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Matt Uebel has been at 8 events

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Daniel Estrada30,662@103315650425474752023 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/92w6cf3TU6iAutonomous Weapons: The Debate2015-08-06 03:00:009  
Daniel Estrada30,662This 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  
Daniel Estrada30,662Made of Robots Your weekly HoA in the philosophy of technology  Week 5 readings: Andy Clark & David Chalmers (1998) "The Extended Mind"  http://consc.net/papers/extended.html Clark (2010) "Memento's Revenge: The Extended Mind, extended" http://goo.gl/W2GNtQ Every Tuesday at 7pm EST I'll host an HOA on the philosophy of technology.  We'll select short readings made available in advance and begin with an overview of the highlights. Then we'll have a general discussion for an hour, open to anyone who wants to join in, all of which will be archived on YouTube. Beyond doing some good philosophy, Made of Robots hopes to bring together a community of people interested in raising the level of popular discourse on technology.Made of Robots #52014-03-12 00:00:006  
Daniel Estrada30,662Made of Robots Your weekly HoA in the philosophy of technology  Week 4 reading: Andy Clark (2003) _Natural Born Cyborgs_ Ch 3: *Plastic Brains, Hybrid Minds* http://goo.gl/yriTC Every Tuesday at 7pm EST I'm hosting an HOA on the philosophy of technology.  We'll select short readings made available in advance and begin with an overview of the highlights. Then we'll have a general discussion for an hour, open to anyone who wants to join in, all of which will be archived on YouTube. Beyond doing some good philosophy, Made of Robots hopes to bring together a community of people interested in raising the level of popular discourse on technology.Made of Robots #42014-03-05 01:00:007  
Daniel Estrada30,662Made of Robots Your weekly HoA in the philosophy of technology  Week 2 reading: Arnold Gehlen (1957) Man in the Age of Technology http://goo.gl/PQLrFi  Every Tuesday at 6pm EST, I'll lead the first of a weekly series of Hangouts devoted to the philosophy of technology. The topic covers a range of issues in the history of ideas and at the cutting edge of science. Made of Robots will be a public reading and discussion group meeting weekly as an HoA. We'll select short readings made available in advance and begin with a quick recap of the highlights. Then we'll have a general discussion for an hour, open to anyone who wants to join in, all of which will be archived on YouTube. Beyond doing some good philosophy, I hope Made of Robots will bring together a community of people interested in raising the level of popular discourse on technology and helping others think clearly about it. Event page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c6jj538agu1mdafd15rjskob7loMade of Robots #22014-02-19 01:00:0010  
D.J. Harbaugh577Detroit Through Glass!2013-11-16 12:00:004  
Matt Uebel30,323"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  
Fraser Cain988,331To 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 05:00:004843  

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2016-05-03 23:48:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Hahagahahahahahaggagagag

Hahagahahahahahaggagagag___

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2016-05-03 19:12:07 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Whatever else you might think of Obama, it's hard to imagine we'll ever have a funnier president. 0_o

Also, the joke about his past use of cannabis at about 9:45 was irritating considering how little he has done to end the drug war mania.

Whatever else you might think of Obama, it's hard to imagine we'll ever have a funnier president. 0_o

Also, the joke about his past use of cannabis at about 9:45 was irritating considering how little he has done to end the drug war mania.___

2016-05-03 18:57:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

People who like technology and/or Splunk and/or random conversations not necessarily related to technology or Splunk should go here and subscribe now :D


People who like technology and/or Splunk and/or random conversations not necessarily related to technology or Splunk should go here and subscribe now :D
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2016-05-03 16:57:55 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Trigger Warning: Contains Sarah Palin.

Trigger Warning: Contains Sarah Palin.___

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2016-05-02 20:48:02 (11 comments; 3 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Hillary claims that she didn't vote for the war in Iraq. She claims that she voted to put pressure on the Iraqi government, and Bush betrayed her. That's a lie, and she knows it. The joint resolution which she voted for provided the legal authority for the war in Iraq. Here's the actual language from the bill:

Consistent with section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, the Congress declares that this section is intended to constitute specific statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution.

No further requirements. The other language in the resolution is nonbinding: the President is advised to try diplomacy, but if (in his sole discretion) he doesn't want to, or thinks it isn't working, then send in the cruise missiles.

Without that vote, Bush couldn't have gone to war. We'd have enough money banked to... more »

Hillary claims that she didn't vote for the war in Iraq. She claims that she voted to put pressure on the Iraqi government, and Bush betrayed her. That's a lie, and she knows it. The joint resolution which she voted for provided the legal authority for the war in Iraq. Here's the actual language from the bill:

Consistent with section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, the Congress declares that this section is intended to constitute specific statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution.

No further requirements. The other language in the resolution is nonbinding: the President is advised to try diplomacy, but if (in his sole discretion) he doesn't want to, or thinks it isn't working, then send in the cruise missiles.

Without that vote, Bush couldn't have gone to war. We'd have enough money banked to pay for four trillion dollars worth of ... whatever, about 500k Iraqis would be alive, and some of my friends wouldn't be dead.

She voted for it knowing that there were serious questions about the validity of the intelligence. She voted for it knowing precisely what the state of the intelligence on Iraq was just two years prior, and having direct access to an advisor (her husband) who still had independent, presidential-level briefings on the subject. She voted for it knowing that a key member of her campaign team -- Mark Penn -- was darkly warning Democrats of electoral consequences if they voted against it. She voted for it knowing that the organization her husband was formerly head of, the DLC, was preparing primary campaigns against Democrats who voted against it.

She was not an innocent party.

It doesn't matter if she was talking out of both sides of her mouth when she voted for it. She voted for it knowing that it authorized Bush to go to war in Iraq without any further interference from Congress. And it did exactly that. And it killed 600,000 Iraqis, 8,000 US soldiers, spent more money than the US had taken in tax revenues from its founding to the 1960s, and crippled the United States in international diplomacy in a way from which it's never recovered. And she has never been accountable for that vote.

She's done a lot of other great things. But relative to the abominable humanitarian disaster she voted for and has since defended, it's a bit of, "Other than that, Ms. Lincoln, how was the play?"

And it's not just about the war.

It's the fact that people, driven crazy by their support for their candidate, do things like excuse the banrkuptcy bill or the Iraq war vote just because their candidate voted for it. And you know what happens if you excuse things like this? If you agree not just to conditionally ignore a catastrophic mistake for tactical reasons, but to pretend that it didn't really happen? Those catastrophic mistakes happen again and again, and we pretend we don't know why it's happening because we accepted lies about why it did.___

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2016-05-02 11:40:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 18/2016.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2016/05/exoplanet-imaging-dna-nanothermometers.html

Proteins per gene, Exoplanet imaging, DNA nanothermometers, Protein assembly tools, Versatile optogenetics, 3D printing robot spiders, Deep learning, Sensory prosthetic hand, Superfluid helium blackholes, Tissue regeneration.

1. One Gene, Many Proteins
It used to be thought that each gene encoded for and produced just one single protein; this latest ambitious study has blown that paradigm apart and made it very apparent that there is far more nuance and complexity here than first thought https://www.quantamagazine.org/20160426-one-gene-many-proteins/. This thorough study looked at 1,500 human genes, found how many produced multiple proteins, and ran binding studies to 15,000 other proteins to determine whether... more »

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 18/2016.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2016/05/exoplanet-imaging-dna-nanothermometers.html

Proteins per gene, Exoplanet imaging, DNA nanothermometers, Protein assembly tools, Versatile optogenetics, 3D printing robot spiders, Deep learning, Sensory prosthetic hand, Superfluid helium blackholes, Tissue regeneration.

1. One Gene, Many Proteins
It used to be thought that each gene encoded for and produced just one single protein; this latest ambitious study has blown that paradigm apart and made it very apparent that there is far more nuance and complexity here than first thought https://www.quantamagazine.org/20160426-one-gene-many-proteins/. This thorough study looked at 1,500 human genes, found how many produced multiple proteins, and ran binding studies to 15,000 other proteins to determine whether different proteins from the same gene shared the same or different functions; they generated surprisingly variable results. Different proteins can be formed from the same gene by combining different gene segments (exons) in different sequences. This will ideally be repeated for all genes and proteins. I think the take-away here is simply recognising such seemingly chaotic complexity as a measure of evolutionary robustness.

2. Imaging Exoplanets at 1km Resolution
A new proposal for a space-based telescope positioned 11 times further away than Pluto utilises the gravitational lensing of our Sun to achieve kilometer scale resolution of candidate exoplanets orbiting other stars in our local vicinity https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601331/a-space-mission-to-the-gravitational-focus-of-the-sun/. All you need is (i) a means to block out the Sun’s light, (ii) account for the Sun’s corona, (iii) improve pointing accuracy by an order of magnitude to 0.1 nanoradians, (iv) design a propulsion system able to account for orbital motion, (v) better software and optics to account for blurring, and (vi) filtering light from the planet’s parent star. Do this and you’ll get 10,000 times more light from the exoplanet. Sounds like a worthwhile project. I only wonder about such a telescope being overtaken by technological development during a lengthy commute to 600AU or so.

3. DNA Origami Nanothermometers
Specific DNA sequences can now be used to produce DNA origami structures that are programmed to function as nanothermometers http://www.nouvelles.umontreal.ca/udem-news/news/20160427-chemists-use-dna-to-build-the-worlds-tiniest-thermometer.html. The technique produces DNA structures that fold and unfold at very specific temperatures and adding optical reporter molecules results in 5nm wide structures that produce an easily-detectable signal as a function of temperature. Applications in intra-cellular biology, testing biological machines and enzyme “overheating”, and in nanoelectronics to measure temperatures of very small areas.

4. Advanced Protein-Based Tools
First, a new set of modular proteins has been designed and tested that can be customised to specifically bind arbitrary RNA sequences, and so allowing a versatile mechanism to control and image specific RNAs in the cell http://news.mit.edu/2016/controlling-rna-living-cells-0425. This is a versatile modular code for generating custom proteins able to bind specific RNA sequences from 6 to 18 bases long, with applications in future molecular assembly lines and precise measurements of how often RNA is being translated in the cell. Second, another engineered protein naturally self-assembles carbon buckminster fullerene molecules into ordered lattices and suggests a pathway to proteins able to organise nanomaterials by design http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/dc-rca042516.php.

5. More Versatile Optogenetics
Optogenetics is increasingly being used to control pain in test animals by using viruses to functionalise neurons responsible for conveying pain and sensation signals, and then using light - either implanted or in this case external to the skin for peripheral neurons - to turn pain transmission on or off in very localised and specific areas https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/brighter-prospects-chronic-pain-260515. New optogenetics tools now also include the ability to be activated by red light that can penetrate deeper into tissues, and also be combined with other proteins and receptors to drive other cellular processes with light http://ist.ac.at/news-media/news/news-detail/article/red-light-controls-signaling-in-human-cells/6/.

6. 3D Printing with Robot Spiders
A new prototype 3D printing technology involves the use of robotic spiders able to move around with an in-built portable 3D printer, extruding plastic instead of silk in specific patterns to collaboratively build up printed structures - accuracy of localisation is a key hurdle https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601330/robot-spiders-weave-products-from-plastic-in-a-new-spin-on-3-d-printing/. In related 3D printing news the rise of custom-made, personalised, 3D printed medical implants is accelerating and increasing in sophistication https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601305/the-key-to-repairing-your-bones-may-come-out-of-a-printer/.

7. Interesting Deep Learning Developments
A new platform called OpenAI Gym has been launched as a toolkit for developing and comparing reinforcement learning algorithms for applications such as teaching agents to play games and navigate environments https://gym.openai.com/. Movidius has released a neural net accelerator called Fathom on a USB stick that uses only 1 watt of power to run powerful, typically computationally intensive image recognition neural networks with wide applications including allowing every robot to have cutting-edge vision capabilities http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/embedded-systems/movidius-puts-neural-network-on-a-usb-stick. Meanwhile Drive.ai launched from Stanford’s AI Lab to test autonomous vehicle systems based on deep learning http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/self-driving/driveai-brings-deep-learning-to-selfdriving-cars, and talking of autonomous vehicles self-driving trucks are really building momentum https://www.eutruckplatooning.com/News/495554.aspx?.

8. HAPTIX: The Prosthetic Hand that Can Feel
Here’s a good overview of efforts within DARPA’s HAPTIX program to develop prosthetic hands that allow amputees to regain a sense of touch and sensation, at least through some of the most recent prototypes http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/bionics/creating-a-prosthetic-hand-that-can-feel. The latest prototypes incorporate direct neural interfaces that convey tactile sensory information from sensors located on the prosthetic hand, and resulting in the patient consciously perceiving sensations from those areas as if it were their own hand, and drastically improving sensitive tactile manipulation tasks from 43% to 93% success rate. Slowly getting towards a system that makes the person momentarily forget they lost the hand.

9. Blackholes, Superfluid Helium, & Phonons
New insights into the existence and behaviour of Hawking radiation at Blackhole event horizons are being made with related phenomena involving rapidly rotating superfluid helium and phonons http://www.sciencealert.com/physicists-have-created-a-black-hole-in-the-lab-and-it-could-finally-confirm-the-existence-of-hawking-radiation. The rapidly rotating superfluid helium forms a barrier through which sound waves should not be able to leave, yet the experiment detected phonons, small packets of sound wave energy, leaking out of this sonic blackhole as a sonic analogue to Hawking radiation leaking from a conventional blackhole. The work is undergoing peer review, confirmation, and debate.

10. Regeneration of Brain and Other Tissues
Recent experiments demonstrate that simply inserting a microneedle into the hippocampus of mice with Alzheimer’s Disease helps induce the hippocampus to regenerate, repair damage, and reduce the beta-amyloid plaques characteristic of the disease http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/ctco-mii042616.php. Another recent study demonstrates the use of a cocktail of nine different chemicals able to transform skin cells into beating heart or neural stem cells (different cocktail for each), that when transplanted into animals helped to regenerate damage and restore normal function to those organs https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160428152117.htm.

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2016-04-30 19:19:39 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Heads up.

Announcement

The following is a press statement that has been approved by the studio involved in contract negotiations:

Update: Wanted to share with you exciting news about The Wheel of Time. Legal issues have been resolved. The Wheel of Time will become a cutting edge TV series! I couldn’t be more pleased. Look for the official announcement coming soon from a major studio —Harriet ___Heads up.

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2016-04-30 01:37:03 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Can it be Sunday already?

#Thrones
#GoT
#ScrewTrumpYo



Can it be Sunday already?

#Thrones
#GoT
#ScrewTrumpYo

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2016-04-29 22:03:32 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

lol

lol___

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2016-04-29 21:07:11 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Hahaha

Hahaha___

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2016-04-29 20:40:34 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Awesome. Very well put together.

Awesome. Very well put together.___

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2016-04-29 17:22:09 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

"We’ll probably need a new national story. Up until now, America’s story has been some version of the rags-to-riches story, the lone individual who rises from the bottom through pluck and work. But that story isn’t working for people anymore, especially for people who think the system is rigged. I don’t know what the new national story will be, but maybe it will be less individualistic and more redemptive. Maybe it will be a story about communities that heal those who suffer from addiction, broken homes, trauma, prison and loss, a story of those who triumph over the isolation, social instability and dislocation so common today."

"We’ll probably need a new national story. Up until now, America’s story has been some version of the rags-to-riches story, the lone individual who rises from the bottom through pluck and work. But that story isn’t working for people anymore, especially for people who think the system is rigged. I don’t know what the new national story will be, but maybe it will be less individualistic and more redemptive. Maybe it will be a story about communities that heal those who suffer from addiction, broken homes, trauma, prison and loss, a story of those who triumph over the isolation, social instability and dislocation so common today."___

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2016-04-29 15:41:12 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Google Play Music Podcast Functionality Update

It looks like podcasts are working on the mobile app now (for me at least). Thanks +Google Play! Attempting to transition from Pocket Casts but a couple snags:

- Some podcasts aren't turning up in search (SFBRP, History of Philosophy to name a couple), and it doesn't appear possible to add a podcast via direct link. This is a complete deal killer right? It's impossible to move podcasts over. I suppose Google is curating the available streams. Do people have to submit their feed for approval or something?

- The app really needs a view that is a simple playlist of all your subscribed podcasts with most recent episodes at the top. The mobile app thankfully gives you a list of podcasts that have been updated recently, but would be great to have direct access to those new episodes. This should be a trivial... more »

Google Play Music Podcast Functionality Update

It looks like podcasts are working on the mobile app now (for me at least). Thanks +Google Play! Attempting to transition from Pocket Casts but a couple snags:

- Some podcasts aren't turning up in search (SFBRP, History of Philosophy to name a couple), and it doesn't appear possible to add a podcast via direct link. This is a complete deal killer right? It's impossible to move podcasts over. I suppose Google is curating the available streams. Do people have to submit their feed for approval or something?

- The app really needs a view that is a simple playlist of all your subscribed podcasts with most recent episodes at the top. The mobile app thankfully gives you a list of podcasts that have been updated recently, but would be great to have direct access to those new episodes. This should be a trivial improvement right?___

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2016-04-29 13:09:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Google Play Music All Access Music Key Red Play has told me that I've listened to this song 141 times. Not surprising. Absolute beauty.

Google Play Music All Access Music Key Red Play has told me that I've listened to this song 141 times. Not surprising. Absolute beauty.___

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2016-04-28 17:44:36 (12 comments; 3 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

How long before 90%+ of Car Accident Insurance and Repair is obsolete?

How long before 90%+ of Car Accident Insurance and Repair is obsolete?___

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2016-04-27 11:34:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Attention Schema Theory explained. 

Attention Schema Theory explained. ___

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2016-04-26 18:34:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

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2016-04-26 18:22:45 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Matt Uebel's Low Carb Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner of awesome

Ingredients:
Couple Handfuls of Kale
Half an Onion (or quarter large onion)
One Jalapeno
Tablespoon or so of butter (a knob of butter as the brits would say)
Forkful or so of minced garlic
Avocado
2-4 Eggs
Couple tablespooons Salsa

Dice onion and jalapeno (garlic as well if you don't get the bottled stuff like I do). Melt butter in large pan over medium heat and begin to saute onion/jalapeno. After a few minutes, add Kale and some water, cover reduce heat to med-low and cook for 5-7 minutes until Kale is more tender.

Remove cover, saute more until most of the water evaporates, clear space in middle and cook garlic for a minute or so, until it just starts to brown. Mix all the vegetables together and saute for another few minutes. Add any desired seasonings at this... more »

Matt Uebel's Low Carb Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner of awesome

Ingredients:
Couple Handfuls of Kale
Half an Onion (or quarter large onion)
One Jalapeno
Tablespoon or so of butter (a knob of butter as the brits would say)
Forkful or so of minced garlic
Avocado
2-4 Eggs
Couple tablespooons Salsa

Dice onion and jalapeno (garlic as well if you don't get the bottled stuff like I do). Melt butter in large pan over medium heat and begin to saute onion/jalapeno. After a few minutes, add Kale and some water, cover reduce heat to med-low and cook for 5-7 minutes until Kale is more tender.

Remove cover, saute more until most of the water evaporates, clear space in middle and cook garlic for a minute or so, until it just starts to brown. Mix all the vegetables together and saute for another few minutes. Add any desired seasonings at this point (usually salt/pepper for me).

Halve avocado, add to plate along with salsa. Add cooked vegetables to plate. Most of fat will be gone from the pan at this point, so I usually will spray canola/olive oil for a light coating, and then cook the eggs easy-over. Add to plate. Absolutely delicious.

Combine with stronglifts 3x a week. Good times.___

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2016-04-26 13:05:43 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Cast of Thrones is the most chaotic, but also probably the most funny Game of Thrones recap podcast.

Cast of Thrones is the most chaotic, but also probably the most funny Game of Thrones recap podcast.___

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2016-04-25 19:15:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

> I call it conscious realism: Objective reality is just conscious agents, just points of view. Interestingly, I can take two conscious agents and have them interact, and the mathematical structure of that interaction also satisfies the definition of a conscious agent. This mathematics is telling me something. I can take two minds, and they can generate a new, unified single mind. Here’s a concrete example. We have two hemispheres in our brain. But when you do a split-brain operation, a complete transection of the corpus callosum, you get clear evidence of two separate consciousnesses. Before that slicing happened, it seemed there was a single unified consciousness. So it’s not implausible that there is a single conscious agent. And yet it’s also the case that there are two conscious agents there, and you can see that when they’re split. I didn’t expect that, the mathematics forced me torecognize... more »

> I call it conscious realism: Objective reality is just conscious agents, just points of view. Interestingly, I can take two conscious agents and have them interact, and the mathematical structure of that interaction also satisfies the definition of a conscious agent. This mathematics is telling me something. I can take two minds, and they can generate a new, unified single mind. Here’s a concrete example. We have two hemispheres in our brain. But when you do a split-brain operation, a complete transection of the corpus callosum, you get clear evidence of two separate consciousnesses. Before that slicing happened, it seemed there was a single unified consciousness. So it’s not implausible that there is a single conscious agent. And yet it’s also the case that there are two conscious agents there, and you can see that when they’re split. I didn’t expect that, the mathematics forced me to recognize this. It suggests that I can take separate observers, put them together and create new observers, and keep doing this ad infinitum. It’s conscious agents all the way down.
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A mathematical model of consciousness?

That’s right. My intuition was, there are conscious experiences. I have pains, tastes, smells, all my sensory experiences, moods, emotions and so forth. So I’m just going to say: One part of this consciousness structure is a set of all possible experiences. When I’m having an experience, based on that experience I may want to change what I’m doing. So I need to have a collection of possible actions I can take and a decision strategy that, given my experiences, allows me to change how I’m acting. That’s the basic idea of the whole thing. I have a space X of experiences, a space G of actions, and an algorithm D that lets me choose a new action given my experiences. Then I posited a W for a world, which is also a probability space. Somehow the world affects my perceptions, so there’s a perception map P from the world to my experiences, and when I act, I change the world, so there’s a map A from the space of actions to the world. That’s the entire structure. Six elements. The claim is: This is the structure of consciousness. I put that out there so people have something to shoot at.

More: https://www.quantamagazine.org/20160421-the-evolutionary-argument-against-reality/
via +Bruce Kunkel

// I wasn't aware of this work before. I'm not a fan of the realism/anti-realism debate, but there's also a discussion of a mathematical model of conscious agency which he calls "Interface theory". You can check out a more formal introduction to the theory here:

http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00577/full

There's lots of details that need to be worked out; at this point, I'm not convinced. But I'm definitely intrigued! It appears that the theory is involves graph-theoretic diagrams describing the interactions of conscious agents. As far as I can tell, the graph diagrams are used merely to illustrate the interactions described by the math.

The diagrams are just begging for a treatment in category theory! They look like twisted commuting diagrams, with all the arrows pointing in the wrong directions. My intuition is that formalizing these agent interactions to work like morphisms between objects in category theory wouldn't be too challenging, and would probably help illuminate the strengths (and weaknesses) of interface theory. I'm interested enough that I might attempt this reconstruction myself.
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2016-04-25 13:10:52 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Imagine you are a machine.

Capsule Review, Echopraxia: If you read Blindsight, but couldn't stand its shallow treatment of technical subjects, found the aliens to be humans-in-funny-suits, and thought that its fairytale ending was implausibly optimistic, this is the book for you. (4/5 stars)___Imagine you are a machine.

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2016-04-24 23:31:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

SOON

SOON___

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2016-04-24 14:54:35 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Absolutely fantastic, read the whole thing.

Absolutely fantastic, read the whole thing.___

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2016-04-24 11:59:17 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 17/2016.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2016/04/engineered-artificial-ribosomes.html

Engineered artificial ribosomes, Tantalising EmDrive, Nanomagnet Holograph displays, Hafnium oxide memristors, Rejuvenation genetherapy confirmed, Improved CRISPR, Seawater uranium extraction, Implantable ultrasound communications, Biomimicry brighter LEDs, Actin memory role.

1. Artificial Synthetic Ribosome
Ribosomes in cells take in genetic code and sequentially synthesise a complete protein from specific amino acids that correspond to that code. A new, autonomous molecular machine based DNA has been developed as an artificial synthetic ribosome able to take specific sequence instructions and make new synthetic polymer materials out of different molecules in a similar way... more »

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 17/2016.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2016/04/engineered-artificial-ribosomes.html

Engineered artificial ribosomes, Tantalising EmDrive, Nanomagnet Holograph displays, Hafnium oxide memristors, Rejuvenation genetherapy confirmed, Improved CRISPR, Seawater uranium extraction, Implantable ultrasound communications, Biomimicry brighter LEDs, Actin memory role.

1. Artificial Synthetic Ribosome
Ribosomes in cells take in genetic code and sequentially synthesise a complete protein from specific amino acids that correspond to that code. A new, autonomous molecular machine based DNA has been developed as an artificial synthetic ribosome able to take specific sequence instructions and make new synthetic polymer materials out of different molecules in a similar way http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2016/04/ribosome-mimic-dna-molecular-machine-polymer-production. The full paper is also worth a look http://sci-hub.io/10.1038/nchem.2495. The system relies on (i) chemistry DNA hairpin sequences attached to specific reactant molecules, and (ii) instruction DNA hairpin molecules with sequences that control the order in which the different monomer reactant molecules are assembled. Autonomous, programmable, atomically precise synthesis of large molecules. In related news another engineered ribosome functions in bacteria to create proteins with beta-amino acids that has never been achieved in live cells before http://news.yale.edu/2016/04/21/new-protein-making-factory-promises-better-medicines.

2. EmDrive and Unruh Radiation
To date six independent experiments have replicated the original EmDrive results by building their own device and measuring a thrust from a hollow cone when microwaves are bounced inside it, all without a suitable explanation for a seeming violation of conservation of momentum. A new theory of inertia suggests inertia is the pressure Unruh radiation exerts on an accelerating body, an effect predicted by General Relativity, and which also explains the acceleration discrepanies in falyby anomalies https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601299/the-curious-link-between-the-fly-by-anomaly-and-the-impossible-emdrive-thruster/. The theory suggests inertia is quantised, predicts flyby anomalies and their discrepancy, predicts the magnitude of thrusts measured in all experiments done so far, and makes two predictions yet to be tested: (i) a dielectric in the cavity will enhance thrust, and (ii) changing cavity dimensions will reverse thrust. It also assumes photons have inertial mass and the speed of light changes in the cavity. Will be interesting to see where this goes.

3. Nanomagnet Pixels for Holographic Displays
Wide-angle 3D holographic displays have been developed that are powered by nanomagnets http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/tuot-npt041916.php. The nanomagnets in these displays are referred to as magneto-optic spatial light modulators; a laser focused on the surface defines the display pixel size, pixel switching occurs in 10 nanoseconds, with pixel size and pitch in this demonstration being 1 micrometer, and enabling a 30 degree viewing angle. A nice advance in spatial light modulators towards the goal of glasses-free holographic video displays.

4. Hafnium Oxide Memristors as Synapses
New memristors made of thin-film hafnium oxide and via conventional production processes show promise as artificial synapses in brain-like chips http://phys.org/news/2016-04-physicists-electronic-synapses-neural-networks.html. Demonstrations show the memristors reproducing electrical signalling behaviour as observed in biological synapses, including spike-timing-dependent plasticity, long-term potentiation, and long-term depression. Next step will be to incorporate these hardware prototypes into larger brain-like chips.

5. Rejuvenation Gene Therapy Confirmed Against Aging
BioViva has confirmed Liz Parish’s experimental gene therapy, undertaken last year for disabling myostatin and extending teleomeres, successfully extended the telomeres of the cells that were analysed (white blood cells) from 6.71kb to 7.33kb and so effectively removing an average of 20 years worth of telomere shortening http://bioviva-science.com/2016/04/21/first-gene-therapy-successful-against-human-aging/. As always an N=1 should be taken with a grain of salt; the company has received an injection of funding and repeatability will be key in convincing skeptics of the result. The same techniques could be used to target the Per2 gene, leading to rejuvenation of the mammalian immune system and prolonged lifespans http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=163209&CultureCode=en.

6. Single DNA Base Read/Writes Via CRISPR
A newly developed version of CRISPR can be targeted to specific sites in the genome and instead of cutting the DNA, precisely change one DNA base for another in order to correct precise single-base mutations or misspellings https://www.statnews.com/2016/04/20/clever-crispr-advance-unveiled/. This again reduces the risk of off-site target effects and provides an elegant way to make edits, provided the group can further improve the tool to be capable of all 12 basepair swaps (currently does 2). A protein nanopore array has been used for real-time single-base electronic DNA sequencing http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/cuso-cet042116.php. The nanopores incorporate a DNA polymerase protein that synthesises a complementary DNA strand as the strand of interest is passed through the pore; each of the four different nucleotides added incorporates a distinct tag that facilitates clearer and more accurate electrical signals that allow the sequence to be reconstructed.

7. Improvements in Extracting Uranium from Seawater
There are lots of efforts to extract useful elements from seawater with Uranium being of particular interest given the oceans collectively hold 4 billion tons of Uranium. Significant advances are being made with seawater extraction of Uranium via novel adsorbent materials that can now achieve 5.2 grams of Uranium per kilogram of adsorbent after 49 days in seawater, and with more recent tests showing 6 grams after 56 days https://www.ornl.gov/news/advances-extracting-uranium-seawater-announced-special-issue. There would be many benefits to achieving economical Uranium (and other metals) extraction from seawater.

8. Ultrasonic Data Transmission Through Flesh
Ultrasonic signals can now be used to transmit data through meat at 30 mbps, enough for HD video http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/biomedical/devices/ultrasonic-signals-transmit-data-through-meat-at-hd-video-quality. Current implanted medical devices are usually limited to much lower data rates, but having wireless data transmission via ultrasound able to deliver HD video offers a number of benefits including live-streaming video from swallowed camera-pills, easily managing large firmware updates to implanted devices, and others. Next step is animal studies and confirmation of the effect of bone structures on data rates.

9. Biomimicry for Brighter LEDs
The amount of light emitted by LEDs was boosted by 60% by carefully shaping the outer surface of the LED to mimic the structure of a firefly’s lantern http://gizmodo.com/scientists-made-leds-60-percent-brighter-by-copying-fir-1771979185. This essentially amounts to forming a nanostructured lens on top of the LED and these structures reduce the difference in refractive index between the material body and air, allowing more light to be emitted. This opens up the possibility for more power-efficient LEDs, but I’m also wondering if they can flip it and improve the efficiency of photodetectors and photovoltaics?

10. The Role of Actin in Memory
New models suggest that actin, the protein that helps to control cell shape, is responsible for the formation of long-term memories http://news.rice.edu/2016/04/18/thanks-actin-for-the-memories/. This concerns studies of the energy landscape of proteins and how actin filaments pull upon and stabilise certain proteins to form longer, more stable, and insoluble prion-like fibers. This offers another piece of evidence for the biological role of prion-like proteins, and also suggests a healthy role for some types of protein aggregates in cells, which are often considered a sign of disease and malfunction. This provides a mechanism for synaptic structures to last many years, if not decades, although the transition from short-term memory to this form of long-term memory is not yet known.

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2016-04-22 18:01:26 (26 comments; 6 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

And yet this history of controversy is somehow pointed out as a "strength" of this corporate puppet of a candidate.

___And yet this history of controversy is somehow pointed out as a "strength" of this corporate puppet of a candidate.

2016-04-22 17:54:06 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

one annoying thing about "the internet" is that most of the people that bother to comment on anything are smartasses and/or idiots.

one annoying thing about "the internet" is that most of the people that bother to comment on anything are smartasses and/or idiots.___

2016-04-22 16:58:00 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Really interested to hear what the story is with Google's most recent quarter-baked venture with adding podcast functionality to +Google Play Music All Access Red or whatever it is called.

I can see it in the browser, multiple reports that it is supposed to be available in the Android App, but not there. Thought maybe it will be in the next update,. Got recent update last night, and release notes mention podcast functionality, but no option in the menu. Podcasts seem to be completely missing. Got a new app icon (very ugly) though. 0_o

Based off the comments here I guess I'm not the only one with this issue http://www.androidcentral.com/how-use-podcasts-google-play-music-android

Supposing that Google has some robot that will eventually flip the switch, but the way they treat end users is sometimes EXCEEDINGLY frustrating.

Really interested to hear what the story is with Google's most recent quarter-baked venture with adding podcast functionality to +Google Play Music All Access Red or whatever it is called.

I can see it in the browser, multiple reports that it is supposed to be available in the Android App, but not there. Thought maybe it will be in the next update,. Got recent update last night, and release notes mention podcast functionality, but no option in the menu. Podcasts seem to be completely missing. Got a new app icon (very ugly) though. 0_o

Based off the comments here I guess I'm not the only one with this issue http://www.androidcentral.com/how-use-podcasts-google-play-music-android

Supposing that Google has some robot that will eventually flip the switch, but the way they treat end users is sometimes EXCEEDINGLY frustrating.___

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2016-04-22 16:22:55 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

That's about 10,000 GBs of data in the volume of a grain of sand.

That's about 10,000 GBs of data in the volume of a grain of sand.___

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2016-04-22 16:22:22 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Longtime colleague Kevin Kelly takes us on a detailed tour of the varied (and many) endeavors in Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality that are looming at us from companies like Magic Leap, Occulus, Microsoft, Apple and many others.  Kevin’s fascinating account introduces the innovators who will change everything, as much as they were changed by the arrival of the computer monitor, then the laptop, the web browser and the cell-phone.
 
Some of us have tried hard to portray these future possibilities, going back to 1980s cyberpunks. Vernor Vinge took things to new levels of possibility and plausibility in Rainbows End… as I tried to do, in Existence. We are in for interesting times.

Longtime colleague Kevin Kelly takes us on a detailed tour of the varied (and many) endeavors in Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality that are looming at us from companies like Magic Leap, Occulus, Microsoft, Apple and many others.  Kevin’s fascinating account introduces the innovators who will change everything, as much as they were changed by the arrival of the computer monitor, then the laptop, the web browser and the cell-phone.
 
Some of us have tried hard to portray these future possibilities, going back to 1980s cyberpunks. Vernor Vinge took things to new levels of possibility and plausibility in Rainbows End… as I tried to do, in Existence. We are in for interesting times.___

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2016-04-22 12:20:20 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Yesssss

Yesssss___

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2016-04-21 23:01:32 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Jessica Chastain is gorgeous. This is great.

Jessica Chastain is gorgeous. This is great.___

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2016-04-21 22:55:30 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

The start of more automation in the service sector. $15 minimum wage will accelerate this. #hope

The start of more automation in the service sector. $15 minimum wage will accelerate this. #hope___

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2016-04-21 22:37:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Super hot super hot super hot

Super hot super hot super hot___

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2016-04-21 14:38:04 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

Yup:

Yup:___

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2016-04-20 22:52:28 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

looks like this one is going to flop.

looks like this one is going to flop.___

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2016-04-20 22:06:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

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2016-04-19 20:55:07 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Ray Kurzweil thinks these 3 technologies are poised to change the world the world the most: Genetics. Nanotechnology. Robotics.

Ray Kurzweil thinks these 3 technologies are poised to change the world the world the most: Genetics. Nanotechnology. Robotics.___

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2016-04-19 16:56:01 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

George R. R. Martin Open To Game of Thrones Spin-off

A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin believes that there are plenty of opportunities for a Game of Thrones spin-off or two.
#GameOfThrones   #GeorgeRRMartin   #Movies   #television   #entertainment  +HBO Watch 

George R. R. Martin Open To Game of Thrones Spin-off

A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin believes that there are plenty of opportunities for a Game of Thrones spin-off or two.
#GameOfThrones   #GeorgeRRMartin   #Movies   #television   #entertainment  +HBO Watch ___

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2016-04-19 02:43:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Imagine you are a machine.

> The official presentation of Oscar, the modular body, now disconnected from its external blood supply and outside his sterile environment. Cornelis Vlasman demonstrates how the various modules work together as he connects them.

More: http://www.themodularbody.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfoVOGMz054
via @117524896424338189284

// I love everything about this.
___Imagine you are a machine.

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2016-04-19 00:37:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

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2016-04-18 18:59:26 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

sweet jesus Google Music has podcast aggregating functionality now. awesome. Have been having so many problems with Pocket Casts

sweet jesus Google Music has podcast aggregating functionality now. awesome. Have been having so many problems with Pocket Casts___

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2016-04-18 02:33:53 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

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2016-04-17 18:11:30 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

>Maher noted that 22.8% of Americans identify as atheist or agnostic, making the non-religious the second largest proportion after Evangelicals.
“That means almost a quarter of us in America are being forced to subsidize a myth that we’re not buying into,” he said. “Why, in heaven’s name, don’t we tax religion — a sexist, homophobic magic act that’s been used to justify everything from genital mutilation to genocide?”

http://www.salon.com/2016/04/16/why_in_heavens_name_dont_we_tax_religion_bill_maher_says_its_time_all_religious_groups_paid_uncle_sam/

>Maher noted that 22.8% of Americans identify as atheist or agnostic, making the non-religious the second largest proportion after Evangelicals.
“That means almost a quarter of us in America are being forced to subsidize a myth that we’re not buying into,” he said. “Why, in heaven’s name, don’t we tax religion — a sexist, homophobic magic act that’s been used to justify everything from genital mutilation to genocide?”

http://www.salon.com/2016/04/16/why_in_heavens_name_dont_we_tax_religion_bill_maher_says_its_time_all_religious_groups_paid_uncle_sam/___

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2016-04-17 12:54:53 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

>Now, you might argue that all those preorders, which could bring more than $16 billion in revenue into Tesla's coffers if the company can make good on production, represent all those Tesla wannabe early adopters who couldn't swing the $100,000 purchase price of a Model S or Model X. Once that group is exhausted, Tesla will have captured all the customers that currently exist.

Well, maybe. Or perhaps the Tesla market is in fact HUGE. At least, far larger than it had looked up to the Model 3 reveal.

// I'm one of those Tesla fans that haven't preordered. I don't expect to see the car before the decade is up, and really am hoping to avoid buying a car altogether. Would rather rely on a fleet of autonomous vehicles.

With that being said, if I ever do buy a new car, it will be years from now, and probably a Tesla (unless the other manufacturers get a clue... more »

>Now, you might argue that all those preorders, which could bring more than $16 billion in revenue into Tesla's coffers if the company can make good on production, represent all those Tesla wannabe early adopters who couldn't swing the $100,000 purchase price of a Model S or Model X. Once that group is exhausted, Tesla will have captured all the customers that currently exist.

Well, maybe. Or perhaps the Tesla market is in fact HUGE. At least, far larger than it had looked up to the Model 3 reveal.

// I'm one of those Tesla fans that haven't preordered. I don't expect to see the car before the decade is up, and really am hoping to avoid buying a car altogether. Would rather rely on a fleet of autonomous vehicles.

With that being said, if I ever do buy a new car, it will be years from now, and probably a Tesla (unless the other manufacturers get a clue and develop an equally sweet car)___

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2016-04-16 21:41:57 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

wat

wat___

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2016-04-16 19:40:09 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Hahahaha

Hahahaha___

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2016-04-16 19:23:20 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Great video.

Great video.___

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2016-04-16 01:25:04 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Love that wheezy

Love that wheezy___

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