First Awaretek iPhone apps released

The first two Awaretek iPhone apps are now released and available for free download on the iPhone app store. One is a fun and  addicting little number game called CalcAttack. The other is a fun little utility called Decision Analysis. We'd appreciate any feedback, reviews or comments. Search in the app store for "awaretek" to find these apps.

These are the first of many more to come, some of which are almost ready for release.

There is also a larger app for the Mac computer called "Chess Database" that will be available in a few days. It allows you to replay all the Grandmaster games while giving analysis and commentary on the strategy and strength of each move and position. It also allows you to play out any Grandmaster game, from either side you choose, from any position in the midst of the action.

There's lots more in the pipeline. Stay tuned.


2015: Technology Trends to Watch

Change happens around the edges, where little things add up and gradually recombine to make a difference. Here is what to expect in 2015:

1. 2015 will be a year of significant developments in wearable computing. The big event will be the actual launch of the Apple Watch, which may legitimize the market for wearable computing much like the iPhone did for the smartphone. It will be stylish, popular and powerful. Numerous Android smartphones will compete with the Apple Watch and 2015 will also be a big year for smart glasses including the long delayed launch of a Google Glass product line. Expect Google Glass to be much more stylish and refined than the Explorer Edition.

2. 2015 will be a really big year for CERN and the high energy particle physics community. Trust me on this, I've been following this field for 40 years. After discovering the Higgs Boson, CERN shut down the Large Hadron Collider for maintenance and improvements and will turn it back on next year with nearly twice the energy level as before (up to 11 TeV). This is a Big Deal. Physics is the ultimate science underlying our electronics technology and after the mind boggling discoveries of relativity and quantum physics in the early 20'th century, physicists have created equally mind boggling new theories like string theory and supersymmetry, that unfortunately could not be tested experimentally. Until now, when we re-fire up the LHC. String Theory and Supersymmetry may fall by the wayside, but I expect new physics to come out of this that will affect our future. It doesn't get any bigger than this.

3. Quantum computing has progressed at what seems like a snail's pace over the last 20 years. Here's where change happens slowly and around the edges, imperceptibly. The underlying physics to be discovered with the LHC and elsewhere will ultimately help push quantum computing into reality. While we won't really start to reap the benefits for a decade, 2015 will be an important year for laying the groundwork for future quantum computing.

4. Python 3.5 will be released in 2015 and will be the version of Python to finally begin to show that the benefits of the switch from Python 2 to Python 3 are worth the price. When judged on a short term basis, I suppose Python 3 might look like  a failure. But in the long term, it was the smartest thing Guido van Rossum and his team of core developers could have done. It will cement Python's long term future.

5. Exciting developments in collective intelligence are afoot, mining the treasure trove of online data and refining it with intelligent algorithms to yield useful knowledge. This will be especially useful for social scientific data and trends. It won't quite be like Hari Seldon's psychohistory in Issac Asimov's Foundation series, but then Hari lives 11,000 years in our future. 

6. In very early 2015, Awaretek will release its first apps for the iPhone, iPad and Mac. I will be previewing them in this space starting in the next few days. All of these apps will be fun, useful, and easy to use. Some may be baby steps along the road to collective intelligence, if not psychohistory :-).

2015 will be most interesting. Watch this space!


Welcome to Awaretek

Awaretek, the domain name and URL, has been around since 1994 (hosted on something called Geocities from 1994 until 1997 and then on its own URL since 1997). Previously the home of two popular podcasts, "Python411, Computer Programming for Everybody" and "the Awaretek Podcast" exploring many areas of leading edge technology.

This post marks the rebirth of Awaretek as a company focused on using software and other technologies to enhance human life and make it more enriching. We will be producing applications for mobile and wearable computers with the expectation that this will evolve to include augmented reality, virtual reality, implantables and transhumanism.

While software and applications of all types are within our sights, there is a special interest in fun software that enhances human dignity in the social realm. We would like to attract a following of like-minded people who have similar interests.

Very soon we will announce our first apps for IOS devices and the Mac. Next year, apps for the Apple Watch will take center stage.

On this blog, we will also be commenting on the wearables industry, products and people. Recognizing that people are not robots and that modern life can be at times dehumanizing, we hope to make this corner of the world a little lighter, brighter and friendlier.

There will also be a new Awaretek podcast series exploring the latest wearable computing and related technologies.

Watch this space for frequent updates!



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