Sometimes I think about the future of self driving cars and how everyone I talk to about that future is like “okay but in an emergency we’ll be able to take back manual control, right?” and I usually placate them by saying, yeah, that’s totally how it’ll happen, but actually we’re already seeing the opposite. Cars with “self driving” features like steering and breaking that kick in and take control from the driver if the driver is about to rear end someone or is in a dangerous situation because the truth is computers can think faster and have better reflexes than us and I think about this going into the future and how if the self-driving cars are able to share their data with each other and learn from the driving experiences of every car on the road soon we’ll have cars that are so massively experienced at driving and avoiding accidents and making microsecond decisions and partial degree turns of the wheels and being so damn precise that automobile accidents will be almost unheard of and that’s when we’ll develop the most wasteful hilarious extreme sport in history where a single human driver will go up against an arena of ultra smart self driving cars and just by driving around recklessly try to coral them into crashing into each other and I tell you I would watch that sport all day.

We were talking about The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which was something which resembled an iPad, long before it appeared. And I said when something like that happens, it’s going to be the death of the book. Douglas said, No it won’t be. Books are sharks.

And I must have looked baffled at that because he looked very pleased with himself. And he carried on with his metaphor. He said, Books are sharks … because sharks have been around for a very, very long time. There were sharks before there were dinosaurs. And the reason sharks are still in the oceans is that nothing is better at being a shark than a shark is.

He said, Look at a book. A book is the right size to be a book. They’re solar-powered. If you drop them, they keep on being a book. You can find your place in them in microseconds. They’re really good at being books, he said, and books, no matter what else happens, will always survive. And of course he’s right.

If you really want me to react, really want me to believe you think I’m pretty, let your breath be stolen away by me. Look at me and not know what to think. Let your tongue stall; let me hear your breathing hitch and catch in your throat. Stand slack-jawed as you stare at me and wonder if I’m real. Wonder if I’m sylvan, wonder if I’m a goddess, fiction and myth turned to fact. Smile crookedly at your own fortune for finding me like this, and let me feel the rapture in your heart and hear the reverence in your voice when you speak. Let me slip into those fantasies of you and me for those microseconds they’re there, of worlds where we’re an “us;” give me a home in your bones. Give me your heart on a platter in that shuddering fragmented exhale of your mortal coil. Realize the brief expanse of your life and regret that you have not found me until this moment; mourn that you do not have longer to enjoy me. Fold your soul into your shaking hands and give it to me with your sweaty palms. Feel your heart burst for me with a love you did not realize was there and are now thinking of letting grow. Dance with me in the myriad spaces of your chest, the empty halls and starry-shining galaxies located between your liver and lungs, your stomach and spleen. Ache and tremble with your need for me. Hurt with everything you have. Make me integral to your being. Make me like the oxygen we need, like you just lost from your lungs in a rush. Fill those gaps in your life with me, but most importantly, make me believe.
—  moodiful819

“whatever happened to normal fucking names?!”

lol shut up

your partner’s name is ‘locus’

you’re fighting a war on behalf of a covetous megalomaniac you knew as the name “control” for most of the job, you’re honestly sticking with it because you have fun dicking around killing people, and you deal with alien technology on a daily basis

you don’t get to complain about the lack of normal in your life


How DNA could store all the world’s data

It was Wednesday 16 February 2011, and Goldman was at a hotel in Hamburg, Germany, talking with some of his fellow bioinformaticists about how they could afford to store the reams of genome sequences and other data the world was throwing at them. He remembers the scientists getting so frustrated by the expense and limitations of conventional computing technology that they started kidding about sci-fi alternatives. “We thought, ‘What’s to stop us using DNA to store information?'”

Then the laughter stopped. “It was a lightbulb moment,” says Goldman, a group leader at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) in Hinxton, UK. True, DNA storage would be pathetically slow compared with the microsecond timescales for reading or writing bits in a silicon memory chip. It would take hours to encode data by synthesizing DNA strings with a specific pattern of bases, and still more hours to recover that information using a sequencing machine. But with DNA, a whole human genome fits into a cell that is invisible to the naked eye. For sheer density of information storage, DNA could be orders of magnitude beyond silicon — perfect for long-term archiving.

The boy turned. Percy had another one of those weird flashes: like this was somebody he should know. The kid was almost as pale as Octavian, but with dark eyes and messy black hair. He didn’t look anything like Hazel. He wore a silver skull ring, a chain for a belt, and a black T-shirt with skull designs. At his side hung a pure-black sword.

For a microsecond when he saw Percy, the boy seemed shocked – panicked even, like he’d been caught in a searchlight.

“This is Percy Jackson,” Hazel said. “He’s a good guy. Percy, this is my brother, the son of Pluto.”

The boy regained his composure and held out his hand. “Pleased to meet you,” he said. “I’m Nico di Angelo.”

—  from Rick Riordan’s The Son of Neptune

Today’s pet peeve: when people try to argue that super-power A is obviously better than super-power B by tacitly assuming that A comes with a vast array of secondary powers necessary to make optimal use of it, while B is exactly what it says on the tin.

(You know, like arguing that teleportation is obviously better than flight, then describing a hypothetical teleporter who’s also a clairvoyant with microsecond reflexes and superhuman faculties of spatial modelling, while at the same time insisting that our hypothetical flier would kill herself with her own acceleration because being able to fly doesn’t automatically suppose a body that’s capable of withstanding the stresses of flight.)


Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy officer. A pioneer in the field, she was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language.She conceptualized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL, one of the first modern programming languages. She is credited with popularizing the term “debugging” for fixing computer glitches (motivated by an actual moth removed from the computer). Because of the breadth of her accomplishments and her naval rank, she is sometimes referred to as “Amazing Grace.” The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Hopper (DDG-70) was named for her, as was the Cray XE6 “Hopper” supercomputer at NERSC. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Hopper)

Can’t find a plane.
Can’t find a missing black girl.
Can’t figure out how many Nigerian girls were kidnapped.
Can’t find a cure to cancer.
Can’t find a cure to AIDS.
And can’t find those Japanese students’ body who drowned on a ferry.

But these son of a bitches can find an “embarrassing” photo of Justin Bieber in a microsecond?

*slow claps for humanity*


Liquid Jewel by Fabian Oefner

Blasting Acrylics

This series is a continuation of my research of manipulating paint with different natural forces. In the “Black Hole” series, it was centrifugal force, that shaped the paints into colorful carousels. This time I used air pressure to create what I call “liquid jewels”.

The structures you see are modeling balloons covered with paint right after they have been pricked with a needle. The air inside the ballon expands explosively, throwing the paint in all different directions. What I particularly love about the images is that if you look closely, you can see, how the individual shades start to mix with each other, blue and magenta becomes violet, red and yellow becomes orange…within a few microseconds, the paint forms into the most beautiful color combinations…and then its gone again. What remains is the capture of that firework of colors, frozen in time…

madlyinlov3onda  asked:

Are you still doing requests? Cause I just need some more Theta in my life. Maybe with his adorable little skateboard. Being adorable. (As usual)

do AI project themselves making mistakes?  did theta ever fall off his hologram board?  was the skateboarding learning process 100% theoretical until all the mathematical angles and probabilities were accounted for and corrected until it was ready for practice?

does theta do the trick perfectly the first time he shows it? or is all trial and error theoretical and once that’s perfect he attempts a trick?

does he spend thousands of microseconds dissecting the physics to get it right before he tries?

AI man so many questions idek

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The idea came up at the time when I was completely bereft of ideas. I’d been working on my own music for a while and was quite lost, actually. And I really appreciated someone coming along and saying, “Here’s a specific problem – solve it.”

The thing from the agency said, “We want a piece of music that is inspiring, universal, blah- blah, da-da-da, optimistic, futuristic, sentimental, emotional,” this whole list of adjectives, and then at the bottom it said “and it must be 3 ¼ seconds long.”

I thought this was so funny and an amazing thought to actually try to make a little piece of music. It’s like making a tiny little jewel.

In fact, I made 84 pieces. I got completely into this world of tiny, tiny little pieces of music. I was so sensitive to microseconds at the end of this that it really broke a logjam in my own work. Then when I’d finished that and I went back to working with pieces that were like three minutes long, it seemed like oceans of time.

Q and A with Brian Eno

Neurobiologist Nina Kraus believes she and her team at Northwestern University have found a way — a half-hour test — to predict kids’ literacy skill long before they’re old enough to begin reading.

When I first read the study in the journal PLOS Biology, two words came to mind: science fiction.

Because flagging some 3-year-olds as potentially troubled readers — before they’ve even tried reading — feels eerily like being handcuffed by Tom Cruise in Minority Report for a crime that hasn’t happened yet.

Kraus herself says the test is nothing short of “a biological looking glass into a child’s literacy potential.”

To understand how the test works, she says, you need to understand that reading begins not with our eyes but with our ears, as we hear and catalog speech sounds. It’s hard work. Everything we hear, our brains have to process, separating the stuff that’s meaningful from pure noise. And they do it in microseconds.

The Test That Can Look Into A Child’s (Reading) Future

Illustration credit: LA Johnson/NPR

Pulsed electrical fields destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria infecting burn injuries

Application of a technology currently used to disinfect food products may help to get around one of the most challenging problems in medicine today, the proliferation of bacteria resistant to antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs. In a paper appearing in the June issue of the journal Technology and already released online, investigators from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Engineering in Medicine describe how the use of microsecond-pulsed, high-voltage non-thermal electric fields successfully killed resistant bacteria infecting experimentally induced burns in mice, reducing bacterial levels up to 10,000-fold.

“Pulsed electrical field technology has the advantages of targeting numerous bacterial species and penetrating the full thickness of a wound,” says Alexander Golberg, PhD, of the MGH Center for Engineering in Medicine (MGH-CEM), first author of the paper. “This could lead to a completely new means of burn wound disinfection without using antibiotics, which can increase bacterial resistance.”