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Matt Uebel has been at 7 events

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Daniel Estrada30,186This 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  
D.J. Harbaugh584Detroit Through Glass!2013-11-16 12:00:004  
Matt Uebel29,226"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad." This will be a fully spoilerific discussion of Peter Watts novel "Blindsight." http://www.rifters.com/real/Blindsight.htm +Joshua Gess +Jon Lawhead Blindsight Discussion Hangout2013-04-21 02:30:003  
The Walking Dead107,678In an effort to prevent any more deaths, Rick and the Governor meet to come up with a peace treaty.Episode 13: Arrow on the Doorpost2013-03-11 02:00:00702  
The White House2,929,904In his State of the Union address, President Obama outlined his plan for a thriving middle class and a strong America. The President's plan focuses on making America a magnet for jobs and manufacturing, equipping every American with the skills they need to do those jobs, and ensuring that hard work leads to a decent living. On Thursday, February 14th, President Obama will join the latest in a series of "Fireside Hangouts" – a 21st century take on FDR’s famous radio addresses – to talk about his State of the Union Address. During the +Google+ hangout, the President will answer questions from Americans across the country about the issues and policies laid out in the speech. Watch the hangout live on Thursday, February 14th at 4:50 p.m. ET on the +The White House Google+ page, at http://youtube.com/whitehouse, and at http://wh.gov Learn more about the State of the Union, then share your Citizen Response at http://wh.gov/SOTU #firesidehangout   #SOTU  State of the Union: Fireside Hangout with President Obama2013-02-14 22:50:0034101  
Kiki Sanford5,835,955What do the Democratic and Republican Presidential candidates think about science? What are their stances on science policy issues? Why should science even be a part of our modern political conversations? Join Dr. Kiki (@113166718268343560861) and @103377423155109727835, CEO of ScienceDebate.org and author of 'Fool Me Twice', for a discussion of the candidates' answers to the important questions about climate change, research, energy, space, and more posed them by ScienceDebate.org. Contact @113166718268343560861 for comments and questions prior to the event.Science Debate 2012 - The Presidential Answers2012-09-12 00:00:0027  
Fraser Cain959,938To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004861  

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2015-06-24 11:20:52 (23 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

>Speaking in an interview with VentureBeat published this week, Heroes of the Storm senior artist Phill Gonzales made an interesting point: by abandoning an in-game economy that focused on gold and experience each character had to accumulate individually, the developers were able to make new kinds of MOBA characters and abilities. Like Abathur, a gross-looking Zerg monster who doesn’t enter into battle directly, instead using a drone-like critter to hover over the heads of his allies so he can shield them and fire dart-like projectiles at nearby enemies:

// Abathur was my first favorite character

Most reshares: 10

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2015-06-25 11:54:39 (21 comments, 10 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Nite kids
Dream and remember.

Most plusones: 61

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2015-06-25 11:54:39 (21 comments, 10 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Nite kids
Dream and remember.

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2015-07-08 01:02:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Delighted to announce that Corporation Chaos (primarily lead by me and +Daniel Estrada​) has been approved as an official #BurningMan theme camp this year, for the first time ever. We'll have about 1000 square feet at 4:45 and H, along with two more early passes (for a total of four).

If anyone out there is still looking for a camp to join, please let me know. We're mostly academics (grad students and professors) and/or filmmakers. We've got close ties to Plays Well With Others, TastyNoodles, and Comfort & Joy. We should have room to spare, so just reach out if you're interested.

Delighted to announce that Corporation Chaos (primarily lead by me and +Daniel Estrada​) has been approved as an official #BurningMan theme camp this year, for the first time ever. We'll have about 1000 square feet at 4:45 and H, along with two more early passes (for a total of four).

If anyone out there is still looking for a camp to join, please let me know. We're mostly academics (grad students and professors) and/or filmmakers. We've got close ties to Plays Well With Others, TastyNoodles, and Comfort & Joy. We should have room to spare, so just reach out if you're interested.___

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2015-07-07 11:17:16 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Awesome :D

Awesome :D___

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2015-07-06 22:03:51 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Turns out that the new Terminator movie is a dumb action flick. Go figure.

Turns out that the new Terminator movie is a dumb action flick. Go figure.___

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2015-07-06 01:34:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-06 01:33:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The world will never be the same.

The world will never be the same.___

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2015-07-06 01:25:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

#deepdream  . Awesome.

#deepdream  . Awesome.___

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2015-07-06 01:23:00 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Things are getting weird.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyxSerkkP4o___Things are getting weird.

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2015-07-06 01:17:10 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

This is so damn awesome.

This is so damn awesome.___

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2015-07-06 01:12:16 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

The Corporations vs the Workers.

The Corporations vs the Workers.___

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2015-07-06 01:08:38 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

If you are pro-life and against contraception you are not intellectually honest. See this for more details.

Since 2009, Colorado has had the single most effective anti-abortion program in the country. In its first four years (for which we now have full data), it reduced abortions by 42%, and teen pregnancies by 40%. And there is nothing particularly startling about the success, because it was done by the most obvious means possible: give contraception to women who want it but can't get access to it, namely teenagers and people who can't afford it. 

"Startlingly," this turns out to work quite well, quite inexpensively, and make basically everyone happy. ("Startlingly" is in quotes because I suspect that if I asked someone who knew nothing about American politics, "what would you do to decrease the rate of unwanted pregnancies?," they would probably guess pretty much exactly what Colorado did, and be not at all startled that it worked) 

(This is not actually a horribly new story, there are just some more numbers out. We've known that this has been working well for quite some time.)___If you are pro-life and against contraception you are not intellectually honest. See this for more details.

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2015-07-06 00:52:50 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

#goodevening

#goodevening___

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2015-07-05 18:34:04 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Science adjusts its views based on what's observed. Faith is the denial of observation so that belief can be preserved.

Fantastic, personal, video by +TheraminTrees . 

Science adjusts its views based on what's observed. Faith is the denial of observation so that belief can be preserved.

Fantastic, personal, video by +TheraminTrees . ___

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2015-07-05 13:10:38 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 27/2015.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/07/femtosecond-photodoping-liquiglide.html 

Femtosecond photodoping, LiquiGlide Coatings, Quantum dot spectrometer, Doubling fiber data, Microfluidics and colloids, Graphene flexoelectrics, Printable conductive inks, Prions and memory, Functional meshes, Antibodies and CFS. 

1. Femtosecond Semiconductor Photo-Doping
Following on the heels of femtosecond lasers being used for in-air holograms last week we have femtosecond lasers being used in ultrafast photo-doping experiments http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2015/making-a-better-semiconductor/. In this case the femtosecond lasers are being used to controllably alter the electronic properties of semiconductors, using brief high-intensity laser light to mimic the chemical doping of bulk semiconductor materials,t... more »

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 27/2015.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/07/femtosecond-photodoping-liquiglide.html 

Femtosecond photodoping, LiquiGlide Coatings, Quantum dot spectrometer, Doubling fiber data, Microfluidics and colloids, Graphene flexoelectrics, Printable conductive inks, Prions and memory, Functional meshes, Antibodies and CFS. 

1. Femtosecond Semiconductor Photo-Doping
Following on the heels of femtosecond lasers being used for in-air holograms last week we have femtosecond lasers being used in ultrafast photo-doping experiments http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2015/making-a-better-semiconductor/. In this case the femtosecond lasers are being used to controllably alter the electronic properties of semiconductors, using brief high-intensity laser light to mimic the chemical doping of bulk semiconductor materials, temporarily - the electrical properties of a chip might be altered on the fly as needed. 

2. Commercial Launch of LiquiGlide Coatings
The commercial roll-out of LiquiGlide coatings is finally picking up, promising to come to a product near you after launching to some fanfare a number of years ago http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2015/liquiglide-condiments-0630. LiquiGlide typically coats the inner surface of a container for example, and is tailored to allow the contents (such as a viscous sauce) to glide out completely without leaving a residue. The coating is typically tailored to a particular application, which can include foods and condiments, oil and gas pipelines, catheters, de-icing situations, and in the case of foodstuffs is comprised of edible materials. 

3. Quantum Dot Spectrometer
A new spectrometer device is small enough to fit inside a cell phone camera module, and is powered by an array of quantum dots http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2015/quantum-dot-spectrometer-smartphone-0701. The prototype uses 200 different quantum dots, each tuned to absorb a different wavelength of light spanning a 300nm slice of spectrum, and was made with cost effective solution processing and thin film printing. More dots could be used to cover a wider spectral range, with applications comprising personal medical diagnostics, materials identification, and many others. 

4. Doubling Fiber Optic Data Transmission
Newly developed wideband frequency combs allow an effective doubling of the amount of data that can be carried by a fiber optic cable http://www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/news/news_releases/release.sfe?id=1768. The comb allows for signal distortions that inevitably occur when piping large amounts of data to be predictable and reversible, and so enables significantly increased power and longer distances for which optical signals can be sent through optical fibers. 

5. Confined Colloids Improve Lab-on-Chip Design
New models have been developed for better optimising the design of microfluidic chips with miniaturised features that hold fluids under superconfinement - where it is meaningful to discuss the size of fluid channels in reference to the size of the particles in the fluid. These models were generated by studying larger colloidal particles (instead of fluid molecules) in small fluid channels http://theconversation.com/how-oversized-atoms-could-help-shrink-lab-on-a-chip-devices-43791. The study used 200nm colloidal particles and altered the size of channels to determine and subsequently model behaviour. 

6. Graphene Flexoelectric Straintronics
“Straintronics” is a fascinating field that involves controllably stretching, compressing, and bending a material to induce different electrical properties. The latest work in this space involves stretching and bending graphene into new and novel shapes, particularly cones, with different properties and bandgaps, sometimes called the flexoelectric effect http://phys.org/news/2015-06-electrical-properties-carbon-cones.html. And swelling / shrinking graphene sheets can create a range of novel surfaces http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=40607.php. 

7. Advanced Printable Inks
Printable materials innovations continue to be a hot this week. First, the latest developments in printable silver inks continue to show promise for printable electronics http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2015/jul/new-technology-using-silver-may-hold-key-electronics-advances. Second, new graphene polymer inks are being used to produce 3D prints of strong, flexible, biocompatible, and conductive scaffolds for tissue engineering and medical applications, and with base properties tunable by modifying the proportions of graphene and polymer http://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/news/articles/2015/05/printing-3D-graphene-structures-for-tissue-engineering.html. Finally, we have a good overview of photopolymer inks and 3D printing advances http://www.technologyreview.com/photoessay/538326/speeding-up-3-d-printing/. 

8. Prions, Proteins, and Long Term Memory
In a series of new studies functional prion proteins have been found to be critical components underlying the mechanism of long term memory formation http://newsroom.cumc.columbia.edu/blog/2015/07/02/long-term-memories-and-prions/. When production of this particular protein was interrupted in mice recently formed long term memories were disrupted and lost. Like disease-causing prions, the memory “prion” proteins are made available as a soluble form in the cell and as new synapses are formed by neurons they are recruited to form aggregates that stabilise the synapses and are responsible for their long-term stability. 

9. Functional Mesh Materials
Silver nanowires have been formed into functional, flexible meshes that can securely encase different body parts and apply uniform heating and protection http://phys.org/news/2015-07-stretchy-mesh-heater-sore-muscles.html. Cheap to manufacture and sandwiched in insulation such meshes or functional textiles might form therapeutic heating bandages or elements in clothes, and applications could expand in future with additional features such as antennas and other electronic interfaces. 

10. Antibodies Linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Rituximab, a drug that wipes out most of the body’s B-cells and is used to treat certain blood cancers and arthritis, has been found to be very effective in treating chronic fatigue syndrome for many patients http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22730284.000-antibody-wipeout-relieves-symptoms-of-chronic-fatigue-syndrome.html. This seems to be the second human clinical trial exploring this possibility and others are planned. The implication of the result is that CFS is most likely an autoimmune disorder in many cases, triggered by wayward antibodies, and further studies aimed at identifying the antibodies responsible might enable even better treatment options. 

Archive: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/07/femtosecond-photodoping-liquiglide.html ___

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2015-07-04 15:28:25 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Celebrate the 4th of July Bernie Sanders style!
Not the president we deserve, but the president we NEED!


#Murica   #FeelTheBern   #4thofJuly   #IndependenceDay   #July4th   #Bernie2016  
HT Imgur and http://www.reddit.com/user/zxxx

Celebrate the 4th of July Bernie Sanders style!
Not the president we deserve, but the president we NEED!


#Murica   #FeelTheBern   #4thofJuly   #IndependenceDay   #July4th   #Bernie2016  
HT Imgur and http://www.reddit.com/user/zxxx___

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2015-07-04 15:05:02 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

A single grape gets stitched back together by the da Vinci robot - E Minor TV

'... A single grape gets stitched back together by the da Vinci robot

Words by Rachel Oakley

So you wouldn't think a robot stitching up a grape would garner so much attention and awe, but this is no ordinary robot. This is the da Vinci, a surgical system that features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate better than the human wrist ever will. Think this is just a futuristic gimmick? No way! The da Vinci Surgical System has so far been involved in 1.5 million surgical procedures to date. Talk about state-of-the-art!
...'

http://www.eminor.tv/a-single-grape-gets-stitched-back-together-by-the-da-vinci-robot/

A single grape gets stitched back together by the da Vinci robot - E Minor TV

'... A single grape gets stitched back together by the da Vinci robot

Words by Rachel Oakley

So you wouldn't think a robot stitching up a grape would garner so much attention and awe, but this is no ordinary robot. This is the da Vinci, a surgical system that features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate better than the human wrist ever will. Think this is just a futuristic gimmick? No way! The da Vinci Surgical System has so far been involved in 1.5 million surgical procedures to date. Talk about state-of-the-art!
...'

http://www.eminor.tv/a-single-grape-gets-stitched-back-together-by-the-da-vinci-robot/___

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2015-07-03 19:42:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

oh my

oh my___

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2015-07-03 15:59:11 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Yup. It's just a yup kinda day.

Courtesy +TDB Gryffyn 

Yup. It's just a yup kinda day.

Courtesy +TDB Gryffyn ___

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2015-07-03 15:57:07 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

NO U

NO U___

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2015-07-03 14:09:07 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

A fantastic invention: Jie Bao (of Tsinghua University) and Moungi Bawendi (of MIT) have invented an optical spectrometer small and cheap enough to attach to a cell phone, which can nonetheless perform comparably well to serious professional equipment.

Spectrometers are amazingly useful devices: they simply break light up through a prism, and report on how bright the light is in each frequency. That lets you recognize chemicals (each molecule has a distinctive color "fingerprint"), measure temperature (when you heat an object, it glows with a spectrum that's a simple function of temperature), and even measure the speed of objects. (If you know something's color when it's still, its colors in motion are shifted by the Doppler effect, just like an approaching siren's pitch goes up and a receding one goes down. The fingerprints of chemical colors give you an excellent... more »

A fantastic invention: Jie Bao (of Tsinghua University) and Moungi Bawendi (of MIT) have invented an optical spectrometer small and cheap enough to attach to a cell phone, which can nonetheless perform comparably well to serious professional equipment.

Spectrometers are amazingly useful devices: they simply break light up through a prism, and report on how bright the light is in each frequency. That lets you recognize chemicals (each molecule has a distinctive color "fingerprint"), measure temperature (when you heat an object, it glows with a spectrum that's a simple function of temperature), and even measure the speed of objects. (If you know something's color when it's still, its colors in motion are shifted by the Doppler effect, just like an approaching siren's pitch goes up and a receding one goes down. The fingerprints of chemical colors give you an excellent reference point for that)

Bao and Bawendi's device is completely different from traditional spectrometers: Rather than using a prism and precision optics, they use an array of 195 carefully chosen inks and a CCD light sensor. The result is rugged and cheap – a few dollars, instead of a few hundred or thousand.

This is a tool that could revolutionize all sorts of devices; the authors give an example of a tool that could identify skin cancer just by pointing at it. (Cancers contain specific chemicals which produce specific optical fingerprints, after all!)

And more to the point, it's neat.

Dear Drs. Bao and Bawendi: TAKE MY MONEY!

Via +California Academy of Sciences.___

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2015-07-03 14:06:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The Machine Stops
E.M. Forster, 1909

@htecb has composed a Twitter performance of E.M. Forster's short story "The Machine Stops". Each student was responsible for converting a section of the story into a 140 character tweet. Attached is one of the entries; you can read the full sequence below:

https://twitter.com/htecb/status/616608873991028736

The original story can be read here:

http://goo.gl/MRQe

Please engage HTECb! Our class has fifteen bright, talented, and extremely creative young students hard at work on the philosophy of technology. Your questions and comments will provide some important and educational feedback in that process.  Also, engagement helps our Klout score =D

Find us @htecb: https://twitter.com/htecb
Read more about my #cty #Princeton  course here: http://goo.gl/Zhzy1
See our 2013p... more »

The Machine Stops
E.M. Forster, 1909

@htecb has composed a Twitter performance of E.M. Forster's short story "The Machine Stops". Each student was responsible for converting a section of the story into a 140 character tweet. Attached is one of the entries; you can read the full sequence below:

https://twitter.com/htecb/status/616608873991028736

The original story can be read here:

http://goo.gl/MRQe

Please engage HTECb! Our class has fifteen bright, talented, and extremely creative young students hard at work on the philosophy of technology. Your questions and comments will provide some important and educational feedback in that process.  Also, engagement helps our Klout score =D

Find us @htecb: https://twitter.com/htecb
Read more about my #cty #Princeton  course here: http://goo.gl/Zhzy1
See our 2013 performance of Phillip K. Dick's "Pay for the Printer" here:
https://twitter.com/htecb/status/352589994566770688
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DanielEstrada/posts/6f5mAJszEhg

#sciencefiction   #education   #twitter   ___

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2015-07-02 22:38:31 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-02 14:14:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

>ARIN activated the IPv4 Unmet Requests policy (NRPM 4.1.8)  this week with the approval of an address request that was larger than the available inventory in the regional IPv4 free pool.

// oh my

>ARIN activated the IPv4 Unmet Requests policy (NRPM 4.1.8)  this week with the approval of an address request that was larger than the available inventory in the regional IPv4 free pool.

// oh my___

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2015-07-02 13:59:37 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

+Plex hacked, change your password ASAP!

Another day, another security breach... Plex has been compromised. Passwords were stolen, though they were hashed and salted, and should be safe. That said, it's still best practice to change your password, just in case. The affected users might be limited to those that have a Plex Forums account, if you've never created a Forums account, you might be safe, but hey, in the name of security, you might as well change your password anyways.

+Plex hacked, change your password ASAP!

Another day, another security breach... Plex has been compromised. Passwords were stolen, though they were hashed and salted, and should be safe. That said, it's still best practice to change your password, just in case. The affected users might be limited to those that have a Plex Forums account, if you've never created a Forums account, you might be safe, but hey, in the name of security, you might as well change your password anyways.___

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2015-07-02 11:03:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Oh my

Generate your own Neural Network inspired images with DeepDream

Two weeks ago we blogged about a visualization tool designed to help us understand how neural networks work and what each layer has learned (http://goo.gl/pUfbyH). In addition to gaining some insight on how these networks carry out classification tasks, we found that this process also generated some beautiful art.

Now you can make your own images using an open source IPython notebook, which allows you to choose which layers in the network to enhance, how many iterations to apply and how far to zoom in. Alternatively, different pre-trained networks can be plugged in.

It'll be interesting to see what imagery people are able to generate. If you post images to Google+, Facebook, or Twitter, be sure to tag them with #deepdream so other researchers can check them out too.___Oh my

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2015-07-02 00:52:50 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-01 16:35:28 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

What will humans be uniquely suited to do when robots are prevalent? I was wondering when Kurzweil would speak directly on the subject of technological unemployment. I've read his books so I figured he would say something along the lines of "humans will merge with machines." Indeed he does; full interview in the video if you want to hear his exact words. He acknowledges that jobs are destroyed on the low end of the skill ladder but says they are created on the high end of the skill ladder, that "the skill ladder moves up." "We need to make people more skilled." He says there are two ways: one is education, and we are on our way to providing a kindergarten through graduate school education online with very high quality. The other is brain enhancement, which we are all doing now by having smartphones in close proximity. Computers are always becoming more intimate and will go... more »

What will humans be uniquely suited to do when robots are prevalent? I was wondering when Kurzweil would speak directly on the subject of technological unemployment. I've read his books so I figured he would say something along the lines of "humans will merge with machines." Indeed he does; full interview in the video if you want to hear his exact words. He acknowledges that jobs are destroyed on the low end of the skill ladder but says they are created on the high end of the skill ladder, that "the skill ladder moves up." "We need to make people more skilled." He says there are two ways: one is education, and we are on our way to providing a kindergarten through graduate school education online with very high quality. The other is brain enhancement, which we are all doing now by having smartphones in close proximity. Computers are always becoming more intimate and will go inside our bodies. "Ultimately that is the way we're going to make people smarter." "Neocortex and the cloud."

He also says People will need less monetary resources, by which he means everything will be cheaper.

He talks about how he had a discussion about this with Larry Page where Page was saying, why have jobs? Why not everybody just work less? Kurzweil takes the point of view that because jobs of the future will require more and more creativity, more people will enjoy them as "creative endeavors" and more people will "pursue their passion."___

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2015-07-01 12:54:37 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

>This article is based on more than 50 interviews with current and former high-level executives at Sony (all of whom insisted on not being identified by name), cybersecurity experts, and law-enforcement officials. It is also based, in large part, on Sony emails and documents stolen by the hackers. Beyond generating Hollywood gossip, which they already have, they offer a remarkable window into the business of Sony Pictures at the time of the hack: the personalities of its leaders, the pressures they faced in their relationship with the business’s Tokyo-based parent, and the challenges of running an entertainment studio in the 21st century. 

// good times

>This article is based on more than 50 interviews with current and former high-level executives at Sony (all of whom insisted on not being identified by name), cybersecurity experts, and law-enforcement officials. It is also based, in large part, on Sony emails and documents stolen by the hackers. Beyond generating Hollywood gossip, which they already have, they offer a remarkable window into the business of Sony Pictures at the time of the hack: the personalities of its leaders, the pressures they faced in their relationship with the business’s Tokyo-based parent, and the challenges of running an entertainment studio in the 21st century. 

// good times___

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2015-06-30 20:49:06 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Awesome. Looks like a fun hero.

Cc +Brian Agatonovic 

Awesome. Looks like a fun hero.

Cc +Brian Agatonovic ___

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2015-06-29 23:04:09 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-29 20:42:57 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-29 20:41:26 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

I'm hongray

I'm hongray___

2015-06-28 22:34:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Welcome to the Google+ project, everyone!

Welcome to the Google+ project, everyone!___

2015-06-28 21:30:51 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

2/3 into Seveneves (Stephenson's new (awesome) novel) and the reason for the title is revealed. Really enjoying this book, reading some negative reviews of the book that complain about the final third, but I have no problem with what I am expecting to happen.

CC: +Jon Lawhead +Tyler Millhouse 

2/3 into Seveneves (Stephenson's new (awesome) novel) and the reason for the title is revealed. Really enjoying this book, reading some negative reviews of the book that complain about the final third, but I have no problem with what I am expecting to happen.

CC: +Jon Lawhead +Tyler Millhouse ___

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2015-06-28 12:33:38 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 26/2015.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/06/functional-artificial-neuron-free-air.html 

Square bacterial division, Nanoscale geometric grids, Functional artificial neuron, Free-air holograms, Digital microfluidics, Memory in synapses, Heart powered pacemakers, Lithium battery fabrication, Nuclear spin computing, Ultra-high-res 3D prints. 

1. Squaring Bacteria: Mechanisms of Division
New techniques allow bacteria to be confined and grown into unusual shapes that they would never normally assume, including squares, triangles, and perfect circles, and related methods allow or force the bacteria to grow 30 times larger than normal http://www.tudelft.nl/en/current/latest-news/article/detail/vierkant-driehoek-cirkel-ongeacht-hun-vorm-weten-bacterien-waar-ze-moeten-delen-met-een-bee/. Such bacteria canst... more »

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 26/2015.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/06/functional-artificial-neuron-free-air.html 

Square bacterial division, Nanoscale geometric grids, Functional artificial neuron, Free-air holograms, Digital microfluidics, Memory in synapses, Heart powered pacemakers, Lithium battery fabrication, Nuclear spin computing, Ultra-high-res 3D prints. 

1. Squaring Bacteria: Mechanisms of Division
New techniques allow bacteria to be confined and grown into unusual shapes that they would never normally assume, including squares, triangles, and perfect circles, and related methods allow or force the bacteria to grow 30 times larger than normal http://www.tudelft.nl/en/current/latest-news/article/detail/vierkant-driehoek-cirkel-ongeacht-hun-vorm-weten-bacterien-waar-ze-moeten-delen-met-een-bee/. Such bacteria can still find their midlines for cell division by using proteins that sense cell shape via a mechanism originally proposed by Alan Turing. This is important foundational work for understanding how cells organise their internal architectures. 

2. Multimaterial Nanoscale Geometric Grids
I like this new fabrication method involving sweeping lasers (laser zone annealing) to accelerate the self-assembly of multi-layered multi-material nanoscale geometric grids http://www0.bnl.gov/newsroom/news.php?a=11738. For example the team can form deep lattices comprised of nanowire arrays embedded with different functional properties to create a wide range of different functional materials for many different purposes. Applications include custom coatings, photovoltaics, touch surfaces and many others. 

3. Building a Functional Artificial Neuron
A new organic bioelectronic device made of conductive polymers is able to mimic the key function of natural mammalian neurons http://news.cision.com/karolinska-institutet/r/artifical-neuron-mimicks-function-of-human-cells,c9796303. The device can sense chemical changes from neurons in one area, convert this into an electrical signal that travels to the other end of the device, which then releases neurotransmitters that can stimulate subsequent neurons. Future work hopes to miniaturise and implant the device into animals. 

4. Free-Air Holograms from Femtosecond Lasers
Femtosecond high-intensity lasers can now be used to render in-air volumetric displays and graphics by inducing localised plasma production and the emission of light in arbitrary 3D positions http://digitalnature.slis.tsukuba.ac.jp/2015/06/fairy-lights-in-femtoseconds/. The proof-of-concept produces images within a cubic centimeter volume although there is a clear path to scale-up; the images can currently be rendered at between 4,000 and 200,000 dots per second. Be sure to check out the videos; this is magical technology and not something I ever expected to see. 

5. Powerful Digital Microfluidics
New digital microfluidics devices represent a powerful platform for investigating chemical synthesis and biological processes http://news.engineering.utoronto.ca/eavesdropping-on-the-body-new-device-tracks-chemical-signals-within-cells/. Digital microfluidics involves shuttling tiny droplets of liquid around a surface patterned with a checkerboard of small electrodes that provide the means for induced voltages to move multiple droplets around different intersecting paths - YouTube has lots of interesting videos. The demonstration in this case was to rapidly and sequentially expose cells to different chemicals and test their reactions. A related, powerful microfluidic chip design automates the process of constructing plasmids, transfecting cells, and testing / confirming genetic modifications http://cen.acs.org/articles/93/web/2015/06/Microfluidic-Device-Mixes-Matches-DNA.html. 

6. More Confirmation for the Synaptic Foundation of Memory
New microscopy techniques able to examine the spines and connections formed by deep neurons in the hippocampus of mice have allowed for the first time for confirming that (at least episodic) memory is founded on the synaptic connections between neurons http://news.stanford.edu/pr/2015/pr-memory-monitor-biox-061715.html. Imaging analysis confirmed that synapse-forming neuronal spines were turned over every 30 days or so, which is the same time that episodic memories are stored in the hippocampus of mice - if retained the memories have been moved to the neocortex by this time. 

7. Implanted Pacemakers Powered by the Heart
Two new pacemaker designs offer promise for implanted pacemakers that no longer need batteries and costly replacement surgeries but rather are able to use novel piezoelectric elements to directly harvest energy from the beating of the heart itself http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/biomedical/devices/nextgen-pacemakers-may-be-powered-by-the-beating-of-a-heart. The first concerns a conventional pacemaker that connects to the heart via leads, but the most promising is the newer, tinier, leadless pacemaker that nestles inside the heart itself; proof-of-concept studies confirm that both generate more than enough power to keep the heart properly beating. Human trials will be needed; I’ll be interested to see if other implanted medical devices might also be powered in this way. 

8. Halving the Cost of Lithium Ion Batteries
I rarely include battery technologies but any new manufacturing process promising to slash the cost of lithium ion batteries by half is worthy of note http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2015/manufacturing-lithium-ion-battery-half-cost-0623. This entailed a redesign of the basic battery to incorporate features of both flow and solid batteries, resulting in a  semisolid colloidal suspension of particles for the electrodes and a battery that uses fewer, thicker electrodes, reduces nonfunctional materials, and is flexible, robust, and cheaper to manufacture. 

9. Computing with Nuclear Spins
A new optical technique allows room temperature control over electron spins in certain crystals of silicon carbide to indirectly control the spins of certain atomic nuclei in silicon carbide, which can then be used to store and process information http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2015/06/24/spintronics-advance-brings-wafer-scale-quantum-devices-closer-reality. In tests 99% of targeted nuclear spins were controlled. Applications include ultra-sensitive magnetic resonance imaging, advanced gyroscopes, quantum computing, maybe even ultra-high density data storage one day. In related spintronics news we have a great overview of the development of magnetoelectric RAM http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/design/the-computer-chip-that-never-forgets. 

10. 3D Printing: High-Res and Glass Materials
A new 3D printing technique has been developed in the lab that can produce ultra-high-resolution 3D printed patterns with structures measuring one micron in size and forming features smaller than a blood cell http://news.unist.ac.kr/realizing-futuristic-3d-printing-technology/. Meanwhile company Micron3DP has demonstrated a new 3D printing method that can use glass as a feedstock material, melting glass filaments and depositing precise layered patterns http://www.3ders.org/articles/20150622-micron-3dp-announces-breakthrough-in-3d-printing-glass-materials.html. 

Archive: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/06/functional-artificial-neuron-free-air.html ___

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2015-06-28 02:50:39 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Imagine you are a machine.

Why You’re Pretty Much Unconscious All the Time
by Jeffrey Kluger - Time
#neuroscience

In a new paper published in the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences, a group of researchers led by associate professor of psychology Ezequiel Morsella of San Francisco State University, took on the somewhat narrower question of exactly what consciousness is—and came up with a decidedly bleaker view: It’s pretty much nothing at all. Never mind the five characters controlling your thoughts, you barely control them. It’s the unconscious that’s really in charge.

http://goo.gl/oj2y8f___Imagine you are a machine.

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2015-06-27 14:57:48 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Heh #LoveWins.

Heh #LoveWins.___

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2015-06-27 11:42:34 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Neat

Neat___

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2015-06-26 18:29:40 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-26 18:23:11 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-26 17:54:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Let’s get this party started. +Google Play Music now has free music for all https://goo.gl/aC5a6X #PlayAllDay

Let’s get this party started. +Google Play Music now has free music for all https://goo.gl/aC5a6X #PlayAllDay___

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2015-06-26 01:11:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

// Monday starts my 9th year teaching Human Nature and Technology at CTY Princeton, an academic summer camp for talented youth. One of our first projects is to review major tech related events and stories from the previous year. I've scrolled over some of the great tech digests on G+ to help catch the important stories, but I'm sure I'm missing some important news. Here's what I have so far:

Top tech stories 2014-2015 - #blacklivesmatter
- #gamergate
- CRISPR
- DARPA Robotics Challenge
- Energy tech / Tesla batteries
- AR/VR updates (Occulus, Hololens, etc)
- Commercial + Military drones
- Rosetta/Philae
- Sony hack, Federal Employee hack, cyber insecurity

If anyone has other suggestions please contribute! For reference, here's the list we used last year:

- Heartbleed
- Net Neutrality (Verizon v FCC)
-... more »

// Monday starts my 9th year teaching Human Nature and Technology at CTY Princeton, an academic summer camp for talented youth. One of our first projects is to review major tech related events and stories from the previous year. I've scrolled over some of the great tech digests on G+ to help catch the important stories, but I'm sure I'm missing some important news. Here's what I have so far:

Top tech stories 2014-2015 - #blacklivesmatter
- #gamergate
- CRISPR
- DARPA Robotics Challenge
- Energy tech / Tesla batteries
- AR/VR updates (Occulus, Hololens, etc)
- Commercial + Military drones
- Rosetta/Philae
- Sony hack, Federal Employee hack, cyber insecurity

If anyone has other suggestions please contribute! For reference, here's the list we used last year:

- Heartbleed
- Net Neutrality (Verizon v FCC)
- Right to be forgotten (Costeja) 
- Most recent IPCC reports
- Facebook buys Occulus Rift/ trends in AR/VR 
- Drones/autonomous robots/self-driving cars
- Facebook psychology experiments
- Turing test passed (?!)
- TwitchPlaysPokemon
- Chang'e 3, China's moon rover

You can see lists from previous years and the resulting student-created Prezis here:

2014: https://goo.gl/9yPIIY, https://goo.gl/XBLY0I
2013: http://goo.gl/O1f0c, http://goo.gl/0RQGtH 2012: http://goo.gl/5bNHW, http://goo.gl/0upYl

You can read more about #htecb here: http://goo.gl/G48E6

This year I bought two quadcopters (Nano QXs) for the kids to play with while we talk about autonomy, technology, and control. It's going to be a blast.

Engage us @hteca @htecb on Twitter and stay tuned! 

https://twitter.com/htecb
https://twitter.com/hteca___

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2015-06-26 00:14:56 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This sort of thing makes me feel more positively towards Uber than pretty much anything else does.

I think that what the taxi business as a whole has been doing for years has been wrong -- and now that it's falling apart, it's dumping the burden of that on the individual drivers, and telling the drivers that they can only protect themselves through violence, because the industry sure as hell isn't going to help them.

Taxis in most cities are artificial monopolies. Drivers have to pay in to get access to that -- the 240,000€ sum in Paris is actually not even close to the worst. (In New York, taxi medallions can easily run $1.3M) Individual drivers can't afford that, obviously, so they have to either rent medallions or take giant loans in order to buy their own. The profit went to the people owning the medallions.

This was a workable business for individuald... more »

This sort of thing makes me feel more positively towards Uber than pretty much anything else does.

I think that what the taxi business as a whole has been doing for years has been wrong -- and now that it's falling apart, it's dumping the burden of that on the individual drivers, and telling the drivers that they can only protect themselves through violence, because the industry sure as hell isn't going to help them.

Taxis in most cities are artificial monopolies. Drivers have to pay in to get access to that -- the 240,000€ sum in Paris is actually not even close to the worst. (In New York, taxi medallions can easily run $1.3M) Individual drivers can't afford that, obviously, so they have to either rent medallions or take giant loans in order to buy their own. The profit went to the people owning the medallions.

This was a workable business for individual drivers for exactly as long as the monopoly was in place. And the business worked out just the way monopolies always did; taxi service is terrible. I expect that, when I get into a taxi in most places, at best the experience will be somewhat unpleasant; at worst, the driver may get lost, or attempt to cheat or rob me. If I try to call and order a taxi, that translates to "in 30 minutes, a taxi may or may not show up." Every bad thing I've ever heard said of Uber drivers has been no less (and no more) true of taxi drivers.

Uber has been basically breaking this monopoly. And from the perspective of everyone but the taxi industry, that's great; people get a (much) better service (much) cheaper. 

For the taxi industry, it's a catastrophe, but a catastrophe of its own making: it's imploding because it's taken comfort in being a regulated monopoly for so long that it forgot how to compete. So it's going to collapse, and most of the jobs in it are going to disappear because the businesses are going to disappear.

However, unlike most monopolies, the taxi industry has done a very thorough job of pushing the risk onto its lowest-level employees, by treating them as not just contractors, but contractors who had to own a special zero-value item. (At least Uber drivers only have to own a car; if Uber folded tomorrow, they'd still have a car.) The taxi companies own shockingly little of the risk; they may go out of business, but it's the individual drivers who often have huge loans that won't magically disappear if the value of a medallion plummets.

And the taxi industry isn't making any attempt to help. I haven't seen a single taxi company anywhere attempt to compete with Uber on service. Nor to think through protections for its employees. Instead, it's telling its drivers that if they want to have any financial future at all, it's their responsibility to stop Uber.

And so what happens? Violence in the streets. Petty thuggery, because the industry wants to offload even the risk of fighting its foes onto its workers. 

So I have exactly zero sympathy for the taxi industry. I have somewhat more sympathy for the drivers affected, but that's ultimately limited by the fact that none of what I described above was ever secret; the drivers got into this game knowing what it was. And it's even more limited when the taxi drivers' response seems to involve not just trying to shut down a city, but taking competing drivers hostage, or assaulting drivers and passengers alike.___

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2015-06-25 21:31:36 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

I finished my Creepy Gollum painting!

This is a 12"x12" acrylic painting on Blick Studio stretched canvas.

#art #painting #acrylicpainting #lordoftherings 

I finished my Creepy Gollum painting!

This is a 12"x12" acrylic painting on Blick Studio stretched canvas.

#art #painting #acrylicpainting #lordoftherings ___

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2015-06-25 11:54:39 (21 comments, 10 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Just as god intended.

Nite kids
Dream and remember.___Just as god intended.

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2015-06-25 11:30:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Awesome :)

Awesome :)___

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2015-06-25 02:21:26 (0 comments, 10 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Social Commentary: Resistance To Change.
Join the Simple Science and Interesting Things Community and share interesting stuff! https://plus.google.com/communities/117518490246975838002

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Social Commentary: Resistance To Change.
Join the Simple Science and Interesting Things Community and share interesting stuff! https://plus.google.com/communities/117518490246975838002

https://33.media.tumblr.com/202750f62dbcfee9c8775957931bc043/tumblr_nqe3ruHyLX1t2sc1ko1_500.gif___

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2015-06-24 23:53:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

>The only reason E.T.C.’s team won is because the other team killed the bovine warrior—thereby stunning themselves, and giving their opponents a precious millisecond or two to edge ahead by a single percentage point.

// hahaha

>The only reason E.T.C.’s team won is because the other team killed the bovine warrior—thereby stunning themselves, and giving their opponents a precious millisecond or two to edge ahead by a single percentage point.

// hahaha___

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2015-06-24 11:20:52 (23 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

>Speaking in an interview with VentureBeat published this week, Heroes of the Storm senior artist Phill Gonzales made an interesting point: by abandoning an in-game economy that focused on gold and experience each character had to accumulate individually, the developers were able to make new kinds of MOBA characters and abilities. Like Abathur, a gross-looking Zerg monster who doesn’t enter into battle directly, instead using a drone-like critter to hover over the heads of his allies so he can shield them and fire dart-like projectiles at nearby enemies:

// Abathur was my first favorite character

>Speaking in an interview with VentureBeat published this week, Heroes of the Storm senior artist Phill Gonzales made an interesting point: by abandoning an in-game economy that focused on gold and experience each character had to accumulate individually, the developers were able to make new kinds of MOBA characters and abilities. Like Abathur, a gross-looking Zerg monster who doesn’t enter into battle directly, instead using a drone-like critter to hover over the heads of his allies so he can shield them and fire dart-like projectiles at nearby enemies:

// Abathur was my first favorite character___

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