One of the problems with what I do is that I look for patterns in human behaviour, and once I see them I have difficulty un-seeing them. And there's a set of patterns I keep seeing that are implicit in our news reportage—specifically, the reporting of legal cases. Patterns which seem to me to have … Continue reading The cult of justice – Charlie’s Diary
8 Surprising Ways Music Affects and Benefits our Brains | Belle Beth Cooper. An interesting post at HuffPost on the effects of music on our brain's processing. In a perhaps not entirely rigorous manner, a chart linking different personality types is presented. I wonder what my habit of listening to podcasts on my daily walks … Continue reading 8 Surprising Ways Music Affects and Benefits our Brains | Belle Beth Cooper
I’m struck by how much the robot looked like an animal itself wondering into the pride. It’s a wonder the lions took as long as they did to treat it as prey.
Here’s a nice video of a photographer enclosing a Nikon in a robotic vehicle, directing it into a lion pride, and then snapping away remotely. There are some great photos here, and the lions’ behavior when they first see the tiny vehicle is priceless.
Of course one lion decides to nom the thing, but the camera and its photos survive.
Michio Kaku tends to be a bit pie in the sky, but his views are always interesting.
When making predictions, I have two criteria: the laws of physics must be obeyed and prototypes must exist that demonstrate “proof of principle.” I’ve interviewed more than 300 of the world’s top scientists, and many allowed me into laboratories where they are inventing the future. Their accomplishments and dreams are eye-opening. From my conversations with them, here’s a glimpse of what to expect in the coming decades: 1. Computers Will Disappear. According to Moore’s Law, computer power doubles every 18 months. That means in a decade or so, chips will cost about a penny, the cost of scrap paper. Computers as we now know them will disappear; they will be everywhere and nowhere, ubiquitous yet hidden, just like electricity and running water. The cloud will follow us silently and seamlessly, carrying out our wishes anytime, anywhere. 2. Augmented Reality Will Be Everyday Reality. Remember the…
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