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Matt Uebel has been at 7 events

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Daniel Estrada30,213This week an announcement rippled through the internet: a computer passed Turing's test. Soon after the backlash began: the test was rigged, the resulted were hyped, and Eugene, the machine in question, was lame.  Now the backlash is giving way to even stronger criticisms. @111907992359490335188 recently argued (http://goo.gl/VdilBI) that not only was this test illegitimate, but Turing's test itself should be abandoned. But Massimo's argument is deeply mistaken about the nature of Turing's test, what it seeks to prove, and why it matters for science.  I've been writing all week about this event: http://goo.gl/J26xbs, http://goo.gl/5RKIm7, http://goo.gl/c07lLG, http://goo.gl/T98ubJ, http://goo.gl/8cMKSI But now that the backlash against the event is directed at Turing's views themselves, I feel something more than an essay is required to address these concerns. To be convincing, this requires a human face and a human voice to speak out in defense of Turing's proposal. I'm fully aware of the irony of this situation.  So come hangout with me and @103315650425474752023 this Friday at 10pm EST while I defend Turing's proposal in light of the criticisms that have accrued over the last week. I'll be providing a defense of Turing's position informed by recent experimental work in psychology. I hope to convince even the skeptics like Massimo that Turing's test deserves a central place in our discussion of artificial intelligence in the modern world. Why the Turing Test matters2014-06-14 04:00:009  
D.J. Harbaugh578Detroit Through Glass!2013-11-16 12:00:004  
Matt Uebel29,649"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 Dead109,869In an effort to prevent any more deaths, Rick and the Governor meet to come up with a peace treaty.Episode 13: Arrow on the Doorpost2013-03-11 02:00:00702  
The White House2,958,702In 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 22:50:0034097  
Kiki Sanford5,947,629What 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 Cain963,220To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004861  

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2015-07-24 21:13:20 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Just as god intended.

Most reshares: 9

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2015-08-02 02:33:47 (5 comments, 9 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

fuck you bottle

no u

Most plusones: 121

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2015-07-21 02:31:20 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 121 +1s)Open 

This is what I get for visiting Facebook.

Amazing.

Latest 50 posts

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2015-08-04 02:13:16 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Something Happened

Something Happened___

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2015-08-04 02:05:24 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Make your dreams come true

Make your dreams come true___

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2015-08-04 02:04:21 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

all of it

all of it___

2015-08-03 22:42:37 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

My company is hiring for a variety of engineering positions. If you apply you might get to work with a bunch of cool people and also me. If you already have a job you're happy with, consider upvoting my hackernews post so I get more visibility =D

My company is hiring for a variety of engineering positions. If you apply you might get to work with a bunch of cool people and also me. If you already have a job you're happy with, consider upvoting my hackernews post so I get more visibility =D___

2015-08-03 18:09:21 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

I can only assume that the number of Google Plus is Dead articles are clickbait for G+ users, so there have to be enough of us to be worth baiting.  ¯\(ツ)/¯

I can only assume that the number of Google Plus is Dead articles are clickbait for G+ users, so there have to be enough of us to be worth baiting.  ¯\(ツ)/¯___

2015-08-03 17:15:18 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Should be of interest to those in the community. Which side do you stand on?

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

More on the petition here: 

http://futureoflife.org/AI/open_letter_autonomous_weapons#signatories
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/30/opposition-autonomous-warfare-artificial-intelliegence
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DanielEstrada/posts/92w6cf3TU6i___Should be of interest to those in the community. Which side do you stand on?

2015-08-03 03:25:18 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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

More on the petition here: 

http://futureoflife.org/AI/open_letter_autonomous_weapons#signatories
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/30/opposition-autonomous-warfare-artificial-intelliegence
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DanielEstrada/posts/92w6cf3TU6i

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

More on the petition here: 

http://futureoflife.org/AI/open_letter_autonomous_weapons#signatories
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/30/opposition-autonomous-warfare-artificial-intelliegence
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DanielEstrada/posts/92w6cf3TU6i___

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2015-08-02 21:15:53 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Something happened

Something happened___

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2015-08-02 17:16:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Such a good book

The +Amazon.com Kindle version of my novel INFECTED is on sale for $1.99 (US only, sorry). This is Book I of the INFECTED Trilogy. BE WARNED: If ALIVE is the only book of mine you have read, INFECTED is a tad bonkers. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0011UEEXC ‪#‎Books‬ ‪#‎Kindle‬___Such a good book

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2015-08-02 02:33:47 (5 comments, 9 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

fuck you bottle

no u

fuck you bottle

no u___

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2015-08-02 02:33:14 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

AP // This is why we can't have nice robots.

AP // This is why we can't have nice robots.___

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2015-07-30 19:52:17 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Sorry, tech press. Google+ is alive and well.

(Read my column: http://goo.gl/Z6sQ6w )

A chorus of tech journalists this week is saying that Google is phasing out its social network, Google+.

Where did they get this juicy nugget of information? Well, they made it up. And I'll tell you why.

But first, let's look at what the press is saying and compare that with reality:

http://www.eweek.com/cloud/google-is-alive-and-well-despite-persistent-media-reports.html

#GooglePlus #Google+

Sorry, tech press. Google+ is alive and well.

(Read my column: http://goo.gl/Z6sQ6w )

A chorus of tech journalists this week is saying that Google is phasing out its social network, Google+.

Where did they get this juicy nugget of information? Well, they made it up. And I'll tell you why.

But first, let's look at what the press is saying and compare that with reality:

http://www.eweek.com/cloud/google-is-alive-and-well-despite-persistent-media-reports.html

#GooglePlus #Google+___

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2015-07-30 12:36:53 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Rationally Considering Autonomous Weapons and Ethics

This article from IEEE Spectrum presents one of the more rational discussions and counterpoints to the whole banning autonomous weapons theme in recent weeks. We Should Not Ban ‘Killer Robots’ and Here’s Why http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-intelligence/we-should-not-ban-killer-robots. The article builds on and extends my own thoughts and feelings on the topic that I first described here https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarkBruce/posts/dvsWMFLV9Vi, agreeing that autonomous weapons are a bad thing but there is no way of stopping their development and likely deployment. It asks whether autonomous weapons on the battlefield are in fact more ethical than the alternatives given they may lead to significantly reduced casualties, both combat and most importantly civilian, particularly with the hypothetical abilityof au... more »

Rationally Considering Autonomous Weapons and Ethics

This article from IEEE Spectrum presents one of the more rational discussions and counterpoints to the whole banning autonomous weapons theme in recent weeks. We Should Not Ban ‘Killer Robots’ and Here’s Why http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-intelligence/we-should-not-ban-killer-robots. The article builds on and extends my own thoughts and feelings on the topic that I first described here https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarkBruce/posts/dvsWMFLV9Vi, agreeing that autonomous weapons are a bad thing but there is no way of stopping their development and likely deployment. It asks whether autonomous weapons on the battlefield are in fact more ethical than the alternatives given they may lead to significantly reduced casualties, both combat and most importantly civilian, particularly with the hypothetical ability of autonomous weapons to follow far stricter rules of engagement better than any human. 

A few quotes:

The barriers keeping people from developing this kind of system are just too low.

What we really need, then, is a way of making autonomous armed robots ethical, because we’re not going to be able to prevent them from existing.

If autonomous armed robots really do have at least the potential reduce casualties, aren’t we then ethically obligated to develop them?

Blaming technology for the decisions that we make involving it is at best counterproductive and at worst nonsensical. Any technology can be used for evil, and many technologies that were developed to kill people are now responsible for some of our greatest achievements, from harnessing nuclear power to riding a ballistic missile into space.

Perhaps the biggest surprise for me regarding this issue and the open letter that sparked this larger awareness and debate is how polarising it has been, and how many people seem incapable of rationally discussing the issues, instead preferring to assume an air of moral superiority while shouting down all who dare to question otherwise. 

Philosophy and Ethics in Autonomous Vehicles

In a closely related area concerning the behaviour of autonomous vehicles on our roads I was recently involved in a discussion thread where I mentioned that philosophical “Trolley Problems” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolley_problem) would have to be tackled at some point with regard to the operation of these vehicles. The most basic example is when you flick a switch that results in one person being killed in order to save many people from being killed.

And, of course, we see this week that a great many people are already working on this problem with this summary article How to Help Self-Driving Cars Make Ethical Decisions http://www.technologyreview.com/news/539731/how-to-help-self-driving-cars-make-ethical-decisions/. Again, as a simplistic example, if a young child runs onto the road in front of an autonomous passenger vehicle before it can stop, should the vehicle swerve into on-coming traffic to avoid the child? 

A few quotes:

Given the number of fatal traffic accidents that involve human error today, it could be considered unethical to introduce self-driving technology too slowly.

If you look at airbags, for example, inherent in that technology is the assumption that you’re going to save a lot of lives, and only kill a few.

As one of the commenters notes, the system becomes even better when all vehicles on the road are autonomous and able to communicate with each other: for example if a car swerves into on-coming traffic to miss a child then the on-coming traffic will know this and can react instantly and swerve to make room for the vehicle. 

#autonomous   #weapons   #vehicles  ___

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2015-07-30 12:20:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

hmm.

hmm.___

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2015-07-29 22:40:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Reminds me of David Lynch's Rabbits.

Reminds me of David Lynch's Rabbits.___

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2015-07-29 15:27:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-29 13:07:18 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

man, one of the hidden taxes of being a Verizon customer is the limited number of phones you can use on it. The new Moto G looks awesome, but is GSM only. Ugh.

man, one of the hidden taxes of being a Verizon customer is the limited number of phones you can use on it. The new Moto G looks awesome, but is GSM only. Ugh.___

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2015-07-29 00:43:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

FRESH HOT PUSCIFER

FRESH HOT PUSCIFER___

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2015-07-27 20:45:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

News that we will have news about THE UNHOLY CONSULT soon! #muchexcite

Cc: +Tyler Millhouse​ +Luke Burrage​

News that we will have news about THE UNHOLY CONSULT soon! #muchexcite

Cc: +Tyler Millhouse​ +Luke Burrage​___

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2015-07-27 13:04:25 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

It's not a myth, it's a prophecy. Whatever the state of measured productivity over the last half-century, the development of robotics and artificial intelligence represents a sea-change in how "economics" is done.

It's not a myth, it's a prophecy. Whatever the state of measured productivity over the last half-century, the development of robotics and artificial intelligence represents a sea-change in how "economics" is done.___

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2015-07-26 22:48:56 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

"Starting with skin cells from patient biopsies, scientists transformed them back into stem cells, and from those grew pea-sized, self-organizing, crazy-looking nuggets of living — yes, LIVING — brain."

"Starting with skin cells from patient biopsies, scientists transformed them back into stem cells, and from those grew pea-sized, self-organizing, crazy-looking nuggets of living — yes, LIVING — brain."___

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2015-07-26 19:07:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Best show on television.

Best show on television.___

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2015-07-26 17:15:02 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

such deep
           much dream
  wow

#deepdream

such deep
           much dream
  wow

#deepdream___

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2015-07-26 17:12:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Nice one Grant!

Nice one Grant!___

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2015-07-26 17:03:27 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

100% YES.  Please stop

100% YES.  Please stop___

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2015-07-26 16:51:57 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

>Human cognition is bounded cognition, ecological cognition, only possessing enough exaptive ‘slop’ to mimic general cognition; the modern world as reorganized and represented by science, meanwhile, is drifting ever farther from the meaningful worlds we are adapted to solve. We live in what I call ‘crash space,’ environments where the problem-solving reliability our basic heuristic toolkits can only degrade over time. On my view, fantastic secondary worlds provide readers with faux adaptive problem-ecologies, settings that can be reliably parsed and understood in psychological terms. They provide what I call ‘cheat spaces,’ places where we have learned, over time, to game our cognitive predilections. And in this sense, you can see fantasy fiction as a kind of cultural grave marker, a place to make-believe our dead relatives are alive. It shows what has become of meaning in the world.
// Fictio... more »

>Human cognition is bounded cognition, ecological cognition, only possessing enough exaptive ‘slop’ to mimic general cognition; the modern world as reorganized and represented by science, meanwhile, is drifting ever farther from the meaningful worlds we are adapted to solve. We live in what I call ‘crash space,’ environments where the problem-solving reliability our basic heuristic toolkits can only degrade over time. On my view, fantastic secondary worlds provide readers with faux adaptive problem-ecologies, settings that can be reliably parsed and understood in psychological terms. They provide what I call ‘cheat spaces,’ places where we have learned, over time, to game our cognitive predilections. And in this sense, you can see fantasy fiction as a kind of cultural grave marker, a place to make-believe our dead relatives are alive. It shows what has become of meaning in the world.

// Fiction will only become more satisfying as technological progress continues.___

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2015-07-26 16:23:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 30/2015.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/07/brain-inspired-networking-scene.html 

Brain inspired networking, Scene description, Bacteria vs cancer, Deep learning genetics, Sophisticated DNA origami, Graphene on silicon, Viral immune aging, Stretchy conducting fibers, Biomimicking solar cells, Useful metal foams. 

1. Better Brain-Inspired Networking
New fundamental insights into how the growing brain develops neural networks through variable rates of synaptic pruning have led to the development of algorithms for building efficient computer networking architectures http://www.salk.edu/news/pressrelease_details.php?press_id=2096. Simulations of such networks suggest that they are more efficient than current computer networks, allowing more direct information flows, multiple paths to reachd... more »

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 30/2015.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/07/brain-inspired-networking-scene.html 

Brain inspired networking, Scene description, Bacteria vs cancer, Deep learning genetics, Sophisticated DNA origami, Graphene on silicon, Viral immune aging, Stretchy conducting fibers, Biomimicking solar cells, Useful metal foams. 

1. Better Brain-Inspired Networking
New fundamental insights into how the growing brain develops neural networks through variable rates of synaptic pruning have led to the development of algorithms for building efficient computer networking architectures http://www.salk.edu/news/pressrelease_details.php?press_id=2096. Simulations of such networks suggest that they are more efficient than current computer networks, allowing more direct information flows, multiple paths to reach destinations, and reduced risk of network failure. 

2. Image Recognition and Scene Description
Here’s an interesting and accessible update article on Stanford’s NeuralTalk algorithm that can analyse images, recognise objects in them, and describe the scene in natural language with regards to the relation between different objects and their number http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/17/8985699/stanford-neural-networks-image-recognition-google-study. This work continues to be developed and there are now far more examples of its use; it isn’t perfect and doesn’t yet work in all situations reliably but the results are impressive nonetheless and realtime relevant applications such as for autonomous vehicle operation are also being explored. In related news object recognition for robots takes a step forward http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2015/object-recognition-robots-0724. 

3. Bacteria that Kill Cancer Cells
An interesting twist on modern cancer immunotherapies involves the use of engineered bacterial strains that attack tumour cells by entering them and subsequently thrive and replicate in the low-oxygen environments that are usually present http://www.newsweek.com/programming-bacteria-kill-cancer-cells-355474. This whole field began with the observation that surgical tumour-removal patients were more likely to recover if they developed post-surgical infection. Engineered bacterial strains are designed to retain efficiency while reducing overall human toxicity. It’s also interesting to think about this in the sense of a lethal form of endosymbiosis. 

4. Deep Learning: Genetics and Sketching
A couple of interesting deep learning advances this week. First, Deep Genomics launches to offer advanced personalised medicine and genome analysis services to better predict the consequences of certain mutations on a person’s health http://www.deepgenomics.com/news/2015/7/22/meet-deep-genomics-a-start-up-bringing-the-power-of-deep-learning-to-genomics. Second, the Sketch-a-Net system demonstrated that it can correctly identify the subject of a line-drawn sketch better than a human can http://www.qmul.ac.uk/media/news/items/se/159633.html. In related news deep learning can recognise faces from just thermal images http://www.technologyreview.com/view/539656/deep-neural-nets-can-now-recognize-your-face-in-thermal-images/. 

5. Increasing Sophistication of DNA Origami
Improvements in computer aided design of 3D DNA origami structures now make it easier than ever to create custom, atomically-precise, 3D DNA origami materials http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/22/9013851/dna-nanotechnology-origami-3d-printing-automation-bunny. The algorithms will take an arbitrary 3D shape, optimise the interlocking DNA scaffolding to realise the shape at the nanoscale and determine the best DNA sequences that need to be produced in order to form the structures; in the example demonstration these included bunny rabbits, nanotubes, toruses, humanoids, icosahedra and other things. In the same week another group also pushed the boundaries with their 2D and 3D DNA origami patterns http://phys.org/news/2015-07-rare-built-dna-emerge.html.

6. Graphene-on-Silicon Innovations
A new wafer-scale ion-implantation synthesis method has demonstrated a simple and scalable way to produce uniform graphene sheets on silicon, potentially enabling integrated circuits that can more readily dissipate heat http://phys.org/news/2015-07-easy-scalable-method-graphene-silicon.html. In other work graphene on silicon creates a near frictionless surface in which two surfaces can slide past each other smoothly when separated by nanodiamond clusters that encase themselves in graphene nanoscrolls http://phys.org/news/2015-07-simulations-near-frictionless-material.html. 

7. Why Tackle a Virus that Causes No Symptoms
Infection and its recurrence by cytomegalovirus (CMV), which is prevalent throughout most of the population, causes few if any symptoms and so might be innocuous. But chronic life-long infection by this virus activates the immune system on an on-going basis and this leads to aging of the immune system, the accumulation of damage, and contributes to the reduction of immune efficiency with age https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2015/07/immune-profiling-the-contribution-of-cytomegalovirus-to-aging.php. So there are good reasons for developing therapies and interventions towards such a seemingly harmless virus. 

8. Stretchy, Electrically-Conducting Fibers
A new fiber material has been developed that can reversibly stretch to over 14 times its length while electrical conductivity increases by 200 times when fully stretched http://www.utdallas.edu/news/2015/7/23-31627_Scientists-Stretch-Electrically-Conducting-Fibers-_story-wide.html?WT.mc_id=NewsHomePageCenterColumn. The base fibers consist of a rubber core wrapped in carbon nanotube fibers, and these are engineered with a deliberate buckled structure that helps provide the beneficial properties. The group hope to develop applications in artificial muscles and machine actuators. 

9. Biomimicry Improves Solar Cells
A new solar cell design utilises a surface that mimics the texture and structure of the compound eyes of moths, albeit at much smaller feature sizes of 20nm, in order to exploit anti-reflective properties http://phys.org/news/2015-07-artificial-moth-eyes-silicon-solar.html. The surfaces are self-assembled from block copolymers and effectively reduce light reflections to less than 1% across all visible and near-infrared wavelengths of light. The self-assembly process appears scalable; hopefully this can be applied to commercial grade solar cells and other materials. 

10. Useful Properties for Metal Foams
Lightweight composite metal foam materials are effective at both blocking a range of radiation sources (x-rays, gamma rays, neutrons) and also absorbing high-impact collision energy https://news.ncsu.edu/2015/07/rabiei-foam-rays-2015/. Initial tests were very promising but the group believe further optimisation and improvements are possible, mainly with their lead candidate comprising stainless steel with small amounts of tungsten. Applications include nuclear safety and transportation, space exploration, and medical devices - particularly those that utilise radiation. 

Archive: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/07/brain-inspired-networking-scene.html___

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2015-07-24 21:13:20 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Just as god intended.

Just as god intended.___

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2015-07-24 01:53:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Oh my

Oh my___

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2015-07-21 21:19:24 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

oh my

I'm weeping I'm laughing so hard.

Now it just needs some Deep Dream art, amirite?___oh my

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2015-07-21 20:09:40 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Thinking about what hackers will do to autonomous vehicles.

Thinking about what hackers will do to autonomous vehicles.___

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2015-07-21 17:27:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

14,000 commits from 400 contributors in one year -- glad we started it :-)  Now ready for production use, be that on GCP or on your own cluster.

14,000 commits from 400 contributors in one year -- glad we started it :-)  Now ready for production use, be that on GCP or on your own cluster.___

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2015-07-21 11:34:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

The First Autonomous Car Trial in the Southern Hemisphere Will Take Place in My Home City

This news took me completely by surprise today. I really had not expected an Australian trial of autonomous / self-driving vehicles so soon and I especially hadn't expected my home city of Adelaide in South Australia to be the first location in the southern hemisphere chosen for a trial of the future of transportation, to take place this November. Great news and very very happy to hear that it is taking place! 

Additional details and news article here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-21/driverless-car-trials-held-in-adelaide/6636334 

To top it off I saw on the news my state's Premier (head of local government) say some encouraging things about trying to position the state for attracting and building new technology firms in this space, other politicians saying howmu... more »

The First Autonomous Car Trial in the Southern Hemisphere Will Take Place in My Home City

This news took me completely by surprise today. I really had not expected an Australian trial of autonomous / self-driving vehicles so soon and I especially hadn't expected my home city of Adelaide in South Australia to be the first location in the southern hemisphere chosen for a trial of the future of transportation, to take place this November. Great news and very very happy to hear that it is taking place! 

Additional details and news article here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-21/driverless-car-trials-held-in-adelaide/6636334 

To top it off I saw on the news my state's Premier (head of local government) say some encouraging things about trying to position the state for attracting and building new technology firms in this space, other politicians saying how much safer these vehicles will be, the official announcement was made at a press conference outside of the building where I work, and the trial itself will take place on a stretch of road that is a 10 minute drive from where I live. Truly it is a wonder to see so many politicians so proactive with regards to the deployment of future-enabling technology! 

However, I couldn't help but note with some irony that South Australia (i) currently enjoys the highest unemployment rate of any state in Australia at 8.2% (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-16/sa-records-almost-2000-job-losses-from-regional-areas/6625458) and (ii) looks to be one of the first jurisdictions in the country to proactively legislate for autonomous vehicles and encourage their introduction, which will have (IMO) a predictable impact on that official unemployment rate. We have lots and lots of taxi, truck, and bus drivers like everywhere else. 

Is it too much to hope that these same politicians might consider more radical government policies to position the state to support growing technological unemployment? 

#adelaide   #autonomous   #vehicle  ___

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2015-07-21 02:52:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Ok so I guess this is the new great awesome game that everyone is playing. 0_o

Ok so I guess this is the new great awesome game that everyone is playing. 0_o___

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2015-07-21 02:31:20 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 121 +1s)Open 

This is what I get for visiting Facebook.

Amazing.

This is what I get for visiting Facebook.

Amazing.___

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2015-07-19 15:01:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Nope. Hard to turn on debugging for a human. Especially when they flee the scene. #VehicularMenace.

Would an automated vehicle have done this? +Matt Uebel​___Nope. Hard to turn on debugging for a human. Especially when they flee the scene. #VehicularMenace.

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2015-07-19 14:59:14 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Food for thought, including some references to #greece  and the #eurocrisis :
"...Postcapitalism is possible because of three major changes information technology has brought about in the past 25 years.

First, it has reduced the need for work, blurred the edges between work and free time and loosened the relationship between work and wages. The coming wave of automation, currently stalled because our social infrastructure cannot bear the consequences, will hugely diminish the amount of work needed – not just to subsist but to provide a decent life for all.

Second, information is corroding the market’s ability to form prices correctly. That is because markets are based on scarcity while information is abundant. The system’s defence mechanism is to form monopolies – the giant tech companies – on a scale not seen in the past 200 years, yet they cannot last.By buil... more »

Food for thought, including some references to #greece  and the #eurocrisis :
"...Postcapitalism is possible because of three major changes information technology has brought about in the past 25 years.

First, it has reduced the need for work, blurred the edges between work and free time and loosened the relationship between work and wages. The coming wave of automation, currently stalled because our social infrastructure cannot bear the consequences, will hugely diminish the amount of work needed – not just to subsist but to provide a decent life for all.

Second, information is corroding the market’s ability to form prices correctly. That is because markets are based on scarcity while information is abundant. The system’s defence mechanism is to form monopolies – the giant tech companies – on a scale not seen in the past 200 years, yet they cannot last. By building business models and share valuations based on the capture and privatisation of all socially produced information, such firms are constructing a fragile corporate edifice at odds with the most basic need of humanity, which is to use ideas freely.
...
The 2008 crash wiped 13% off global production and 20% off global trade. Global growth became negative – on a scale where anything below +3% is counted as a recession. It produced, in the west, a depression phase longer than in 1929-33, and even now, amid a pallid recovery, has left mainstream economists terrified about the prospect of long-term stagnation. The aftershocks in Europe are tearing the continent apart.

The solutions have been austerity plus monetary excess. But they are not working. In the worst-hit countries, the pension system has been destroyed, the retirement age is being hiked to 70, and education is being privatised so that graduates now face a lifetime of high debt. Services are being dismantled and infrastructure projects put on hold.

Even now many people fail to grasp the true meaning of the word “austerity”. Austerity is not eight years of spending cuts, as in the UK, or even the social catastrophe inflicted on Greece. It means driving the wages, social wages and living standards in the west down for decades until they meet those of the middle class in China and India on the way up.
...
As a result, large parts of the business class have become neo-luddites. Faced with the possibility of creating gene-sequencing labs, they instead start coffee shops, nail bars and contract cleaning firms: the banking system, the planning system and late neoliberal culture reward above all the creator of low-value, long-hours jobs.

Innovation is happening but it has not, so far, triggered the fifth long upswing for capitalism that long-cycle theory would expect. The reasons lie in the specific nature of information technology.
"---
/cc +Edward Morbius​ ___

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2015-07-19 14:06:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Dat gravity bomb

Dat gravity bomb___

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2015-07-19 01:21:37 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Such an awesome game :D

Such an awesome game :D___

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2015-07-18 21:58:35 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

This is the company that claims it doesn't gather users personal information. 

This is the company that claims it doesn't gather users personal information. ___

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2015-07-17 23:51:00 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

0_0

#THIS   #AttackOnTitan  ___0_0

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2015-07-17 01:43:25 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Today we’re becoming sponsors of the #OpenStack Foundation, an industry effort to create an open IaaS stack for enterprises.

We’re excited to bring our expertise in containers to one of the most widely adopted private cloud stacks – because private clouds and containers are better together. http://goo.gl/pUjWdM

Today we’re becoming sponsors of the #OpenStack Foundation, an industry effort to create an open IaaS stack for enterprises.

We’re excited to bring our expertise in containers to one of the most widely adopted private cloud stacks – because private clouds and containers are better together. http://goo.gl/pUjWdM___

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2015-07-15 02:00:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Not enough time travel.

However, just enough Patton Oswalt. Veeeery nice.

Not enough time travel.

However, just enough Patton Oswalt. Veeeery nice.___

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