Let’s Ditch the Singularity and Focus on Multiplicity — Davos 2015: The New Global Context — Medium “Tasks that are hard for humans, like precision spot welding, are easy for robots, while tasks that are easy for humans, like clearing the dinner table, are very hard for robots.” I think the same could be said for programs/computers with the obvious parallels for teaching/learning stuff. tags: singularity computer human weekly How PAPER Magazine’s web engineers scaled Kim Kardashian’s back-end (SFW) — The Message — Medium ““This sort of cold thrill goes down my spine,” Knauss said, “and the only thought that makes it out of my brain is, ‘Eep.’” He continued: “I reflexively begin designing the architecture in my head. It’s a nerd impulse. Dogs chase after thrown balls, system administrators design to arbitrary traffic.” h/t Jon Becker tags: challenge weekly GWEI – Google Will Eat Itself “We generate money by serving Google text advertisments on a network of hidden Websites. With this money we automatically buy Google shares. We buy Google via their own advertisment! Google eats itself – but in the end “we” own it!” tags: google ads art stock weekly Sad YouTube A different kind of YouTube comment . . . tags: sad youtube comments internet culture weekly memory community Art Forms in Nature: The Prints of Ernst […]
Big data: are we making a big mistake? – FT.com ““There are a lot of small data problems that occur in big data,” says Spiegelhalter. “They don’t disappear because you’ve got lots of the stuff. They get worse.” “ tags: weekly data bigdata statistics complexity On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a God – Magical thinking will help us navigate cyberspace. #thoughtvectors “They are universes of pure imagination.” “”In the magical worldview, the world is kind of like a language. If you know the spells or the signs or the symbols you can effect change.” Hard physics has discredited that soft outlook, “but with cyberspace and technology and the Internet it’s a human space, or it’s all a constructed space. And on its most basic level, it’s constructed of language.” Maybe not English, but computer code.” tags: weekly psychology magic internet thoughtvectors tweet Why Scientists Need to Learn How to Share “THE EDITORS OF THE Public Library of Science (PLOS) family of scientific journals recently decided to give their authors much more specific instructions for sharing data. They announced that “authors must make all data publicly available, without restriction, immediately upon publication of the article.” They defined data as “any and all of the digital materials that are collected and analyzed in the pursuit of scientific advances,” and now require […]
He stood so still while the world moved on around him. Just a little animated gif made from two shots I took walking past this gentleman staring so intently at his phone. He didn’t move a bit but because I was walking the shot shifted some allowing me to animate it and give you this 3D feel. I know I’ve seen this before but my memory of the name for it is hazy. It did lead me to stereoscopy, stereo photography and animated stereograms so sometimes a bad memory leads to good things. And it turns out at least one person would call this a stereoscopic animated gif. I also figured this was a #ds106 assignment and was not disappointed. Since this was the first #ds106 assignment I’ve done in a long while, I threw in a tutorial as a form of tithing. I do all of this of my own free will and in spite of Jim Groom’s personality rather than because of it.