Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Incompetent Robot Waiters

"'Incompetent' Robot Waiters Force Restaurants In China To Shut Down".

I guess I'll have to wait a little while longer before welcoming those new overlords. (Via Tyler Cowen.)

Spacecraft Dashboards

"How Spacecraft Dashboards Evolved, and Where They're Headed". (Via VAViper.)

People Without Fingerprints

"Adermatoglyphia: The Genetic Disorder Of People Born Without Fingerprints"

SMBC On Encryption

SMBC on encryption. (Click on image below to see full size version.)

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Monday, May 02, 2016

[Off Topic] Hsieh Forbes Column: Protect Physician Free Speech In The Office Visit

[Off topic] My latest Forbes column is now out: "Protect Physician Free Speech In The Office Visit".

Should politicians dictate what physicians must (or must not) say to patients when it comes to contentious political issues like abortion or gun ownership? I say, "no".

Drone Vandalism

"By all accounts, it is the first time that a drone has been deployed for a major act of public vandalism."

International Animal Sounds

Animal sounds as rendered in different languages.

Crowdfunded Kitten Rescue

"Kitten Rescued from Tree by Crowdfunding"

Dogs Sniffing Diseases

"4 ways dogs might be able to sniff out disease"

Friday, April 29, 2016

Head Transplant ?!?

Newsweek: "Doctor Ready to Perform First Human Head Transplant".

Of course this is really a body transplant, not a head transplant.

Chinese RoboCop

"China's first intelligent security robot debuts in Chongqing". (Via Tyler Cowen.)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Apocalypse And Behavior

"How the Apocalypse Will Bring Out the Best in People".

An interesting argument, but one I'd rather not have to test empirically. (Via P.O.)

History of Alarm Clocks

"A 2,000-Year History of Alarm Clocks"

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Not A Drone

"'Drone' that hit British Airways jet was likely a plastic bag: British transport minister says fear of drone was 'overreaction.'"