Data Analytics Predicts Human Behavior

Posted in big data, Databases

I was just reading an article on the use of data analytics to determine the sentences meted out to offenders in certain parts of the US. Criminal justice systems there use software models to predict the chances of the individual being a repeat offender and to subsequently suggest the severity of the sentence. Models can take into account background data of individuals such as criminal and employment history, age, gender, education, finances, family background, and residence (there are countless pros and cons to the method, but that’s an epic story in itself… ).

The above article brought to mind various ways in which data analytics could be used in connection with society:

  • Predict which children are likely to be scholastic achievers and put them in an advanced learning stream
  • Predict which high school seniors and college freshmen are likely to become successful entrepreneurs and offer them early funding
  • Predict which employees are likely to be effective managers and promote them early
  • Predict which air traffic controllers are likely to make stress-related mistakes and encourage them to take vacations at the right time

There are clearly countless other ways in which data-driven predictions can improve our quality of life. Do chime in with your suggestions using the comments box on this page!

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Royalty Free Music for Animation

Posted in animation, CAD

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We’re always needing to get hold of background music tracks for client videos at minimal cost. Our eyes really popped and went into orbit when we discovered that YouTube now offers the world a library of 150 royalty-free audio tracks at no cost. The greatest thing is, contrary to what one may expect, these tracks can be used for any videos, not necessarily ones you make for YouTube!!

A valuable included feature is that you can search the collection based on multiple pre-defined tags such as mood, duration and genre. To see screenshots with detailed instructions, go to this page on the official YouTube Partners and Creators website.

Free, high-quality music for anyone to use as they please. Now why won’t people love Google?

Oh, and by the way, we can produce animated videos for you at around 85% less than what you could presently be paying. Want to learn more about this? Go to our animation services page and message us!

 

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3D Printing of Ice Cream Now Possible

Posted in CAD

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Now you can get ice cream made in the shape of a bull, a dodecahedron, the words “lick me”, a mobile phone… you get the idea.

For the 3D printing of ice cream, the requirements are a soft serve ice cream maker, a 3D printer, a small freezer, a nitrogen blaster to keep the ice cream solid and a poly anti-griddle (freezes food into a solid texture). The anti-griddle temperature of 30 deg F (-34.4 deg C) ensures results.                                    

PROCESS    

A modified ice cream maker is housed inside a small freezer to extrude the ice cream from the ice cream maker onto the printing bed.The ice cream landing out of the extruder on the printing bed is sprayed with liquid nitrogen to maintain a constant freeze surface.

Your frozen treat is ready!

By the way, one of TMG’s many proven skills is the creation of the information 3D printers need to print their objects. Read about how we can create this information for you.

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Data on Competitor’s Salaries Online!

Posted in big data, Databases

Ever wondered how much employees with your job title in competing firms are earning?(will certainly come in handy if you want to change jobs!). Well, wonder no longer: it’s been anonymously put online by people working for the competitor. For instance, to see how much a Software Development Engineer II earns at Amazon USA? Do this:

  1. Go to http://www.glassdoor.com
  2. Sign in (register for free)
  3. In the search box at top, choose ‘Company’, enter ‘Amazon’ and ‘United States’ in the adjoining boxes. Hit ‘Enter’
  4. Voila, the Software Development Engineer II and a host of other salaries at Amazon are displayed!

I mean, is anything confidential nowadays? You can even find out what some people had for breakfast if they posted it on Facebook. In addition, Facebook gives you deep insight into the innermost workings of someone’s mind (use this to develop him as a customer or potential customer).

With great data comes great responsibility. Use it wisely.

3D Printed Houses in China

Posted in CAD

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3D printers have now entered the world of construction. You can actually build houses using 3D printing technology!

An innovative construction firm in Shanghai, China, has built around 10 houses using gigantic 3D printers. These amazing, earth-friendly, safe and durable houses are cost-effective and were built within a short span of 24 hours. Cost-effective because recycled materials mixed with fast-drying cement were used in construction. The houses are said to have cost less than $5000 each.

The construction firm also believed that 3D printing technology ensured better worker safety and healthier working conditions. Imagine mass producing affordable houses on a regular basis using a 3D printer – the thought is mind-boggling!

3D printers are literally the new printing blocks in the world of manufacturing and technology. Though 3D printers have been around for some time, they’ve not been widely used because of prohibitive costs. Experimentation and a growing awareness of 3D printers’ potential are exciting users and bringing them sharply into focus. As a result, 3D printing costs are coming down, albeit slowly, and these printers are seen as the next big thing that are set to revolutionize the way objects are made. You’ve heard of guns, toys, surgical prosthetics, aerospace parts, prototypes and the like being created using 3D printers. Even human organs using a person’s own cells are created using this technology.

So how does this work? A 3D printer can ‘print’ objects in plastic, metal and various other materials. If a material is available in powder form, it can be used for 3D printing. It’s the art of making or printing a 3-dimensional product with a computer-created virtual 3D model or blueprint. You feed the blueprint into the printer over a cable (just like you would with an inkjet 2D printer that prints 2 dimensions on paper). The printer “prints” it out on to a metal or glass platform, precisely and layer by successive layer, running into hundreds and thousands of horizontal layers until you have your whole object in 3D.

The waiting time that goes into getting prototypes is lessened considerably with 3D printing techniques which will in turn enable hefty cost-saving. Any changes you want to make to the prototype can be made instantly by making changes to the virtual model and reprinting the prototype immediately. Very soon, existing virtual model files will be downloadable from the internet if you don’t have your own model of any object you wish for.

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