Tac Anderson

The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.
― C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet

designersofthings:

Are We Ready for Robots? (Video)

With brands like Amazon, UPS and even online flower shops starting to talk about drone delivery and companies like Google putting a lot of money behind various robots, the day when our lives will be filled with robots may not be too far away. This new PBSOffbook video tackles the impacts these robots may have on our society along with the questions and challenges this new technology raises as it enters our culture

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The Pixies - Where Is My Mind?

I am ridiculously excited about getting to finally see The Pixies tonight. One of my all time favorite bands, and this is my favorite song of theirs. 

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futurescope:

Robot read news

Great comic mini-series from Scott Adams blog on Dilbert.com.

1. Define the problem and solution space. 

2. Break the problem down. 

3. Make the problem personal. 

4. Seek the perspectives of outsiders. 

5. Diverge before you converge. 

6. Create “idea resumes.” 

7. Create a plan to learn. 

MIT researchers identify a 7-step technique for putting ideas to action, an upgrade to the now frequently challenged concept of brainstorming. Complement with this timeless 5-step technique for producing ideas from 1939. (via explore-blog)

Not a new idea, but still good. 

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Crazy Ants Are Winning the Invasive Ant War By Neutralizing Fire Ant Venom
This is really, kind of cool.

pbstv:

TONIGHT (2/14) at 9/8c on Great Performances: theater legends celebrate The National Theatre London.

Preview a scene above from “Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead” with none other than Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch.

Rosenbatch and Cumberstern 

The War Nerd: Google’s Big New Dog

Which raises the same question I keep asking: Why? Why are legs so wonderful, when wheels and treads can do pretty much everything legs do, only faster—much faster?
Two possibilities come to mind: (a) It’s the Department of Defense, which means that insane profligacy with tax money is all we’re seeing; or (b) It’s the human-like or mammal-like motion that DARPA values—not for the stated reason that legs work better on bad terrain, but because DARPA wants a generation of military robots that looks human/mammalian and moves like a mammal. The gimmick, the anthropomorphism, is the goal in itself. To what end we can only guess.
I’m leaning toward option (b), but if you know anything about DoD, you can’t just dismiss “insane proflilgacy” out of hand. In fact, supply vehicles that walk on machine legs is an old dream of DARPA’s. Way back in the Vietnam War, DARPA put a lot of tax money into a project that stood out for sheer idiocy in a war defined by DoD idiocy: a “mechanical elephant” that could carry supplies through steep, roadless jungle—a bigger, earlier version of BD’s Big Dog.

The War Nerd: Google’s Big New Dog

Which raises the same question I keep asking: Why? Why are legs so wonderful, when wheels and treads can do pretty much everything legs do, only faster—much faster?

Two possibilities come to mind: (a) It’s the Department of Defense, which means that insane profligacy with tax money is all we’re seeing; or (b) It’s the human-like or mammal-like motion that DARPA values—not for the stated reason that legs work better on bad terrain, but because DARPA wants a generation of military robots that looks human/mammalian and moves like a mammal. The gimmick, the anthropomorphism, is the goal in itself. To what end we can only guess.

I’m leaning toward option (b), but if you know anything about DoD, you can’t just dismiss “insane proflilgacy” out of hand. In fact, supply vehicles that walk on machine legs is an old dream of DARPA’s. Way back in the Vietnam War, DARPA put a lot of tax money into a project that stood out for sheer idiocy in a war defined by DoD idiocy: a “mechanical elephant” that could carry supplies through steep, roadless jungle—a bigger, earlier version of BD’s Big Dog.

It could be said that I buy too many books. #Sherlock

It could be said that I buy too many books. #Sherlock

After all this time of turning ideas into words you would think we’d be better at it than we are. It’s still really hard.

The ‘Make It Wearable’ Challenge Takes on the Future of Human Communication

“Fundamentally, what we are is we are social animals. The most important things to us are interactions with other people, the presence of other people, and so when you have a wearable, the wearable is in the middle of that.” ~ Sandy Pentland

Alex “Sandy” Pentland is often called the “Grandfather of Wearables.” Not only does he direct MIT’s Human Dynamics Lab and the Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, but he was part of the team that first focused on wearable computers in the early ’90s. On top of his work with MIT, he co-leads the World Economic Forum Big Data and Personal Data iniatives, and was called one of “the most powerful data scientists in the world” by Forbes in 2012. 

Intel does a lot of interesting partnerships. It will be interesting to see what this one yields. 


Sochi drone shooting Olympic TV, not terrorists
"We can go really, really close. And we are really quiet, so nobody is distracted." And it’s cheaper than a camera crew on a helicopter.
Flexibility is key. Drones allow unique angles and “allow more height than a crane, but are able to get lower than a helicopter,” said a statement from Olympic Broadcasting Services, which provides the official world feed of all the events at the games and is using one drone in Sochi.

I was so distracted/excited to see the drones during the snowboarding slopestyle event that I missed a bunch of the tricks. 

Sochi drone shooting Olympic TV, not terrorists

"We can go really, really close. And we are really quiet, so nobody is distracted." And it’s cheaper than a camera crew on a helicopter.

Flexibility is key. Drones allow unique angles and “allow more height than a crane, but are able to get lower than a helicopter,” said a statement from Olympic Broadcasting Services, which provides the official world feed of all the events at the games and is using one drone in Sochi.

I was so distracted/excited to see the drones during the snowboarding slopestyle event that I missed a bunch of the tricks. 

hajohinta:

Evolution Door

This door wins. All other doors are lame and should die.  

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How Lego Licensed the Universe, and Ended Up Ruling Us All
Lego FTW! 

harkaway:

My Doctor Who story, Keeping Up With The Joneses, is out today. I made this because I have no shame. Also: fun :)

Music by Welcome Wizard. It’s called shitweDIED and it’s under CC Attribution 3.0.

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The Italian Secretary: My First Pastiche - I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere
My latest Sherlock Holmes book review takes it back to where it all began for me.

The Italian Secretary: My First Pastiche - I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere

My latest Sherlock Holmes book review takes it back to where it all began for me.