Proof that Music Connects Us All

A video from TED showing new ways to think about, and experience music.

Tod Machover of MIT’s Media Lab invented the musical technology behind Guitar Hero, and at TED2008 he talks about what’s coming next. Listen for some brand-new ways to interface with music — to play it, compose it, enjoy it. Machover then introduces Dan Ellsey, a composer with cerebral palsy who uses the lab’s tools to write and perform his own music. Ellsey conducts his “My Eagle Song,” in a soaring performance that underscores music’s power to give you chills.

Software to Reduce Time and Emissions for UPS

A recent article in the New York Times talks about how UPS is using software to automate the routes that the trucks take. Doesn’t sound like anything new, however the routes that are selected eliminate as many left turns a possible. Eliminating left turns saves on gas and thus money as well as emissions for the company as the trucks must sit and idle while waiting for traffic to clear before turning. This is fairly ingenious, as long as they make sure to keep those left hand turns that would otherwise cause the route to increase the distance enough to negate any savings that they had by eliminating them in the first place. Anyway, I just enjoy seeing software being put to good use.