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Sep 15, 2017

Why Google’s AI can write beautiful songs but still can’t tell a joke

Posted by in categories: humor, media & arts, robotics/AI

Douglas Eck of Google’s Magenta project talks about how machine learning can help artists make professional-sounding (if meandering) music.

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Aug 17, 2017

Life or Death: Will Robo-Cars Swerve for Squirrels?

Posted by in categories: automation, driverless cars, drones, electronics, ethics, fun, humor, media & arts, robotics/AI, transportation

Self Driving Cars and Ethics. It’s a topic that has been debated in blogs, op-eds, academic research papers, and youtube videos. Everyone wants to know, if a self-driving car has to choose between sacrificing its occupant, or terminating a car full of nobel prize winners, who will it pick? Will it be programmed to sacrifice for the greater good, or protect itself — and its occupants — at all costs? But in the swirl of hypothetical discussion around jaywalking Grandmas, buses full of school-children, Kantian Ethics and cost-maps, one crucial question is being forgotten:

What about the Squirrels?

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Jun 8, 2017

‘AI is good for the world’ insists Sophia the humanoid robot

Posted by in categories: humor, robotics/AI

Sophia smiles mischievously, bats her eyelids and tells a joke.

Without the mess of cables that make up the back of her head, you could almost mistake her for a human.

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Apr 5, 2017

Read a Neural Network A.I.’s Bizarre Take on the Knock Knock Joke

Posted by in categories: humor, robotics/AI

A new basement-scale neural network study has taught an A.I. how to cobble together knock-knock jokes. Just don’t expect them to become classics.

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Oct 11, 2016

Brexit for Transhumanists: A Parable of Getting What You Wish For

Posted by in categories: governance, government, human trajectories, humor, life extension, Ray Kurzweil, transhumanism

For the past two years, Zoltan Istvan has been campaigning for the US presidency on the Transhumanist Party, a largely one-man show which nevertheless remains faithful to the basic tenets of transhumanism. Now suppose he won. Top of his policy agenda had been to ensure the immortality of all Americans. But even Zoltan realized that this would entail quite big changes in how the state and society function. So, shortly after being elected president, he decides to hold a national referendum on the matter.

The question on the ballot is one that makes the stakes crystal clear: ‘The government shall endeavour to release all Americans from the constraints of mortality’. Zoltan liked this way of putting things because were he to lose to the referendum, which he half-presumed, the opportunity to air publicly the relevant issues would continue to shift naysayers in Congress to increase funding for broadly anti-death research and treatments — a step in the right direction, as far as he’s concerned.

Zoltan also liked the idea that the referendum effectively ‘rotated the political axis’, from left-right to up-down, a turn of phrase he picked up from some philosopher whose name he couldn’t remember. But this also meant that the ensuing campaign, which was fierce, attracted a motley crew of supporters on both sides.

The ‘Remainers’ (as the anti-immortalists call themselves) were composed of a mix of traditional religious believers, environmental activists and hard-headed sceptics who distrust all transcendental hype, whether it comes from religion or science. In other words, those who wanted us to remain in our normal bodies held that our fate either is confined to our current circumstances or requires that we remain in those circumstances in order for something better to happen post mortem. The stakes were so high that even the Pope was called out to argue the case, which of course he was more than happy to do, Obama-style.

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Sep 5, 2016

How Elon Musk Plays With His Kid

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, humor, space travel

Aug 23, 2016

Yen to usd converter The power of entanglement_ a conversation with fernando brandao binary joke

Posted by in categories: computing, humor, quantum physics

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Aug 13, 2016

Meet the Reactors Accelerating Us Toward Fusion Energy

Posted by in categories: humor, nuclear energy, particle physics

The old joke about fusion is that it is 30 years from becoming a reality — and that’s been the case for the last 50 years or more. It’s a joke that may quickly be reaching its sell-by date.

And a good thing too. The promise of fusion is near-unlimited energy that produces almost no waste.

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Jun 12, 2016

Going digital may make analog quantum computer scaleable

Posted by in categories: computing, humor, quantum physics

Great article; and does an excellent job in explaining how traditional QC operates in an analog or non-analog/ digital state; and Lee introduces us to a third pseudo-hybrid state sometimes referred to as adiabatic quantum computer. I must admit Chris Lee’s 1st remark “There are many different schemes for making quantum computers work (most of them evil).” threw me for a loop and then quickly understood it’s part of his humor which is certainly a way to capture the reader’s attention quickly.

BTW — This is one of the best write ups and POVs on QC that I have read so far.


Digital quantum network cleans up analog noise, allows quantum computation.

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May 18, 2016

A hacker is reportedly selling the stolen emails and passwords of 117 million LinkedIn users

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cybercrime/malcode, encryption, humor, internet

Privacy is practically a joke anymore.


A hacker known as “Peace” is selling what is reportedly account information from 117 million LinkedIn users. The stolen data is said to include email addresses and passwords, which a malicious party could use to gain access to other websites and accounts for which people used the same password.

LinkedIn says it has about 433 million members worldwide, so this data could represent 27% of its user base.

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