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.
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.
You think Google Glass is geeky, you ain't seen nothing yet. Sony is pitching the idea of a "SmartWig."
With SmartWatches, fitness bands and Google Glass, companies are rushing to cash in on what some folks believe is the next big tech thing - wearable computing. Sony has actually filed a patent application for a "SmartWig." It would have sensors discretely embedded under what would no doubt be a fashionable looking hair piece.
Sony envisions the SmartWig communicating with your phone or other device wirelessly to alert you with vibrations if, for instance, you have an incoming message. It might also be used to monitor your blood pressure, temperature and brainwaves. Other possibilities include having a camera mounted in the wig, a GPS system that would guide you with vibration feedback, and even a laser pointer.
Sony contends the SmartWig might be the ultimate hands free device with some of the functions being controlled with facial expressions, like raising your eyebrows. Yeah, I suspect a lot of folks may raise their eyebrows when they see this on your head.
What are your thoughts? Brilliant or over the top?
One day, you may have a TV in your eye. Researchers at Ghent University have created a liquid crystal display (LCD) that can be embedded in a contact lens.
Scientists not only had to work with extremely thin polymers, but they had to be pliable enough to be curved so they can fit over an eye and smooth enough so as not harm the wearer's vision.
Right now, the display is limited to a basic monochrome image (see the dollar sign in the photo above) but one day the technology could lead to much more advanced imaging.
The wearer doesn't see the image; it's too close for your eyes to focus. It's the people looking at you that see it. However one day this technology may lead to heads up displays inside your eyes or perhaps contact lenses that automatically darken in sunlight eliminating the need for sunglasses.
A new app is hoping to help you reach the exotic destinations you've always dreamed of visiting and getting the best air fares in the process. The app is called Hitlist.
Hitlist is a fairly straightforward app that monitors various travel sites for you and alerts you when deals are available that meet your travel criteria.
You set it up via Facebook and input information like the airport you want to leave from, your price range and when you're hoping to fly. For instance, you can tell it to alert you if tickets to
The app also suggests places you might like to travel and ranks you compared to your friends on how many of your "hitlist" destinations you've actually visited.
The one major caveat to the app is that it does require you to log in via Facebook. It not only accesses your information, but seeks out information about your friends. Some of the early reviewers of hitlist strongly object to that aspect.