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Ingress3,901,102*Operation* #Cassandra From @107849663787965375687, an intercepted transcript: http://goo.gl/gYwZ1B. Measurement Times will occur at 18:00, 19:00, and 20:00 during the first 5 minutes of the hour. *XM ANOMALY LINKS* AUG 11: SYDNEY http://goo.gl/ujBcwP  AUG 13: MILAN http://goo.gl/Y6iOWP AUG 15: TOKYO http://goo.gl/H3JDLL  AUG 17: DUSSELDORF http://goo.gl/DznAsx  AUG 17: WASHINGTON, DC http://goo.gl/HiBk2W  AUG 17: BOSTON http://goo.gl/xpftg9  AUG 18: MANILA http://goo.gl/wgB7gK  AUG 20: PARIS http://goo.gl/LyaFOM  AUG 21: SAO PAULO http://goo.gl/sYF6Ua  AUG 22: HONG KONG http://goo.gl/oBs53q  AUG 24: COLOGNE http://goo.gl/lMN6bj  AUG 24: NEW YORK http://goo.gl/2uChqm  AUG 24: CHICAGO http://goo.gl/vcNKmi XM Anomaly: #Cassandra, Tokyo2013-08-15 18:00:00102  

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2013-02-24 06:28:25 (53 comments, 274 reshares, 627 +1s)Open 

This is a really cool idea, implemented by the Human-Computer Interaction group at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany. The group used a laser cutter to produce 3D objects in a fraction of the time of "traditional" 3D printing. (... using the word "traditional" in connection with 3D printing sounds really weird... ;-) )

Apparently there will be a paper about it in this year's CHI conference... :) Too bad, I won't be there. I'd love to learn more about how they built the system and what it can do. 

Here's their website with some more details: http://www.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/baudisch/projects/laserorigami.html

Most reshares: 274

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2013-02-24 06:28:25 (53 comments, 274 reshares, 627 +1s)Open 

This is a really cool idea, implemented by the Human-Computer Interaction group at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany. The group used a laser cutter to produce 3D objects in a fraction of the time of "traditional" 3D printing. (... using the word "traditional" in connection with 3D printing sounds really weird... ;-) )

Apparently there will be a paper about it in this year's CHI conference... :) Too bad, I won't be there. I'd love to learn more about how they built the system and what it can do. 

Here's their website with some more details: http://www.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/baudisch/projects/laserorigami.html

Most plusones: 627

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2013-02-24 06:28:25 (53 comments, 274 reshares, 627 +1s)Open 

This is a really cool idea, implemented by the Human-Computer Interaction group at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany. The group used a laser cutter to produce 3D objects in a fraction of the time of "traditional" 3D printing. (... using the word "traditional" in connection with 3D printing sounds really weird... ;-) )

Apparently there will be a paper about it in this year's CHI conference... :) Too bad, I won't be there. I'd love to learn more about how they built the system and what it can do. 

Here's their website with some more details: http://www.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/baudisch/projects/laserorigami.html

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2015-07-20 02:43:31 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

I got two new family members this weekend! One step closer to becoming a crazy cat lady... ;-)

I got two new family members this weekend! One step closer to becoming a crazy cat lady... ;-)___

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2015-05-14 03:02:58 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Some interesting insights... I guess the results are quite culture/country-dependent, though.

Some interesting insights... I guess the results are quite culture/country-dependent, though.___

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2015-02-08 04:53:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I guess, I'll be travelling to Sasebo this summer... ;-)

I guess, I'll be travelling to Sasebo this summer... ;-)___

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2015-01-02 09:08:51 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Hehe... :)

Heh. For my physics geek friends___Hehe... :)

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2014-07-01 11:04:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

3D buildings in Japan... :)

Google の製品における、小さな改善を紹介するコーナー、略して #小さな改善 です。

本日より Google マップで、より多くの建物が 3D で立体的に表示されるようになりました。
建物の形を含め、もっと直感的に地図を俯瞰できるようになり、街の様子がもっとわかりやすくご覧いただけるようになりました。

モバイル用の Google マップアプリでは 2 本指をピースサインのようにして、画面を上方向にスワイプすると角度が変化し、街が 3D で表示されます。

パソコンのブラウザでは地図の位置にあわせて建物を立体的に表示しています。___3D buildings in Japan... :)

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2013-10-09 10:30:20 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

This is a really interesting approach to localization/mapping using two robots with different capabilities. The ground robot uses 3D depth images to build a map of its environment, which is then augmented by camera images, taken by a second, flying robot. 

Here, another video demonstration of our recent IROS'13 paper about mutual localization between a flying robot and a ground robot using monocular dense reconstruction, developed by +Christian Forster, Matia Pizzoli, and myself.
Air Ground Localization and Map Augmentation Using Monocular Dense Reconstruction___This is a really interesting approach to localization/mapping using two robots with different capabilities. The ground robot uses 3D depth images to build a map of its environment, which is then augmented by camera images, taken by a second, flying robot. 

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2013-09-07 20:31:50 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Origami from hell

A colleague ruined my weekend with this... ;-)  Don't try it at home! If you must, here's the instruction: http://mars.wne.edu/~thull/fit.html 

... I warned you!

Origami from hell

A colleague ruined my weekend with this... ;-)  Don't try it at home! If you must, here's the instruction: http://mars.wne.edu/~thull/fit.html 

... I warned you!___

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2013-08-19 04:13:29 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Please don't send me notifications for your public posts, unless you are actually trying to reach me personally or I have asked you to be notified / subscribed to your page / interacted with you on previous, related posts, etc.

Thank you!

Sharing your posts with your circles and in Public?

When you share something, please don’t notify anyone unless you know them personally and are sure that they don’t mind. 

Constantly notifying people about your posts is spamming: The people who are interested can place you in a circle and subscribe to your posts.

How to do it: When sharing a post, you check the box with "Send also email to...". The people in those circles you have tagged in the posts' share box get a notification in the little red box and an email about it. It's basically the same thing that happens if you individually +-mention someone, but to a larger audience.

When you have 100 or more profiles / Pages in the circle or circles you "Send email to", they only get the red box notification, not the email.

People who are not on  Google+ but you have them in your circles as an email -address, always get the email.


Posting to Public and Notifying only certain people or circles:

Share a post to Public, add only those circles you'd like to notify, tick the box and that's it! :-)

Now you have a post that anyone can see + you have notified only the persons and / or the circles you wanted. You can also share a post like this with yourself: If you have created an empty circle for "Bookmarks", you can add that circle to the share box and will see the post any time in that circles' stream.


Remember however, if you notify users about things that: 

1) aren't all that relevant or interesting to them
2) are seemingly every post you write
3) are about whatever, but they aren't following you back
4) are your family etc photos (same goes for tagging people!)

- Could I kindly suggest that you are actually spamming them, and you are heading for a muting or even a blocking.
You might ask who in your circles would like to receive notifications of your posts when on certain topic.

Think twice before notifying anyone, please.

Read more about the notifications and controls & see the screenshots:

http://googleplushelper.blogspot.fi/2012/10/google-red-box-syndrome-deal-with-it.html

#Notifications   #Spam   #Googleplustips   #Jaanatip   #Plushelp  ___Please don't send me notifications for your public posts, unless you are actually trying to reach me personally or I have asked you to be notified / subscribed to your page / interacted with you on previous, related posts, etc.

Thank you!

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2013-08-16 11:04:07 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

This is cool... slightly creepy but cool.. :-)

via +Jessica Meyer 

Here's an ingenious and versatile little robot that will live in your nightmares -- and possibly under your bed.  If you're at all paranoid, I wouldn't watch the video.  <G>

#robots   #robotics   #3dprinting  

http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/15/watch-this-creepy-little-robot-that-can-sneak-under-your-door/___This is cool... slightly creepy but cool.. :-)

via +Jessica Meyer 

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2013-08-13 16:33:17 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

... :-)

Buttons that inevitably come to geek's mind when reading posts... (co-authored with my favorite geek +Andrea Cornaglia)___... :-)

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2013-06-04 18:02:55 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

... sounds very familiar...

via +David Romeyn 

because #CalvinAndHobbes___... sounds very familiar...

via +David Romeyn 

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2013-05-17 12:30:33 (1 comments, 8 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

.... how to get more women into programming... ;-)

___.... how to get more women into programming... ;-)

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2013-04-05 11:38:29 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Finally there is a miracle cure for all your machine learning problems... ;-)

... should have posted this five days ago...

Finally there is a miracle cure for all your machine learning problems... ;-)

... should have posted this five days ago...___

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2013-03-11 16:36:44 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Happy Birthday to Douglas Adams. So Long and thanks for all the fish.

(great google doodle today too)
#DouglasAdams #42

Happy Birthday to Douglas Adams. So Long and thanks for all the fish.

(great google doodle today too)
#DouglasAdams #42___

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2013-03-08 09:30:17 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Finally, there is a good excuse to share a cat video.... :-)

... and just in case you've been living under a rock for the last couple of years, here is a link to the original rotating snake illusion: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/rotsnake.gif and this paper explains the effect: http://www.psy.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/PDrift.pdf

This is not a cat video.
It's a video suggesting that the brain structures that perceive "optical illusions" are probably deeply rooted, or they would not be common to species as different as human and cat.

#neuroscience   #illusion  ___Finally, there is a good excuse to share a cat video.... :-)

... and just in case you've been living under a rock for the last couple of years, here is a link to the original rotating snake illusion: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/rotsnake.gif and this paper explains the effect: http://www.psy.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/PDrift.pdf

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2013-02-24 06:28:25 (53 comments, 274 reshares, 627 +1s)Open 

This is a really cool idea, implemented by the Human-Computer Interaction group at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany. The group used a laser cutter to produce 3D objects in a fraction of the time of "traditional" 3D printing. (... using the word "traditional" in connection with 3D printing sounds really weird... ;-) )

Apparently there will be a paper about it in this year's CHI conference... :) Too bad, I won't be there. I'd love to learn more about how they built the system and what it can do. 

Here's their website with some more details: http://www.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/baudisch/projects/laserorigami.html

This is a really cool idea, implemented by the Human-Computer Interaction group at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany. The group used a laser cutter to produce 3D objects in a fraction of the time of "traditional" 3D printing. (... using the word "traditional" in connection with 3D printing sounds really weird... ;-) )

Apparently there will be a paper about it in this year's CHI conference... :) Too bad, I won't be there. I'd love to learn more about how they built the system and what it can do. 

Here's their website with some more details: http://www.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/baudisch/projects/laserorigami.html___

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2013-02-18 04:38:18 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

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2013-02-06 11:03:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

This really made me laugh today...

#leavingacademia #missingacademia

This really made me laugh today...

#leavingacademia #missingacademia___

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2013-01-29 05:09:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

An interesting article on human-robot interaction by the designer of Georgia Tech's humanoid robot Simon.

NYTimes: Talking, Walking Objects
http://nyti.ms/SO5BIo___An interesting article on human-robot interaction by the designer of Georgia Tech's humanoid robot Simon.

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2013-01-24 09:38:00 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

DNA as data storage? Sounds like sci-fi but Dr. Nick Goldman of the European Bioinformatics Institute and his team have already encoded MP3 files and texts in DNA.
They expect that the technology, which is still extremely expensive at the moment, will offer significantly more reliable and compact storage than existing media and become affordable for users in the not-too-distant future.
via +Christine Paluch 

Computer data files stored accurately on DNA strands

A billion books can fit into test tube with this technique - and this is just the "hello Watson" phase of this new bio computing technology.

In my book +Content Nation I project a future in which organic cloud computer storage self-generates in subterranean "farms" and communicates via antennas to the world. Sounds like living forms of collective memory are on the way...___DNA as data storage? Sounds like sci-fi but Dr. Nick Goldman of the European Bioinformatics Institute and his team have already encoded MP3 files and texts in DNA.
They expect that the technology, which is still extremely expensive at the moment, will offer significantly more reliable and compact storage than existing media and become affordable for users in the not-too-distant future.
via +Christine Paluch 

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2013-01-19 15:51:18 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This is a great discussion about how robots will shape our future between Rodney Brooks of iRobot, MIT's Andrew McAfee and John Markoff of The New York Times.

The part, that I found most interesting was about the impact of intelligent robots on the labor market. There was one point in the discussion, that I find really important and that is often overlooked, when people talk about how robots are stealing humans' jobs: Many of the jobs, that robots will take away, are jobs, such as manufacturing, cleaning, etc. that most people prefer not to do anyway and it is a good thing if robots do these jobs and free up humans do more interesting things.

Personally, I think, the changes in the labor market are a problem that  politics and society need to solve by redefining what "work" is and redefining the value of art and creative work, rather than by slowing down progress in... more »

This is a great discussion about how robots will shape our future between Rodney Brooks of iRobot, MIT's Andrew McAfee and John Markoff of The New York Times.

The part, that I found most interesting was about the impact of intelligent robots on the labor market. There was one point in the discussion, that I find really important and that is often overlooked, when people talk about how robots are stealing humans' jobs: Many of the jobs, that robots will take away, are jobs, such as manufacturing, cleaning, etc. that most people prefer not to do anyway and it is a good thing if robots do these jobs and free up humans do more interesting things.

Personally, I think, the changes in the labor market are a problem that  politics and society need to solve by redefining what "work" is and redefining the value of art and creative work, rather than by slowing down progress in robotics. 
I am lucky to have found a great job that I enjoy, but I've met so many people, who are doing absolutely amazing things in their free time while having to spend most of their lives on rather boring day jobs. Maybe this is overly optimistic, but I believe that having robots take over the boring jobs, would be an opportunity to give these people time to spend on what they are good at, to be more creative, create art, craft, make things, etc. without having to worry, if they can make a living off it. It is amazing how many resources and opportunities there are today for people to, collaborate, innovate, contribute their knowledge, tinker, create stuff, etc... the only thing, that most of us lack, is time. Thus, robots "stealing" jobs and giving people their time back doesn't sound too bad to me and could ultimately lead to more innovation, more art and overall more happiness. ___

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2013-01-17 14:52:34 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

An interesting article on spotting patterns in big data. As the article leaves a couple of questions open, about what exactly makes their method so different from other clustering and visualization techniques, I've looked for some of the Ayasdi founders' original papers and maybe this one gives some additional insight. :) http://comptop.stanford.edu/u/preprints/mapperPBG.pdf

This looks intriguing. It's an engine for automatic discovery of patterns in big data. If true, it does the first step of the scientific method: "first you guess the relationship", the magic skill we call intuition. 

Via +Daniel Estrada and +Jeff Jockisch ___An interesting article on spotting patterns in big data. As the article leaves a couple of questions open, about what exactly makes their method so different from other clustering and visualization techniques, I've looked for some of the Ayasdi founders' original papers and maybe this one gives some additional insight. :) http://comptop.stanford.edu/u/preprints/mapperPBG.pdf

2013-01-01 14:18:45 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Happy new year, everyone!

... . it started really good for me with a shipping notification for my Makerbot Replicator 2 just a couple of hours after midnight in Japan and after "only" 8 weeks of waiting! :-))

Happy new year, everyone!

... . it started really good for me with a shipping notification for my Makerbot Replicator 2 just a couple of hours after midnight in Japan and after "only" 8 weeks of waiting! :-))___

2012-12-20 13:10:51 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This might be an interesting read for people, who have to read source code (and for everyone interested in both computer science and psychology). I am surprised that there hasn't been more research on this topic, yet.

This might be an interesting read for people, who have to read source code (and for everyone interested in both computer science and psychology). I am surprised that there hasn't been more research on this topic, yet.___

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2012-12-12 11:10:04 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

... Mathematics can be useful... if you didn't believe that before, I am sure, this will convince you! ;-)

before you start buying your Xmas decorations you might want to consult these mathematical formulas so that you don't buy too much or too less;)___... Mathematics can be useful... if you didn't believe that before, I am sure, this will convince you! ;-)

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2012-12-06 05:50:31 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

... awesome... :)

___... awesome... :)

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2012-11-29 05:28:37 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

So true... ;)

Guide to Software Development...___So true... ;)

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2012-11-25 19:09:35 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I just found this website, when looking for some interesting Arduino projects: http://produceconsumerobot.com

The site belongs to Sean Montgomery and the projects, he showcases on his website, blend science, art and engineering in a really fascinating way.

The video below shows his "Thinking Cap", a brain-shaped hat, that visualizes EEG activity. Not that I'd wear this in public, but anyway, it's a really cool project and he describes in detail with code and circuit diagrams, how this and his other projects were built, just in case you'd like to try for yourself. :)

I just found this website, when looking for some interesting Arduino projects: http://produceconsumerobot.com

The site belongs to Sean Montgomery and the projects, he showcases on his website, blend science, art and engineering in a really fascinating way.

The video below shows his "Thinking Cap", a brain-shaped hat, that visualizes EEG activity. Not that I'd wear this in public, but anyway, it's a really cool project and he describes in detail with code and circuit diagrams, how this and his other projects were built, just in case you'd like to try for yourself. :)___

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2012-10-22 08:18:36 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

How is our future with smart, humanoid robots going to be like? I really enjoyed this video which contains a lot of food for thought and opinions from the world's leading experts... :)

The Robot Revolution is Upon Us

As we reach the theoretical Singularity date of 2045 I expect many of these technologies to advance at an increasingly rapid pace. Robots and Humans (eventually) will be virtually indistinguishable from each other in my opinion. 

The race is on to build robots for the consumer market. But are there consequences to co-existing with humanoid machines? 16x9 speaks to some of the world's most brilliant people while exploring the Geminoid Project, Nao Robot, Baxter and Dr. Robot. For more info, please go to www.global16x9.com___How is our future with smart, humanoid robots going to be like? I really enjoyed this video which contains a lot of food for thought and opinions from the world's leading experts... :)

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2012-07-26 10:52:57 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I doubt, this will become reality, but it's fascinating anyway... :)

via +Jessica Meyer 

"Avatar" project aims for human immortality by 2045

Russian media magnate Dmitry Itskov is heading "Avatar," a tremendously ambitious and far-reaching multidisciplinary research project that aims to achieve immortality in humans within the next three decades. He plans to do it by housing human brains in progressively more disembodied vehicles, first transplanting them into robots and then, by the year 2045, by reverse-engineering the human brain and effectively "downloading" human consciousness onto a computer chip.___I doubt, this will become reality, but it's fascinating anyway... :)

via +Jessica Meyer 

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2012-06-27 16:12:07 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

@Google I/O extended in Tokyo #IO12   #io12extended  

@Google I/O extended in Tokyo #IO12   #io12extended  ___

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2012-06-17 17:06:56 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Lesson learned... :)

Lesson learned... :)___

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2012-05-16 14:15:05 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

One of those videos that'll first make you laugh and then make you think...

How Terms of Service Can Have an Impact on User Experience

I have previously mentioned the impact on user experience from terms of use and licensing agreements. In that they are difficult to understand for individuals who are not lawyers. This in itself is problematic when such terms of use have to be understood by a wide variety of users and enforcement itself is often not clearly understood.

Considering the increased integration of software into our lives, the legal aspects of software can present user experience issues.
This is a funny little video mixing the singularity with these agreements. This is a little food for thought for those who do product policy, but also to make people aware that user experience reaches beyond the service or application itself, but the rules for the application as well.

via +aimee whitcroft___One of those videos that'll first make you laugh and then make you think...

2012-05-05 02:23:15 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Looking for a job? Here's a little practice question for the interview... ;-)

A few of my coworkers and I put together the ultimate Google interview question:

You are trying to cross a river with a barman, a bear, a fox and a thousand rabbits.

You have a single row boat that travels at 99.9% the speed of light that can only carry you and two animals at a time. The row boat has only one instruction: Go forward. It returns true iff it managed to go forwards.

For every 5 minutes of wait time, the rabbit population on each side of the river will grow according to the Fibonacci sequence.
Also, each rabbit has a unique integer written on its back and you want to line them up in numerical order on the other shore but can only look at 100 rabbits at a time.

You can ask questions of the bear, the fox and the rabbits but the fox always lies, the rabbits always tell the truth, and the bear will eat you if it thinks your question is dumb.

If you leave the fox unattended, he will attempt to jump into a manhole while carrying the cover.

The bear is trying to implement a stack where push, pop and min are O(1).

A gnome appears and asks the barman for a drink, the barman pulls out a gun and the gnome says "thank you" and leaves.

The barman then holds up a ladder that reaches partially over the river, allowing you to drop rabbits onto the other side but you don't know how high a fall the rabbits can survive.

Your answer must be robust as our boats and ladders are flaky, and we pride in building world class infrastructure over flaky components.

How would you unit test your river-crossing algorithm?___Looking for a job? Here's a little practice question for the interview... ;-)

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2012-05-01 01:48:21 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

This is a really fascinating study conducted by the Human Interaction With Nature and Technological Systems Lab (HINTS) at the University of Washington. With this and other studies, the researchers investigate into bonding between people and robots and people's perception of robots as "mental, moral and social" counterparts.

In this study, children from age 9 to 15 were asked to play a game with a (teleoperated) Robovie robot, when one of the researchers came in and forced the protesting and "crying" robot into the closet. In a questionnaire, the researchers evaluated how the children perceived the robot as intelligent and emotional and what they thought about how robots should be treated.

I've found this on the IEEE Spectrum website. Please have a look there for more details: ... more »

This is a really fascinating study conducted by the Human Interaction With Nature and Technological Systems Lab (HINTS) at the University of Washington. With this and other studies, the researchers investigate into bonding between people and robots and people's perception of robots as "mental, moral and social" counterparts.

In this study, children from age 9 to 15 were asked to play a game with a (teleoperated) Robovie robot, when one of the researchers came in and forced the protesting and "crying" robot into the closet. In a questionnaire, the researchers evaluated how the children perceived the robot as intelligent and emotional and what they thought about how robots should be treated.

I've found this on the IEEE Spectrum website. Please have a look there for more details: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-intelligence/do-kids-care-if-their-robot-friend-gets-stuffed-into-a-closet

You can find more information and additional videos on the lab website: http://depts.washington.edu/hints/

The original paper was published in the journal of Developmental Psychology: “Robovie, You’ll Have to Go into the Closet Now": Children’s Social and Moral Relationships With a Humanoid Robot, published in Developmental Psychology, March 2012, Vol. 48, No. 2, 303–314.___

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2012-04-25 01:44:50 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Heisenberg's uncertainty principle? No problem, creationism has an explanation for everything... ;-)

via +Felix J. Ogris

Heisenberg was the best DOS hacker...___Heisenberg's uncertainty principle? No problem, creationism has an explanation for everything... ;-)

via +Felix J. Ogris

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2012-04-17 22:26:26 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

The ACM-R5 is being developed in Hirose Fukushima's lab at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. It is designed to move like a snake both on the ground and in water.

Actually, the ACM-R5 is not the only snake robot, developed in their lab. A full overview with pictures, videos and lots of explanations of all the snake robots, Prof. Fukushima and his team are experimenting with, can be found on the lab website:
http://www-robot.mes.titech.ac.jp/robot/snake_e.html

The following page has some details including a close-up of the motion mechanism of the ACM-R5:
http://www-robot.mes.titech.ac.jp/robot/snake/acm-r5/acm-r5_e.html

via +Jessica Meyer

... and before you ask: Yes, Fukushima is a quite common last name in Japan.

ENGINEERING • ROBOTICS • ACM-R5 Amphibious Robosnake
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The eight-kilogram reptile is powered by a 30-minute lithium ion battery, during which time the remote operator sets its general direction while sensors feeding a 32-bit microprocessor guide the actual underwater acrobatics and terra firma terrain negotiation. Like most technology, this will initially be used in a humani- tarian capacity to help locate victims of earthquakes and other disasters . . .
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Read more ► goo.gl/SY5i3___The ACM-R5 is being developed in Hirose Fukushima's lab at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. It is designed to move like a snake both on the ground and in water.

Actually, the ACM-R5 is not the only snake robot, developed in their lab. A full overview with pictures, videos and lots of explanations of all the snake robots, Prof. Fukushima and his team are experimenting with, can be found on the lab website:
http://www-robot.mes.titech.ac.jp/robot/snake_e.html

The following page has some details including a close-up of the motion mechanism of the ACM-R5:
http://www-robot.mes.titech.ac.jp/robot/snake/acm-r5/acm-r5_e.html

via +Jessica Meyer

... and before you ask: Yes, Fukushima is a quite common last name in Japan.

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2012-04-04 17:31:56 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

... No, this is not a belated April Fool's joke... :-)

The plus page of the project is here: https://plus.google.com/111626127367496192147/posts

... No, this is not a belated April Fool's joke... :-)

The plus page of the project is here: https://plus.google.com/111626127367496192147/posts___

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2012-04-01 09:56:22 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

All those ignorant mathematicians still believe that 0.999999... = 1. This video shows in an easily understandable way, why every so-called "proof" of this is totally badly wrong.

... ;-)

Watch till the end (your heart rate might raise until then) and remember the date.

#allofmathematicsiswrong___All those ignorant mathematicians still believe that 0.999999... = 1. This video shows in an easily understandable way, why every so-called "proof" of this is totally badly wrong.

... ;-)

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2012-03-31 16:36:03 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Google has just launched a revolutionary new and improved version of Google maps! ;-)

Have a look at the video or just check http://maps.google.com . :)

Google has just launched a revolutionary new and improved version of Google maps! ;-)

Have a look at the video or just check http://maps.google.com . :)___

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2012-03-27 18:21:20 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This is a really interesting discussion on the ethical problems involved with brain-computer interfaces and other novel technologies and their applications in the military.

The guy in the video is Jonathan Moreno, a philosophy professor at the University of Pennsylvania and an expert in bioethics.

This is a really interesting discussion on the ethical problems involved with brain-computer interfaces and other novel technologies and their applications in the military.

The guy in the video is Jonathan Moreno, a philosophy professor at the University of Pennsylvania and an expert in bioethics.___

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2012-03-27 18:00:55 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

... The result of today's crocheting session... ;-)

... The result of today's crocheting session... ;-)___

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2012-03-20 04:46:36 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

... a reminder of all the fascinating things we forget about while being absorbed in our jobs and our everyday lives... :-)

via +Anders Alm

___... a reminder of all the fascinating things we forget about while being absorbed in our jobs and our everyday lives... :-)

via +Anders Alm

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2012-03-18 16:15:21 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This experiment from 2008 might provide some interesting background information to the previous post for those who haven't heard about it, yet.
It has been conducted by Henrik Ehrsson, a researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and studied virtual-reality-induced "out of body experiences". In the study, researchers used virtual reality glasses and tactile stimuli to make the participants perceive another body - either one of a different person or a mannequin - as their own.

The website of the Ehrsson lab with some of their current publications and more experiments can be found here: http://www.ehrssonlab.se/

This experiment from 2008 might provide some interesting background information to the previous post for those who haven't heard about it, yet.
It has been conducted by Henrik Ehrsson, a researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and studied virtual-reality-induced "out of body experiences". In the study, researchers used virtual reality glasses and tactile stimuli to make the participants perceive another body - either one of a different person or a mannequin - as their own.

The website of the Ehrsson lab with some of their current publications and more experiments can be found here: http://www.ehrssonlab.se/___

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2012-03-18 15:33:55 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

TELESAR V is a teleexistence robot, developed at Keio University in Japan. There have been some news about it, earlier this year, but I just saw this video today and thought, it would be worth sharing.

Like in the movie "Avatar" or "Surrogates", the pilot controls the robot by his/her own movements and sees and hears through the sensors of the robot while wearing a head-mounted display. TELESAR V even transmits fine-grained touch information back to its user, so that the user actually gets the impression of being inside the robot.

One of the aims of this project is to create a robot, that allows humans to work remotely in places, which are otherwise too dangerous, such as the Fukushima nuclear plant.

TELESAR V is a teleexistence robot, developed at Keio University in Japan. There have been some news about it, earlier this year, but I just saw this video today and thought, it would be worth sharing.

Like in the movie "Avatar" or "Surrogates", the pilot controls the robot by his/her own movements and sees and hears through the sensors of the robot while wearing a head-mounted display. TELESAR V even transmits fine-grained touch information back to its user, so that the user actually gets the impression of being inside the robot.

One of the aims of this project is to create a robot, that allows humans to work remotely in places, which are otherwise too dangerous, such as the Fukushima nuclear plant.___

2012-03-06 06:46:35 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

This is one of my favorite Asimov quotes.. :)

Asimov's quote "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny..."___This is one of my favorite Asimov quotes.. :)

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2012-03-04 15:33:33 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I just stumbled upon the funf Open Sensing Framework. It's an open source framework, created by the MIT, that allows your Android phone to record, log and analyze data, such as GPS Location,
WLAN, Accelerometer, Call log, SMS log, Browser history etc. (yeah, a little spy in your pocket! Isn't that all you ever wanted? ;-) )

Anyway, according to their website, they took a lot of care to implement strong privacy protection in order to use it for academic studies and it's open source, so you can easily check, what it does before implementing any software on top of it.
I didn't get any further than downloading the source code today and I do not have much prior experience in programming for Android, yet, but I am sure this will be fun to try. :-)

I just stumbled upon the funf Open Sensing Framework. It's an open source framework, created by the MIT, that allows your Android phone to record, log and analyze data, such as GPS Location,
WLAN, Accelerometer, Call log, SMS log, Browser history etc. (yeah, a little spy in your pocket! Isn't that all you ever wanted? ;-) )

Anyway, according to their website, they took a lot of care to implement strong privacy protection in order to use it for academic studies and it's open source, so you can easily check, what it does before implementing any software on top of it.
I didn't get any further than downloading the source code today and I do not have much prior experience in programming for Android, yet, but I am sure this will be fun to try. :-)___

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2012-02-28 05:43:34 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Hmm.... I wonder if this is real. If it is, it's really cool, but from my hands-on experience with the Emotiv Epoc headset I doubt, that it it reacts fast and accurately enough to safely control a skateboard.

The explanations in the article are too vague to tell if their method is actually feasible or not, but this does not seem like it can be realized easily with the Epoc headset: "The skateboard can translate brain waves into action such that the user visualizes a point off in the distance and thinks about the speed in which to travel to get there." I'd love to be wrong, but at this moment, I don't believe that the board works as explained.

I'd really like to see more of the details. It is difficult to demo BCI systems in a way that doesn't leave any doubts, but the article mentions that Chaotic Moon Labs are planning to open source the software... more »

Hmm.... I wonder if this is real. If it is, it's really cool, but from my hands-on experience with the Emotiv Epoc headset I doubt, that it it reacts fast and accurately enough to safely control a skateboard.

The explanations in the article are too vague to tell if their method is actually feasible or not, but this does not seem like it can be realized easily with the Epoc headset: "The skateboard can translate brain waves into action such that the user visualizes a point off in the distance and thinks about the speed in which to travel to get there." I'd love to be wrong, but at this moment, I don't believe that the board works as explained.

I'd really like to see more of the details. It is difficult to demo BCI systems in a way that doesn't leave any doubts, but the article mentions that Chaotic Moon Labs are planning to open source the software for the skateboard, if they get clearance by their attorneys. Let's wait and see... ;-)

Anyway, here's the website of the project: http://www.chaoticmoon.com/labs/chaotic-moon-labs-board-of-imagination/___

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2012-02-26 14:36:25 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The humanoid robot NAO just got a big brother! :) ROMEO is 1,40 m tall and designed to function in an environment made for humans in order to assist elderly or disabled persons. It was developed by Aldebaran Robotics in cooperation with a couple of other companies and institutes. An overview of the project can be found here. http://projetromeo.com/index_en.html

Here's the article from the IEEE Spectrum, which has some more details on the robot: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/aldebaran-robotics-introduces-romeo-finally

The humanoid robot NAO just got a big brother! :) ROMEO is 1,40 m tall and designed to function in an environment made for humans in order to assist elderly or disabled persons. It was developed by Aldebaran Robotics in cooperation with a couple of other companies and institutes. An overview of the project can be found here. http://projetromeo.com/index_en.html

Here's the article from the IEEE Spectrum, which has some more details on the robot: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/aldebaran-robotics-introduces-romeo-finally___

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2012-02-19 12:19:36 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A really fascinating documentary about the human consciousness.

The Secret You

Where did consciousness come from? What makes you, you? These are simple but profound questions that are so easy to ask, but so difficult to explain. This BBC Horizon documentary, hosted by mathematician Professor Marcus du Sautoy, explains how science sees and attempts to answer these questions. If you have 58 minutes to spare, you should watch this (or bookmark it for later!).

#sciencesunday curated by +Allison Sekuler and +Robby Bowles___A really fascinating documentary about the human consciousness.

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