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Matt Uebel has been at 8 events

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Daniel Estrada30,593@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 Estrada30,593This 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 Estrada30,593Made 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 Estrada30,593Made 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 Estrada30,593Made 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 01:00:009  
D.J. Harbaugh574Detroit Through Glass!2013-11-16 12:00:004  
Matt Uebel29,940"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 Cain991,327To 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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2016-09-15 22:33:33 (38 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-19 15:57:15 (3 comments; 6 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Apple air pods 

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Apple air pods 

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2016-09-26 04:23:34 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-26 00:44:11 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

>When Donald Trump began his improbable run for president 15 months ago, he offered his wealth and television celebrity as credentials, then slyly added a twist of fearmongering about Mexican “rapists” flooding across the Southern border.

From that moment of combustion, it became clear that Mr. Trump’s views were matters of dangerous impulse and cynical pandering rather than thoughtful politics. Yet he has attracted throngs of Americans who ascribe higher purpose to him than he has demonstrated in a freewheeling campaign marked by bursts of false and outrageous allegations, personal insults, xenophobic nationalism, unapologetic sexism and positions that shift according to his audience and his whims.

Now here stands Mr. Trump, feisty from his runaway Republican primary victories and ready for the first presidential debate, scheduled for Monday night, with Hillary Clinton. It istime ... more »

>When Donald Trump began his improbable run for president 15 months ago, he offered his wealth and television celebrity as credentials, then slyly added a twist of fearmongering about Mexican “rapists” flooding across the Southern border.

From that moment of combustion, it became clear that Mr. Trump’s views were matters of dangerous impulse and cynical pandering rather than thoughtful politics. Yet he has attracted throngs of Americans who ascribe higher purpose to him than he has demonstrated in a freewheeling campaign marked by bursts of false and outrageous allegations, personal insults, xenophobic nationalism, unapologetic sexism and positions that shift according to his audience and his whims.

Now here stands Mr. Trump, feisty from his runaway Republican primary victories and ready for the first presidential debate, scheduled for Monday night, with Hillary Clinton. It is time for others who are still undecided, and perhaps hoping for some dramatic change in our politics and governance, to take a hard look and see Mr. Trump for who he is. They have an obligation to scrutinize his supposed virtues as a refreshing counterpolitician. Otherwise, they could face the consequences of handing the White House to a man far more consumed with himself than with the nation’s well-being.

Here’s how Mr. Trump is selling himself and why he can’t be believed.

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2016-09-25 22:02:00 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

>According to POLITICO’s five-day analysis, Trump averaged one falsehood every 3 minutes and 15 seconds over nearly five hours of remarks.

>According to POLITICO’s five-day analysis, Trump averaged one falsehood every 3 minutes and 15 seconds over nearly five hours of remarks.___

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2016-09-25 21:51:06 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

I think we may have adequately explored zombies for awhile. It might be time to explore ideas of the Clownpocalypse as an ending story for humans.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/24/495298587/sinister-clowns-are-scaring-people-in-multiple-states

I think we may have adequately explored zombies for awhile. It might be time to explore ideas of the Clownpocalypse as an ending story for humans.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/24/495298587/sinister-clowns-are-scaring-people-in-multiple-states___

2016-09-25 18:17:27 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Do the issues matter to you when you consider who you are voting for?

One interesting exercise is actually take a look at the "issues" pages the Republican and Democrat candidates have up.

Take a look at each and let me know what you think. It is really quite funny.

https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/
https://www.donaldjtrump.com/issues

Unsurprising, Trump basically has a series of short clips of him making bombastic Trumpian statements such as being "the best job-creating president god has ever created" There aren't very many details.

Meanwhile, Clinton has facts, figures, follow-up links, actual meaningful pieces on each issue. It's not just her shouting at a camera.

Does this matter to you at all when considering who to vote for? I think there is some merit to judging the candidate simply on... more »

Do the issues matter to you when you consider who you are voting for?

One interesting exercise is actually take a look at the "issues" pages the Republican and Democrat candidates have up.

Take a look at each and let me know what you think. It is really quite funny.

https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/
https://www.donaldjtrump.com/issues

Unsurprising, Trump basically has a series of short clips of him making bombastic Trumpian statements such as being "the best job-creating president god has ever created" There aren't very many details.

Meanwhile, Clinton has facts, figures, follow-up links, actual meaningful pieces on each issue. It's not just her shouting at a camera.

Does this matter to you at all when considering who to vote for? I think there is some merit to judging the candidate simply on their own personal merits. The classic idea of voting for the candidate you'd "want to have a beer with." Someone her is likable, trustworthy. Someone that you think has personal integrity.

Or do you care more about what they are actually proposing considering the matter at hand - you know, actually participating in the government and working towards specific policy proposals.

I mean, I guess for me it's easy on both counts. I think that Trump is not only an outrage against reasonable and civil behavior, but also doesn't have any clear policy proposals.

As an additional prompt for comments, which policies specifically matter to you? Are you a single issue voter?

CC: +Yonatan Zunger +Andreas Schou +Robert Scoble +Daniel Estrada (it isn't October yet!) +Jon Lawhead___

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2016-09-25 17:36:03 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Focusing on developing technologies and the future of work is what will continue to make America great, not electing some blowhard gameshow host "strongman" who will start a trade war over a Twitter insult.

Focusing on developing technologies and the future of work is what will continue to make America great, not electing some blowhard gameshow host "strongman" who will start a trade war over a Twitter insult.___

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2016-09-24 15:31:56 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

>You did this to us.

// hahaha

>You did this to us.

// hahaha___

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2016-09-24 15:15:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Daddy's Car: a song composed by Artificial Intelligence - in the style of the Beatles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSHZ_b05W7o #AI #song

Daddy's Car: a song composed by Artificial Intelligence - in the style of the Beatles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSHZ_b05W7o #AI #song___

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2016-09-24 01:48:23 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-24 01:42:45 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

>And I know just the guy to do it Donald Trump is here tonight!  (Laughter and applause.)  Now, I know that he’s taken some flak lately, but no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the Donald.  (Laughter.)  And that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter –- like, did we fake the moon landing?  (Laughter.)  What really happened in Roswell?  (Laughter.)  And where are Biggie and Tupac?  (Laughter and applause.)

But all kidding aside, obviously, we all know about your credentials and breadth of experience.  (Laughter.)  For example -- no, seriously, just recently, in an episode of Celebrity Apprentice -- (laughter) -- at the steakhouse, the men’s cooking team cooking did not impress the judges from Omaha Steaks.  And there was a lot of blame to go around.  But you, Mr. Trump, recognized that thereal problem was a l... more »

>And I know just the guy to do it Donald Trump is here tonight!  (Laughter and applause.)  Now, I know that he’s taken some flak lately, but no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the Donald.  (Laughter.)  And that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter –- like, did we fake the moon landing?  (Laughter.)  What really happened in Roswell?  (Laughter.)  And where are Biggie and Tupac?  (Laughter and applause.)

But all kidding aside, obviously, we all know about your credentials and breadth of experience.  (Laughter.)  For example -- no, seriously, just recently, in an episode of Celebrity Apprentice -- (laughter) -- at the steakhouse, the men’s cooking team cooking did not impress the judges from Omaha Steaks.  And there was a lot of blame to go around.  But you, Mr. Trump, recognized that the real problem was a lack of leadership.  And so ultimately, you didn’t blame Lil’ Jon or Meatloaf.  (Laughter.)  You fired Gary Busey.  (Laughter.)  And these are the kind of decisions that would keep me up at night.  (Laughter and applause.)  Well handled, sir.  (Laughter.)  Well handled. 

Say what you will about Mr. Trump, he certainly would bring some change to the White House.  Let’s see what we’ve got up there.  (Laughter.) 

(Screens show “Trump White House Resort and Casino.”)

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2016-09-24 01:31:19 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

This is great

This is great___

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2016-09-23 21:33:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

What's the total count now for the month, 3 or 4? You have any idea what is going on here +Scott Wilson​? 

What's the total count now for the month, 3 or 4? You have any idea what is going on here +Scott Wilson​? ___

2016-09-23 21:18:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Trump for Prison 2016? Maybe 2017?

This is genuinely alarming. To be very clear about the timeline: Donald Trump's chief foreign policy advisor was in Moscow, meeting with a former security service official from Fancy Bear, two weeks before Fancy Bear released emails stolen from the DNC.___Trump for Prison 2016? Maybe 2017?

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2016-09-23 02:25:02 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Do you have the time?

Do you have the time?___

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2016-09-23 01:48:34 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

You in on this +Mark Bruce​?

You in on this +Mark Bruce​?___

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2016-09-23 01:41:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Cc: +Bald Move​

Cc: +Bald Move​___

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2016-09-22 17:41:11 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

>Do we really want to give nuclear weapons to a man whose signature move is firing things?

// Absolutely not. Vote Johnson :D

>Do we really want to give nuclear weapons to a man whose signature move is firing things?

// Absolutely not. Vote Johnson :D___

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2016-09-21 23:11:07 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Me contending with the "Vote for Clinton because Trump is Hitler, voting for Third party is selfish and evil" theory

You might have an interest in this thread +Scott Wilson

Me contending with the "Vote for Clinton because Trump is Hitler, voting for Third party is selfish and evil" theory

You might have an interest in this thread +Scott Wilson___

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2016-09-21 21:19:47 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-21 12:27:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Self-driving technology gets a huge boost from the government, hackers accomplish the holy grail, and the GO PUCK car sets another record.


Government guidance for self driving technology is here - http://bit.ly/TT-E90-1
Hackers are successful in compromising the Model S - http://bit.ly/TT-E90-2
The GO PUCK car sets a new record at Sonoma - http://bit.ly/TT-E90-3

Support the show!
Patreon - http://patreon.com/teslatidbits
Amazon - http://bit.ly/TT-Amazon

#Tesla #EV #ElectricCars #ModelS #ModelX #Model3 #Autopilot

Self-driving technology gets a huge boost from the government, hackers accomplish the holy grail, and the GO PUCK car sets another record.


Government guidance for self driving technology is here - http://bit.ly/TT-E90-1
Hackers are successful in compromising the Model S - http://bit.ly/TT-E90-2
The GO PUCK car sets a new record at Sonoma - http://bit.ly/TT-E90-3

Support the show!
Patreon - http://patreon.com/teslatidbits
Amazon - http://bit.ly/TT-Amazon

#Tesla #EV #ElectricCars #ModelS #ModelX #Model3 #Autopilot___

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2016-09-21 03:38:12 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Fully autonomous robots: the warehouse workers of the near future. "Symbotic's automation system includes autonomous robots that can travel untethered among storage racks in a distribution center. They can move up and down aisles to stack and retrieve cases. They coordinate with more-conventional robots that perform simpler tasks."

"That is in contrast to many other warehouse-automation systems, in which the robots tend to be bolted down or limited to fixed routes or tracks and are less flexible in what they can do."

Fully autonomous robots: the warehouse workers of the near future. "Symbotic's automation system includes autonomous robots that can travel untethered among storage racks in a distribution center. They can move up and down aisles to stack and retrieve cases. They coordinate with more-conventional robots that perform simpler tasks."

"That is in contrast to many other warehouse-automation systems, in which the robots tend to be bolted down or limited to fixed routes or tracks and are less flexible in what they can do."___

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2016-09-21 01:51:45 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

This article is both a great and a terrible example of writing about technical issues for the public.

The body of the article is the great part. What it's explaining is an idea called "formal verification," where you can construct a mathematical correctness proof that verifies that a piece of code does exactly what it's supposed to, and nothing else. Formal verification has been an idea for decades, but until recently it was nearly useless, because the specification for "exactly what it's supposed to do" was nothing more or less than the entire program itself, which was just as prone to subtle errors. But the past decade has brought major advances, and there are now meaningful ways to specify what a small piece of code is supposed to do in a concise fashion, and then formally verify that the code does so.

If you apply this technique to small but critical... more »

This article is both a great and a terrible example of writing about technical issues for the public.

The body of the article is the great part. What it's explaining is an idea called "formal verification," where you can construct a mathematical correctness proof that verifies that a piece of code does exactly what it's supposed to, and nothing else. Formal verification has been an idea for decades, but until recently it was nearly useless, because the specification for "exactly what it's supposed to do" was nothing more or less than the entire program itself, which was just as prone to subtle errors. But the past decade has brought major advances, and there are now meaningful ways to specify what a small piece of code is supposed to do in a concise fashion, and then formally verify that the code does so.

If you apply this technique to small but critical pieces of code, like the network protocols which underpin the Internet, or the central control logic of an armed drone, or the control code of a cardiac pacemaker, this can give you a tremendous improvement in system reliability and security, especially for systems where it really matters.

The terrible part is what was stapled onto this article by some overly-excited editor: a headline reading "Hacker-Proof Code Confirmed." To anyone who works in computer science, this headline is approximately as reassuring as "Iceberg-Proof Ships Confirmed" would have been in 1913. It is, in fact, palpable nonsense, and misrepresents what happened here.

The experiment done was a very important one: a drone was designed to be controlled by code, where its central logic was verified using these methods, and then a very skilled attacking team was given network access to the system and were free to use any number of methods to compromise it. Their failure is of great practical significance, because it means that the security of the system has indeed proved robust so far.

But the headline might lead you to believe that this system is somehow "hacker-proof," or worse yet, that this technique might make the Internet as a whole "hacker-proof."

The first rule of security is that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and a wall is only as strong as its weakest point. You can have a perfectly unpickable lock, but if someone can simply kick in the door or climb in the window, that doesn't make your system secure. Formally verified code is a component of a secure system, but it isn't a secure system in its own right.

Here are some examples of things which could nonetheless make an armed drone with this code vulnerable:

* The part of the code which isn't formally verified could be vulnerable, and someone could use it to compromise the behavior of the vehicle in some other important way -- say, to cause a gradual oil leak which makes the system seize up.

* The hardware itself could be compromised, with backdoors in the behavior of the chips. And before you start asking whether chip designs could also be formally verified, take a look at this attack that I posted about a few months ago: https://plus.google.com/+YonatanZunger/posts/ayXVWrFpQus

In that attack, every single thing about the chip's behavior was unchanged -- unless you caused a particular wire in it to flip on and off rapidly enough, at which point for physics reasons which have nothing at all to do with the way the circuit is wired, another wire would magically flip on. You would have to model not the circuit, but the actual physics of the device, down to atomic resolution, to detect this -- and to do that, you would need to input not the physical model you started with, but the actual as-built physics of the thing.

* The people could be compromised. Nine times out of ten, this is the biggest vulnerability in any system, and it can range from infiltration by hostile actors, to "social engineering" that fools people into doing the wrong thing (look up "CEO email scams" for an example), to the highly effective cryptographic technique known in the field as "rubber-hose cryptanalysis."

(This technique works by finding the person who has the decryption key, and beating them with a rubber hose until they tell it to you. Surprisingly effective, and it has variants which are even more so.)

So whenever you read an article like this, read it with a careful eye. In this case, the meat of the article is quite accurate and interesting -- but the headline is meant to lead you astray. In general, if someone is promising you something that sounds too good to be true, it probably is: stop, think, and talk to people who might know when you hear that.

h/t +Don McArthur
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2016-09-20 22:31:15 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

And the publicity stunt he turned this into? Baiting the media as he did? Promoting his hotel?

It would be admirable if he wasn't so despicable.

And the publicity stunt he turned this into? Baiting the media as he did? Promoting his hotel?

It would be admirable if he wasn't so despicable.___

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2016-09-20 22:07:21 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Nope, a bigger lie is that Clinton started it.

Nope, a bigger lie is that Clinton started it.___

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2016-09-20 19:19:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

// DOT released a 15 point set of guidelines for evaluating the roadworthiness of autonomous vehicles. The guidelines involve:

• Data Recording and Sharing
• Privacy
• System Safety
• Vehicle Cybersecurity
• Human Machine Interface
• Crashworthiness
• Consumer Education and Training
• Registration and Certification
• Post-Crash Behavior
• Federal, State and Local Laws
• Ethical Considerations
• Operational Design Domain
• Object and Event Detection and Response
• Fall Back (Minimal Risk Condition)
• Validation Methods

I'm happy to see "ethical considerations" explicitly considered alongside the rest, though you might think ethics would apply to evaluating all these categories.

You can read the full report for free here:https://www.transportation.go... more »

// DOT released a 15 point set of guidelines for evaluating the roadworthiness of autonomous vehicles. The guidelines involve:

• Data Recording and Sharing
• Privacy
• System Safety
• Vehicle Cybersecurity
• Human Machine Interface
• Crashworthiness
• Consumer Education and Training
• Registration and Certification
• Post-Crash Behavior
• Federal, State and Local Laws
• Ethical Considerations
• Operational Design Domain
• Object and Event Detection and Response
• Fall Back (Minimal Risk Condition)
• Validation Methods

I'm happy to see "ethical considerations" explicitly considered alongside the rest, though you might think ethics would apply to evaluating all these categories.

You can read the full report for free here: https://www.transportation.gov/AV/federal-automated-vehicles-policy-september-2016

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602420/us-wants-driverless-carmakers-to-prove-they-are-safe/
via +Peter Asaro​ and Patrick Lin___

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2016-09-20 00:48:31 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Google doing an Apple-like thing.

Google doing an Apple-like thing.___

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2016-09-19 18:34:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

This might sound like a technical peculiarity, but actually is kind of a bombshell to the ears of everyone initiated to the secret workings of the contemporary Internet. The dependence on centralized servers has been the Internet’s dirty little secret for a while now. Although it often looks free, chaotic and, well, cyberpunky - the Internet, and everything on it, is essentially highly centralized and monopolized at the hands of whomever has enough power or capital to supply the storage and computation power to actually keep it up and running (Google, Amazon and the rest of the gang, yes, we’re looking at you).

#blockchain   #platform   #decentralized &  #distributed  

This might sound like a technical peculiarity, but actually is kind of a bombshell to the ears of everyone initiated to the secret workings of the contemporary Internet. The dependence on centralized servers has been the Internet’s dirty little secret for a while now. Although it often looks free, chaotic and, well, cyberpunky - the Internet, and everything on it, is essentially highly centralized and monopolized at the hands of whomever has enough power or capital to supply the storage and computation power to actually keep it up and running (Google, Amazon and the rest of the gang, yes, we’re looking at you).

#blockchain   #platform   #decentralized &  #distributed  ___

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2016-09-19 15:57:15 (3 comments; 6 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Not fair, but still funny.

Apple air pods ___Not fair, but still funny.

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2016-09-19 15:04:38 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Ethereum's Swarm Starts to Mature
Towards Web 3.0?

Ethereum’s blockchain contender for the distributed web, called Swarm, is starting to mature and its transformative capacity is becoming clearer - as covered by this recent Coindesk piece http://www.coindesk.com/ethereums-holy-trinity-takes-shape-swarm-testnet-arrives/

I first covered Swarm in May this year https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarkBruce/posts/aJJ9QzRuuLV, outlining the benefits of using the Etherum blockchain for domain name resolution and coordinating the other necessary storage and communications infrastructure needed for running a distributed web.

The Swarm testnet is now live and if successful will provide a platform for decentralised uncensorable hosting of photo albums, file managers, web sites, blogs, social media networks, and just about anything for which you rely on the web’s currentcen... more »

Ethereum's Swarm Starts to Mature
Towards Web 3.0?

Ethereum’s blockchain contender for the distributed web, called Swarm, is starting to mature and its transformative capacity is becoming clearer - as covered by this recent Coindesk piece http://www.coindesk.com/ethereums-holy-trinity-takes-shape-swarm-testnet-arrives/

I first covered Swarm in May this year https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarkBruce/posts/aJJ9QzRuuLV, outlining the benefits of using the Etherum blockchain for domain name resolution and coordinating the other necessary storage and communications infrastructure needed for running a distributed web.

The Swarm testnet is now live and if successful will provide a platform for decentralised uncensorable hosting of photo albums, file managers, web sites, blogs, social media networks, and just about anything for which you rely on the web’s current centralised server model. This is one of the reasons I continue to think Ethereum remains an interesting investment to consider.

Ethereum and ETH provide the computational tools, Swarm and the Whisper protocol provide basic web infrastructure, while new tools Swear and Swindle are smart contracts that aim to ensure stored data remains available to users. In this arrangement you don’t store data on the blockchain - instead Swarm embeds references to that data on the blockchain as a storage layer or pointer to where that data resides.
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2016-09-19 03:57:42 (32 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Look, I don't support Clinton as the best candidate in this election (that would be Johnson, please end the drug war and military spending), but how can anybody support media parasite Trump in the face of his birtherism crusade?

Seriously, besides the absurd idea of "voting against" Clinton, why would anybody support Trump? He is an obvious charlatan.

Look, I don't support Clinton as the best candidate in this election (that would be Johnson, please end the drug war and military spending), but how can anybody support media parasite Trump in the face of his birtherism crusade?

Seriously, besides the absurd idea of "voting against" Clinton, why would anybody support Trump? He is an obvious charlatan.___

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2016-09-18 23:01:58 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

These people give me the impression that they actually know nothing about Trump.

These people give me the impression that they actually know nothing about Trump.___

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2016-09-17 14:03:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Amazing.

Amazing.___

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2016-09-17 13:50:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Yup. My hometown.

Yup. My hometown.___

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2016-09-17 13:39:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

A 3D model of the fruit fly's brain's neurons has been made. It was developed by inventing a variation of the x-ray diffraction technique invented by chemists for determining the 3-dimensional structure of molecules.

A 3D model of the fruit fly's brain's neurons has been made. It was developed by inventing a variation of the x-ray diffraction technique invented by chemists for determining the 3-dimensional structure of molecules.___

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2016-09-17 13:32:33 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Spoiler alert, he's lying.


Also, even if he isn't lying, what does it matter? Trump was the figurehead of the birther movement, "sending investigators" to "uncover the truth", constantly appearing on television to talk about "some people" raising "very serious" questions about Obama's citizenship.

His campaign is just an extension of this original sin.

Spoiler alert, he's lying.


Also, even if he isn't lying, what does it matter? Trump was the figurehead of the birther movement, "sending investigators" to "uncover the truth", constantly appearing on television to talk about "some people" raising "very serious" questions about Obama's citizenship.

His campaign is just an extension of this original sin.___

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2016-09-17 13:15:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Man, I love this podcast

Man, I love this podcast___

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2016-09-16 22:56:50 (22 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Lest we forget, Trump's absurd candidacy was born on racism and nationalism, and has been propelled as such since then.

Lest we forget, Trump's absurd candidacy was born on racism and nationalism, and has been propelled as such since then.___

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2016-09-15 22:33:33 (38 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-15 21:32:21 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-15 03:14:17 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Love or hate either (or any) of the candidates, we should all be concerned with what is actually true. Chris Wallace, and the rest of the media, should be the "Truth Squad" and report the facts, and hold officials to those facts.

Love or hate either (or any) of the candidates, we should all be concerned with what is actually true. Chris Wallace, and the rest of the media, should be the "Truth Squad" and report the facts, and hold officials to those facts.___

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2016-09-14 21:11:29 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Oh my

Oh my___

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2016-09-13 21:16:19 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Just as god intended.

The Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance

One of my favourite things about my job at the MRC is writing about all types of biomedical research, and not just cancer. This week I’ve been digging into the threat of antibiotic resistance, and it is truly sobering to read how bad a problem it is. Coincidentally I stumbled across this fantastic experiment carried out by a team of researchers at Harvard University. It illustrates how antibiotic resistance happens, and more importantly (and scarily!) how fast it happens. I love this experiment for the simplicity behind it, and how illuminating the results are.

✤ To study the evolution of antibiotic resistance, the researchers set up a giant petri dish. This rectangular dish was filled with agar that was dyed black (so that the bacteria could be seen easily) and topped off with soft agar (so that the bacteria could move easily).

✤ The plate was divided up into nine sections for antibiotic concentration. The outmost edges of the plate had no antibiotic, and then the dose was gradually increased until the centre of the plate had 3000 units of antibiotic.

✤ The researchers then put E. coli bacteria on the edge of the plate. These bacteria are able to move, and therefore when they used up all the nutrients in a local area, they spread through a mechanism called ‘chemotaxis’ – the bacteria are drawn towards the chemicals released by the nutrients in the nearby regions on the agar plate. But these nearby regions have antibiotics in them, so only bacteria that have evolved resistance can spread to these regions.

✤ It’s worth noting that the antibiotic starts out at a non-lethal dose, which means that a certain proportion of the bacteria will be able to survive it. Then, as the antibiotic gradually increases, it selects the bacteria that have mutations in their genes that allow them to survive despite ever-increasing concentrations of antibiotic.

✤ The beauty of this experiment is that it is possible to see this happening in the relatively short space of 11 days. What’s more, the researchers were able to sample the resistant bacteria and then sequence the genes to find out exactly how antibiotic resistance evolves.

✤ One of the most common mutations was in a gene known as dnaQ which codes for a protein that helps copy DNA when the cells divide. This protein has proof-reading abilities, but when it is mutated, the proof-reading ‘relaxes’ - resulting in a typo-ridden genome that has immense potential for accumulating more and more mutations very rapidly. In addition to dnaQ mutations, the bacteria also had mutations in genes involved in the folate biosynthesis pathway, which is the main target of the antibiotic used in this experiment.

✤ It’s also worth noting that mutations that increased antibiotic resistance came at a cost – these mutant bacterial strains were smaller due to reduced growth. But as soon as the mutants established themselves in the antibiotic-filled region, compensatory mutations kicked in and they were able to reach normal size.

✤ In the end, the bacteria at the centre of the plate were able to tolerate a dose of antibiotics that was 1000 times higher than that tolerated by the starting bacteria. It’s terrifying to realise how under the right conditions, bacteria can evolve so quickly. It’s also sobering to realise that antibiotics, a discovery that transformed modern medicine, may soon be obsolete thanks to the wide-spread misuse of antibiotics in agriculture and medical settings.

Full text research paper: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/353/6304/1147.full

More writing on antibiotic resistance: https://www.statnews.com/2016/09/12/superbug-antibiotic-resistance-history/ and http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/21/mcr-gene-colistin/___Just as god intended.

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2016-09-13 21:11:47 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Imagine you're a machine.

___Imagine you're a machine.

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2016-09-10 19:20:07 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Hahahahah

Hahahahah___

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2016-09-10 15:31:35 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

No kidding. The Verge once again delivering insightful reporting.

No kidding. The Verge once again delivering insightful reporting.___

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2016-09-09 13:15:17 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

We have an update on the Dutch crash, and Toyota has joined Nissan and BMW in using similar advertising tactics.


Autopilot not involved in Dutch crash - http://bit.ly/TT-E83-2
Toyota trying to convert Model 3 reservation holders - http://bit.ly/TT-E84-1

Support the show!
Patreon - http://patreon.com/teslatidbits
Amazon - http://bit.ly/TT-Amazon

#Tesla #EV #ElectricCars #ModelS #ModelX #Model3

We have an update on the Dutch crash, and Toyota has joined Nissan and BMW in using similar advertising tactics.


Autopilot not involved in Dutch crash - http://bit.ly/TT-E83-2
Toyota trying to convert Model 3 reservation holders - http://bit.ly/TT-E84-1

Support the show!
Patreon - http://patreon.com/teslatidbits
Amazon - http://bit.ly/TT-Amazon

#Tesla #EV #ElectricCars #ModelS #ModelX #Model3___

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2016-09-09 00:05:17 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Best review.

Best review.___

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2016-09-08 18:49:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Brutal.

Brutal.___

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