Michael Main is the Managing Editor for NewsRadio 1200 WOAI.
Michael began his relationship with Clear Channel radio at Newsradio 1200 WOAI in 1985 as a writer/reporter and quickly added numerous responsibilities including key roles in producing WOAI's four hour morning drive newscast. He is the first person in the door each morning, if you can call 1:30 a.m. the morning.
Michael is responsible for coordinating much of Newsradio 1200 WOAI's on-air news product and also produces his daily "Cyberstuff" feature focusing on Internet and tech related topics.
Michael's reporting has won him national recognition. Honors he has won over the years include several Press Club of Dallas "Katie" Awards for Best General News story coverage, Best Radio feature, and Best Spot News story, all of which attest to the diversity of his skills.
Michael was an integral team member when Newsradio 1200 WOAI won Edward R. Murrow awards, the most prized awards in broadcast journalism in 1994 and 1996. He's also been honored by the Associated Press, the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism awards, UPI, and the Texas State Network.
Michael is responsible for writing the news product for various news readers on KJ-97 FM, KZEP-FM and Soft Rock 101.9 in San Antonio, and writes and anchors news each morning for Clear Channel stations in Corpus Christi, El Paso, Brownsville and Wichita, Kansas.
Michael is happily married to his wife, Amy. He is the proud stepfather of three grown children and grandfather to one very spoiled grandchild.
The next thing coming to your iPhone or other Apple device may be facial recognition.
The system could be used to unlock a device as well as determine what information to display. For instance, if your iPhone rings and the phone didn't recognize you, it wouldn't bring up information about the caller.
Another aspect of the system could determine what functions to activate. For instance, if your Mac recognizes your mug sitting in front of it, it wouldn't activate the screen saver.
There's no word on when Apple will add facial recognition to its offerings, but it's a good bet it won't be too long from now. The Xbox One and Playstation 4 gaming consoles already have features allowing users to log in with their faces. Some Android devices also offer a face unlock option.
It's something of a statement on society when search engines release their lists of the top things people scoured the internet for in the past year. The first list out for 2013 is from Bing.
According to Bing, the most searched for celebrity in 2013 was Beyonce, followed by Kim Kardashian. In fact 8 of the top 10 celebrities searched for are women; the only two men are Justin Bieber (6th) and Barack Obama who came in tenth. Miley Cyrus was ninth this year, falling from her third place position in 2012, which personally gives me some hope for mankind.
The top searched for news story was the birth of the Royal baby, followed by the Boston Marathon bombing.
The most searched for sports star was Tim Tebow and the top searched for sports team was the Dallas Cowboys, so apparently we’re not always looking for winners.
The most searched for TV show was The Big Bang Theory while Iron Man 3 was the movie that got the most search queries.
The most searched for internet meme was "Harlem Shake,” which now seems like a well deserved distant memory.
You can check out the entire list at the Bing blog.
Amazon is threatening drone strikes...actually drone package deliveries. The company says it's moving forward with a plan to one day deliver small packages via electric powered drones it calls "octocopters."
Amazon says its Amazon Air service could deliver packages weighing up to five pounds for round trips of up to 10 miles. It envisions using the drones to make some same day deliveries within 30 minutes.
Another possibility is equipping delivery trucks with drones so drivers could head to a central location in a city and dispatch multiple drones to make simultaneous deliveries.
Right now it's still more theory than reality. The F.A.A. has not yet developed a plan for domestic drones, but the agency has indicated that policies are forthcoming perhaps as soon as 2015.
Amazon says when those regulations are in place, it plans to have Amazon Air ready to go.
There may be some other hurdles to overcome, not the least of which may be shotgun wielding thieves intent on a little Amazon drone hunting.
What do you think?
NEIL, which stands for Never Ending Image Learner, scans the web 24/7 examining images and trying to make associations between them. It recognizes attributes, like colors and materials, then makes connections between things to obtain information.
"Images are the best way to learn visual properties," said Abhinav Gupta, assistant research professor in Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute. "Images also include a lot of common sense information about the world. People learn this by themselves and, with NEIL, we hope that computers will do so as well."
What types of things is NEIL learning?
Some projects, such as ImageNet and Visipedia, have tried to compile this structured data with human assistance. But the scale of the Internet is so vast — Facebook alone holds more than 200 billion images — that the only hope to analyze it all is to teach computers to do it largely by themselves.
Shrivastava said NEIL can sometimes make erroneous assumptions that compound mistakes, so people need to be part of the process. A Google Image search, for instance, might convince NEIL that "pink" is just the name of a singer, rather than a color.
"People don't always know how or what to teach computers," he observed. "But humans are good at telling computers when they are wrong."
You can keep tabs on what NEIL is learning at this website.
I'm hoping NEIL succeeds, a little more common sense in the world seems like a good thing.