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.
IBM researchers working on the SyNAPSE project are making headway in developing a new type of computer architecture based on the human brain for what's called "cognitive computing."
"Our goal of the SyNAPSE project is to build literally a brain in a box," said Dr. Dharmendra S. Modha, Principal Investigator and Senior Manager, IBM Research.
Current computers process information sequentially via pre-defined programs - if X then do Y. These cognitive computer chips would instead absorb information much like a human brain and make intelligent decisions based on that constant stream of data. They will understand the surrounding environment, deal with ambiguity, act in real time and within context. Think of it like our current computers are our left brain and these new chips would be our right brain.
Modha says they envision these chips embedded in all sorts of things soaking in data from microphones, cameras and the like. This could enable a new generation of applications that mimic the brain’s abilities for perception, action and cognition, "For cognitive computing chips to be everywhere, in everything to create enduring value for society, business, government, science and technology and to become absolutely essential to the world."
The researchers are not only hoping the chips will mimic human brains in terms of dealing with information, but in terms of energy. They envision this system being smaller than a two-liter bottle of Coke and requiring no more energy than a light bulb.