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Juli Fowler
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Pier 9 Artist in Residence, Yeliz Karadayi, explores using a haptic 3D pen to draw virtual objects out of thin air and touch or manipulate them. http://autode.sk/2oRmrLv

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Quick work in progress of my Full sized Nefertiti #3DPrint

She is around 500mm tall and is 8.6Kg (Plaster filled) Still some finishing to do and lots of polishing.

This fantastic 3D model is highly detailed. I printed it out on the E3D BigBox (we need a 'BiggerBox' guys...)

And I want to give out a really big thank you to Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles for liberating the model into the world - now we can all have a #Museum@home

Printed in ColorFabb nGen and XT material - coke can for scale :) I didn't have a banana handy.
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Venus occulted by the Moon, 2015-12-07

Yes, it's possible to see both Venus and the Moon during the day. What is less easy is trying to photograph them both through a telescope when there is some intervening cloud cover. These are the 19 decent frames I was able to capture from my driveway. The first image is from 160402 UT, and the last one was taken at 160517 UT. Each frame is a single shot using a Celestron Edge HD 9.25" at f/6.3 with an Atik 314L+ color CCD. Initial processing was done in Nebulosity, with final touches and animation done in GIMP.

Now I need to see what I have to plan to shoot for 2016, including the transit of Mercury on the morning of May 9.
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Orbit trap Mandelbrot tree!
Mandelbrot christmas tree

generated by one green cross and one yellow star.

(Orbit Trap Fractals goo.gl/c5ltuC continued)

#merrychristmas   #happyholidays   #GladMidvinterblot  
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Let it snow!
Just in time for the holidays!

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Today's XKCD talks about why Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics were written in that particular order. I'd argue that there's considerably more to it than that, especially when we consider these laws as principles of human ethics, not just robot programming guides. This post dives in to the consequences of that.

One of the aspects which strikes me the most is our emotional discomfort with moral orderings that put protecting yourself above protecting others from harm. People feel socially uncomfortable saying that they would do so in public (for the obvious reason that other people would likely reciprocate), but in the moment of truth, it's quite common for people to protect themselves – and in fact, there are only a few cases in which we treat people like they have an actual duty to protect others. (Parents and emergency responders being the two most obvious examples)

But I suspect that this is why people keep being fascinated with the question of the ethics of self-driving cars. When we ourselves are driving, we can talk about how we would certainly get into a crash to protect a pedestrian or the like, but we know that in the moment of a crash, we would have the final decision and could not be second-guessed. A self-driving car, on the other hand, would require that these decisions be specified in advance.

Would you rather tell your car to kill you rather than risk the lives of others, or to kill others while protecting you?

The interesting thing about computer ethics is that you can't talk around the question: you're going to have to pick one in advance.

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