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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Singularitarian2048 Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (287 comments)

If you think it should be easy to recognize a stoplight, you haven't worked on computer vision.

It's hard to recognize the most basic objects, like cats. How our brain does it so easily remains a mystery.

about 2 months ago

Amazon To Buy Twitch For $970 Million

Singularitarian2048 Re:Sad (61 comments)

You haven't even experienced Twitch chat yet.

about 4 months ago

Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

Singularitarian2048 Re:They're not gamers. (276 comments)

Did you have to use the word "mancave" there? It sounds as if you are defining "gamer" to include only men.

about 4 months ago

The Oatmeal Convinces Elon Musk To Donate $1 Million To Tesla Museum

Singularitarian2048 Re:The hero Gotham needs (78 comments)

You went a little overboard in that last sentence there.

about 5 months ago

On the Significance of Google's New Cardboard: An Idea Worth Recycling

Singularitarian2048 Re: Metal Gear Ac!d 2 (42 comments)

Wow, Kojima is a creative dude. He created another portable game called Boktai that came with a solar sensor on the game cartridge. Parts of the game required actual sunlight.

about 6 months ago

New Evidence For Oceans of Water Deep In the Earth

Singularitarian2048 Life? (190 comments)

Do you think there's life down there?

about 6 months ago

Open Source Robot OS Finds Niches From Farms To Space

Singularitarian2048 Re:The "lettuce bot" is mostly a vision system (36 comments)

But vision is one of the hardest parts of robotics, and you don't want to have to write super sophisticated vision algorithms from scratch, so this is a good example of how ROS is useful. "Agricultural implement towed behind a tractor" + sophisticated computer vision = robot.

about 6 months ago

Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

Singularitarian2048 everyone is hiding (453 comments)

One solution to the Fermi paradox is that everyone is hiding.

And we should seriously consider hiding too.

about 7 months ago

Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again

Singularitarian2048 Re:Contractors skew that number... (193 comments)

Can you get into contracting if your specialty is scientific computing?

Is it possible, as a contractor, to work only part of the year?

about 8 months ago

Biotech Company Making Fossil Fuels With a 'Library' of Bacteria

Singularitarian2048 Re:If what I'm reading is true... (386 comments)

If you read Noam Chomsky, you get the impression that our embargo on Cuba has been extraordinarily cruel.

more than 3 years ago

Google Holds Global Science Fair

Singularitarian2048 Re:Nice, but Google needs to focus (52 comments)

So Google does something to promote science education, and you turn around and say, "Hey, focus on your profits."

more than 3 years ago

The 5-Year Console Cycle Is Dead

Singularitarian2048 kinect is a launch (422 comments)

Doesn't kinect have all the magnitude of a launch? And the Move also.

about 4 years ago

Japan's Latest Rockstar Is a 3D Hologram

Singularitarian2048 she'd be a good calculus teacher (305 comments)

I'd like to make Hatsune Miku deliver video lectures for a calculus class. Can I do that?

more than 3 years ago

Learning By Playing

Singularitarian2048 Re:Hidden Math in MMOs (49 comments)

Timez Attack looks amazing!

I just downloaded the free version but I can't seem to play it because I'm not a student/didn't have a password. =(

Am I doing something wrong? If I could try it out I'd probably recommend it for my cousins.

more than 4 years ago

The Vending Machines of the Future

Singularitarian2048 Vending machine knows you better than yourself (216 comments)

Now the vending machine just needs face recognition so it can base recommendations off of previous purchases...and who your facebook friends are.

And I want a badge saying I'm the "mayor" of a vending machine if I buy more sodas there than anyone else.

I want a virtual pet that I can buy virtual sodas for. He will gain experience points and armor and will battle other pets.

more than 4 years ago

Forget University — Use the Web For Education, Says Gates

Singularitarian2048 What we need is video lectures in a university (393 comments)

Clearly video lectures and a university setting each have much to offer. With video lectures you can pause and rewind, go at your own pace, learn from the world's best lecturers rather than your professor who is usually just average, even select a lecturer whose style you prefer. I say we switch to self-paced courses based on video lectures in university classrooms. The professor will still be there in the classroom but he will be focused entirely on his one irreplaceable contribution: answering questions and providing direct feedback to students.

more than 4 years ago

What Scientists Really Think About Religion

Singularitarian2048 Re:Makes sense (1123 comments)

Steven Weinberg is one example of a top scientist who has a problem with religion.

more than 4 years ago

MIT Finds 'Grand Unified Theory of AI'

Singularitarian2048 Probability: The Logic of Science by Jaynes (301 comments)

FTA: "In the 1950s and 60s, artificial-intelligence researchers saw themselves as trying to uncover the rules of thought. But those rules turned out to be way more complicated than anyone had imagined. Since then, artificial-intelligence (AI) research has come to rely, instead, on probabilities -- statistical patterns that computers can learn from large sets of training data."

From the viewpoint of Jaynes and many Bayesians, probability IS simply the rules of thought.

more than 4 years ago

BC Prof Suggests Young Children Need Less Formal Math, Not More

Singularitarian2048 wasted talent (427 comments)

Terence Tao scored a 760 on the math SAT when he was 8. He won a bronze medal in the international math Olympiad at the age of 10.

We need a system that respects the individuality of our students, not a one-size-fits-all approach.

more than 4 years ago


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