“The direction of the cost of storage is less clear and depends on metals prices.”

Renewables consistently cheaper than coal and gas

#Technology

Mon, Nov 12th, 2018 17:35 by capnasty NEWS

According to Ars Technica, the cost of traditional coal or gas plants is higher than the cost of a brand-new renewable installation. The problem, then, isn't really the production, but the storage.

The cost of coal-fired electricity per megawatt-hour hasn't budged a bit from 2017, while wind and solar costs per MWh are still falling. That spells bad news for an American coal revival, especially in places where the cost of building brand-new renewable installations is cheaper than the cost of operating existing coal and gas plants—a situation that Lazard says is happening with increasing frequency (PDF).

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Origami Lunchbox

Oriyami

#Products

Sun, Nov 11th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Currently seeking your financial support on Kickstarter, the Oriyami lunchbox is capable of elegantly carrying your lunch. When you are done just toss out the disposable paper sleeve and fold it down to occupy minimal space. You can also use its built-in magnets to stick it on your fridge.

Oriyami is a lunchbox that folds down as slim as your notebook — 13% its original thickness! The origami experience takes on snapping good fun with the integration of magnets.

In just a few folds, our one-piece lunchbox makes three transformations: collapsed, opened up, and covered. From a flat square, simply release the smaller bottom flaps and open up into a box. Then lift the bigger flaps and you’ve gotten it all covered.

Oriyami comes with a set of disposable, inner sleeves to line your lunchbox. They are…

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“Bias, error, and misuse of Artificial Intelligence technologies.”

Austerity, Inequality, and Automation

#Future

Sat, Nov 10th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

At the AI Now 2018 Symposium, Virginia Eubanks from the Universty of Albany, Philip Alston, from the NYU School of Law, and Vincent Southerland,from the Centre on Race, Inequality, and the Law at NYU, discuss the topics of the year that have put AI, ethics, organizing, and accountability in focus.

Over the past year, research and advocacy have continued to expose bias, error, and misuse of Artificial Intelligence technologies–from law enforcement’s use of facial recognition to healthcare algorithms that drastically and erroneously cut benefits for the sick. Yet even in the face of increased public awareness and concern, the rapid adoption of these systems across sensitive social and political domains continues, with little oversight or transparency.

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“We need to make algorithms transparent, regulated, and forgiving of the flawed creatures that converse with them.”

An argument in favour of an FDA for algorithms

#Technology

Fri, Nov 9th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Nautilus speaks with Hannah Fry from the University of College in London about her recent book, Hello World. In her book, Fry talks about the positives that algorithms can brings, but is also being cautious demanding they be "transparent, regulated, and forgiving of the flawed creatures that converse with them."

It used to be the case that you could just put any old colored liquid in a glass bottle and sell it as medicine and make an absolute fortune. And then not worry about whether or not it’s poisonous. We stopped that from happening because, well, for starters it’s kind of morally repugnant. But also, it harms people. We’re in that position right now with data and algorithms. You can harvest any data that you want, on anybody. You can infer any data that you like, and you can use it to manipulate them in any way that you…

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“Pack Behaviors in Autonomous Robots.”

Manus

#Robots

Thu, Nov 8th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Albeit I wish there was more information than a teaser, the behaviour of these Manus robots is both disturbing and fascinating.

Manus is a set of ten industrial robots that are programmed to behave like a pack of animals. While each robot moves independently, they share the same central brain. So instead of acting in isolation, they have intertwined behaviors that ripple through the group as people walk by. Manus uses 12 depth cameras to detect and track the body language of approaching visitors. The robots then use this depth data to decide who to move towards, and whether to look at a their hands or face. Like many of today’s intelligent autonomous machines, the robots in Manus don’t look like or act like us. However, we hope to show that these machines can broadcast a…

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“Free the mind from the limitations of even healthy bodies.”

DARPA's ambitious goals to program soldiers' brains

#Technology

Wed, Nov 7th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Atlantic looks at the fascinating work taking place at DARPA where researchers are attempting to find ways to turn the limitations of the human body into a powerful tool that can control and manipulate things just by using their thoughts. What could go wrong?

To this, Bialy and Loeb offer a counter-explanation. If 'Oumuamua were in fact a comet, why then did it not experience outgassing when it was closest to our sun? In addition, they cite other research that showed that if outgassing were responsible for the acceleration, it would have also caused a rapid evolution in 'Oumuamua's spin (which was not observed).

Basically, Bialy and Loeb consider the possibility that 'Oumuamua could in fact be a light sail, a form of spacecraft that relies on radiation pressure to generate propulsion – similar…

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“Oumuamua may actually be a light sail of extra-terrestrial origin.”

No word yet on when the alien invasion is to take place

#Space

Tue, Nov 6th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Remember ‘Oumuamua, that cigar-shaped interstellar object that quickly passed through our solar system? According to a pair of Harvard stargazers, it may have been an extra-terrestrial solar sail. Neil deGrasse Tyson disagrees.

To this, Bialy and Loeb offer a counter-explanation. If 'Oumuamua were in fact a comet, why then did it not experience outgassing when it was closest to our sun? In addition, they cite other research that showed that if outgassing were responsible for the acceleration, it would have also caused a rapid evolution in 'Oumuamua's spin (which was not observed).

Basically, Bialy and Loeb consider the possibility that 'Oumuamua could in fact be a light sail, a form of spacecraft that relies on radiation pressure to generate propulsion – similar to what Breakthrough Starshot is working on. Similar to what is…

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If You Ever Wanted to Build a Model Lighthouse

Build a realistic seaside

#HowTo

Mon, Nov 5th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

While building something of this calibre is beyond my interests, watching Luke Towan build a lighthouse and the entire seaside area surrounding it is very enjoyable. Unlike most other tutorial videos found on YouTube featuring shaky smartphones and poor lighting, his video showcases studio quality work only made better by his accent as he narrates his work. Very impressive.

If you’ve ever wanted to know exactly how to create your very own ultra-realistic model of an ocean then this is the tutorial for you!

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“What do we do if the US falls apart?”

Canada worried about America's collapse

#Politics

Sun, Nov 4th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Walrus looks at how America's decline will impact Canada, especially with the lingering expectation that a second civil war may soon be coming.

We misunderstood who the Americans were. To be fair, so did everybody. They themselves misunderstood who they were. Barack Obama’s presidency was based on what we will, out of politeness, call an illusion, an illusion of national unity articulated most passionately during Obama’s keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention: “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America—there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America—there’s the United States of America.” It was a beautiful vision. It was an error. There is very much a red America and a blue America. They occupy different societies with different values, and the political parties are emissaries of those differences—differences that…

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Russian Style Gangnam Style

SKIBDI

#Music

Sat, Nov 3rd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In what may soon become the next Gangnam Style viral music video, Little Big's SKIBDI is just as weird and addictive.

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Oct 05“Robots are key to a new wave of local agriculture.” #Robots
Oct 04“Like witnessing a unicorn jumping over a rainbow.” #Computers
Oct 10“Authoritarianism depends upon people getting used to hearing the things that they want to hear.” #Internet
Oct 08Gravity Defying “Clair de lune” #Music
Oct 09What if Star Wars Was Actually Good? #StarWars
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Oct 11“Computer algorithms increasingly control and decide our future.” #Video
Oct 17“The prospects and future of AI.” #Video
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Oct 06“A blatant disregard for resident concerns about data and digital infrastructure.” #Privacy
Oct 27“Heavy multitaskers have reduced memory.” #Health
Nov 10“Bias, error, and misuse of Artificial Intelligence technologies.”
Nov 11Origami Lunchbox
Nov 12“The direction of the cost of storage is less clear and depends on metals prices.”
Nov 09“We need to make algorithms transparent, regulated, and forgiving of the flawed creatures that converse with them.”
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Jan 04The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit
Mar 06Naked Preacher Lady [NSFW]
Nov 08“Pack Behaviors in Autonomous Robots.”
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Oct 31If Sir David Attenborough Restored Vintage Toys
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