Thursday, July 02, 2015

Bluetooth Keyboard With Programmable E-Ink Keys

"Sonder Keyboard is a programmable Bluetooth keyboard that uses e-ink to relabel keys"

Cat Video Overdose!

"I Watched 100 Cat Videos for Science"

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Detecting a Coming Betrayal

"Researchers use transcripts from online Diplomacy games to identify signs of imminent betrayal":
One of the key signals of a coming betrayal, oddly enough, is that betrayers are especially positive compared to other players before they turn on their allies, potentially a sign "the betrayer [is] overcompensating for his forthcoming actions," the team explains. Future victims, meanwhile, are more likely to talk about pending plans and are also somewhat less polite in their messages to others.

Related excellent article on the game Diplomacy: "The Board Game of the Alpha Nerds".

Consumerization of AI

"Why AI Is the Next Tech Battleground"

Celebrity Trees

"The Perks And Pitfalls of Being a Famous Tree"

Gateway Boardgames

"The 10 Essential Gateway Boardgames for Converting Non-Gamers". (Via T.S.)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hsieh Forbes Column: 3 Good Things In Health Care Innovation

My latest Forbes column is now up, "Three Good Things In Health Care Innovation".

I highlight some under-appreciated good developments in health care, centered around the theme that innovations in processes may be less flashy than innovations in technology — but can still save lives.

In particular, I discuss the following:
1) Improvements in cardiac care
2) Improvements in matching kidney transplant donors with recipients
3) Protecting the freedom of direct pay doctors
Our current system is very mixed, with both good and bad elements. In this piece, I wanted to focus on some of the good elements.

For more details on each, read the full text of "Three Good Things In Health Care Innovation".

Testy AI

WSJ: "Artificial Intelligence Machine Gets Testy With Its Programmer"
Over at Google, a computer program using a database of movie scripts was asked again and again by researchers to define morality. It struggles to do so, and in a conversation recorded by its human engineers, becomes exasperated and ends the conversation by lashing out at its human inquisitor...

Astounding Weather Photos

America's Best Weather Photography: Here are the winners of NOAA's 'Weather in Focus' photo contest".

I especially liked this one, "A Tornado Churns Up Dust In Sunset Light Near Traer, Iowa":

Sex-Related News Bloopers

12 minutes of hilarious sex-related news bloopers.  Definitely NSFW!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Swedish Robotic Overlords Next

"Swedish Scientists Build Artificial Neurons Able to Communicate With Organic Neurons"

Life As A Teenager in the NBA

"What's It Like To Be a Teenager in the NBA?"
Being a teenager can be tough, even if you’re just an average kid dealing with everyday issues and trying to blend in at high school. Being a teenager who is constantly under the microscope and has a ridiculous amount of money, fame and temptations can be quite the experience – good and bad – as well.

There have been many teenagers who have thrived in the league, including superstars like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady and LeBron James. But for every success story, there are many players who failed to make the transition to the NBA as teenagers – for reasons on the court, off the court or sometimes both...

Earth-Moon Combination Is Likely Very Rare

"Earth-Moon Combination Is Likely Very Rare, Study Confirms"

Google Climb

"Virtually climb El Capitan with Google's first vertical Street View". (Via H.R.)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015