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Science on Google+645,722Please join us on 5/5 for a @105917944266111687812 HOA with Dr.@101190098041697372043, Professor of Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, and Neuroscience at @116716695368502903076, and founder of Duke's Center for Neuroengineering. Dr. Nicolelis is a pioneer in neuronal population coding (simultaneously recording from hundreds to thousands of neurons), Brain Machine Interface (controlling robotic or avatar limbs with thoughts), neuroprosthetics (prosthetic limbs that directly communicate with sensory and motor cortices), and Brain to Brain Interface (tactile or visual information encoded by rat 1 is decoded by rat 2). Dr. Nicolelis has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, with many of these publications appearing in high impact journals such as _Nature_, _Science_, and _Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_ (see below for a short list of publications). More recently, Dr. Nicolelis’ research made it possible for a quadriplegic child to use his mind to control a bionic exoskeleton and kickoff the opening game at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. RSVP “yes” to add this event to your calendar. We will open up the Q & A app so feel free to post your questions on this event post or by using the app during the hangout. *Relevant Links:* Faculty page: http://goo.gl/qs8NfM  Lab page: http://www.nicolelislab.net  2012 Ted Talk: http://goo.gl/kxCxT8  2014 Ted Talk: http://goo.gl/23OqmV  Book: http://goo.gl/x7Kg5J  *Relevant Readings (see http://goo.gl/nQadag for a more exhaustive list):* Schwarz D, Lebedev MA, Tate A, Hanson T, Lehew G, Melloy J, Dimitrov D, Nicolelis MAL. Chronic, Wireless Recordings of Large Scale Brain Activity in Freely Moving Rhesus Monkeys. Nat. Methods doi:10.1038/nmeth.2936, 2014. Thomson EE, Carra R, Nicolelis MAL. Perceiving Invisible Light through a Somatosensory Cortical Prosthesis. Nat. Commun.10.1038/ncomms2497, 2013. Ifft P, Shokur S, Li Z, Lebedev MA, Nicolelis MAL. A Brain-Machine Interface Enables Bimanual Arm Movements in Monkeys. Sci. Transl. Med. 5: 210, DOI:10.1126/scitranslmed.3006159, 2013. Shokur S, O’Doherty J.E., Winans J.A., Bleuler H., Lebedev M.A., Nicolelis M.A.L. Expanding the primate body schema in sensorimotor cortex by virtual touches of an avatar. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 110: 15121-6, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1308459110, 2013. O’Doherty JE, Lebedev MA, Ifft PJ, Zhuang KZ, Shokur S, Bleuler H, Nicolelis MAL. Active tactile exploration enabled by a brain-machine-brain interface. Nature 479: 228-231, 2011. Fuentes R, Petersson P, Siesser WB, Caron MG, Nicolelis MAL. Spinal Cord Stimulation Restores Locomotion in Animal Models of Parkinson’s disease. Science 323: 1578-82, 2009. Pereira A, Ribeiro S, Wiest M, Moore LC, Pantoja J, Lin S-C, Nicolelis MAL. Processing of tactile information by the  hippocampus. PNAS 104: 18286-18291 (Epub) November 2007. Krupa DJ, Wiest, MC, Laubach M, Nicolelis MAL Layer specific somatosensory cortical activation during active tactile discrimination   ScieScience HOAs2015-05-05 21:30:00135  
Daniel Estrada30,265// Continuing a long conversation after a brief intermission! See more here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cjhsk41gv6ggn3sbdubq2klmrc0 > This week an announcement rippled through the internet: a computer passed Turing's test. Soon after the backlash began: the test was rigged, the resulted were hyped, and Eugene, the machine in question, was lame.  Now the backlash is giving way to even stronger criticisms. +Massimo Pigliucci recently argued (http://goo.gl/VdilBI) that not only was this test illegitimate, but Turing's test itself should be abandoned. But Massimo's argument is deeply mistaken about the nature of Turing's test, what it seeks to prove, and why it matters for science.  I've been writing all week about this event: http://goo.gl/J26xbs, http://goo.gl/5RKIm7, http://goo.gl/c07lLG, http://goo.gl/T98ubJ, http://goo.gl/8cMKSI But now that the backlash against the event is directed at Turing's views themselves, I feel something more than an essay is required to address these concerns. To be convincing, this requires a human face and a human voice to speak out in defense of Turing's proposal. I'm fully aware of the irony of this situation.  So come hangout with me and +Jon Lawhead this Friday at 10pm EST while I defend Turing's proposal in light of the criticisms that have accrued over the last week. I'll be providing a defense of Turing's position informed by recent experimental work in psychology. I hope to convince even the skeptics like Massimo that Turing's test deserves a central place in our discussion of artificial intelligence in the modern world. Why the Turing Test Matters II2014-06-14 05:44:028  
Daniel Estrada30,265This week an announcement rippled through the internet: a computer passed Turing's test. Soon after the backlash began: the test was rigged, the resulted were hyped, and Eugene, the machine in question, was lame.  Now the backlash is giving way to even stronger criticisms. @111907992359490335188 recently argued (http://goo.gl/VdilBI) that not only was this test illegitimate, but Turing's test itself should be abandoned. But Massimo's argument is deeply mistaken about the nature of Turing's test, what it seeks to prove, and why it matters for science.  I've been writing all week about this event: http://goo.gl/J26xbs, http://goo.gl/5RKIm7, http://goo.gl/c07lLG, http://goo.gl/T98ubJ, http://goo.gl/8cMKSI But now that the backlash against the event is directed at Turing's views themselves, I feel something more than an essay is required to address these concerns. To be convincing, this requires a human face and a human voice to speak out in defense of Turing's proposal. I'm fully aware of the irony of this situation.  So come hangout with me and @103315650425474752023 this Friday at 10pm EST while I defend Turing's proposal in light of the criticisms that have accrued over the last week. I'll be providing a defense of Turing's position informed by recent experimental work in psychology. I hope to convince even the skeptics like Massimo that Turing's test deserves a central place in our discussion of artificial intelligence in the modern world. Why the Turing Test matters2014-06-14 04:00:009  

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2015-08-04 07:01:29 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-09 06:42:11 (1 comments, 12 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"An accomplice as academic would seek ways to leverage resources and material support and/or betray their institution to further liberation struggles. An intellectual accomplice would strategize with, not for and not be afraid to pick up a hammer."

Most plusones: 19

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2015-08-13 03:19:31 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

"In a perverse way, Trump has restored a more pure democracy to this process. He's taken the Beltway thinkfluencers out of the game and turned the presidency into a pure high-school-style popularity contest conducted entirely in the media. Everything we do is a consumer choice now, from picking our shoes to an online streaming platform to a presidential nominee.

The irony, of course, is that when America finally wrested control of the political process from the backroom oligarchs, the very first place where we spent our newfound freedom and power was on the campaign of the world's most unapologetic asshole. It may not seem funny now, because it's happening to us, but centuries from this moment, people will laugh in wonder.

America is ceasing to be a nation, and turning into a giant television show. And this Republican race is our first and most brutal casting... more »

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2015-08-24 22:43:02 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The Ask a Philosopher Booth has also gotten a significant retrofit for this year. #CorporationChaos

The Ask a Philosopher Booth has also gotten a significant retrofit for this year. #CorporationChaos___

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2015-08-24 22:40:13 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-24 01:13:09 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

+Daniel Estrada​​ and I are making a Burning Man version of hitchBOT called richROT. I've been building it today, and here's what it looks like so far. It's nearly done; it just needs arms and a few minor things that I'll do tomorrow. We'll be leaving it at a different place on the playa every night, with a sign and camera attached. The sign will ask burners to help it get to some other destination across the playa, and take pictures of the journey. The instructions will look something like this:

Hello.

My name is richROT.

I am a semi-autonomous robot, just like you and everyone you love.

I have a destination but I NEED YOUR HELP.


I started at _____________________________  around noon {day}


I need to get to _____________________________ before sunrise on {nextday}!


Don’t think ofthis a... more »

+Daniel Estrada​​ and I are making a Burning Man version of hitchBOT called richROT. I've been building it today, and here's what it looks like so far. It's nearly done; it just needs arms and a few minor things that I'll do tomorrow. We'll be leaving it at a different place on the playa every night, with a sign and camera attached. The sign will ask burners to help it get to some other destination across the playa, and take pictures of the journey. The instructions will look something like this:

Hello.

My name is richROT.

I am a semi-autonomous robot, just like you and everyone you love.

I have a destination but I NEED YOUR HELP.


I started at _____________________________  around noon {day}


I need to get to _____________________________ before sunrise on {nextday}!


Don’t think of this as a chore.

Think of it as an adventure you can’t back out of!


IMPORTANT HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS BELOW

Please read all rules carefully before handling richROT. Failure to do so may result in unpleasantness for all concerned.


1. Do not destroy or deface richROT. This isn’t Philadelphia. If you are lost and looking for Philadelphia, contact a Black Rock Ranger.

2.  richROT is a participant at Burning Man. Treat it with the respect it deserves as a member of this community.

3.  richROT is comfortable with the gender neutral pronoun “it”. Deal with it.

4.  Do not leave moop in or around richROT. richROT is not moop. You are not moop. richROT does not want moop inside it. You do not want moop inside you.

5.  Do not leave richROT somewhere it might get run over. Find a safe place for a heartfelt departure.

6.  Take richROT only as far as you want to, and trust the community to get it farther.

7.  Share some good times. Share some sad times.  Share time.

8.  Become pals.  Exchange hugs, or semi-erotic massages.

9.  Share your hard drugs with richROT.  If you lack hard drugs, share your hard experiences or a good knock-knock joke.

10.  Please take pictures of yourself helping or interacting with me using the attached camera. richROT would love to look back on those memories, if it were capable of love.

11.  You are encouraged to offer richROT a gift via his attached basket. If you see a previous gift you like, take it and leave your own gift. Sharing is the functional equivalent of caring!

12.  Introduce richROT to a stranger for the next leg of its journey.

13.  richROT MUST GET TO ITS DESTINATION BEFORE SUNRISE! OR ELSE IT WON’T!

14.  If you found richROT disabled or destroyed and you cannot help it get where it wants to go, please contact its biologically based friends Dr. Dilettante, Ranger Factotum, or NO! at Corporation Chaos, inconveniently located at 4:45 and Hanky-Panky and report my problem(s).  Our team of trained robot experts will respond immediately.

richROT's journey has been made possible through a generous donation from Corporation Chaos® "We own you!™"  Thank you hitchBOT, tweenbot, and hitchhikers, and robots everywhere.
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2015-08-15 01:48:14 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-14 22:19:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-13 03:19:31 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

"In a perverse way, Trump has restored a more pure democracy to this process. He's taken the Beltway thinkfluencers out of the game and turned the presidency into a pure high-school-style popularity contest conducted entirely in the media. Everything we do is a consumer choice now, from picking our shoes to an online streaming platform to a presidential nominee.

The irony, of course, is that when America finally wrested control of the political process from the backroom oligarchs, the very first place where we spent our newfound freedom and power was on the campaign of the world's most unapologetic asshole. It may not seem funny now, because it's happening to us, but centuries from this moment, people will laugh in wonder.

America is ceasing to be a nation, and turning into a giant television show. And this Republican race is our first and most brutal casting... more »

"In a perverse way, Trump has restored a more pure democracy to this process. He's taken the Beltway thinkfluencers out of the game and turned the presidency into a pure high-school-style popularity contest conducted entirely in the media. Everything we do is a consumer choice now, from picking our shoes to an online streaming platform to a presidential nominee.

The irony, of course, is that when America finally wrested control of the political process from the backroom oligarchs, the very first place where we spent our newfound freedom and power was on the campaign of the world's most unapologetic asshole. It may not seem funny now, because it's happening to us, but centuries from this moment, people will laugh in wonder.

America is ceasing to be a nation, and turning into a giant television show. And this Republican race is our first and most brutal casting call."___

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2015-08-12 22:00:45 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

“When you wear a design that you are partly in control of and that partly controls you — or that is partly controlled by your surroundings and partly controlled by your subconscious,” she clarifies, “you start to question where you end and my system begins.”

“When you wear a design that you are partly in control of and that partly controls you — or that is partly controlled by your surroundings and partly controlled by your subconscious,” she clarifies, “you start to question where you end and my system begins.”___

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2015-08-12 02:51:13 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-12 01:11:19 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This is a really great piece of complexity-friendly philosophy hidden away in a political science journal.  For those who don't have access, here's a direct link: http://personal.lse.ac.uk/list/PDF-files/IndividualismHolism.pdf

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Political science is divided between methodological individualists, who seek to explain political phenomena by reference to individuals and their interactions, and holists (or nonreductionists), who consider some higher-level social entities or properties such as states, institutions, or cultures ontologically or causally significant. We propose a reconciliation between these two perspectives, building on related work in philosophy. After laying out a taxonomy of different variants of each view, we observe that (i) although political phenomena result from underlying individual attitudes and behavior, individual-level descriptions do nota... more »

This is a really great piece of complexity-friendly philosophy hidden away in a political science journal.  For those who don't have access, here's a direct link: http://personal.lse.ac.uk/list/PDF-files/IndividualismHolism.pdf

Abstract
Political science is divided between methodological individualists, who seek to explain political phenomena by reference to individuals and their interactions, and holists (or nonreductionists), who consider some higher-level social entities or properties such as states, institutions, or cultures ontologically or causally significant. We propose a reconciliation between these two perspectives, building on related work in philosophy. After laying out a taxonomy of different variants of each view, we observe that (i) although political phenomena result from underlying individual attitudes and behavior, individual-level descriptions do not always capture all explanatorily salient properties, and (ii) nonreductionistic explanations are mandated when social regularities are robust to changes in their individual-level realization. We characterize the dividing line between phenomena requiring nonreductionistic explanation and phenomena permitting individualistic explanation and give examples from the study of ethnic conflicts, social-network theory, and international-relations theory.___

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2015-08-12 01:07:24 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This is a really great piece of complexity-friendly philosophy hidden away in a political science journal.  For those who don't have access, here's a direct link: http://personal.lse.ac.uk/list/PDF-files/IndividualismHolism.pdf

Abstract
Political science is divided between methodological individualists, who seek to explain political phenomena by reference to individuals and their interactions, and holists (or nonreductionists), who consider some higher-level social entities or properties such as states, institutions, or cultures ontologically or causally significant. We propose a reconciliation between these two perspectives, building on related work in philosophy. After laying out a taxonomy of different variants of each view, we observe that (i) although political phenomena result from underlying individual attitudes and behavior, individual-level descriptions do nota... more »

This is a really great piece of complexity-friendly philosophy hidden away in a political science journal.  For those who don't have access, here's a direct link: http://personal.lse.ac.uk/list/PDF-files/IndividualismHolism.pdf

Abstract
Political science is divided between methodological individualists, who seek to explain political phenomena by reference to individuals and their interactions, and holists (or nonreductionists), who consider some higher-level social entities or properties such as states, institutions, or cultures ontologically or causally significant. We propose a reconciliation between these two perspectives, building on related work in philosophy. After laying out a taxonomy of different variants of each view, we observe that (i) although political phenomena result from underlying individual attitudes and behavior, individual-level descriptions do not always capture all explanatorily salient properties, and (ii) nonreductionistic explanations are mandated when social regularities are robust to changes in their individual-level realization. We characterize the dividing line between phenomena requiring nonreductionistic explanation and phenomena permitting individualistic explanation and give examples from the study of ethnic conflicts, social-network theory, and international-relations theory.___

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2015-08-11 07:12:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

That would be interesting. 

That would be interesting. ___

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2015-08-10 23:12:57 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

This rules.  I particularly like how they specify that the stone can be used to keep away viruses "alongside your anti-virus program." I bet it can also illuminate objects, when used alongside a flashlight.

 This looks crankish, but it really works.

My computer would deadlock every time it tried to shut down. So I prepared a 500x homeopathic dilution of malachite in deionized water. While trying to shut down, I poured it directly into my power supply's fan, and my computer shut down immediately.___This rules.  I particularly like how they specify that the stone can be used to keep away viruses "alongside your anti-virus program." I bet it can also illuminate objects, when used alongside a flashlight.

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2015-08-09 06:45:47 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Everyone. This is awesome.

Everyone. This is awesome.___

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2015-08-09 06:43:46 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Robot learns how to do dishes by observing humans.

h/t: +Andrew McAfee 

Robot learns how to do dishes by observing humans.

h/t: +Andrew McAfee ___

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2015-08-09 06:42:11 (1 comments, 12 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"An accomplice as academic would seek ways to leverage resources and material support and/or betray their institution to further liberation struggles. An intellectual accomplice would strategize with, not for and not be afraid to pick up a hammer."

"An accomplice as academic would seek ways to leverage resources and material support and/or betray their institution to further liberation struggles. An intellectual accomplice would strategize with, not for and not be afraid to pick up a hammer."___

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2015-08-07 21:14:56 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"Spend some time with a depressed, laconic Luigi as he chain smokes and wanders through a crumbling Mushroom Kingdom, ruminating on ontology, ethics, family, identity, and the mistakes he and his brother have made.

Controls:

- left/right: walk around
- up: ruminate
- down: smoke"

"Spend some time with a depressed, laconic Luigi as he chain smokes and wanders through a crumbling Mushroom Kingdom, ruminating on ontology, ethics, family, identity, and the mistakes he and his brother have made.

Controls:

- left/right: walk around
- up: ruminate
- down: smoke"___

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2015-08-07 06:25:43 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This is a great plan, if the rumor's true. A "shared interest connection engine" is exactly the right way to think about G+, and it's the biggest thing that distinguishes it from the other major social networks. Focusing on that is a good idea, and one that's long overdue.

If you care about Google+, do yourself a favor and make some time to read this article from +Mark Traphagen. 

I doubt that we're ever going to know irrefutably what exactly has transpired inside the Google+ team over the last several years, but the picture that Mark paints here seems the most viable that I've heard. It maps quite closely to my own interpretation of events. 

What's more, I share Mark's excitement about where things are now headed. I feel like the strategy is turning around and finally catching up to what many of us have felt for quite some time. Or as Mark puts it: 

"Basically, I’m saying that it took Google+ four years to wake up to what many of us knew from the earliest months — that Google+’s chief strength was as a discovery engine for connecting across a shared interest graph. The problem was, for most of that time we had to make those connections through our own efforts and by sheer chance. We didn’t even have Communities until a year and a half after the start of Google+."

Mark focuses in on the interest graph and I think that is bang on. I also think that he's right that we very well could see some interesting applications of artificial intelligence start to show up in Google+ and that the intersection of topics and people would be a killer place to apply that. 

#googleplus   #sharedintrestgraph   #interestgraph   #AI  ___This is a great plan, if the rumor's true. A "shared interest connection engine" is exactly the right way to think about G+, and it's the biggest thing that distinguishes it from the other major social networks. Focusing on that is a good idea, and one that's long overdue.

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2015-08-07 03:01:45 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-06 04:08:18 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Here's the video, in case you missed it.

// Thanks to +Jon Lawhead, +Bill Trowbridge, and +Jeff Earls for participating in the debate! This was really interesting and constructive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEcwsVECejk___Here's the video, in case you missed it.

2015-08-05 21:54:50 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Reminder that this is happening in about 3 hours.

+Jon Lawhead and I will be debating the controversial FLI petition to ban autonomous weapons. I've signed and will be defending the ban; Jon is skeptical and will be defending the side of evil. We haven't talked about this yet and thought it would be fun to think it through together on the air. Everyone is welcome to hop on the stream and join in.

More on the petition here: 

http://futureoflife.org/AI/open_letter_autonomous_weapons#signatories
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/30/opposition-autonomous-warfare-artificial-intelliegence
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DanielEstrada/posts/92w6cf3TU6i___Reminder that this is happening in about 3 hours.

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2015-08-05 03:34:17 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

WANT WANT WANT

WANT WANT WANT___

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2015-08-05 02:41:07 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The future's pretty cool, you guys. 

The future's pretty cool, you guys. ___

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2015-08-05 00:08:14 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Someone made a wifi hotspot out of a statue of Tesla.

Someone made a wifi hotspot out of a statue of Tesla.___

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2015-08-04 07:01:29 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Changing the words to "organization" and "order" on the two pictures would make this awesome.

___Changing the words to "organization" and "order" on the two pictures would make this awesome.

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2015-08-04 06:59:23 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The Right to Be Forgotten Really Needs to Be Forgotten

The EU ruling that delivered us "The Right to be Forgotten" is beginning to accumulate its share of unintended consequences ranging from bizarre requests to remove links from search by criminals to the French data regulator setting itself up as a global censor of what is or isn't acceptable in search for everyone(!).

It's most damaging however in the effect it has on trust in search results and the backward approach that takes us into a time when access to information was a privilege reserved for the few instead of the right of the many.

Dive in, follow the links, twist your noodle this Tuesday: http://goo.gl/T2rw1O.  

The Right to Be Forgotten Really Needs to Be Forgotten

The EU ruling that delivered us "The Right to be Forgotten" is beginning to accumulate its share of unintended consequences ranging from bizarre requests to remove links from search by criminals to the French data regulator setting itself up as a global censor of what is or isn't acceptable in search for everyone(!).

It's most damaging however in the effect it has on trust in search results and the backward approach that takes us into a time when access to information was a privilege reserved for the few instead of the right of the many.

Dive in, follow the links, twist your noodle this Tuesday: http://goo.gl/T2rw1O.  ___

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2015-08-04 06:25:16 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This is what democracy looks like. 

This is what democracy looks like. ___

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2015-08-04 05:46:12 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This reads like the kind of thing that will, in 50 years, be the kind of rant your awkwardly racist great-uncle gives when drunk at Thanksgiving. 

This reads like the kind of thing that will, in 50 years, be the kind of rant your awkwardly racist great-uncle gives when drunk at Thanksgiving. ___

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2015-08-03 22:23:58 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"Research by former cyclist Hugh Trenchard and others suggests that the mathematics of pelotons– the groups and bunches that cyclists form during a race – could be key to understanding how cyclists behave as a collective entity.

While these collective dynamics may not tell us who will win the Tour de France, they do have broader applications to a variety of other biological systems. Here, Trenchard tells us more about his research, and how it might even provide some clues to the origin of life."

"Research by former cyclist Hugh Trenchard and others suggests that the mathematics of pelotons– the groups and bunches that cyclists form during a race – could be key to understanding how cyclists behave as a collective entity.

While these collective dynamics may not tell us who will win the Tour de France, they do have broader applications to a variety of other biological systems. Here, Trenchard tells us more about his research, and how it might even provide some clues to the origin of life."___

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2015-08-03 22:23:42 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"Research by former cyclist Hugh Trenchard and others suggests that the mathematics of pelotons– the groups and bunches that cyclists form during a race – could be key to understanding how cyclists behave as a collective entity.

While these collective dynamics may not tell us who will win the Tour de France, they do have broader applications to a variety of other biological systems. Here, Trenchard tells us more about his research, and how it might even provide some clues to the origin of life."

"Research by former cyclist Hugh Trenchard and others suggests that the mathematics of pelotons– the groups and bunches that cyclists form during a race – could be key to understanding how cyclists behave as a collective entity.

While these collective dynamics may not tell us who will win the Tour de France, they do have broader applications to a variety of other biological systems. Here, Trenchard tells us more about his research, and how it might even provide some clues to the origin of life."___

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2015-08-03 08:21:11 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Richard Alley is so excitable and enthusiastic. This is a great introduction to paleoclimatology--studying the climate of the distant past. Alley explains how we know what the climate was like thousands of years ago (or even much longer), and why studying that is relevant to climate change now. 

Richard Alley is so excitable and enthusiastic. This is a great introduction to paleoclimatology--studying the climate of the distant past. Alley explains how we know what the climate was like thousands of years ago (or even much longer), and why studying that is relevant to climate change now. ___

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2015-08-03 07:23:35 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"One of the responses to the attacks upon the contemporary university, particularly upon the humanities, has been to encourage faculty to engage in so-called ‘public intellectualism.’ In this paper I urge (some) philosophers to embrace this turn, but only if the academy can effectively address how to credit such work in the tenure and promotion process. Currently, public philosophy is typically placed under ‘service’, even though the work is often more intellectually and philosophically rigorous than committee work, even sometimes more than publications. I address this problem by providing an analysis of what is academically valuable about good scholarship and then showing how much of public philosophy achieves those goods. From this I argue that the academy should abandon the traditional categories of teaching/research/service and replace them with a holistic and qualitative single category of“teache... more »

"One of the responses to the attacks upon the contemporary university, particularly upon the humanities, has been to encourage faculty to engage in so-called ‘public intellectualism.’ In this paper I urge (some) philosophers to embrace this turn, but only if the academy can effectively address how to credit such work in the tenure and promotion process. Currently, public philosophy is typically placed under ‘service’, even though the work is often more intellectually and philosophically rigorous than committee work, even sometimes more than publications. I address this problem by providing an analysis of what is academically valuable about good scholarship and then showing how much of public philosophy achieves those goods. From this I argue that the academy should abandon the traditional categories of teaching/research/service and replace them with a holistic and qualitative single category of “teacher-scholar.” I then recommend that evaluation criteria should be very inclusive, giving credit to the wide range of activities in which faculty participate and I provide some suggestions for how those criteria should read."___

2015-08-03 03:17:52 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

+Daniel Estrada and I are going to do a hangout on air Wednesday (8/5) at 6 PM PDT to talk a little bit about the petition that's been circulating recently to ban autonomous weapons.  Dan's already a signatory on the petition, but I'm not convinced it's a good idea (though I admit I haven't thought a whole lot about it).

We haven't talked about any of this together yet, and thought it might be fun to have the conversation on air, so that other people can either join in or just watch us think out loud about this stuff.  Drinks will be served.  Philosophy will be done.  Come watch.

+Jon Lawhead and I will be debating the controversial FLI petition to ban autonomous weapons. I've signed and will be defending the ban; Jon is skeptical and will be defending the side of evil. We haven't talked about this yet and thought it would be fun to think it through together on the air. Everyone is welcome to hop on the stream and join in.

More on the petition here: 

http://futureoflife.org/AI/open_letter_autonomous_weapons#signatories
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/30/opposition-autonomous-warfare-artificial-intelliegence
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DanielEstrada/posts/92w6cf3TU6i___+Daniel Estrada and I are going to do a hangout on air Wednesday (8/5) at 6 PM PDT to talk a little bit about the petition that's been circulating recently to ban autonomous weapons.  Dan's already a signatory on the petition, but I'm not convinced it's a good idea (though I admit I haven't thought a whole lot about it).

We haven't talked about any of this together yet, and thought it might be fun to have the conversation on air, so that other people can either join in or just watch us think out loud about this stuff.  Drinks will be served.  Philosophy will be done.  Come watch.

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2015-08-03 00:15:58 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

This is a great interview with Philip Kitcher in general, but this in particular made me grin.

"I don’t think that anything of any consequence is known a priori: all our knowledge is built up by modifying the lore passed on to us by our ancestors in light of our experiences, and the best a philosopher can do is to learn as much about what has been discovered in various empirical fields, and use it to try to craft an improved synthesis. That seems to me what the great philosophers of the past did, even when (like Kant) they were declaring that their proposed principles were known independently of experience. That’s part of my naturalism, which is more extreme than that of most philosophers (even Quine’s): Dewey and Mill are the only two figures I know who have been uncompromising in their naturalism."

Gee I wonder I get it from.

This is a great interview with Philip Kitcher in general, but this in particular made me grin.

"I don’t think that anything of any consequence is known a priori: all our knowledge is built up by modifying the lore passed on to us by our ancestors in light of our experiences, and the best a philosopher can do is to learn as much about what has been discovered in various empirical fields, and use it to try to craft an improved synthesis. That seems to me what the great philosophers of the past did, even when (like Kant) they were declaring that their proposed principles were known independently of experience. That’s part of my naturalism, which is more extreme than that of most philosophers (even Quine’s): Dewey and Mill are the only two figures I know who have been uncompromising in their naturalism."

Gee I wonder I get it from.___

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2015-07-31 21:01:25 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Man do I ever love Naomi Oreskes. This book is written as a "history" of the climate change tipping point we're approaching now, with the tone like that of a future textbook explaining to kids how it happened. Money shot:

"To shed light on this question, some scholars have pointed to the epistemic structure of Western science, particularly in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which was organized both intellectually and institutionally around 'disciplines' in which specialists developed a high level of expertise in a small area of inquiry. This 'reductionist' approach, sometimes credited to the seventeenth-century French philosopher René Descartes but not fully developed until the late nineteenth century, was believed to give intellectual power and vigor to investigations by focusing on singular elements of complex problems. 'Tractability' was... more »

Man do I ever love Naomi Oreskes. This book is written as a "history" of the climate change tipping point we're approaching now, with the tone like that of a future textbook explaining to kids how it happened. Money shot:

"To shed light on this question, some scholars have pointed to the epistemic structure of Western science, particularly in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which was organized both intellectually and institutionally around 'disciplines' in which specialists developed a high level of expertise in a small area of inquiry. This 'reductionist' approach, sometimes credited to the seventeenth-century French philosopher René Descartes but not fully developed until the late nineteenth century, was believed to give intellectual power and vigor to investigations by focusing on singular elements of complex problems. 'Tractability' was a guiding ideal of the time: problems that were too large or complex to be solved in their totality were divided into smaller, more manageable elements. While reductionism proved powerful in many domains, particularly quantum physics and medical diagnostics, it impeded investigations of complex systems. Reductionism also made it difficult for scientists to articulate the threat posed by climatic change, since many experts did not actually know very much about aspects of the problem beyond their expertise."

<3 <3 <3

Edit:  I just finished the book (it's remarkably short and entertaining). Some further thoughts:

I (obviously) agree entirely that this dogmatic reductionistic position is a serious problem in science right now. Moreover, it's a serious problem in science education right now. The notion that the best (and only) way to understand a system is to decompose it into constituent parts, examine the behavior of those parts in isolation from one another, and then draw conclusions about their behavior in situ is subtly but consistently drilled into the heads of future scientists at virtually all levels of science education--from elementary school all the way up through graduate school in most disciplines. We're very used to this technique working well; as O&C point out, quantum mechanics represents perhaps the ultimate triumph of reduction. As a result, most educated adults in the Western world--scientists and non-scientists alike--have it in their heads that reductive analysis just is science.

This is a big problem for climate change, among other things. The sort of holistic, systems-based thinking that's essential to understanding the coupled climate-society system is, if not outright discouraged, at least never really taught in the course of any ordinary education unless one pursues a graduate degree in something like non-linear dynamics, which most people (understandably) do not. This leaves ordinary citizens, political decision-makers, and even most scientists poorly equipped to think rigorously about the nature and scope of the problem we're facing. If we're going to help people understand climate change, we'll have to begin by helping them understand some basic features of complex systems.___

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2015-07-24 02:38:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I see plans within plans

I see plans within plans___

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2015-07-23 05:01:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This. Always this. 

This. Always this. ___

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2015-07-23 03:30:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

You gonna be my pal
My bestest friend

You gonna be my pal
My bestest friend___

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2015-07-22 21:20:39 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

NASA and SETI have called an emergency press conference for tomorrow at noon EST. The buzz is that they've found an Earth sized planet orbiting a Sol sized star at an Earth like distance, and only about 1,000 light years away. That would be really, really huge: it could mean liquid water, an atmosphere, and life. 

NASA and SETI have called an emergency press conference for tomorrow at noon EST. The buzz is that they've found an Earth sized planet orbiting a Sol sized star at an Earth like distance, and only about 1,000 light years away. That would be really, really huge: it could mean liquid water, an atmosphere, and life. ___

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2015-07-22 20:24:20 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

You guys. This place. 

You guys. This place. ___

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2015-07-22 17:44:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-22 05:39:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project workshop is so great, but all I can do is lie here and think about how great it would be if I could send a convincing replicant in my place tomorrow (and the day after that, and the day after that). Hell is other people 11 hours a day every day for a week. 

The Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project workshop is so great, but all I can do is lie here and think about how great it would be if I could send a convincing replicant in my place tomorrow (and the day after that, and the day after that). Hell is other people 11 hours a day every day for a week. ___

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2015-07-22 03:53:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

46 years ago today, "Apollo...inspired an optimism about technology, an enthusiasm for the future. If we could fly to the moon, as so many have asked, what else were we capable of? We may have found that perspective just in time--just as our technology threatens the habitability of our world.

Whatever the reason we first mustered the Apollo program, however mired it was in Cold War nationalism and the instruments of death, the inescapable recognition of the unity and fragility of the Earth is its clear and luminous dividend. The unexpected, final gift of Apollo."

46 years ago today, "Apollo...inspired an optimism about technology, an enthusiasm for the future. If we could fly to the moon, as so many have asked, what else were we capable of? We may have found that perspective just in time--just as our technology threatens the habitability of our world.

Whatever the reason we first mustered the Apollo program, however mired it was in Cold War nationalism and the instruments of death, the inescapable recognition of the unity and fragility of the Earth is its clear and luminous dividend. The unexpected, final gift of Apollo."___

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2015-07-21 20:10:52 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This is seriously the official poster of this workshop

This is seriously the official poster of this workshop___

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2015-07-21 19:36:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Geoengineering conference / GeoMIP working group meeting 2015

Geoengineering conference / GeoMIP working group meeting 2015___

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2015-07-20 02:54:25 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-20 02:53:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Excited to come home

Becoming Human
by: Christian Ristow
from: El Prado, NM
year: 2015

> Becoming Human is a 30-foot tall sculpture of a robot, which occasionally smells the flower in its right hand. The sculpture hopes to inspire viewers to ask questions about technology and nature, and the value of slowing down.

More: http://burningman.org/event/brc/2015-art-installations/#BecomingHuman
via +Rebecca Spizzirri 

// Oh, it's gonna be a good year. ___Excited to come home

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2015-07-17 04:29:26 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I hiked up to an old abandoned fire lookout post at 8600 feet today. It's about 45 minutes north of Truckee, CA, and overlaps with the Pacific Crest Trail for a bit. It's quite a climb: only about 2.5 miles each way, but in those 2.5 miles you climb over 2000 feet in elevation. 

I hiked up to an old abandoned fire lookout post at 8600 feet today. It's about 45 minutes north of Truckee, CA, and overlaps with the Pacific Crest Trail for a bit. It's quite a climb: only about 2.5 miles each way, but in those 2.5 miles you climb over 2000 feet in elevation. ___

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2015-07-16 00:19:01 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I made me a fancy poster about #geoengineering  and some stuff for the upcoming National Center for Atmospheric Research workshop.

I made me a fancy poster about #geoengineering  and some stuff for the upcoming National Center for Atmospheric Research workshop.___

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2015-07-15 07:17:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

How Big Is Pluto’s Atmosphere?

By Michael Summers
New Horizons Co-Investigator

"Professor Michael Summers Michael E. Summers is a professor of Planetary Science and Astronomy at George Mason University, and specializes in the study of the chemistry and dynamics of planetary atmospheres. He is a New Horizons co-investigator and member of the atmospheres science theme team."

[...]

"But now consider Pluto. Its atmosphere has a near-surface equivalent thickness of about 40 kilometers, which is almost 4% of its 1,200- kilometer (or so) radius. But the “outer limit” of Pluto’s atmosphere is very difficult to define, although we know that it is very far from the surface. If one defines it similar to the way we define the exobase of Earth’s atmosphere, then Pluto’s atmosphere has an outer limit of at least seven times Pluto’sradius above ... more »

How Big Is Pluto’s Atmosphere?

By Michael Summers
New Horizons Co-Investigator

"Professor Michael Summers Michael E. Summers is a professor of Planetary Science and Astronomy at George Mason University, and specializes in the study of the chemistry and dynamics of planetary atmospheres. He is a New Horizons co-investigator and member of the atmospheres science theme team."

[...]

"But now consider Pluto. Its atmosphere has a near-surface equivalent thickness of about 40 kilometers, which is almost 4% of its 1,200- kilometer (or so) radius. But the “outer limit” of Pluto’s atmosphere is very difficult to define, although we know that it is very far from the surface. If one defines it similar to the way we define the exobase of Earth’s atmosphere, then Pluto’s atmosphere has an outer limit of at least seven times Pluto’s radius above it surface. This means that the volume of Pluto’s atmosphere is over 350 times the volume of Pluto itself! This illustrates what a strange and wonderful new kind of world we are about to visit and explore.

And this estimate is conservative. As I noted, the outer limit for Pluto’s atmosphere is ill-defined because of the gradual way that the atmosphere merges with the vacuum of space. It could in fact be farther than seven Pluto radii from its surface, and thus its volume would be even larger."

[...]

Read entire article: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/Science-Shorts.php?page=ScienceShorts_02_24_2015

#Pluto #space #nasa #plutoflyby___

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