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Cool robot design.
 
This Norwegian Engineer Is Creating Some Creepy Transformer-Like Robots…

Click below to see these crazy robots in action...

http://www.industrytap.com/norwegian-engineer-creating-creepy-transformer-like-robots/19478
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Tonight is (or was?! But I'm still up!) "Yuri's Night" -- anniversary of the first human going into space.
 
On this day In 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first ambassador of our planet to enter the vastness of space. Vostok 1 was the first manned spaceflight of the early space race, and Gagarin completed one orbit of Earth before landing safely 108 minutes later.

While flying weightless above Earth's surface, Yuri Gagarin witnessed a spectacular view of home -- forests, deserts, and great plains were surrounded by expansive oceans. Upon viewing the thin blue line of the atmosphere, Gagarin became the first of our inquisitive species to see our planet as it truly is -- a vibrant, geologically active world circling a star. We at Penny4NASA urge you to honor the memory of this brave man, as his Vostok 1 mission was the catalyst for every manned spaceflight adventure to date.

#Penny4NASA #NASA #Roscosmos #Space #Science #YuriGagarin #Vostok
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Yeah, it was great, and Black Widow was a particularly great character in it. I think she got the best moment in the film, personally. I also like the relationship between her and Captain America -- did anyone else notice that? How often can you have an attractive man and woman (both hetero) together in a film, who like each other, and it's not a romance? I like that, because it's real, and it's something American cinema has been really slow to pick up on.

And a Black Widow film? Yes, I would pay to see that.
 
Black Widow - critics, you're doing it wrong.

http://www.dailydot.com/fandom/black-widow-reviews-wrong-captain-america/?fb_action_ids=10152268212656293&fb_action_types=og.likes

My son shared this from Facebook a couple days ago.  The film is excellent by the way.  And this article IS SPOT ON.
Black Widow isn't the stereotype you've been told she is.
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Oh man. That's a nerdy joke.
 
Welcome to my world ....
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I'm interested in XORDROID
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Wow. That's quite interesting. I didn't know we were there yet. Kind of cyberpunk.
 
Robots are taking over the role of reporting news, especially when it comes to the type of news that is based on merely being the bringers of news.

One example from yesterday was an article about the earthquake in LA, which was covered in this story, written entirely by a computer: http://goo.gl/TfNw8a ... and compared to so many other stories, I actually find this to be one of the best. Especially if you compare it to articles like this one from the Associated Press, which is filled with irrelevant fluff: http://goo.gl/L6eNkx

What possible value does it have to send out a journalist to get eyewitness reports like this: "My dog got out of bed, and she came looking for me," Smith said. "She was shivering terribly."

But how good is automatic software-based reporting really? The answer is very, very good... at least according to a new study from Sweden.

Christer Clerwall, from Karlstad University in Sweden decided to do a 'blind test', asking students to compare news reports done by both journalists and software algorithms. The result was that the software algorithms are now just as good at writing news reports as people. 
- http://goo.gl/PaBWlp

As you can see from the graphs below, when it came to how the story was perceived, journalists and software algorithms were nearly identical. The only slight difference being that journalistic-written articles appeared slightly better written, although less useful, trustworthy, and informative. 

In other words, journalists are better storytellers, but their stories are just not that good.

Even more interesting is when you he asked them to guess who had written the article. 56% responded that they thought the articles written by journalists were actually written by a computer, while 37% thought journalists had written those made by a computer.

In other words, in terms of simply being the bringer of news, journalists have now been outcompeted by software. People can't tell the difference, and, as we all know, software algorithms can work much faster, more accurate (if the data is accurate of course), and 24-7 at almost zero cost. 

The old business model of being a reporter and to 'bring the news' is over. This will in the future be done completely automatically, and it's only a matter of time before the big tech companies move in. The next time there is an earthquake, Google Now, Apple Siri and Microsoft Cortana will simply read aloud the story like the one done automatically by LA Times. Several startups will try to capitalize on this by creating data-news content services. And while many of these will not succeed, the best ones will eventually be incorporated into other services.

In many ways, what is happening to journalists is the same that once happened to the fashion industry. As you may know I started my career in fashion, and the first company I worked for employed about 60 people. There were 2 sales people, 2 designers, 4 administrative staff, 3 technicians, a janitor, and about 50 seamstresses. During the time I was there, those 50 seamstresses lost their job, because the production was outsourced to Poland (and later China).

The people in Poland could do the same job, at a higher quality, with fewer resources, and much, much cheaper. A company with 60 employees could now be run using only eight - and still make the same product.

This is what's happening to journalism. 

So the question all journalists should ask themselves is "are you a seamstress? ...or are you a designer?" If you are merely a seamstress, i.e. a journalist merely reporting stories based on available information, your future looks bleak. 

But if you are a designer, i.e. a journalist who goes beyond just reporting the news, but instead focus on providing insight, perspective, analysis, then your future is looking better than ever. In a world of data, we need people to give us perspective and to help us translate it into something that is relevant for us as individuals.

And no, this doesn't mean interviewing eyewitnesses that have nothing insightful to tell, nor does it evolve interviewing experts or pundits who merely conjecture without having any real insight. It's about being better than the news itself.

Sadly though, many newspapers are currently moving in the wrong direction with their pageview-optimized news reporting. They are trying to build traffic by bringing people even more news, not realizing that that's exactly the what automatic algorithms do best.
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This is pretty cool. Very earthlike planet.
 
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Astronomers working with the Kepler telescope, led by Elisa Quintara of the SETI Institute, have announced the discovery of the first planet orbiting another star that meets the two characteristics we have been particularly w...
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What I did today. :-)
 
So I spent my "Yuri's Night" making this drawing in Inkscape based on photo references of the original.

This is a relief/fresco on a wall at the "Monument to the Conquest of Space" in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, which will appear in a sequence in our pilot episode. There's another panel like it, but somewhat shorter, on the other side. And then there are bas-relief panels on the opposite side of the same wall. Quite a little project!
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I get pretty annoyed by the generic "scientists say" -- I always want to know who.

But whenever we're dealing with a complex subject outside our own expertise, we're still going to be going mostly on authority -- "I trust this person because they are supposed to have the training to understand the problem". Because you can't really judge everything on the strength of the evidence when you're not qualified to make that judgment yourself.
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One thing you can judge, however, is the way that someone builds an argument. Do they build conclusions from evidence? Is that evidence generally available? Do they simply nitpick at opponent's ideas, or do they build their own argument? Do they stoop to personal attacks and other fallacies? Do they do a lot of special pleading, or do they use Occam's Razor?

This approach is one way that I feel reasonably confident that climate change deniers and creationists are incorrect. They don't defend their position like people with a valid argument.
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Um. Okay. That's absurd.

"Toddler Muhammad Mosa Khan was booked in February along with 30 other people, including a number of members of his family, after stones were allegedly thrown at police and energy officials during raids on homes in Lahore. Residents had been accused of not paying for electricity."
 
WTF !!! Stop this insanity !
A nine-month-old boy charged with planning a murder, threatening police and interfering with state affairs in Pakistan has been granted bail after appearing in court this week.
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"Sub-Inspector Ahmed has reportedly been since suspended as a result of making the arrest and Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said stern action will be taken against the police officials who registered the case."

Likely this will be just a slap on the wrist for all involved, since they were supporting the establishment.
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This must have been quite a bit of work.
 
Check it out, one of the greatest 2.70 hidden features!
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I've been interested in space and technology from childhood and in art, writing, computer programming, movies, electronics, and animation for almost as long. 

I've worked as an astronomer, a software maintainer, tech support (never again!), and as a writer. I'm moving into film making (not entirely new -- I was a film student at one time) with a video project called "Lunatics".

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Wrote a book called "Achieving Impossible Things" about free software and free culture. Write a (semi-)regular column for Free Software Magazine. Married for 20+ years, 3 children, 2 cats.
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  • University of Texas at Austin
    Astronomy, 1985 - 1989