These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting.
- Noam Chomsky and Marvin Minsky on the History of Artificial Intelligence
- The Big Sort: An Insider’s Tour of a Recycling Plant
- Monkeys have used stone tools for hundreds of years
- Bio-Inspired Design: Tapping the Silent Flight of Owls
- History of the Car – From Carriages to Automobiles – History in Action to 1950s
Keynote Panel: The Golden Age: A Look at the Original Roots of Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, and Neuroscience
Moderator: Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
- Emilio Bizzi, Institute Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences; Founding Member, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT
- Sydney Brenner, Senior Distinguished Fellow, Crick-Jacobs Center, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
- Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor, Emeritus, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT
- Marvin Minsky, Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, Emeritus, MIT
- Barbara H. Partee PhD ’65, Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Linguistics and Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Patrick H. Winston ’65 SM ’67 PhD ’70, Ford Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, MIT; Principal Investigator, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; Chairman and Co-Founder, Ascent Technology, Inc.
Every day at the Sims Municipal Recycling facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, roughly 800 tons of recyclables meander through a tangle of machines, scanners, and conveyor belts. Mountains of discarded metals, glass, and plastic are sifted, sorted, and bundled into bails, eventually transforming into marketable commodities.
New archaeological evidence suggests that Brazilian capuchins have been using stone tools to crack open cashew nuts for at least 700 years. Researchers say, to date, they have found the earliest archaeological examples of monkey tool use outside of Africa. In their paper, published in Current Biology, they suggest it raises questions about the origins and spread of tool use in New World monkeys and, controversially perhaps, prompts us to look at whether early human behaviour was influenced by their observations of monkeys using stones as tools. The research was led by Dr Michael Haslam of the University of Oxford, who in previous papers presents archaeological evidence showing that wild macaques in coastal Thailand used stone tools for decades at least to open shellfish and nuts.
A consortium of scientists says it has gained some additional wisdom on what makes owl flight so quiet—and how to emulate the owl’s special physiology to muffle the sound of a blade passing through air. They hope their technology can lead to quieter wind turbines, fans, cars and someday even aircraft. Photo: Getty Images
America on Wheels – History of the car and more in USA to 1950s