Interesting links and articles I read but didn’t make specific posts about.
- The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.
- introduction to the Hypothes.is tool used for public/private annotations of the web
August 2013: On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant
- MIT-created computer model enables design of complex 3D DNA structures
- research out of USC that finds that people are much more willing to discuss their problems with virtual avatars than they are with real people. The key reasons for this stem from the program’s superior abilities in building rapport (largely through empathetic listening with facial expressions and nodding) and because the test subjects felt that the avatar would not judge them (which a human might)
September 2014: Against Sharing
- Uber is part of a new wave of corporations that make up what’s called the “sharing economy.” The premise is seductive in its simplicity: people have skills, and customers want services. At its core, the sharing economy is a scheme to shift risk from companies to workers, discourage labor organizing, and ensure that capitalists can reap huge profits with low fixed costs.
October 2014: The Working Nation
- opinion by David Brooks: Western economies have stopped delivering broad and growing prosperity
December 2014: It’s Time to Intelligently Discuss Artificial Intelligence
- SS7 global mobile phone network for routing calls, texts and services which was designed in the 1980s is riddles with vulnerabilities
December 2014: What Happens to Society When Robots Replace Workers?
January 2015: The Deep Mind of Demis Hassabis
January 2015: Yes, It Really is Different This Time
February 2015: Debunking the Debunking of “Humans Need Not Apply” and More
- Energy-generating fabric set to power battery-free wearables
March 2015: First all-digital radio transmitter
- The Pizzicato digital radio transmitter consists of an integrated circuit outputting a single stream of bits, and an antenna – with no conventional radio parts or digital-to-analogue converter
- Hidden in an unknown corner of Inner Mongolia is a toxic, nightmarish lake created by our thirst for smartphones, consumer gadgets and green tech
- the Moley Robotic Kitchen is essentially two very expensive robotic arms, with two even dearer fully articulated biomimetic humanoid hands
- The first person or group to experience the singularity will protect and preserve the power and intelligence they’ve acquired in the singularity process—which ultimately means they will do whatever is necessary to lessen the power and intelligence accumulation of the singularity experience for others. That way the original Singularitarians can guarantee their power and existence indefinitely.
- using CRISPR/Cas9 to create a virus that gives bacteria something that’s useful to them, but gets rid of antibiotic resistance at the same time
- researchers have designed a new technique to create a single-molecule diode, and, in doing so, they have developed molecular diodes that perform 50 times better than all prior designs
- AI relied on an algorithm that continuously simulated and modified possible flatworm gene networks—much too complex and time consuming a task for humans. After three days, the computer found a model of the flatworm’s gene network that fit with the results of over a centuries worth of studies.
June 2015: Beyond Automation
- Modria software is being used to guide people through their divorces and solve complaints about damaged delieveries
- Helium system revamps and fine-tunes code without ever needing the original source, in a matter of hours or even minutes.
- The device is made out of soft materials that are a tenth the diameter of a human hair and can simultaneously deliver drugs and lights.
- researchers are using our heat, movement, blood, sweat and tears to provide mico-amounts of power for electical devices
- a tiny, reliable transistor assembled from a single molecule and a dozen additional atoms. The transistor reportedly operates so precisely that it can control the flow of single electrons
- vulnerabilities found in Industrial Ethernet Switches (IES), the devices that create the internal networks that are vital for the function of modern factories, refineries, ports, and countless other industrial environments
- Gallium nitride semiconductors aim to reduce data centre and consumer electronics power consumption by 20 percent by 2025
- More luminous and energy efficient than LEDs, white lasers look to be the future in lighting and light-based wireless communication.
- Years of work yield technique that continuously corrects brain readings to give people with spinal cord injuries a more precise way to tap out commands by using a thought-controlled cursor
August 2015: AI: In search of the sarcasm algorithm
- Bannam’s latest attempt at solving this problem [PDF], along with Noah A. Smith and sponsored by the National Science Foundation, was around 85% accurate at detecting sarcasm on Twitter. The study took into account context, paying attention to things like the tweeter, the tweetee, and the relationship between them. It also drew on information from the tweeter’s profile and tweet history, in order to increase accuracy.
- JP Morgan, State Street, UBS, Royal Bank of Scotland, Credit Suisse, BBVA and Commonwealth Bank of Australia
- GeoS from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) was able to score 49% accuracy on official SAT geometry questions, and 61% in practice questions
September 2015: Big Tech Has Become Way Too Powerful
September 2015: Light-based memory chip is first to permanently store data
- first permanent optical memory on a chip
September 2015: Bioweapons … for dummies?
- syntheic biology poses a risk but garage biology is not as easy as it sounds
October 2015: Crucial hurdle overcome in quantum computing
- development of a two-qubit logic gate - the central building block of a quantum computer - and, significantly, done in silicon
November 2015: Pioneering Neuroscientists Breach the Blood-Brain Barrier
- In this new procedure, a chemotherapy drug is introduced to a patient’s blood without any apparent means to reach a brain tumor. Then, microscopic bubbles smaller than red blood cells that can pass seamlessly through the circulatory system are produced in a patient’s bloodstream. Finally, pulses of ultrasound targeted on blood vessels in the brain interact with the microscopic bubbles to cause small openings in the blood-brain barrier. This allows the chemotherapy drugs to reach the tumor through the barrier’s targeted openings.
- raise your own mealworms at home with automatic climate controlled hive
December 2015: As Robots Grow Smarter, American Workers Struggle to Keep Up
December 2015 Create Your Favourite Actor From Nothing But Photos
December 2015: Empathy with strangers can be learned
- We can learn to empathize with strangers. Surprisingly positive experiences with people from another group trigger a learning effect in the brain, which increases empathy. As researchers from the University of Zurich reveal, only a handful of positive learning experiences already suffice for a person to be-come more empathic.
December 2015: Humans can empathize with robots
- Researchers have presented the first neurophysiological evidence of humans’ ability to empathize with a robot in perceived pain. Event-related brain potentials in human observers, reflecting empathy with humanoid robots in perceived pain, were similar to those for other humans in pain, except at the beginning of the top-down process of empathy.
Interesting sites / businesses:
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- a proposed treaty that would curtail mass surveillance and protect the rights of whistleblowers
- open source AI assistent similar to Amazon and Google home assistant products
- Robo Brain is a large-scale computational system that learns from publicly available Internet resources, computer simulations, and real-life robot trials. It accumulates everything robotics into a comprehensive and interconnected knowledge base. Applications include prototyping for robotics research, household robots, and self-driving cars.