidisciplinary artist, is a close friend of ours from New York. His parents lived on our floor in our Manhattan Co-op for over 30 years. His work is collected by many.

I wasn’t really concerned about walking through the muck. Look at the bottom of my pants. I was anxious to do something different. The Everglades were peaceful, fascinating to look at, and timeless. We can all use a little of that.

Christina’s pencil drawings