yeahiplaybass asked:

Why do you think it's important to stay current on world events?

I think that very few people in the world understand how powerful they are. Understanding current (and past) events allows us to make intelligent decisions about how to live our lives, how to view the rest of the world, and how to vote in elections. We all have this idea that we are powerless and so shouldn’t care but that’s not just wrong, it’s destructive to society and to our selves.

“It may seem somewhat ironic that the Catholic Church finds itself advocating the same position against abortion as its severest Christian critics, the Protestant fundamentalists. In fact, it is no more surprising than finding the so-called pro-life movement keeping company with Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Chairman Mao, all of whom at one time or another banned abortions. What they have in common is their belief, rooted in misogyny, that the woman’s right to choose-a fundamental aspect of her autonomy-must be crushed in order to achieve what they have deemed a ‘higher’ religious, moral or social goal.”

-Jack Holland, Misogyny: The World’s Oldest Prejudice

anonymous asked:

As a vegan do you eat honey? And if no, what's so bad about it?

this video is quite good at explaining

Veganism is about not eating any animals or their products, and because bees are animals it is not vegan practise to eat honey, and I wouldn’t like to make an exception based on the fact it’s “only” an insect, bees still deserve respect.

There are many scientific studies that indicate that not only do bees feel pain, they’re also extremely intelligent (not that an animal’s intelligence should influence our decisions to hurt it (or not) - because no animals deserve to have pain inflicted upon them - but a lot of people are under the impression that insects are stupid)

Due to the immense demand for honey, bee-keepers have to take short cuts to keep up with production quotas and end up harming the bees in the process. Bees won’t make honey unless they have a queen, so to stop the queen flying away and leaving the hive her wings are often cut or pulled off. She is artificially inseminated repeatedly (therefore denied natural mating behaviour) and to extract sperm to impregnate her with, the male bees are crushed/squeezed to death until their reproductive organs pop out and the sperm can be taken. Queen bees can live to be 5 years old but are usually killed and replaced every 1-2 years. New queens are transported long distances and are often roughly handled, damaged or even killed in the process. Whole hives are also transported from place-to-place which is distressing for the bees and confuses their natural navigation system. 

In large-scale honey farms before winter the bee-keepers will often take 100% of the honey and replace it with a cheap, watered down sugar substitute which is not as good for the bees or, if that option is too costly, they are simply all killed off via gassing and replaced with new bees in the spring.

Honey production is not AS cruel as other animal product industries out there, but it shouldn’t matter, it comes down to the fact that bees are enslaved and exploited for human gain/pleasure. Honey is a commodity, no one *needs* it, and bees suffer needlessly in order for us to have it. Veganism is against treating animals like they are here on this planet purely for us to use.

Short answer: no. 

I disagree with Caesar

Watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes last night.

James Franco raises Caesar on a diet of fruit and veg. He later moves to a primate reserve where they feed him a nutrient mash/monkey chow of some sort. Not appetizing but edible one would assume.

What does Caesar go for the minute he gets his freedom? FUCKIN CHIPS AHOY. NOOOO! Bad monkey!

US Army seeks 1337 graphics

Intelligent Decisions, the company in charge of creating virtual training simulations for the U.S. Army RDECOM or, ‘Research, Development and Engineering Command,’ has recently partnered with Applied Research Associates to gain access to the Unreal Engine 3.

Intelligent Decisions intends to use the engine to enhance it’s already existing systems by improving their autonomous avatars as well as introducing haptic feedback for firefights. They are also looking at the engine’s ability to add more environmental variables, such as terrain and weather conditions according to Clarence Pape, VP of Simulation and Training at Intelligent Decisions.

Previously we have seen the military utilize VBS2 which has been used to create ArmA II, a realistic combat environment simulator that allows programmers to account for real world conditions such as weather, gravity, ballistics, and many more variables most FPS games shy away from, in favor of more flashy and fast paced games.

Sources: Unreal Engine Official Website, Bohemia Interactive Official Website

anonymous asked:

how likely do you think it is that they will actually make destiel cannon?

In my opinion, making Destiel canon is literally the most intelligent and logical decision they could make at this point, but I honestly don’t know if intelligence and logic can overcome Certain People who don’t want it to happen.

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anonymous asked:

i feel like me and my s/o are really bad at making intelligent decisions when it comes to sex. one time we had sex i had a yeast infection, and last night he had injuries on his dick from too much masturbation. but we still had sex, and he was bleeding and very painful afterwards. we're not good at this

Okay but the logic behind radical feminists being anti-bdsm is basically that women are unable to make intelligent decisions for themselves and do everything just to please men and that is some of the most disgusting bullshit I’ve ever heard.

Are you influenced by the opinions of others?? Guess what? YOU will never have no DESIRES of your own! “Opinions” are the cheapest commodities on earth! Everyone has a flock of opinions ready to be wished upon any one who accept then.
It’s fucken crazy that 1000’s of men and women carry inferiority complexes with them through life because of some ignorant person destroyed their confidence through “opinions” or ridicule.
Tip: Don’t take shit personal and push on… #decisions #thinkandgrowrich #opinions #word #liveyourlife #befree #think #influenced #people #success #riches #motivation #inspiration #positivity #intelligence #behappy #courage #powerful #message.

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The best basketball players are known to be those who make smart decisions on court― their ability to anticipate moves, spot opportunities for the team and make smart money-time decisions, makes them legendary. Up until now, game-intelligence was considered a matter of born-talent a player either had or didn’t. A ground-breaking technology promises to change that equation forever.

In order to improve their basketball skills, players need to practice daily on court― dribbling, shooting, and memorizing moves. However, no matter how seriously they take their basketball workouts, even the best coach will find it extremely difficult teaching them game intelligence, creativity, real-time decision making and peripheral vision.

Personalized Basketball “Brain-Training” Software

Up until now these brain-skills were considered to be instincts that a player is born with or without. Few years ago a team of cognitive training scientists identified the brain activity involved with the performance of fighter pilots on the air and created a virtual simulator to intensely train and improve those mind functions. College Basketball Workout Programs

The results shocked even the most ardent believers in the concept – fighter pilots that have undergone “brain-training” sessions improved their performance by a whopping 30%!.

The research team of this unique project noticed that the skills required by fighter pilots are amazingly similar to those required of professional basketball players.

And so a team of 30 coaches joined the computer experts and converted the system into personalized basketball “brain-training” software that fit the basketball workouts and needs of individual players including Junior-High, High-School and College players.

It was first tested on real basketball teams such as U. of Memphis Tigers and the U. of Kentucky Wildcats. Within 6 to 8 weeks of training, each players’ performance in the areas of execution, decision-making under intense pressure and movement anticipation skyrocketed – especially during money-time situations.

Quantifiably, players involved with the testing have improved their skills in various areas – on both offence and defense – by 22% to 28%! College Basketball Workout Programs

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We’ll make great fossils.

offensive autonomous weapons / please read and sign the open letter to prevent AI automated robots to make life and death decisions. Artificial intelligence is on fast paced trajectory of awakening. It is up to this generation to take an oath to uphold humanity and eradicate or postpone human extinction at the hand of our Insanely advanced nonbiological great great grandchildren

#transhuman #ai #autonomous #future #descendants #fossil #desolate #posthuman #grandchildren #singularity #robot #cyborg #illustration #instart #watercolor #worldofpencils #sketchbook #sketchparty

Among those signing. Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and of course Sara Connor.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Don Cheadle’s directorial debut Miles Ahead will have its world premiere as the Closing Night Film for the upcoming 53rd New York Film Festival, which will run from September 25th to October 11th. 

The Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy—nominated actor also stars as Miles Davis, in a biopic that will focus on the legendary jazz musician’s crazed years in the late 1970s, during which he struggled with a variety of ailments while also contending with memories of past triumphs and falls, while also exploring his years with Frances Taylor (played by Emayatzy Corinealdi), the love of his life. Ewan McGregor, Keith Stanfield and Michael Stuhlbarg will also co-star.

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Open letter calling for a ban on offensive autonomous weapons

Autonomous weapons select and engage targets without human intervention. They might include, for example, armed quadcopters that can search for and eliminate people meeting certain pre-defined criteria, but do not include cruise missiles or remotely piloted drones for which humans make all targeting decisions. Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has reached a point where the deployment of such systems is – practically if not legally – feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms.

Many arguments have been made for and against autonomous weapons, for example that replacing human soldiers by machines is good by reducing casualties for the owner but bad by thereby lowering the threshold for going to battle. The key question for humanity today is whether to start a global AI arms race or to prevent it from starting. If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow. Unlike nuclear weapons, they require no costly or hard-to-obtain raw materials, so they will become ubiquitous and cheap for all significant military powers to mass-produce. It will only be a matter of time until they appear on the black market and in the hands of terrorists, dictators wishing to better control their populace, warlords wishing to perpetrate ethnic cleansing, etc. Autonomous weapons are ideal for tasks such as assassinations, destabilizing nations, subduing populations and selectively killing a particular ethnic group. We therefore believe that a military AI arms race would not be beneficial for humanity. There are many ways in which AI can make battlefields safer for humans, especially civilians, without creating new tools for killing people.

Just as most chemists and biologists have no interest in building chemical or biological weapons, most AI researchers have no interest in building AI weapons — and do not want others to tarnish their field by doing so, potentially creating a major public backlash against AI that curtails its future societal benefits. Indeed, chemists and biologists have broadly supported international agreements that have successfully prohibited chemical and biological weapons, just as most physicists supported the treaties banning space-based nuclear weapons and blinding laser weapons.

In summary, we believe that AI has great potential to benefit humanity in many ways, and that the goal of the field should be to do so. Starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control.

Bow and Arrow

To dream of a bow and arrow represents goals, plans, and preparations you are making or setting for yourself. Aiming for perfection or exactly what it is that you want.

If a bad or evil person uses a bow and arrow in a dream it symbolizes an aspect of your personality with goals, or plans that aren’t in your best interest, or are counterproductive. It could also reflect someone you think is aiming to get you.

If a bow and arrow is used to brake a window it symbolizes your goals and plans that are making it difficult for you to understand your current situation or make intelligent decisions about the future.

When your artistic inspiration tells you he is very impressed with your art, 😍

I’m pretty self conscious about a lot of things… My face, my body, my art, my level of intelligence, my decisions. I often think I’m making terrible choices left and right. But, I’m really happy that, whatever it is we are doing at the moment, he makes me more confident in all aspects.

I feel attractive, I love my body, and my chubbiness; he finds me beautiful without all this cake. My art, he’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to pull all nighters for, in order to draw him. I’m a major perfectionist, and my art kills me in every possible way, but to know he’s impressed makes me want to draw everything, and improve. He actually thinks I’m smart, I am smart, I need to focus more on my education though, and put it to use. He accepts my decisions, he expresses his ideas, and often we share them. I highly appreciate this. He’s teaching me to love myself, and not be scared to express my feelings.

I’m definitely a happy camper. :3

Professor Stuart Russell - The Long-Term Future of (Artificial) Intelligence

Professor Stuart Russell – The Long-Term Future of (Artificial) Intelligence

May 2015

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk is delighted to host Professor Stuart J. Russell (University of California, Berkeley) for a public lecture on Friday 15th May 2015.

The Long-Term Future of (Artificial) Intelligence

Abstract: The news media in recent months have been full of dire warnings about the risk that AI poses to the human race, coming from well-known figures such as…

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