This Happy Madness, from Stacey Kent’s newest album. Once of my favorite voices.
Programming with people: Fancy Hands lets developers add human workers to apps
“Mechanical Turk is really great but a huge majority of the tasks on there are simple things like deciding if video content is not safe for work or not,” says Ted Roden, Fancy Hands’ founder and CEO. “We wanted to do something a few steps above that.” So far, Fancy Hands has been baked into apps from big brands, so that if a customer tweets a request through the service, a real human can go out and fulfill it. “It might be really complex to design an app that books a restaurant reservation for you, but a human can easily accomplish that.”
‘Something very big is coming: our most important technology project yet,’ hints Stephen Wolfram | KurzweilAI
In a blog post Wednesday, Stephen Wolfram said that “recently something amazing has happened” that is “profoundly important in the technological world, and beyond.”
He said he and his team have figured out how to take all the things they have been working on in the context of Wolfram|Alpha, Mathematica, CDF and so on — computational knowledge, symbolic programming, algorithm automation, dynamic interactivity, natural language, computable documents, the cloud, connected devices, symbolic ontology, algorithm discovery — and all the technology they’ve built, to create something at a whole different level.
Sounds fascinating! Apparently it’s being called the Wolfram Cloud, and you can sign up for an alert when it’s ready.