aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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Posted by dav at 2003 February 12 06:57 PM
File under: Geek

Last night Sean and I went to the monthly BayCHI meeting at Xerox PARC for a talk by Gordeon Bell of Microsoft Research on his MyLifeBits project. This project explores how we would use terabyte computers when they become ubiquitous and can record everything we access digitally: email, web pages, tv/video, music, phone calls and other voice recordings, pictures we take, etc. We were both disappointed in the talk. The guy isn't an interesting speaker (sean kept falling asleep) and the project itself seemed not very inspired.

In fact the most worked up I got was when he casually mentioned that one of his colleagues has patented the idea of tagging a digital photo with coordinate, elevation, time, and angle information not because he has worked out something interesting about it, but just to lay patent-traps for innovators who work in the area later so he can sue them. Evil! Evil! I'm not sure if that was a Microsoft colleague or one of his VC firm colleagues. No shortage of evil in either of those camps though.


The patent issue is interesting. Sounds a rather trivial thing to patent, much like the famous Amazon one-click-technology. I know someone here in the UK is using images + map information to reconstruct scenes like cities, this is what it could be useful for.

Posted by: Bjorn on February 26, 2003 10:21 AM

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