Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Facial Recognition In Retail

"The List of Places That Scan Your Face Is Growing".

One interesting tidbit:
[H]alf of all American adults have their photos in the FBI’s facial recognition database, which the bureau has been using since 2011 to track and identify suspects. Yet, the software had a 15 percent rate of inaccuracy—higher than Facebook’s—and incorrectly identified black people more often than white people.

Color Perception

"The Reality of Color Is Perception: An argument for a new definition of color"

Monday, January 22, 2018

Light Posting

Admin note: Posting may be lighter than usual this week due to external obligations

Small Nuclear Reactors

"Nuclear reactors the size of wastebaskets could power our Martian settlements". (Via H.R.)

AGI Timeline Prediction

"Moore's Law and AGI Timelines"

Friday, January 19, 2018

Tiny Dishwasher

"The Dishwasher Gets A Redesign For Tiny Apartments"

Amazon HQ2 Finalists

"Amazon Whittles Down List of HQ2 Contenders to 20 Finalists".

Denver is one of the finalists.

ELT MIrror

"First Mirror Segment for Extremely Large Telescope Successfully Cast". (Via H.R.)

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Pentagon AI

"The Pentagon's New Artificial Intelligence Is Already Hunting Terrorists"

Underwater Volcano

"We All Nearly Missed The Largest Underwater Volcano Eruption Ever Recorded". (Via H.R.)

Learning From Hawaii

"Learning From Hawaii's False Missile Attack Fiasco"

Monday, January 15, 2018

Harry’s Razors Review

"Harry’s Razors review"

Toll-Free Numbers

"Why Do Toll-Free Numbers Start With 800?"

Pencil Factory

"Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories". (Via H.R.)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Remote Driving

"I Rode in a Car in Las Vegas. Its Driver Was in Silicon Valley"

Dolphin Intelligence

"Why dolphins are deep thinkers":
Kelly the dolphin has built up quite a reputation. All the dolphins at the institute are trained to hold onto any litter that falls into their pools until they see a trainer, when they can trade the litter for fish. In this way, the dolphins help to keep their pools clean.

Kelly has taken this task one step further. When people drop paper into the water she hides it under a rock at the bottom of the pool. The next time a trainer passes, she goes down to the rock and tears off a piece of paper to give to the trainer. After a fish reward, she goes back down, tears off another piece of paper, gets another fish, and so on.

…Her cunning has not stopped there. One day, when a gull flew into her pool, she grabbed it, waited for the trainers and then gave it to them. It was a large bird and so the trainers gave her lots of fish. This seemed to give Kelly a new idea. The next time she was fed, instead of eating the last fish, she took it to the bottom of the pool and hid it under the rock where she had been hiding the paper. When no trainers were present, she brought the fish to the surface and used it to lure the gulls, which she would catch to get even more fish. After mastering this lucrative strategy, she taught her calf, who taught other calves, and so gull-baiting has become a hot game among the dolphins.
(Via A.B. and Marginal Revolution.)

Ikea Marketing First

"Ikea’s New Ad Is A Pregnancy Test You Pee On. Really." (Via J.A.)

Thursday, January 11, 2018