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Old 2012-09-17, 06:16 PM   #1
Mr_Hi_n_Mitey
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Cool SHAZAM!

Hello Folks:

I know that it's been a long while since I have spoken to you guys. I have been busy trying to make some extra money and talking to folks on other Internet forums. (Sorry!) On the night of Saturday, September 15, 2012, I was at Barnes and Noble going through a whole lot of books and magazines and stuff like that, and a couple of BLONDE female VCU graduate students who were studying marketing sat right beside me. (It was my lucky night that night!) Anyway, the one closest to me had short hair and the one who was further from me had much longer hair. The short-haired one was on her laptop looking at an Internet site that listed all kinds of stupid laws here in America, while the long-haired was working on some project related to her studies. A bookstore would be the last place I thought where I could be near such attractive young ladies. It was just incredible and beautiful at the same time. The bookstore happened to have either satellite radio or a compact disc player, and it was playing some "alternative techno"-style music of some type. Anyway, after I began to come into the conversation about some stupid laws that Short-Hair was reading about on the Internet and everything, the ladies began to talk about the music that was playing. I got pretty curious too; the song that was playing sounded pretty nice. After I told them on how curious I was about what was being played, the long-haired chick got out her Internet computer cell phone and went into SHAZAM, one of the icon apps on her phone. After she activated that icon, it apparently took the musical sound and notes as input, and compared it to a wide database of similar music files. In less than two minutes, the phone said that the song was called "Purity Ring" by a group called Fineshrine . I immediately asked how she did all of that and she told me about what her SHAZAM icon does. I was simply amazed to the point of being stunned with my eyes and mouth wide open and everything; the last time I heard the word SHAZAM was way back in the day, from that live-action superhero show of the same name. (How many of you remember that one?) Technology is just simply amazing anymore; it gets more and more stranger. I believe that it won't be too long (maybe twenty years from now) until we have fully self-aware artificial intelligence - but that's another Internet forum altogether. How many of you here are familiar with the SHAZAM (!) app, or the group Fineshrine? They both sound wonderful don't they? Let me know how you all feel about this.

Right now, I've got to go. SHAZAM!

Mr_Hi_n_Mitey
 



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Old 2012-09-17, 09:44 PM   #2
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When I was a kid, portable black and white TVs were pretty expensive.

These days a two hundred quid tablet will stream high-definition video that didn't exist back then and has more processing power than was available to the consumer market at any price. Even voice recognition isn't as shite as it has been for most of the intervening couple of decades.
 
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Old 2012-09-17, 11:02 PM   #3
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I've not looked into it, but I'm pretty certain the Raspberry Pi, a computer designed for children to be able to base-code for it, has more processing power at 30 quid than went to the moon.
 
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