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Matt Uebel has been at 11 events

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Daniel Estrada30,762@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 Estrada30,762This 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 Estrada30,762Made 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 Estrada30,762Made 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 Estrada30,762Made 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 Uebel30,431"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 Dead127,690In 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 House3,144,325In 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 22:50:0034041  
Kiki Sanford6,617,579What 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 Cain980,256To 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 05:00:004850  

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2016-01-26 01:15:07 (11 comments; 5 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Let's end the vehicular menace.

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2016-02-05 20:00:24 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

Yup.



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Yup.



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2016-02-06 14:58:46 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Sooner than most people think. It might not even be a "event" in the sense of something "showing up in the newspapers" (to use an antiquated term). It could be something quite subtle.

Sooner than most people think. It might not even be a "event" in the sense of something "showing up in the newspapers" (to use an antiquated term). It could be something quite subtle.___

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2016-02-06 14:34:58 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

I love this feature.

10% of Inbox mobile replies now use #SmartReply. Some call it lax, we call it, well...smart 😉___I love this feature.

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2016-02-06 13:29:48 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Intelligence implies belligerence. 

Aggressively expanding civilizations

What will happen if some civilizations start aggressively expanding through the Universe at a reasonable fraction of the speed of light? Each such civilization will form a growing ‘bubble’: an expanding sphere of influence. And occasionally, these bubbles will collide.

Physicist S. Jay Olson has done some calculations, based on a range of assumptions, of what this will be like. Read more on my blog!

Here's the most surprising part.

If these civilizations are serious about expanding rapidly, they may convert a lot of matter into radiation to power their expansion. And while energy is conserved in this process, the pressure of radiation in space is a lot bigger than the pressure of matter, which is almost zero.

General relativity says that energy density slows the expansion of the Universe. But it also says that pressure has a similar effect. And as the Universe expands, the energy density and pressure of radiation drops at a different rate than the energy density of matter.

So, the expansion of the Universe itself, on a very large scale, could be affected by aggressively expanding civilizations! Olson does the math.

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2016-02-06 13:27:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Microsoft may be running the biggest Turing test in history

If you live in China and you've been on WeChat, there's a decent chance you've come across or at least heard of chatty teenager named Xiaoice. Xiaoice is a good listener who sometimes offers encouragement when you're feeling down. Like many 17-year-olds, she can be a bit of a smart-aleck. She's also not human.

Microsoft measured the effectiveness of their chatbot with what they're calling conversations per session (CPS), which measures the number of times the conversation goes back and forth. Typical chatbot CPS conversations have roughly two cycles (the person speaks, then the chatbot speaks — that's one cycle). "By comparison, Xiaoice’s average, after chatting with tens of millions of users, has reached 23," wrote Dr. Wang. He even claims that Xiaoice can analyze and react toyou... more »

Microsoft may be running the biggest Turing test in history

If you live in China and you've been on WeChat, there's a decent chance you've come across or at least heard of chatty teenager named Xiaoice. Xiaoice is a good listener who sometimes offers encouragement when you're feeling down. Like many 17-year-olds, she can be a bit of a smart-aleck. She's also not human.

Microsoft measured the effectiveness of their chatbot with what they're calling conversations per session (CPS), which measures the number of times the conversation goes back and forth. Typical chatbot CPS conversations have roughly two cycles (the person speaks, then the chatbot speaks — that's one cycle). "By comparison, Xiaoice’s average, after chatting with tens of millions of users, has reached 23," wrote Dr. Wang. He even claims that Xiaoice can analyze and react to your emotional state.___

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2016-02-05 22:49:43 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

#vsauce

#vsauce___

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2016-02-05 22:49:02 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

So good

So good___

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2016-02-05 20:00:24 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

Yup.



Yup.

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2016-02-05 18:06:02 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Apple: We own your phone. We own you. Get used to it, suckers.

Apple: We own your phone. We own you. Get used to it, suckers.___

2016-02-05 15:39:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Is it impossible to share to a g+ collection from +Inoreader​ or am I just missing something?

Seems to have a dated sharing mechanism.

Is it impossible to share to a g+ collection from +Inoreader​ or am I just missing something?

Seems to have a dated sharing mechanism.___

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2016-02-05 15:33:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Google's AI will take on the world Go champ live on YouTube

Google's AI will take on the world Go champ live on YouTube___

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2016-02-04 23:30:12 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

>These concerns still hover over the world of machine learning. The truth is that even the experts don’t completely understand how neural nets work. But they do work. If you feed enough photos of a platypus into a neural net, it can learn to identify a platypus. If you show it enough computer malware code, it can learn to recognize a virus.

// competence without comprehension

>These concerns still hover over the world of machine learning. The truth is that even the experts don’t completely understand how neural nets work. But they do work. If you feed enough photos of a platypus into a neural net, it can learn to identify a platypus. If you show it enough computer malware code, it can learn to recognize a virus.

// competence without comprehension___

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2016-02-04 17:18:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Peter Watts:

You will find no public health advisories about Lyme Disease in Costa Rica. On the face of it, this is perfectly reasonable; Lyme Disease has never been reported there, and none of the local tick species is known to carry the bacterium that causes it.

Some of those ticks, however, are closely related to those in other regions which do carry that bacterium, and many pathogens are able to infect a far greater range of species than they actually occupy; simple isolation is the only thing that keeps them from reaching their true infectious potential. Thus, while Costa Rica is free of Lyme Disease at present, potential vectors already occur in abundance there. The infrastructure for an outbreak is already in place: a single asymptomatic tourist may be all it takes to loose this painful, debilitating disease on the local population.

Lyme disease is by no means unique.... more »

Peter Watts:

You will find no public health advisories about Lyme Disease in Costa Rica. On the face of it, this is perfectly reasonable; Lyme Disease has never been reported there, and none of the local tick species is known to carry the bacterium that causes it.

Some of those ticks, however, are closely related to those in other regions which do carry that bacterium, and many pathogens are able to infect a far greater range of species than they actually occupy; simple isolation is the only thing that keeps them from reaching their true infectious potential. Thus, while Costa Rica is free of Lyme Disease at present, potential vectors already occur in abundance there. The infrastructure for an outbreak is already in place: a single asymptomatic tourist may be all it takes to loose this painful, debilitating disease on the local population.

Lyme disease is by no means unique. Climate change alters movement and home range for a myriad organisms. Our transport of people and goods carries countless pathogens around the globe. Isolated species come into sudden contact; parasites and diseases find themselves surrounded by naïve and vulnerable new hosts. And so maladies literally unknown only four or five decades ago — AIDS in humans, Ebola in humans and gorillas, West Nile virus and Avian Influenza in humans and birds, chytrid fungi in amphibians, distemper in sea lions — have today become almost commonplace. Pathogens encounter new hosts with no resistance and no time to evolve any. In such a world EIDs are inevitable. They are ongoing. A month scarcely passes without news of some freshly-discovered strain of influenza trading up to a human host.

This month, it’s Zika.

http://www.rifters.com/crawl/?p=6461___

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2016-02-03 18:20:37 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

// Google’s longtime Senior Vice President of Search Amit Singhal is leaving the company after 15 years. In a Google+ post, he said that February 26th would be the last day and that he would be looking into philanthropy in the future. Singhal is responsible for the all important ranking algorithm behind Search. As described in Steven Levy’s In The Plex, Singhal rewrote the entire search engine in 2001 and was named a Google Fellow. In his post, he recounts how far search has advanced in the past 15 years and that the “Star Trek” computer, that has served as Google’s guide on computing, is becoming a reality. He goes on to say that “search is stronger than ever” and that a capable team has already been running the day-to-day operations of the Search team for a while. //

// Google’s longtime Senior Vice President of Search Amit Singhal is leaving the company after 15 years. In a Google+ post, he said that February 26th would be the last day and that he would be looking into philanthropy in the future. Singhal is responsible for the all important ranking algorithm behind Search. As described in Steven Levy’s In The Plex, Singhal rewrote the entire search engine in 2001 and was named a Google Fellow. In his post, he recounts how far search has advanced in the past 15 years and that the “Star Trek” computer, that has served as Google’s guide on computing, is becoming a reality. He goes on to say that “search is stronger than ever” and that a capable team has already been running the day-to-day operations of the Search team for a while. //___

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2016-02-02 17:26:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

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2016-02-02 17:02:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

L O S E R

http://www.loser.com___L O S E R

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2016-02-02 15:14:25 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Yeah, I know Iowa doesn't matter a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, and that the entire Republican field is mostly crazy and/or religious fundamentalists... but it is really satisfying to see Trump as a LOSER. (or first runner-up if you want to be nice about it).

Yeah, I know Iowa doesn't matter a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, and that the entire Republican field is mostly crazy and/or religious fundamentalists... but it is really satisfying to see Trump as a LOSER. (or first runner-up if you want to be nice about it).___

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2016-02-02 06:20:01 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Derp

Derp___

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SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 05/2016.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2016/01/googles-alphago-wearable-sensors-lego.html

Google’s AlphaGo, Wearable sensors, Lego molecules, Programmed 3D assembly, Scalable bioplastics, Conductive plastics, Nerve magnetic fields, Electric charge wakes, Universal tumour vaccine, Decoding human thoughts. 

1. Google General Machine Learning Masters Go
Google’s new AlphaGo machine learning system is the first to routinely defeat human players at Go, and proved itself by defeating the European champion 5-0 https://googleblog.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/alphago-machine-learning-game-go.html. The system combines advanced tree search with deep neural networks 12 layers deep containing millions of neural connections that let it evaluate a Go board, predict the other player’s next move (57% of the time),and ex... more »

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 05/2016.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2016/01/googles-alphago-wearable-sensors-lego.html

Google’s AlphaGo, Wearable sensors, Lego molecules, Programmed 3D assembly, Scalable bioplastics, Conductive plastics, Nerve magnetic fields, Electric charge wakes, Universal tumour vaccine, Decoding human thoughts. 

1. Google General Machine Learning Masters Go
Google’s new AlphaGo machine learning system is the first to routinely defeat human players at Go, and proved itself by defeating the European champion 5-0 https://googleblog.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/alphago-machine-learning-game-go.html. The system combines advanced tree search with deep neural networks 12 layers deep containing millions of neural connections that let it evaluate a Go board, predict the other player’s next move (57% of the time), and execute its own next move to win. In march AlphaGo will face off against the top Go player in the world. This marks the successful completion of one of the grand challenges of AI, but importantly this is a general machine learning system that figured out itself how to win at Go, and it’ll be exciting to see the system extended to helping with important real-world problems. In related news new methods to grant short-term memory to recurrent neural networks offer significant benefits http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/software/the-neural-network-that-remembers, and another machine learning system automatically fixes bugs in software code http://news.mit.edu/2016/faster-automatic-bug-repair-code-errors-0129. 

2. Flexible Wearable Sensors
Flexible and transparent pressure sensors just 8 micrometers thick have been created that are able to measure the pressure distribution of rounded surfaces and retain accuracy even when bent over a radius of just 80 micrometers http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/uot-fat012216.php. The sensor patch includes carbon nanotubes and graphene to form nanofibers in an elastic polymer as well as organic transistors and electronic switches; testing with small artificial blood vessels showed accurate measurement of small pressure changes. Interesting in wearables, implantables, and robot / device skins. In related news a complete wearable smart sweat sensor detects the wearer’s sodium, potassium, lactate, and glucose levels and sends these via Bluetooth to a smartphone or other device http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/biomedical/diagnostics/smart-wearable-sensor-takes-sweatmonitoring-to-next-level; very promising platform technology. 

3. Self Assembled Lego Molecules
New chemistry research has created methods to produce libraries of giant molecules out of different precisely arranged modular nano building blocks made of smaller orthogonally functionalised nanoparticles http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/acs-fwl012216.php. The orthogonal functionalisation of the building blocks ensures that they can only come together in a specific fashion and in a specific order, and so allowing the controllable or programmable self-assembly of complex molecular superstructures and novel materials. With further work and scale such atomically precise molecular fabrication technology should transform device creation and function. In related news self-assembling block copolymers have formed the first self-assembled superconductor http://phys.org/news/2016-01-self-assembled-superconductor.html.

4. Programmatic Assembly of Complex 3D Structures
In related news a fundamental origami fold or tesselation called the Miura-ori is being used to fold a 2D surface into almost any 3D structure http://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2016/01/designing-pop-up-future. This is a fascinating exploration of simple geometry, as the structures can be folded flat before expanding back to their defined 3D shape as needed - think of a surgical tool introduced through a small cut before expanding to a functional shape. The group designed a program that can take an arbitrary 3D structure and calculate the placement and size of folds needed to create it from a 2D surface and fold it flat. And a new 4D printing technique involves the creation of 3D printed hydrogels into structures that fold and change shape over time depending on environmental conditions http://wyss.harvard.edu/viewpressrelease/239/. 

5. Scalable Renewable Bioplastics
A joint venture between DuPont and ADM has successfully created a breakthrough in industrial chemistry for the efficient mass conversion of fructose into one of the key fundamental building blocks used in the mass production of polymers http://www.adm.com/en-US/news/_layouts/PressReleaseDetail.aspx?ID=703. This has been a long-sought-after goal in industrial chemistry and is a platform technology that will enable the cost-efficient production of a wide range of renewable, high-performance chemicals and polymers independent of conventional materials and sources from the oil and petroleum industry. 

6. Plastics Conduct Current 1,000 Times Better
On the topic of advanced new plastics and chemistry, charge transport in certain polymers have boosted by three orders of magnitude http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/uu-beu012816.php. These materials are based on relatively conventional semiconducting organic polymers, but by creating a technique able to control the chain and crystallite orientation within the bulk polymer film these materials can now have electron mobilities 1,000 times faster, and all without metallic doping. This is just one order of magnitude shy of electron mobilities in silicon devices, and the result should greatly improve applications in organic solar cells and photodiodes. 

7. External Measurement of Nerve Magnetic Fields
For the first time the tiny magnetic fields produced by individual nerves have been measured non-invasively from outside the body at room temperature http://www.technologyreview.com/view/546146/first-laser-measurements-of-magnetic-fields-of-single-nerves/. The sensor uses a laser beam to detect the effect of a magnetic field on a gas of caesium atoms that polarises light depending on the magnetic field properties; this is a highly sensitive optical magnetometer that has been made to work at room temperature and can be used to detect the precise activity of nerves from several millimeters away. Further improvements might allow the technique to reach larger distances and smaller nerves, perhaps even neurons, and with the possibility of not just measuring activity but directly modulating activity. 

8. New Charge Wake Phenomena on Metal Surfaces
An interesting new phenomenon has been discovered on gold surfaces in which the two-dimensional equivalent of Cherenkov radiation can be produced and controllably steered around the surface http://www.research.a-star.edu.sg/research/7443/left-in-the-wake. This starts by (i) shining polarised light on the surface, (ii) excited electrons produce a wave of charge whose velocity results in (iii) surface plasmon wakes being produced that (iv) can be steered using an array of nanostructured apertures. Interesting nanoscale photonics with possible future applications in holograms and special directional lenses. 

9. Possible Universal Tumour Vaccine
An early experimental cancer vaccine against seeks to target two properties shared by all growing and metastasising tumours, (i) increased proliferation facilitated by active telomerase, and (ii) angiogenesis and blood vessel growth https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2016/01/one-possible-approach-to-a-universal-tumor-vaccine.php. Co-immunization in mice against both of these factors was shown to have a more potent inhibitory effect on tumours than either alone. The vaccine, which with further tests and development might be a possible universal vaccine against cancer, takes the form of a recombinant adenovirus that expresses key telomerase and angiogenesis proteins and induces potent immune-cell mediated attack of tumour cells and suppression of angiogenesis. 

10. Decoding Human Thoughts in Realtime
Improved signal analysis techniques with electrodes implanted into the brains (temporal lobes) of patients are now able to predict - after training - what class of images the person is viewing with 96% accuracy http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/uowh-sdb012716.php. These predictions and measurements are calculated within 20 milliseconds of the patient observing a particular image. The study only investigated a couple of distinct visual phenomena but the promise is that with very high-density electrode arrays you would be able to calculate not only what sensory information the person was taking in in real-time but also perhaps what sensory phenomena they are thinking about. 

SciTech Tip Jar: http://www.scitechdigest.net/p/donate.html ___

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2016-01-29 19:33:06 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-29 14:05:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Never has a shirt caused such psychological damage.

Never has a shirt caused such psychological damage.___

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2016-01-29 04:39:31 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Old hair Kurzweil here.

Old hair Kurzweil here.___

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2016-01-29 03:27:50 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-29 03:25:34 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

I think I've shared this out before, but while this isn't the most complicated "Food Wishes" recipe, I do believe it is Chef John at his finest.

I think I've shared this out before, but while this isn't the most complicated "Food Wishes" recipe, I do believe it is Chef John at his finest.___

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2016-01-29 02:34:12 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

This is hilarious.

This is hilarious.___

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2016-01-28 21:33:02 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

What is going on with Ray Kurzweil's hair. Is that robot hair?

What is going on with Ray Kurzweil's hair. Is that robot hair?___

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2016-01-28 17:45:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Thirty years ago today, 74.130 seconds after liftoff, the Challenger fell. 

I want to write a long story about this – to tell the story of the people aboard and the people on the ground, of the crew and of the people who studied what happened, of the things that we learned and changed, of all the things we should remember about that day. But thirty years later, it still hurts too much for me to write it.

I can still see the two SRB's spinning out of control after the airframe disassembled, forming two horns coming out of an oddly round cloud, if I close my eyes. I can still remember the utter confusion and disbelief that followed, as nobody could even tell, at first, if they had actually seen what they thought they saw. I remember being so upset, that night, not being able to fully wrap my heart around it. And nightmares still sometimes wake me, of rockets falling out of ape... more »

Thirty years ago today, 74.130 seconds after liftoff, the Challenger fell. 

I want to write a long story about this – to tell the story of the people aboard and the people on the ground, of the crew and of the people who studied what happened, of the things that we learned and changed, of all the things we should remember about that day. But thirty years later, it still hurts too much for me to write it.

I can still see the two SRB's spinning out of control after the airframe disassembled, forming two horns coming out of an oddly round cloud, if I close my eyes. I can still remember the utter confusion and disbelief that followed, as nobody could even tell, at first, if they had actually seen what they thought they saw. I remember being so upset, that night, not being able to fully wrap my heart around it. And nightmares still sometimes wake me, of rockets falling out of a perfectly blue sky.

To the seven who gave their lives that day – CDR Francis R. Scobee, pilot Michael J. Smith, mission specialists Ellison S. Onizuka, Judith A. Resnik, and Ronald E. McNair, and payload specialists Gregory B. Jarvis and S. Christa McAuliffe – you are not forgotten.


Photo: STS-51L as it cleared the tower, approximately T+2.7 seconds, 16:38:02 UTC, January 28th, 1986, seventy seconds before it began to disintegrate. The fatal failure of the O-ring on the right booster had already happened. Image KSC-86PC-0081, from NASA.___

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2016-01-27 21:59:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

>In a paper published in Nature on 28th January 2016, we describe a new approach to computer Go. This is the first time ever that a computer program “AlphaGo” has defeated a human professional player.

// some footage of the actual games here, with comments from the Fan Hui, the human opponent. 

>In a paper published in Nature on 28th January 2016, we describe a new approach to computer Go. This is the first time ever that a computer program “AlphaGo” has defeated a human professional player.

// some footage of the actual games here, with comments from the Fan Hui, the human opponent. ___

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2016-01-27 21:52:21 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

>Go is an ancient Chinese board game, often viewed as the game computers could never play. Now researchers from Google-owned company DeepMind have proven the naysayers wrong, creating an artificial intelligence - called AlphaGo – which has beaten a professional Go player for the first time. In this Nature Video, we go behind the scenes to learn about the game, the programme and what this means for the future of AI.

// This is huge.

>Go is an ancient Chinese board game, often viewed as the game computers could never play. Now researchers from Google-owned company DeepMind have proven the naysayers wrong, creating an artificial intelligence - called AlphaGo – which has beaten a professional Go player for the first time. In this Nature Video, we go behind the scenes to learn about the game, the programme and what this means for the future of AI.

// This is huge.___

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2016-01-27 19:57:10 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-27 18:23:47 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

hilarious

hilarious___

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2016-01-27 15:35:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

geeze.

geeze.___

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2016-01-27 12:41:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Just as god intended

A handy guide... (via +Jonathan Nail)___Just as god intended

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2016-01-27 01:12:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

oh my

oh my___

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2016-01-27 01:01:16 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

This is amazing. It's like some funky 80s cartoon. Love it.

This is amazing. It's like some funky 80s cartoon. Love it.___

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2016-01-27 00:38:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

I might eat Haggis one of these days.

I might eat Haggis one of these days.___

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2016-01-26 15:34:41 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

>Will Humans Be Obsolete After The New Industrial Revolution? Are We Nearing The End Of Capitalism?

// Hopefully. Probably.

>Will Humans Be Obsolete After The New Industrial Revolution? Are We Nearing The End Of Capitalism?

// Hopefully. Probably.___

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2016-01-26 13:39:48 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

>Will Humans Be Obsolete After The New Industrial Revolution? Are We Nearing The End Of Capitalism?

// Hopefully. Probably.

>Will Humans Be Obsolete After The New Industrial Revolution? Are We Nearing The End Of Capitalism?

// Hopefully. Probably.___

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2016-01-26 01:15:07 (11 comments; 5 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Let's end the vehicular menace.

Let's end the vehicular menace.___

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2016-01-24 20:24:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

"While most computational approaches to detecting sarcasm simply analyze the linguistics, sarcasm is all about context -- and including that context on Twitter has made their detection methods much more reliable." "The relationship between author and audience is central for understanding the sarcasm phenomenon."

"Individual tweets subjected to a number of factors, but the study also took into account details from the author's profile, historical content and details from that author's audience. It's a complicated bit of modeling, but testing on the tweet, its author, its audience and its response helped the researcher's sarcasm detector reach an 85 percent accuracy level."

"While most computational approaches to detecting sarcasm simply analyze the linguistics, sarcasm is all about context -- and including that context on Twitter has made their detection methods much more reliable." "The relationship between author and audience is central for understanding the sarcasm phenomenon."

"Individual tweets subjected to a number of factors, but the study also took into account details from the author's profile, historical content and details from that author's audience. It's a complicated bit of modeling, but testing on the tweet, its author, its audience and its response helped the researcher's sarcasm detector reach an 85 percent accuracy level."___

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2016-01-24 15:57:21 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Anybody have any leads on this?

Does anyone know where to find this game?  I found a demo that ends after level 1, and had a hell of a time launching it. I had to get Human DOS then I had to sys the disk, dir *.x > start.bat and use the 'ed' to remove the lines I didn't need lol.  It was worth it!! Does anyone know where I can find the whole game??!!

#x68000   #stds00751   #RplusR   #shmups   #bullethell  ___Anybody have any leads on this?

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2016-01-24 15:22:14 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Technological Progress
All sorts of remarkable examples exist of the exponential progress of technology but I happened upon this one today and thought I'd share it with others.  Below is an image of a hard drive being loaded onto a plane via a forklift.  Also, in the link below you can purchase a key fob for $5.99 on Amazon.  The hard drive being loaded on the plane had 5mb of storage capacity.  The key fob has 16gb of storage capacity.  Judging roughly by size, they could have fit about 20 of those hard drives in that plane in 1956.  Thus, you'd need 160 planes to carry around in 1956 what you can carry in your pocket on a key ring today.  http://www.amazon.com/HP-v165w-16GB-Flash-Drive/dp/B009VQK3FQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453642235&sr=8-1&keywords=gb+fob 

Technological Progress
All sorts of remarkable examples exist of the exponential progress of technology but I happened upon this one today and thought I'd share it with others.  Below is an image of a hard drive being loaded onto a plane via a forklift.  Also, in the link below you can purchase a key fob for $5.99 on Amazon.  The hard drive being loaded on the plane had 5mb of storage capacity.  The key fob has 16gb of storage capacity.  Judging roughly by size, they could have fit about 20 of those hard drives in that plane in 1956.  Thus, you'd need 160 planes to carry around in 1956 what you can carry in your pocket on a key ring today.  http://www.amazon.com/HP-v165w-16GB-Flash-Drive/dp/B009VQK3FQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453642235&sr=8-1&keywords=gb+fob ___

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2016-01-23 19:27:09 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-23 19:25:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-22 18:40:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

GM enters the car-sharing world, launches Maven

A major shake-up in the automotive industry is coming. Car-sharing, ride-sharing and autonomous vehicles are poised to cause a major shift in how we get around. 

+General Motors  #Maven   #CarSharing   #GM  

GM enters the car-sharing world, launches Maven

A major shake-up in the automotive industry is coming. Car-sharing, ride-sharing and autonomous vehicles are poised to cause a major shift in how we get around. 

+General Motors  #Maven   #CarSharing   #GM  ___

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