HOT BLAST: Teaching computers human patterns
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' The physical Internet will need to understand much more flexibly the vagaries of human behavior and the conventions of the built environment,' the author writes. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
' The physical Internet will need to understand much more flexibly the vagaries of human behavior and the conventions of the built environment,' the author writes. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Jon Bruner, writing at O'Reilly Radar, observes, "We’re about to enter a new era in which computers will interact aggressively with our physical environment."

Bruner looks backward and then forward:

Over the last 175 years or so, industrialized America has been molded into a collection of human patterns–not just organic New England villages in haphazard layouts, but also the Colorado farm settlements surveyed in strict grids. A close look at the rectangular shapes below reveals minor variations, though. Every jog that a street takes is a testament to some compromise between mankind and our environment that results in a deviation from mathematical perfection. The world, and our interaction with it, can’t conform strictly to top-down ideals.

He concludes, "Computers are on their way to participating in the world in human terms, accepting winding roads and handwritten signs."
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