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The “pedagogical agent” camped out in the uncanny valley, built a home, and had generations of creepy kids.
Overcoming Bias : Forsee The Speakularity ““There’s no way this means that everything we say is now in the open,” Hanson argues. “There’s a layer of what we say that’s in the open … but we’re always talking at several levels at once.” … Our brains adapted to writing, to libraries, and to the Web. They will adapt to the Record. And people will, anyway, continue to be less concerned with how they sound than with how they look.” tags: weekly privacy internet record Defense lawyers of Reddit, what would your defense be for various Disney villains? : AskReddit “Defense lawyers of Reddit, what would your defense be for various Disney villains?” tags: reddit weekly law Megan Fox Posts “I’m Still Here,” Takes Confusing Stance On Object Permanence – StarWipe ““I just continue to have an angsty relationship with social media,” adds Fox, seeming to lend credence to an interpretation of her selfie as offering a conventional understanding of object permanence. Presumably the “I” that has an “angsty relationship” with “social media” is a separate entity from that media, as it is in relation “with” the “social media” rather than “of” it. Still, it is possible to have a relationship “with” oneself. So, strictly speaking, Fox could be referring to the angst she experiences by depending on social media in […]
Australian floods lowered global sea levels (Wired UK) “The vast amounts of rain that fell during the Australian floods in 2010 and 2011 caused the world’s sea levels to drop by as much as 7mm, according to oceanographers. In 2010, sea levels mysteriously dropped by 7mm and stayed lower than expected for a year and a half. Oceanographers attempted to work out where the water had gone; they found it in Australia. In most places on the globe, rain falls on mountains, runs into rivers and flows out into the sea. But in Australia, something different tends to happen. Rain that falls in the outback never makes it to the coast — it tends to collect in shallow inland seas and evaporate instead.” tags: weekly rain water ocean math wcydwt australian floods sea levels A New Era of Biological Warfare › ScienceZest “Dilger’s footmen and allies used liquid bacterial cultures of B. mallei to infect equines just before they were shipped to European ports. This was no easy task. Glanders can be transmitted to humans and a number of men with boils all over their faces would not only be suspicious, it would also reduce the flow of volunteers. The deadly bacteria had to be packed so that an untrained man could handle them safely, pour them into fodder, or jab […]
This is another example of why I find the Internet so amazing. It’s nothing new. It’s just makes the kind of learning I find so attractive possible. Here’s the scenario. We were in a meeting an one of our new ITRTs, Rachel Toy, mentioned this Buck’s Institute Tool that’s meant to help shape driving questions. It’s meant to be printed out and then cut up and assembled. Even if you wanted to do it, it’d be hard to justify the construction time in most classrooms where you’d use this. Rachel also commented that building the paper version didn’t work all that well when she did it herself. For context, I know nothing about real programming or even sophisticated scripting. Over time and space, I’ve dabbled in AppleScript, FileMaker Pro scripting, and banging on WordPress themes. I did, however, cobble together some PHP scripts and make a single variable page that displayed a digital version of the Chinese fortune sticks I have from when I was a kid.It seems I never wrote a post about. I must be in Hell because I have so many good intentions. I have long wanted to make something that shuffled through a variety of variables and displayed them for the user. Based on my past experience with the fortune sticks, I figured I might be […]