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for $600, you can now get a camera that can zoom into the moon until you see individual craters, in full daylight. between hardware advances like this and http://petapixel.com/2011/11/19/are-liquid-lenses-the-next-big-thing-in-photography/ and computational photography like https://graphics.stanford.edu/projects/camera-2.0/ , image taking is changing completely while we're not looking.
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I don't watch a lot of cable or network TV anymore, but if you do, you're watching less TV and more ads than you think you are.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/how-networks-speed-up-tv-shows-to-fit-more-ads-reddit-seinfeld/
A new video on reddit exposes a decade long phenomenon of networks speeding up your favorite TV shows in order to bombard you with even more commercials.
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Not only that, but one thing that drives home when you watch older shows on Netflix is how much heavier the commecial load is now, even without temporal tampering - http://www.waynesthisandthat.com/commerciallength.htm
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The commenters on the article tear it apart, but this is a fun exercise.

Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles every two years or so. That has produced an exponential increase in the number of transistors on microchips and continues to do so.

But if an observer today was to measure this rate of increase, it would be straightforward to extrapolate backwards and work out when the number of transistors on a chip was zero. In other words, the date when microchips were first developed in the 1960s.

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What happens if you extrapolate backwards to the point of no complexity–the origin of life?

Sharov and Gordon say that the evidence by this measure is clear. “Linear regression of genetic complexity (on a log scale) extrapolated back to just one base pair suggests the time of the origin of life = 9.7 ± 2.5 billion years ago,” they say.

And since the Earth is only 4.5 billion years old, that raises a whole series of other questions. Not least of these is how and where did life begin.

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/513781/moores-law-and-the-origin-of-life/

Link from +Navin Weeraratne 
As life has evolved, its complexity has increased exponentially, just like Moore’s law. Now geneticists have extrapolated this trend backwards and found that by this measure, life is older than the Earth itself.
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Agreed. We need to get some probes out there and see how are neighbors (ideally) have managed it. Good point about the floor. 
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Beautiful maps of the United States in the style of the old Statistical Atlas:

https://flowingdata.com/2015/06/16/reviving-the-statistical-atlas-of-the-united-states-with-new-data/
Ever since I found out about the Statistical Atlas of the United States, it annoyed me that there wasn't one in the works for the 2010 Census due to cuts in funding. So I recreated the original 187...
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Climate deniers blame natural factors; NASA data proves otherwise
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A couple of neighborhoods over from mine, you can Airbnb a tent, in someone's back yard, for $900 per month.

http://fusion.net/story/156378/supply-and-demand/

It's really a deal if you think about it, just $46 per night, and you're even allowed in the house once per day to shower, with a vague opportunity to maybe eat inside.  I'm totally not planning on doing this exact same thing in my back porch.  Definitely not.
Jon Potter owns awwpictures.com, which purports to have “all the best cute pictures around,” but he’s also in charge of running the AirBnb page for the tent outside his parents home in the Monta Loma neighborhood of Mountain View, California, near the Google campus.
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Getting ready for bed, Athena tenderly took my hand and cuddled it against her cheek.
Me: "Thanks for the hug, kiddo."
Athena: "Your hand is so cuddly."
Me: "That's sweet."
Athena: "Because your knuckles are sooooo hairy."
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If you've ever wondered what all those brilliant engineers at Google do with those thousands of machines and advanced machine learning algorithms, I can finally reveal...

Mostly we mess around with neural nets until they can hallucinate tentacles, dog heads, and other Lovecraftian horrors out of whatever images we throw at them.

Seriously, monkeying around with this system has eaten up a serious amount of workhours at Google lately.  And some of the images coming out of it are truly inspired.  Take a look at the whole gallery. 
 
All of these images were computer generated!

For the last few weeks, Googlers have been obsessed with an internal visualization tool that Alexander Mordvintsev in our Zurich office created to help us visually understand some of the things happening inside our deep neural networks for computer vision.  The tool essentially starts with an image, runs the model forwards and backwards, and then makes adjustments to the starting image in weird and magnificent ways.  

In the same way that when you are staring at clouds, and you can convince yourself that some part of the cloud looks like a head, maybe with some ears, and then your mind starts to reinforce that opinion, by seeing even more parts that fit that story ("wow, now I even see arms and a leg!"), the optimization process works in a similar manner, reinforcing what it thinks it is seeing.  Since the model is very deep, we can tap into it at various levels and get all kinds of remarkable effects.

Alexander, +Christopher Olah, and Mike Tyka wrote up a very nice blog post describing how this works:

http://googleresearch.blogspot.com/2015/06/inceptionism-going-deeper-into-neural.html

There's also a bigger album of more of these pictures linked from the blog post:

https://goo.gl/photos/fFcivHZ2CDhqCkZdA

I just picked a few of my favorites here.
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Staggering. It may be the way children perceive the world and fear the darkness. Will art become obsolete?
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