“I think [China] uses its censorship to nefarious ends, but the American version is also not all that appealing,” said Friedman. “It’s not to say that there should be no controls, but the political content of our speech should at least be protected on the Internet.”
Kicking off in the Physical Sciences Building Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. and finishing Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 a.m., participants will spend 37 hours creating, developing and testing original coding projects — individually or on teams determined at the event.
Five teams pitched projects to a panel of judges in Syracuse last month, and Italian firm Sentient Blue — founded by Saïf-Deen Akanni ’90 — emerged with the top bid in the GENIUS NY competition. The state-sponsored award goes to initiatives to up the development of unmanned systems technology within New York in hopes of boosting the economy as well.
After more than a semester of development, a team of 10 undergraduates and one graduate student within the Cornell Design and Tech Initiative released an app that allows the user to preview the crowd density of Cornell campus facilities without having to physically visit. Using current and historical ID swipe data provided by Cornell IT, Flux’s algorithm makes estimations of how many people are in a certain facility at a given time and presents crowd density information in a way that users can understand. At the time of writing, Flux provides data from all ten of the All You Care To Eat dining rooms as well as Cafe Jennie and Libe Cafe. An older version of the app was released last December under the name Density, which was intended to gain feedback from the general student population outside of DTI. However, because of legal issues, they were forced to temporarily halt distribution and revise their brand.
This Wednesday marks the official opening of Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island, the culmination of a series of events that began with the school’s founding at the Google office in Chelsea, New York. The vibrant, modern architecture sweeping through the campus is a nod to its goals of sustainability and innovation, and its curriculum is designed to explore intersections between many types of disciplines. We hope Cornell Tech becomes the best of its kind — an institution unparalleled in its ability to promote interdisciplinary learning and understanding between all corners of this contemporary world. Over the past several months, Cornell Tech has established partnerships with a diverse range of corporations and external organizations in hopes of allowing students to apply their skills in a variety of ways. This will allow Cornell Tech to realize its goal of bridging academia and industry.
This weekend I had the pleasure of participating in Cornell’s second Half Baked collaboration. Half Baked is an event where students come together, share their “half-baked” ideas, and collaborate with one another to “bake” their ideas. I presented on a problem that is no stranger to most Cornellians: what to do when you have tech trouble. I’ve had the misfortune of having my computer break almost every year that I’ve been at Cornell. From these experiences I’ve come to realize the lack of accessible tech support for students on campus.
Sins of a Solar Empire is 2008’s award winning 4xRTS title from Ironclad Games, with multiple game of the year awards in an assortment of categories. I bought it late last semester and started playing it online with a few friends. We were hooked. Sins of a Solar Empire blends traditional turn-based scale and complexity with real-time strategy gameplay. The game wraps all of this in a very presentable package with excellent graphics, sound, and interface design. It’s easy to pick up and keeps everyone entertained for hours at a time. I also pre-ordered the expansion titled Entrenchment, which entered me into the beta. Entrenchment is available now only through Stardock’s Impulse distribution network. Check the video below for an in-depth review.