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Matt Uebel has been at 8 events

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Daniel Estrada30,628@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 Estrada30,628This 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 Estrada30,628Made 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 Estrada30,628Made 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 Estrada30,628Made 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. Harbaugh575Detroit Through Glass!2013-11-16 12:00:004  
Matt Uebel30,147"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad." This will be a fully spoilerific discussion of Peter Watts novel "Blindsight." http://www.rifters.com/real/Blindsight.htm +Joshua Gess +Jon Lawhead Blindsight Discussion Hangout2013-04-21 02:30:003  
Fraser Cain992,087To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004843  

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2016-07-20 02:01:51 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

>The man whose soul is still somewhere on eBay, Michael Mukasey, is now making the case against Hillary Clinton’s email handling. And, yes, he’s right about her lies. She cannot help herself. But her lies are trivial and pathetic, rather than massive, shameless and endless. She is a mediocre politician in our liberal democratic system. Trump is a direct, grave and imminent threat to the very system itself.

That’s the essential choice this year. It is the easiest choice in my lifetime.

// yup

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2016-07-08 02:41:52 (2 comments; 18 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

wtf

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2016-07-08 02:41:52 (2 comments; 18 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

wtf

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2016-07-24 23:18:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

FYI

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2016-07-24 15:26:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 30/2016.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2016/07/atomic-scale-data-one-dimensional.html

Atomic scale data, MRI enhancements, One dimensional transistors, Modular chiplets, Fast consumer drones, Synbio computers, Detailed brain map, Tactile intelligence, Placenta on chip, Injectable biosensors.

1. Writing Data Atom by Atom
A scanning tunneling microscope has been used to produce re-writable data storage by positioning arrays of individual chlorine atoms in one of two defined positions (representing 0 or 1) http://www.tudelft.nl/en/current/latest-news/article/detail/kleinste-harddisk-ooit-schrijft-informatie-atoom-voor-atoom/. The prototype successfully stored 1 kilobyte of data or 8,000 bits on a copper surface, and achieved a storage density of 500 Terabits per square inch. The array is organised into... more »

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 30/2016.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2016/07/atomic-scale-data-one-dimensional.html

Atomic scale data, MRI enhancements, One dimensional transistors, Modular chiplets, Fast consumer drones, Synbio computers, Detailed brain map, Tactile intelligence, Placenta on chip, Injectable biosensors.

1. Writing Data Atom by Atom
A scanning tunneling microscope has been used to produce re-writable data storage by positioning arrays of individual chlorine atoms in one of two defined positions (representing 0 or 1) http://www.tudelft.nl/en/current/latest-news/article/detail/kleinste-harddisk-ooit-schrijft-informatie-atoom-voor-atoom/. The prototype successfully stored 1 kilobyte of data or 8,000 bits on a copper surface, and achieved a storage density of 500 Terabits per square inch. The array is organised into blocks of 64 bits but requires very clean vacuum conditions and liquid nitrogen temperatures to work. Still, a very impressive proof of concept.

2. Advances in Imaging Technology
First, new nuclear magnetic resonance microscope comprises a very thin wire connected to a tiny magnetic ball is able to achieve an imaging resolution of less than 10nm, a 100-million fold improvement in the volume resolution of bulk NMR http://www.physics.leidenuniv.nl/index.php?id=11573&news=931&type=LION&ln=EN. Second, a new technique for energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy is now claiming subatomic resolution and the ability to obtain clear images of electron orbitals within an atom https://www.tuwien.ac.at/en/news/news_detail/article/10225/ . . . which is a headline I never expected to see for a long time to come. Finally, manipulation of plasmonics on surfaces now allow optical microscopes to perform like electron microscopes with 65nm resolution http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/biomedical/imaging/plasmonics-enable-optical-microscopes-to-perform-like-electron-microscopes.

3. One-Dimensional Transistors
By studying two-dimensional atomically-thin transistors made out of molybdenum disulfide a group has discovered that just the edges of the device, which are essentially one-dimensional, might be used as a transistor http://news.utexas.edu/2016/07/18/scientists-glimpse-inner-workings-of-atom-thin-transistors. The current flowing through the device starts first (at very low voltages) by flowing along the edge, and only leaks into the middle of the device as the voltage is boosted to much higher levels; by making purer, defect-free devices the edges should be able to carry the entire current - meaning the bulk of the device isn’t needed and transistor switching requiring much lower power.

4. DARPA’s Modular Chiplets
A new DARPA program aims to reimagine the standard printed circuit board as a modular integrated platform that not only allows further miniaturisation and speed improvements, but also provides standard lego-like size and architecture specifications for which specialised chiplets are able to be dropped into in order to perform some desired electronic or computational function http://nextbigfuture.com/2016/07/tiling-chiplets-will-be-used-to-shrink.html. I think of this as Project Ara for integrated circuits: instead of swapping mobile phone components into a standard platform, this program will allow the rapid design of complete circuits with chiplets for sensing, processing, memory, ASICs, GPUs, antennas, signal processors, etc, all while getting around the main limitations of PCBs.

5. New Drone Tops 70mph
A new consumer quadcopter drone called Teal is set to become the fastest available with a top speed of 70mph and stability in winds up to 40mph http://nextbigfuture.com/2016/07/fastest-commercial-production-drone.html. Boasting a teraFLOP of onboard processing power for machine learning, autonomous flying, image recognition, the group hope to include obstacle avoidance in the near future. The GPS system on board enables 50cm positional accuracy. Of interest: Teal is designed to enable programmers to easily create Apps that make use of or control Teal. Also included this week due to the comment discussion on the linked page - worth a read and serious consideration.

6. Synthetic Biology Programs Compute Stimuli
Another important step in the development of synthetic biology, cells can now be programmed to remember and respond to a series of events http://news.mit.edu/2016/biological-circuit-cells-remember-respond-stimuli-0721. This is a scalable system with the proof-of-concept creating cells that can remember the correct order of three different inputs, and which might allow the recording of complex cell histories. These are like biological state machines. “These recombinase-based state machines open up the possibility of cells being engineered to become recorders of temporal information about their environment, and they can be built to lead the cells to take actions in response to the appropriate string of inputs.”

7. Most Detailed Brain Map Ever
A new MRI measurement study, part of the Human Connectome Project, and using scans of 210 different healthy human brains has produced the most accurate cortical brain map ever http://www.nature.com/news/human-brain-mapped-in-unprecedented-detail-1.20285. The map identifies 180 distinctly different areas of the cortex, which include 83 previously reported brain areas and 97 new ones. The scans themselves collected data across a range of variables including cortical thickness, brain function, regional connectivity, cellular topographic organisation, and levels of myelin and it was well defined differences between this factors that helped delineate one area from another.

8. Tactile Intelligence and Robotic Grasping
This is a good overview of the state of the art and future developments expected for robotic grasping facilitated by tactile intelligence rather than vision and various visual-grasping intelligence approaches http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/why-tactile-intelligence-is-the-future-of-robotic-grasping. After discussing some of the shortfalls of focusing exclusively on vision for grasping we get a presentation of the new CoRo Lab tactile grasping system that combines a robotic hand, UR 10 arm, multimodal tactile sensors, and a kinect for initial targeting that can predict grasp failure 83% of the time and predict object slippage 92% of the time. Both are complex and are facilitated by unsupervised machine learning algorithms that learn over many trials what signal features are important. Such a system would also be very applicable to prosthetics.

9. Placenta on a Chip
Continuing the development of organ-on-microfluidic chip technology we now have a very basic placenta on a microfluidic chip that fully models the transport of nutrients across the placental barrier https://news.upenn.edu/news/penn-researchers-develop-placenta-chip. While this and other organ on chip systems are initially being developed as research and drug development tools, with thoughts of future advances enabling artificial organs, in this case such an artificial placenta hints at the future ability to build artificial wombs. In related reproductive health advances menopause can now be reversed to restore periods and produce viable eggs https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23130833-100-menopause-reversal-restores-periods-and-produces-fertile-eggs/.

10. Injectable Biosensors & Oxygen
A couple of interesting injectable treatments or enhancement technologies this week. First, a DARPA sponsored project has produced an injectable, implantable biosensor made of hydrogel that can produce a different fluorescent signal when different molecules are present, and which also overcomes the immune rejection problem http://nextbigfuture.com/2016/07/darpa-invests-75-million-for.html. Second, tiny gas-filled lipid microparticles have been developed as an injectable oxygen substitute that in tests was able to keep organs oxygenated and keep animals alive for 15 minutes without taking a single breath http://www.childrenshospital.org/news-and-events/2012/june-2012/injecting-lifesaving-oxygen-into-a-vein. Reminds me of a basic, dumb precursor to respirocytes that would enable enhanced athletic performance across a range of measures and activities.

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2016-07-23 20:06:53 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Cc: +Jon Lawhead​

Much excite :)

Cc: +Jon Lawhead​

Much excite :)___

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2016-07-23 15:19:23 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Here we go again folks

Here we go again folks___

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2016-07-23 04:32:52 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

The Montana driver who crashed his Model X speaks out, and Tesla gets indirect support from an unusual place.


Montana crash dispute - http://bit.ly/TT-E52-1
Goldman Sachs agrees with the Tesla future - http://bit.ly/TT-E52-2


The Montana driver who crashed his Model X speaks out, and Tesla gets indirect support from an unusual place.


Montana crash dispute - http://bit.ly/TT-E52-1
Goldman Sachs agrees with the Tesla future - http://bit.ly/TT-E52-2
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2016-07-23 01:40:30 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Try the original too. :)
#Ingress #PokemonGo

Try the original too. :)
#Ingress #PokemonGo___

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2016-07-22 01:42:15 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Geeze.

Geeze.___

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2016-07-21 22:28:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Imagine you are a machine.

Imagine you are a machine.___

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2016-07-21 16:23:34 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

“Aus Cleveland, mit deutschem Gruß” [1]

This image is actually an excellent illustration of the two varieties of the "German Greeting." As Wikipedia notes, [2] "Hitler gave the salute in two ways. When reviewing his troops or crowds, he generally used the traditional stiff armed salute. When greeting individuals, he used a modified version of the salute, bending his right arm while holding an open hand towards those greeted at shoulder height." I doubt he ever managed quite this smooth a transition between the two, though.

(For those who are about to argue that it was really a wave taken out of context... yes. That's absolutely possible. And an excuse like that would be perfectly reasonable the first time, or even the second time. But six months into a campaign where "did they really mean that Nazi reference?" comes up every week at themost... more »

“Aus Cleveland, mit deutschem Gruß” [1]

This image is actually an excellent illustration of the two varieties of the "German Greeting." As Wikipedia notes, [2] "Hitler gave the salute in two ways. When reviewing his troops or crowds, he generally used the traditional stiff armed salute. When greeting individuals, he used a modified version of the salute, bending his right arm while holding an open hand towards those greeted at shoulder height." I doubt he ever managed quite this smooth a transition between the two, though.

(For those who are about to argue that it was really a wave taken out of context... yes. That's absolutely possible. And an excuse like that would be perfectly reasonable the first time, or even the second time. But six months into a campaign where "did they really mean that Nazi reference?" comes up every week at the most, where speeches talk about nothing but the importance of the leader's unfettered Will and how this strengthens the nation against the other races which are slowly corrupting and destroying it, any benefit of the doubt is long lost.

In fact, it's actively inappropriate; when something has become clear and you still try to excuse it with a "benefit of the doubt," you're not being polite, you're abetting it.)

[1] "From Cleveland, with German Greetings." See: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/laura-ingraham-called-appearing-nazi-salute-article-1.2719389
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_salute___

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2016-07-20 12:06:31 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Something interesting that we can finally talk about: the AIs are controlling their own datacenters, and it knocks about 15% off our power usage. More specifically, we designed a deep learning system to control things like cooling fans, windows, and other things related to power and cooling, with the objective of minimizing power needs. It turned out that this sort of system reliably outperformed manual control by a lot - enough that we've gradually transitioned datacenters to fully automatic operation.

This is one of those examples of how machine learning can be really useful; at any given instant, its decisions may be roughly as good as a human's would be, but it can make those decisions every few milliseconds and continually adjust things in a way a person couldn't. I expect to see technologies like these greatly increasing the efficiency of all sorts of infrastructure, from power... more »

Something interesting that we can finally talk about: the AIs are controlling their own datacenters, and it knocks about 15% off our power usage. More specifically, we designed a deep learning system to control things like cooling fans, windows, and other things related to power and cooling, with the objective of minimizing power needs. It turned out that this sort of system reliably outperformed manual control by a lot - enough that we've gradually transitioned datacenters to fully automatic operation.

This is one of those examples of how machine learning can be really useful; at any given instant, its decisions may be roughly as good as a human's would be, but it can make those decisions every few milliseconds and continually adjust things in a way a person couldn't. I expect to see technologies like these greatly increasing the efficiency of all sorts of infrastructure, from power to transport, over the next few years - with corresponding savings in both money and resource usage. ___

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2016-07-20 02:01:51 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

>The man whose soul is still somewhere on eBay, Michael Mukasey, is now making the case against Hillary Clinton’s email handling. And, yes, he’s right about her lies. She cannot help herself. But her lies are trivial and pathetic, rather than massive, shameless and endless. She is a mediocre politician in our liberal democratic system. Trump is a direct, grave and imminent threat to the very system itself.

That’s the essential choice this year. It is the easiest choice in my lifetime.

// yup

>The man whose soul is still somewhere on eBay, Michael Mukasey, is now making the case against Hillary Clinton’s email handling. And, yes, he’s right about her lies. She cannot help herself. But her lies are trivial and pathetic, rather than massive, shameless and endless. She is a mediocre politician in our liberal democratic system. Trump is a direct, grave and imminent threat to the very system itself.

That’s the essential choice this year. It is the easiest choice in my lifetime.

// yup___

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2016-07-18 22:05:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-18 20:56:22 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

>People need to understand that things aren’t going to snap back into magical shape once Trump becomes archive footage. The Economist had a recent piece on all the far-right demagoguery in the past, and though they stress the impact that politicians like Goldwater have had subsequent to their electoral losses, they imply that Trump is part of a cyclical process, essentially one of all the same. Perhaps this might have been the case were this anything but the internet age. For all we know, things could skid madly out of control.

Society has been fundamentally rewired. This is a simple fact.

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I belong to no tribe, at least not clearly. Because of this, I have Canadian friends who are, indeed, Trump supporters. And I’ve been whaling on them, asking questions, posing arguments, and they have been whaling back. Precisely because we are Canadian, the whole thing isthe... more »

>People need to understand that things aren’t going to snap back into magical shape once Trump becomes archive footage. The Economist had a recent piece on all the far-right demagoguery in the past, and though they stress the impact that politicians like Goldwater have had subsequent to their electoral losses, they imply that Trump is part of a cyclical process, essentially one of all the same. Perhaps this might have been the case were this anything but the internet age. For all we know, things could skid madly out of control.

Society has been fundamentally rewired. This is a simple fact.

...

I belong to no tribe, at least not clearly. Because of this, I have Canadian friends who are, indeed, Trump supporters. And I’ve been whaling on them, asking questions, posing arguments, and they have been whaling back. Precisely because we are Canadian, the whole thing is theatre for us, allowing, I like to think, for a brand of honesty that rancour and defensiveness would muzzle otherwise.

When I get together with my academic friends, however, something very curious happens whenever I begin reporting these attitudes: I get interrupted. “But-but, that’s just idiotic/wrong/racist/sexist!” And that’s when I begin whaling on them, not because I don’t agree with their estimation, but because, unlike my academic confreres, I don’t hold Trump supporters responsible. I blame them, instead. Aren’t they the ‘critical thinkers’? What else did they think the ‘cretins’ would do? Magically seize upon their enlightened logic? Embrace the wisdom of those who openly call them fools?

Fact is, you’re the ones who jumped off the folk culture ship.

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The academic left was losing the war for the hearts and minds of white America. But so long as enrollment remained steady and book sales remained strong, they remained convinced that nothing fundamental was wrong with their model of cultural engagement, even as technology assured a greater match between them and those largely approving of them. Only now, with Trump, are they beginning to realize the degree to which the technological transformation of their habitat has rendered them culturally ineffective.

// CC: +Daniel Estrada +Tyler Millhouse___

2016-07-16 14:57:20 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

I'm really interested in the infrastructure behind Pokemon go. Does Niantic host its own data centers or is it AWS based? Seems strange that they aren't able to scale up fast enough. Why would they release to Europe if they didn't expect this massive demand?

I'm really interested in the infrastructure behind Pokemon go. Does Niantic host its own data centers or is it AWS based? Seems strange that they aren't able to scale up fast enough. Why would they release to Europe if they didn't expect this massive demand?___

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2016-07-16 14:54:10 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-16 14:14:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Chef John getting in on the hot chicken craze.

Chef John getting in on the hot chicken craze.___

2016-07-16 14:01:32 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

So looks like Pokemon go was released in Europe today and now Niantic's servers are completely busted.

So looks like Pokemon go was released in Europe today and now Niantic's servers are completely busted.___

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2016-07-16 13:49:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Elon tweets that significant Autopilot changes could be achieved without a hardware upgrade, Tesla confirms that Model 3 is still on time, and we have a look at Model 3 tracker dot info.

Elon tweets that Autopilot could significantly be improved without a hardware upgrade - http://bit.ly/TT-E47-1 
Model 3 is running on time.  So far. - http://bit.ly/TT-E47-2
Model3tracker.info update - http://model3tracker.info

#Tesla #EV #ElectricCars #ModelS #Model3 

Elon tweets that significant Autopilot changes could be achieved without a hardware upgrade, Tesla confirms that Model 3 is still on time, and we have a look at Model 3 tracker dot info.

Elon tweets that Autopilot could significantly be improved without a hardware upgrade - http://bit.ly/TT-E47-1 
Model 3 is running on time.  So far. - http://bit.ly/TT-E47-2
Model3tracker.info update - http://model3tracker.info

#Tesla #EV #ElectricCars #ModelS #Model3 ___

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2016-07-15 23:38:02 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

>This is the dawning of a new age, or the collapse of society as we know it. I welcome the void.

// Just as god intended 

>This is the dawning of a new age, or the collapse of society as we know it. I welcome the void.

// Just as god intended ___

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2016-07-15 20:54:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

> Consumer Reports experts believe that these two messages—your vehicle can drive itself, but you may need to take over the controls at a moment’s notice—create potential for driver confusion. It also increases the possibility that drivers using Autopilot may not be engaged enough to to react quickly to emergency situations.
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Research shows that humans are notoriously bad at re-engaging with complex tasks after their attention has been allowed to wander. According to a 2015 NHTSA study (PDF), it took test subjects anywhere from three to 17 seconds to regain control of a semi-autonomous vehicle when alerted that the car was no longer under the computer's control. At 65 mph, that's between 100 feet and quarter-mile traveled by a vehicle effectively under no one's control.

This is what’s known by researchers as the “Handoff Problem.” Google, which hasbeen workin... more »

> Consumer Reports experts believe that these two messages—your vehicle can drive itself, but you may need to take over the controls at a moment’s notice—create potential for driver confusion. It also increases the possibility that drivers using Autopilot may not be engaged enough to to react quickly to emergency situations.
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Research shows that humans are notoriously bad at re-engaging with complex tasks after their attention has been allowed to wander. According to a 2015 NHTSA study (PDF), it took test subjects anywhere from three to 17 seconds to regain control of a semi-autonomous vehicle when alerted that the car was no longer under the computer's control. At 65 mph, that's between 100 feet and quarter-mile traveled by a vehicle effectively under no one's control.

This is what’s known by researchers as the “Handoff Problem.” Google, which has been working on its Self-Driving Car Project since 2009, described the Handoff Problem in a 2015 monthly report (PDF). "People trust technology very quickly once they see it works. As a result, it’s difficult for them to dip in and out of the task of driving when they are encouraged to switch off and relax,” said the report. “There’s also the challenge of context—once you take back control, do you have enough understanding of what’s going on around the vehicle to make the right decision?"

More: http://www.consumerreports.org/tesla/tesla-autopilot-too-much-autonomy-too-soon/
via Patrick Lin

// While I find the title of this article rather uncomfortable for its implications, the above discussion is certainly correct. The challenge of automation isn't just technical, it is psychological and social, political and ethical. This is not too much autonomy (we need more!) nor is it too soon (we need it soon!). The lesson here is that we aren't ready for autonomy. It is a minor distinction, but it is critical for helping to focus our efforts going forward. ___

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2016-07-15 20:38:02 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Yup.

___Yup.

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2016-07-15 19:49:53 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Interesting discussion on Basic Income, and how it could be used to alleviate some measure of civic unrest.

Interesting discussion on Basic Income, and how it could be used to alleviate some measure of civic unrest.___

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2016-07-15 18:12:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

The tension here is palpable.

The tension here is palpable.___

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2016-07-15 04:05:18 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Supply chain graphic of the week: where the robots are coming. Who knew there was such a thing as "Supply chain graphic of the week"? Anyway, it's a grid with economic "sectors" ("accommodations", "manufacturing", "agriculture", etc) on the vertical axis and tasks ("managing others", "applying expertise", "stakeholder interactions") on the horizontal axis, and in each box there is a percentage of work that can be automated with currently demonstrated technologies. The percentages are estimates made by McKinsey.

Supply chain graphic of the week: where the robots are coming. Who knew there was such a thing as "Supply chain graphic of the week"? Anyway, it's a grid with economic "sectors" ("accommodations", "manufacturing", "agriculture", etc) on the vertical axis and tasks ("managing others", "applying expertise", "stakeholder interactions") on the horizontal axis, and in each box there is a percentage of work that can be automated with currently demonstrated technologies. The percentages are estimates made by McKinsey.___

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2016-07-15 03:18:32 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Yup. They are playing pokemon.

Yup. They are playing pokemon.___

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2016-07-14 23:58:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Best game of thrones show. Better than game of thrones. Srsly.

Best game of thrones show. Better than game of thrones. Srsly.___

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2016-07-14 14:14:51 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Awesome :D

Yesterday brought some serious "WTF?" news — 1 year after publication, my novel ALIVE hit #1 on a New York Times best-seller list. This surprise was driven by a sale on the book for $1.99 (£1.49 UK), You can still get ALIVE at that price today.
• Amazon US: http://amzn.to/29TuPlv
• Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/29xOv0i

The big burst came from fans buying it for themselves or "gifting" it to friends who would dig it.

#Books  ___Awesome :D

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2016-07-14 13:10:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Higher Education in the United States is wildly dysfunctional. Here's one aspect of that dysfunction.

Higher Education in the United States is wildly dysfunctional. Here's one aspect of that dysfunction.___

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2016-07-14 12:53:13 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Neural networks provide deep insights into the mysteries of water

Neural networks provide deep insights into the mysteries of water___

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2016-07-13 19:37:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

This Prime Minister is no more; as of Wednesday afternoon, David Cameron will be formally resigning and moving out of 10 Downing Street. While we applaud the bravery of Theresa May in stepping into the mess Cameron and his friends left behind, and look forward to real answers to the question of "Just how can this situation get worse?," we can enjoy a musical delight which Cameron has left for us.

What is this? At the end of his resignation announcement yesterday, Cameron walked off, and with his mic still hot, hummed a little tune, ending it with "Right. Good." It was a very British sort of ending, and it was even better fodder for the Internet -- and its tribe of talented composers.

Would you like to hear Cameron's little ditty transformed into a waltz? A sad sort of serenade? Acid house? The Internet has all of these for you, and more: not least, Chris... more »

This Prime Minister is no more; as of Wednesday afternoon, David Cameron will be formally resigning and moving out of 10 Downing Street. While we applaud the bravery of Theresa May in stepping into the mess Cameron and his friends left behind, and look forward to real answers to the question of "Just how can this situation get worse?," we can enjoy a musical delight which Cameron has left for us.

What is this? At the end of his resignation announcement yesterday, Cameron walked off, and with his mic still hot, hummed a little tune, ending it with "Right. Good." It was a very British sort of ending, and it was even better fodder for the Internet -- and its tribe of talented composers.

Would you like to hear Cameron's little ditty transformed into a waltz? A sad sort of serenade? Acid house? The Internet has all of these for you, and more: not least, Chris Hollis' revelation that the tune is an awfully good intro for something that sounds like John Williams' Imperial March. While we did not get to see David Cameron actually breathing heavily through a mask, I still hold to the hope that tonight, in his last night of privacy at 10 Downing, he will be listening to this and pretending to swing a lightsaber around.

Via +Kimberly Chapman.___

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2016-07-13 13:58:54 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Probably on aggregate injures less Toddlers than human security guards.

CC: +Daniel Estrada

Probably on aggregate injures less Toddlers than human security guards.

CC: +Daniel Estrada___

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2016-07-13 13:36:43 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Seriously. The day after I wipe my device to go back to Marshmallow, to be able to jump on the Ingress-skinned-as-pokemon bandwagon, Niantic updates the game to support the Nougat beta. ...

...

Such is life.

Seriously. The day after I wipe my device to go back to Marshmallow, to be able to jump on the Ingress-skinned-as-pokemon bandwagon, Niantic updates the game to support the Nougat beta. ...

...

Such is life.___

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2016-07-12 17:47:11 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Muuuuuuuuch excite!

Muuuuuuuuch excite!___

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2016-07-12 17:01:28 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Pokemon Go Is a Glimpse of Our Augmented Reality Future

Pokemon Go Is a Glimpse of Our Augmented Reality Future___

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2016-07-12 03:02:26 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Scientists Taught a Robot to Hunt Prey

Google’s autonomous cars may look cute, like a yuppie cross between a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe and a sheet of flypaper, but to make it in the real world they’re going to have to act like calculating predators. At least, that’s what a handful of scientists at the Institute of Neuroinformatics at the University of Zurich in Switzerland believe. They recently taught a robot to act like a predator and hunt its prey—which was a human-controlled robot—using a specialized camera and software that allowed the robot to essentially teach itself how to find its mark. The end goal of the work is arguably more beneficial to humanity than creating a future robot bloodsport, however. The researchers aim to design software that would allow a robot to assess its environment and find a target in real time and space. If robots are ever going to make it out ofthe lab a... more »

Scientists Taught a Robot to Hunt Prey

Google’s autonomous cars may look cute, like a yuppie cross between a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe and a sheet of flypaper, but to make it in the real world they’re going to have to act like calculating predators. At least, that’s what a handful of scientists at the Institute of Neuroinformatics at the University of Zurich in Switzerland believe. They recently taught a robot to act like a predator and hunt its prey—which was a human-controlled robot—using a specialized camera and software that allowed the robot to essentially teach itself how to find its mark. The end goal of the work is arguably more beneficial to humanity than creating a future robot bloodsport, however. The researchers aim to design software that would allow a robot to assess its environment and find a target in real time and space. If robots are ever going to make it out of the lab and into our daily lives, this is a skill they’re going to need.___

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2016-07-12 02:05:23 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

This is amazing. You know guys, ingress is a thing too right?

This is amazing. You know guys, ingress is a thing too right?___

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2016-07-11 18:00:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Fiction just doesn't seem to have the audaciousness of reality. The Cracked guys outdid themselves with this one. Makes you laugh AND cry.

Fiction just doesn't seem to have the audaciousness of reality. The Cracked guys outdid themselves with this one. Makes you laugh AND cry.___

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2016-07-10 22:35:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-10 20:04:08 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Lovely

Lovely___

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2016-07-10 16:14:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 28/2016.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2016/07/programmable-rna-vaccines-high-res-rna.html

Programmable RNA vaccines, High-res RNA mapping, Robot pick-and-grasp, The six story arcs, Printing electronics, Cyborg insect sensors, Sensitive gravity sensors, Big data cancer, Regenerative tooth fillings, In-ear EEG.

1. Programmable RNA Vaccines
Effective RNA vaccines are now being made from messenger RNA molecules that are packaged into dendrimer nanoparticles measuring 150nm that are able to enter cells after being injected into the body http://news.mit.edu/2016/programmable-rna-vaccines-0704. Once in the cell the mRNA is delivered and translated into specific protein antigens that drive both T-cell and antibody immune responses. Tests in mice demonstrated effective immunity to ebola, influenza, and... more »

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 28/2016.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2016/07/programmable-rna-vaccines-high-res-rna.html

Programmable RNA vaccines, High-res RNA mapping, Robot pick-and-grasp, The six story arcs, Printing electronics, Cyborg insect sensors, Sensitive gravity sensors, Big data cancer, Regenerative tooth fillings, In-ear EEG.

1. Programmable RNA Vaccines
Effective RNA vaccines are now being made from messenger RNA molecules that are packaged into dendrimer nanoparticles measuring 150nm that are able to enter cells after being injected into the body http://news.mit.edu/2016/programmable-rna-vaccines-0704. Once in the cell the mRNA is delivered and translated into specific protein antigens that drive both T-cell and antibody immune responses. Tests in mice demonstrated effective immunity to ebola, influenza, and toxoplasma. This platform might tackle a huge range of infectious diseases and is also being used to develop destructive cell therapies such as cancer vaccines and removing other unwanted cells.

2. Mapping RNAs in Whole Tissues
Meanwhile, expansion microscopy - new technique covered last year - has improved and can now be used to precisely map the location and distribution of RNA molecules throughout a cell in whole tissues http://news.mit.edu/2016/rna-nanoscale-brain-0704. Different RNAs can be tagged to distinguish their identity and questions about the transport of RNAs and their storage throughout the cell - such as in neurons responding to signalling and memory formation - can now be better answered, as well as differentiating between different cell types and healthy vs unhealthy cells and the effects they have on gene transcription and their environment.

3. Robotic Picking is Getting Very Good
Team Delft won Amazon’s latest Picking Challenge, designed to award prizes to the best performing robots able to pick things off shelves and put them into boxes, which will ultimately allow the company to significantly reduce its warehouse human work force http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/team-delft-wins-amazon-picking-challenge. Robots had to master Stow and Pick tasks with complex environments, occluded target items, and items demanding different grasping techniques. The winner currently performs at 25% of the output of a human and with a 16% error rate. Far more teams than predicted passed the minimum performance threshold suggesting that the rate of improvement in this area is picking up (sic).

4. Data Mining Reveals the Six Story Arcs
Data mining techniques and sentiment analysis on 1,700 stories have revealed a set of six core trajectories that form the building blocks of complex narratives in our stories https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601848/data-mining-novels-reveals-the-six-basic-emotional-arcs-of-storytelling/. In summary these are: rags-to-riches rise, tragedy decline, fall then rise, rise then fall, rise-fall-rise, and fall-rise-fall. Further, the most popular stories follow more complex arcs that use the basic building blocks in sequence. This provides some insight into human psychology and might also help build future novel storytelling systems and coaches.

5. Printing Electronics & Sensors
New inks and materials can be loaded into conventional inkjet printers to enable simple and quick printing of flexible electronic circuits, batteries, and supercapacitors in arbitrary designs https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601800/hacking-a-desktop-printer-to-make-batteries-and-circuits/. In one demonstration a printed label attaches to a coffee mug and depending on the temperature activates a blue light if cold and a red light if hot. Meanwhile laser printers can be used to form patterns on cellulose paper that act as cheap and convenient supports for further biochemical functionalisation, which was demonstrated via simple biosensors http://phys.org/news/2016-07-laser-printed-patterns-cellulose-paper-biochemical.html.

6. Distributed Cyborg Insect Sensors
A new cyborg insect platform based on locusts is being developed that co-opts insect olfaction, trains insects to seek out specific scents, functionalises insects with materials that collect specific molecules and others that can impart limited remote control, and finally equips the insects with electronics for monitoring brain signals https://source.wustl.edu/2016/06/engineers-use-cyborg-insects-biorobotic-sensing-machines/. In the first instance the group hopes to create and demonstrate the system in explosives detection applications.

7. Very Sensitive Gravity Detectors
A new gravity sensor, or gravity gradiometer, developed by Lockheed Martin is 20 times as sensitive and provides 10 times greater bandwidth than existing systems http://www.worldoil.com/news/2016/7/6/neos-lockheed-martin-develop-new-sensor-to-seek-out-oil-gas. Applications include resource exploration via gravity-mapping fly-overs of areas to look for interesting geological formations that indicate minerals and other resources buried beneath the ground; the sensor is apparently capable of finding a truck full of gold 20m underground.

8. Big Data Cancer Characterisation
The latest big data analysis of cancer successfully catalogued 1,000 different types of tumours, their alterations, and susceptibility to a range of different cancer drugs http://www.idibell.cat/modul/noticies/en/906/a-big-data-approach-to-developing-cancer-drugs. The 1,000 tumours came from 29 different cell lines from different organs and produced a precise map of both genetic and epigenetic modifications and differences, screened each against 265 different antitumour drugs, and then validated the results against 11,000 additional tumour samples. This amazing resource has been made available via open access and once personalise genome (and tumour) sequencing gets underway will become ever more useful to patients for personalised medicine applications.

9. Regenerative Tooth Fillings
A new dental filling material is made from a type of biomaterial that, when placed into a prepared cavity and hardened with UV light like a conventional filling, subsequently works to stimulate local populations of stem cells in the pulp of the tooth http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/the-end-of-root-canals-,430104. In tests the stem cells proliferated and differentiated into dentin, helping to actually heal the damage caused by tooth decay and cavity preparation. Such a material would not only drastically lower the rate of filling failures but possibly prevent root canals too.

10. Ear-Based Brain EEG Recordings
New in-ear earbud-based EEG sensors have been developed that can sit in the user’s ear and accurately pick up EEG signals from the brain for transmission to a device http://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/devices/in-ear-eeg-makes-unobtrusive-brain-hacking-gadgets-a-real-possibility. EEG signals are typically difficult to distinguish but in testing the device the group tested a range of mental states that produced the most clearly distinguishable signals and then used these two states as a binary choice to control some particular computing device function. An in-ear device is discrete and would allow continuous monitoring including sleep and disease states.

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

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2016-07-10 01:32:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

the world is cruel.

the world is cruel.___

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2016-07-09 22:03:34 (0 comments; 9 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Just as god intended.

Just as god intended.___

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2016-07-08 22:24:49 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

>Android 4.4 to Android 6.0.1 
(Android N will not supported until the official Android release)

// Still doesn't work on Android N, and official release is out. Please update the app, or update this page +Niantic Project​ 

>Android 4.4 to Android 6.0.1 
(Android N will not supported until the official Android release)

// Still doesn't work on Android N, and official release is out. Please update the app, or update this page +Niantic Project​ ___

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2016-07-08 18:52:29 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Doesn't seem that this was autonomous

> This is the first confirmed lethal use of a robot in American policing.

More: https://www.funker530.com/eod-robot-kill-sniper-deadly-attack/

// The Dallas police used an explosive ordinance disposal bot in the shooting. Read more about EOD bots here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bomb_disposal#EOD_equipment___Doesn't seem that this was autonomous

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2016-07-08 05:14:29 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

hahahahaha

hahahahaha___

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2016-07-08 02:41:52 (2 comments; 18 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

wtf

wtf___

2016-07-08 01:59:42 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

So here's a first world problem rant for you. About a month ago (or so), Google announced the Android N beta offering. Upgrade your device early, test out the next version. Great!

Then, seriously, like a week later the Field Test for Pokemon Go starts. Guess what? Pokemon Go doesn't work with Android N.

Complaints on the support forum, multiple updates with nothing other than a "it's on our todo list" from +Niantic, and I am annoyed, but think, "oh well, N is beta after all"

Now, Go is fully released and is a HUGE event. I can't turn anywhere without seeing mention of it. And guess what? Still get that grey screen whenever I try to launch the app. +Niantic, N is coming out soon... do you have a plan for compatibility or what? How difficult could the fix be? This is hugely annoying. Thanks!

So here's a first world problem rant for you. About a month ago (or so), Google announced the Android N beta offering. Upgrade your device early, test out the next version. Great!

Then, seriously, like a week later the Field Test for Pokemon Go starts. Guess what? Pokemon Go doesn't work with Android N.

Complaints on the support forum, multiple updates with nothing other than a "it's on our todo list" from +Niantic, and I am annoyed, but think, "oh well, N is beta after all"

Now, Go is fully released and is a HUGE event. I can't turn anywhere without seeing mention of it. And guess what? Still get that grey screen whenever I try to launch the app. +Niantic, N is coming out soon... do you have a plan for compatibility or what? How difficult could the fix be? This is hugely annoying. Thanks!___

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2016-07-08 01:05:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Over the last few months I've gotten into the souls games. As a result, this has become one of my favorite streamers :D In depth stuff, and very entertaining.

Over the last few months I've gotten into the souls games. As a result, this has become one of my favorite streamers :D In depth stuff, and very entertaining.___

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