Sci-fi stories that imagine a future Africa

Sci-fi stories that imagine a future Africa

„My science fiction has different ancestors — African ones,“ says writer Nnedi Okorafor. In between excerpts from her „Binti“ series and her novel „Lagoon,“ Okorafor discusses the inspiration and roots of her work — and how she opens strange doors through her Afrofuturist writing.

Sending Custom Actionable Messages via Flow

Sending Custom Actionable Messages via Flow

Actionable Messages is a way that we can send a small bit of JSON within an email message, it gets picked up by Outlook (Web, App, Desktop, Mobile) and parsed as quick actions, or a way to collect additional information. We can easily create Actionable Messages with Microsoft Flow

Time Travel in Fiction Rundown

Time Travel in Fiction Rundown

This video is an explanation of how time travel functions in different popular movies, books, & shows – not how it works “under the hood“, but how it causally affects the perspective of characters’ timelines (who has free will? can you change things by going back to the past or forwards into the future?). In particular, I explain Ender’s Game, Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Primer, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Back to the Future, Groundhog Day, Looper, the video game “Braid”, and Lifeline.

The ‚Tron‘ Suffix and the Promise of Future Technology

The suffix -tron, along with -matic and -stat, are what the historian Robert Proctor at Stanford University calls “embodied symbols.” Like the heraldic shields of ancient knights, these morphemes were painted onto the names of scientific technologies to proclaim one’s history and achievements to friends and enemies alike. Stat signaled something measurable, while matic advertised free labor; but tron, above all, indicated control. To gain the suffix was to acquire a proud and optimistic emblem of the electronic and atomic age. It was a totem of high modernism, the intellectual and cultural mode that decreed no process or phenomenon was too complex to be grasped, managed, and optimized. The suffix emblazoned the banners of nuclear physics’ Cosmotron, modern biology’s Climatron, and early AI’s perceptron—displaying to all our mastery over matter, life, and information.

The ‚Tron‘ Suffix and the Promise of Future Technology – The Atlantic

Save publishing site as template – The right way using PnP Provisioning

Save publishing site as template – The right way using PnP Provisioning

How to save and deploy a Publishing site using the PnP PowerShell and the PnP Provisioning.

Out Of Office PowerApp Demo

Out Of Office PowerApp Demo

Demo of the Out of Office PowerApp template.

How to Pass Parameters into a PowerApp

How to Pass Parameters into a PowerApp – SharePoint MMMan

[G]et parameters from outside into a PowerApp, and surprisingly this is really not well documented, but actually really quite easy to do.

MP3 to WAV via ffmpeg.exe in AzureFunctions, for PowerApps and Flow

MP3 to WAV via ffmpeg.exe in AzureFunctions, for PowerApps and Flow

  • PowerApps Microphone control records MP3 files
  • Cognitive Speech to Text wants to turn WAV files into JSON
  • Even with Flow, we can’t convert the audio file formats.
  • We need an Azure Function to gluethis one step
  • After a bit of research, it looks like FFMPEG, a popular free utility can be used to do the conversion

Zeynep Tufekci: We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads

Zeynep Tufekci: We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads

We’re building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci. In an eye-opening talk, she details how the same algorithms companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon use to get you to click on ads are also used to organize your access to political and social information. And the machines aren’t even the real threat. What we need to understand is how the powerful might use AI to control us — and what we can do in response.

SharePoint PnP Partner Story – eaquos – Building SharePoint Online Intranet for IDRC

SharePoint PnP Partner Story – Aequos – Building SharePoint Intranet for IDRC

In this SharePoint PnP Partner Story, we’ll have a closer look on the PnP Intranet Starter kit and how aequos built an Intranet for IDRC based on this solution. PnP Intranet Starter kit is a modern open source intranet solution for SharePoint 2013, 2016 and Online.