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Okay, it's hard to describe, but it's a really cool real life video 'video game' where ... hell, just watch the video :)
h/t +Andrew Pam 
 
I suspect this is the seed of a whole new interactive genre. A personal real life video game. A very clever hack worth some attention.
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FPS gaming + LARP crossover... not bad, kids. Not bad.
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Yes, it's a great song, yes, it's a great album, but also I happen to be there in the front row in a burnt orange t-shirt.
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Good to hear this Melbourne band has had a quite successful time touring overseas recently.
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Ha! Thanks Fred :)
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Animation from the Rosetta spacecraft of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it makes closest approach with the sun, streaming out water vapour (300 kg/s) and dust (1000 kg/s). 
Distance from Rosetta to the comet is 327 km.
Distance from the comet to the sun is 186 million km, or about 20% further out than Earth.
Comet temperatures have risen from -70C a year ago to a little over 0C.
The tail cannot be seen from Rosetta's close position, but telescopes on Earth show it streaming out 120000 km.

Read more at : http://sci.esa.int/rosetta/56337-rosettas-big-day-in-the-sun/
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The Misconception: You procrastinate because you are lazy and can’t manage your time well.
The Truth: Procrastination is fueled by weakness in the face of impulse and a failure to think about thinking.

Delves into the reasons why we procrastinate - and sadly just highlights all my own use cases. 
"Here are books I would like to read sometime..."
"... oh, I have to read a book now?  Well, that's different..."

In fact I was just discussing with a mate the other day, the scenario where people describe something as "interesting" or they describe it as "good".  It doesn't mean of course that good things can't be interesting, but it's something to reflect on.

Back on books, I do also find that "award-winning" books aren't necessarily the ones that I come away from thinking the mostly highly of. They might be interesting, and they might still feel rewarding in a way, but they aren't necessarily the ones that give me the more immediate payoff.

Sadly, the points in the article are not revelationary news to me, and yet things are what they are.

Will I get around to reading that non-fiction book on space-time, or that article on algorithms and complexity?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  I guess it's about trying to find a realistic balance between planning to eat some vegetables and knowing that realistically you're going to eat some chocolate.
The Misconception: You procrastinate because you are lazy and can't manage your time well. The Truth: Procrastination is fueled by weakness in the face of impulse and a failure to think about think...
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I seem to have a slightly different problem from simple procrastination. In most ways, it's a lot more black and white than that. I have deep reservoirs of focus and determination and can keep going almost nonstop for days, weeks, or months on a project until it's finished... but only if it interests me.

Literally anything else I *should* do that I don't want to do is left by the wayside until the last possible moment, without fail. It takes Herculean effort to shift gears, even for brief spans.

Maybe my understanding of procrastination is a bit off, because I always equated procrastination with laziness, but lazy has nothing to do with it for me.
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Unfortunately, descriptions such as ...
"A man went into a restaurant and ordered a hamburger. When the hamburger arrived it was burned to a crisp, and the man stormed out of the restaurant angrily, without paying for the hamburger or leaving a tip."
...are the sort of thing read by software engineers, so when the question is "Did the man eat the burger?" the answer is most likely to come back as "It doesn't say"
#SoftwareEngineersDontPassForHuman  
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hah, I totally planned that as a demonstration. Totally :D

More seriously, that the brain is able to do such automatic corrections (from vision all the way up to reading comprehension) is part of why it's so great. But I actually think it shouldn't be a priority for AI systems to replicate such behaviors, as it does introduce some downsides (e.g. automatically discounting the counter-intuitive). We should combine human strengths with the computers' and stop focusing on replicating humans with computers (for now, IMO).
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Awesome vocal rendition of the Fifth Element's Diva Dance

Armenian teenager Victoria Hovhannisyan has a 5 octave range and does a brilliant rendition in this 2 minute clip from Russia's The Voice.  Ah, takes you right back to the movie :)
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Brilliant!
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D-wave breaks 1000 qubits with the D-wave 2x on the way to the D-wave 3. Generally available but no word on specific customers, or third party benchmarks - you'd think by now the question of quantum speedup should be abundantly and staggeringly clear.
New system has twice the qubits of the D-Wave Two and new benchmarks demonstrate increasing performance advantage over specialized highly tuned algorithms on classical systems. Palo Alto, CA – August 20, 2015 - D-Wave Systems Inc., the world's first quantum computing company, today announced the ...
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..we do 3.000.000 per/s  gulp this :P
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Syfy continues television adaptation's of sci-fi novels: Gateway follows Childhood's End and the Expanse series

They have only just got a pilot script written, so still a fair way off.  But exciting stuff nonetheless!
Lurching back into the “credible” portion of its normal hard science fiction/blood-powered cars emotional cycle, Syfy has announced that it’s teaming up with Battlestar Galactica EP David Eick for a TV adaptation of Frederik Pohl’s Gateway. The 1977 novel, which spawned five sequel books and a pair
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Haven't read it in a while, but I remember it mostly taking part on a psychologists couch, and the solitary protagonist on the bridge of a spaceship. So they add away missions, and other characters- star trek meets quantum leap in that they have no control over what planet they'll visit next week?

The sequels aren't that great so I wouldn't be unhappy if they just took the basic alien ftl fleet on an asteroid premise and then went in entirely different directions. 
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The technological pre-reqs for getting autonomous cars on the road are higher than you think

It's easy to get caught up in the headlines of progress and imagine that cars are about to roll off production lines and out into the streets, but there is a lot of work that Google are currently putting in before they ever get a car into a new location.  The level of mapping, for example, is way above what they do for just standard Google Maps: a process that even they admit cannot scale out to the rest of the USA from the locations they are currently trialling.
Slightly alarming, for example, is Chris Urmson, director of the Google car team, saying that if the car came across a traffic signal not on its map, it could potentially run a red light, simply because it wouldn't know to look for the signal

Those million or so miles the cars have clocked up?  Over and over the same trial areas.

How much of the general intelligence in AGI is required in cars in order to handle the dynamic world at large?  I would hope the requirements aren't near that high or they will indeed be much further off than some might expect. 

But whether their limitations of a dynamic world are as stated, and even with their limited driving areas, the fact remains that they've been clocking up distance over a reasonable period of time now, and they've managed to handle that area quite well so far.

Whether they solve the mapping scalability issue any time soon, though ...
A good technology demonstration so wows you with what the product can do that you might forget to ask about what it can't. Case in point: Google's self-driving car. There is a surprisingly long list of the things the car can't do, like avoid potholes or operate in heavy rain...
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Mosly because there's areas that crowd-sourced, high-resolution data-gathering isn't possible. I imagine you can get the best idea of where the gaps are by overlaying the 4G coverage maps of the major carriers and seeing where none of them intersect.
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A sad failure for Google Now.
I would have thought it to come up with a helpful response to this question as I wandered the streets, aimlessly, listlessly, forlornly.
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I thought they had at one point in the past - then removed them for some reason.
But yes, it's distinctly in a non-functional state at the moment.
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"I need to feel heard, you know. I want to know about juicing therapy. It sounds so next generation."

It's actually rather heartbreaking reading about people who are suffering or even dying of illnesses and instead of seeing doctors they seek out random new-age 'medicine'.  Then there are the doctors who have to hear it, or worse, see the consequences when it doesn't work out.

“Tell me why these things appeal to you,” I suggest.
“Because they are natural. They heal your body from the inside, and they guarantee results,” she replies, tiredly, as if talking to a misbehaving child.

It never ends well.
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+Darius Constantine Yeah, goldenseal is good, but turmeric is actually better. Well, not really "better" . What mainstream pharma doesn't realize, or actually doesn't want to, is the concept of synergy. They like putting all your eggs in one basket and see how far they can milk it until it fails...and it will inevitable fail because there is nothing to fall back on.
This is at the root problem of resistance. I think it's pretty obvious even to the non-scientist that if you only have one compound to deal with then developing resistance is easier. A suite of related compounds? Much more difficult. You could pretty much say they have passed the test of time.
I never could see why this concept is so difficult for some people. I think it may have to do with most people thinking in 1's.
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The arcade-style VR experiences have started...

"You will have 400 square metres of game space, but the virtual space is much larger. We reuse the space with some nifty tricks we have developed."

The promo video is only a couple of minutes long, but certainly piques the interest!  Solo or in teams, run around in a post apocalyptic world for near an hour.  No details on the tech, but they say it's a pretty motion-sickness-free event.  The free movement might help.

With the barren physical setup, looks like it has a lot of promise for expansion into new games via purely software changes (and perhaps differing props).

See more at : https://www.zerolatencyvr.com/
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Oh I would so so so love to do this
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