Why, watching Rocky and Bullwinkle, of course! Except it was in Black and White on a small TV, and at home with Oatmeal. Oh well, you can't go home again. But, you can still watch Rocky and Bullwinkle while eating breakfast.
Google%u2019s AI can now lip read better than humans after watching thousands of hours of TV - The Verge. Using thousands of hours of TV to teach AI to lip read better than humans flies in the face of my mom's wisdom. Growing up with Howdy Doody, and Saturday morning cartoons, was my escape from being a kid. According to mom, watching so much TV would "make you stupid". Read a book she said. So, I read books, and, I must admit, they helped me in school and as I grew up. But, I was woefully ignorant about TV shows that I missed while reading books and doing homework every day after school, and I blame her for my adult addiction to binge watching TV series on the Internet. Right now, I am binge watching all the Perry Mason episodes I missed between 1959 and 1965. Oh, the wasted hours. So, my advice to AI engineers is to set their software to read some books. Lip reading isn't a skill that will create smarter computers. They will just go crazy thinking about all the stupid things humans are saying these days.
"Perry Mason" The Case of the Perjured Parrot (TV Episode 1958) - IMDb. As many of you know, I have been watching old Perry Mason episodes on CBS All Access. Serendipitously, this morning, while considering my ParrotSunday post, I came across this episode, in which a Parrot is the star witness. Don't tell me that parrots don't belong in law offices. The only problem I have with this episode is that the victim is the guy who owns the parrot. Oh well.
New NVIDIA SHIELD TV includes Google Assistant and an updated controller | Android and Me. The market for Android TV and other TV boxes is getting crowded. But, that is a good thing; because these new boxes are adding functionality, primarily the addition of Voice controls. Google Assistant and Alexa are being installed in all sorts of devices, and the new Nvidia Shield is a great example. They are pricey, at $199 for a 16 GB version, and later this year, $299 for a 500 GB console. I already have an XBox One S, and a Mi by Xiaomi hooked up to the big screen. But, I want one of these. "OK Google", tell me again why I can't stop buying this stuff?
CES 2017: Google Assistant is Coming to Android TV, Android Wear - Thurrott.com. I have been enjoying Android TV on my Xiaomi Mi Box that SWMBO got me for Xmas. With a $6 a month subscription to CBS All Access, I have been streaming old Perry Mason episodes, and old Star Trek episodes, and have access to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and many other channels. Who needs cable? But, Google announced at CES 2017 that Google Assistant will be coming to Android TV, and you will soon be able to control you environment with your voice. Think about marrying the TV with your Amazon Echo (Alexa), or your Google Home speakers. The future looks bright for tech, and I am glad to have some more time on this earth to enjoy it. "OK Google". "Play all 123 episodes of Perry Mason, in sequence, starting now." "Oh, and Google". "Periodically, bring me food".
Perry Mason Video - The Case of the Lonely Eloper - CBS.com. CBS is charging Six bucks a month for an All Access subscription, and I am gladly paying it. Where else can you watch every episode of Perry Mason from 1957 to 1965? I will bet that every lawyer who grew up in the Fifties and Sixties will tell you that his love of the law began with this series. While some of the tactics used by the character would have a modern lawyer in trouble with the Bar or the police, the plot twists and turns were fun to watch. Unfortunately, some people grew up with the mistaken idea that every trial ended in the guilty party admitting the deed in open court. What a let down when jurors realize that most trials are boring and without excitement. Oh well. I am enjoying the blasts from the past. You can try CBS All Access for 30 days with a free trial.
Why my family is ditching Chromecast for Android TV (yes, really) | Computerworld. I sometimes enjoy streaming video to my TV from my phone via Chromecast. However, I also enjoy my Roku box, which is easier to use, and doesn't require streaming from my phone. Now, this article highlights improvements to Android TV, and another HDMI port needed for connection to the new Android TV boxes. Ouch. I am running out of HDMI ports on the back of my TV. This reminds me of the confusion that universal remotes create. Now, which button controls which peripheral? Hey, I am a gadget guy. But, sometimes, I just want to kick back and enjoy my rest. This stuff is getting way too complicated.
Netflix will reportedly add offline mode before the end of the year. As time passes, more and more of us find that we are watching more TV online, and less on Cable, Broadcast or Satellite. Admittedly, most live sports is best watched on Cable or Satellite; but, it is far more convenient to watch films, documentaries, and other stuff online. On demand viewing has made Netflix a big part of our household. By the end of the year, Netflix will provide off line viewing, and, for a small price, thousands of options will be available at all times. Brave new world.
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