you have become the mirror image of that which you despise
Saturday, 14 July 2018

George Hotz is on a hacker crusade against the ?scam? of self-driving cars

quote [ Hacker George Hotz is at the 'halfway point' in his quest to provide open source self-driving software to the masses. And make a little money too. ]

I suspect he's right in the short term, wrong in the long run, but anybody who gets in fights with Elon Musk has at least one thing going for them.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by hellboy@1:54amGMT] [1 comment]

Friday, 13 July 2018

Scientists Use DNA To Create The World's First Organic AI

quote [ Researchers at Caltech have built an artificial neural network made exclusively from manmade organic matter. One day, a more advanced version of the network could potentially diagnose diseases, make decisions, and even forge its own memories. For now, it is able to categorize handwritten numbers, as shown in a study published in the journal Nature. ]

Back home and getting over the jetlag - missed you all ya' sensible humans! Had a hell of a month - one trip out to Bangalore, and while literally in line to board the flight home, the boss asks me to stop over into Mumbai for a week :/

Good news, is that I am finally in a financial position to get out of this constant corporate grind.

Oh - I for one welcome our new test tube goo overlords (full in ext)

[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Interesting]
[by knumbknutz@5:47pmGMT] [0 comments]

Monday, 9 July 2018

Mystery CFC users identified

quote [ A banned chemical used to make household insulation is implicated in damage to the ozone layer. ]

Tl;Dr: for a few years now scientists have strongly suspected someone in East Asia has been manufacturing CFC-11, which had been globally banned since 2010. Turns out it's Chinese insulation manufacturers, they know it's illegal, and they don't give a shit.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+5 WTF]
[by 5th Earth@12:54pmGMT] [5 comments]

Sunday, 8 July 2018

AI jobs being replaced by humans (until AI gets better)

quote [ It's hard to build a service powered by artificial intelligence. So hard, in fact, that some startups have worked out it?s cheaper and easier to get humans to behave like robots than it is to get machines to behave like humans. "Using a human to do the job lets you skip over a load of technical and business development challenges. It doesn?t scale, obviously, but it allows you to build something and skip the hard part early on," said Gregory Koberger, CEO of ReadMe, who says he has come across a lot of "pseudo-AIs". "It's essentially prototyping the AI with human beings." ]

They TURK er jerbs!
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4 Funny]
[by Ankylosaur@9:35pmGMT] [6 comments]

Friday, 6 July 2018

Spiders use electrostatic repulsion to fly

quote [ Many spiders fly long distances by riding "balloons" of silk, and a new study suggests that they're propelled by more than just the wind. Electric fields at strengths found in nature can also trigger the spiders' ballooning behavior. And electrostatic forces can lift up the spiders even when the air is still. Some spiders even became airborne in the lab. "And you can change their altitude by switching the electric field on and off. If they manage to become airborne, and you switch the electric field off, they will then slowly fall. And then you can switch it back on again and they will rise. So you can see that this electric field is providing enough force to lift them against gravity." ]

The itsy, bitsy spider went up the atmospheric potential gradient...

[SFW] [science & technology] [+6 Interesting]
[by Ankylosaur@1:25amGMT] [3 comments]

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Space Is Greasy

quote [ The galaxy is rich in grease-like molecules, according to astronomers, who used a laboratory to manufacture material with the same properties as interstellar dust & used their results to estimate the amount of "space grease" found in the Milky Way. They found that there are about 100 greasy carbon atoms for every million hydrogen atoms, accounting for between 1/4 and 1/2 of the available carbon. In the Milky Way Galaxy, this amounts to about 10 billion trillion trillion tonnes of greasy matter, or enough for 40 trillion trillion trillion packs of butter. Prof. Tim Schmidt: "This space grease is not the kind of thing you'd want to spread on a slice of toast! It's dirty, likely toxic & only forms in the environment of interstellar space". ]

Space has oil... ergo Space Force.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+5 Informative]
[by Ankylosaur@10:12pmGMT] [11 comments]

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Physicists use terahertz flashes to uncover new state of matter hidden by superconductivity - News Service - Iowa State University

quote [ To find new, emergent electron states of matter beyond solids, liquids and gases, today?s condensed matter physicists can no longer fully rely on traditional, slow, thermodynamic tuning methods such as changing temperatures, pressures, chemical compositions or magnetic fields, said Jigang Wang, an Iowa State University professor of physics and astronomy and a faculty scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy?s Ames Laboratory. ]

The thumb is some random scientist's face. Imagine it's you. You did this. You're great.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+6 Interesting]
[by lilmookieesquire@8:01amGMT] [5 comments]

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The Value of Those Weird Blockchain Virtual Pets, Cryptokitties, Is Plummeting

quote [ When investors gave US$12 million (AU$16.12 million) to a startup called CryptoKitties in March, many raised their eyebrows at the news. ]

Why did I invest my life savings into cute adorable Cryptokitties?
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by satanspenis666@9:10pmGMT] [5 comments]

Video Magnification

quote [ Many seemingly static scenes contain subtle changes that are invisible to the naked human eye. However, it is possible to pull out these small changes from videos through the use of algorithms we have developed. We give a way to visualize these small changes by amplifying them and we present algorithms to pull out interesting signals from these videos, such as the human pulse, sound from vibrating objects and the motion of hot air. ]

Check out the trippy videos!
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@7:54pmGMT] [2 comments]

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Selfblending Sunglasses

quote [ For the lazy people who don't want to waste time putting on and of their sunglasses! I have made the first pair of self blending sunglasses! ]

It's a youtubes video. The dude's kind of a mad scientist/inventor/comedian. I like his joy and surprise when his goofy invention kind of works.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by HoZay@7:13pmGMT] [2 comments]

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