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We all are astronauts of spaceship earth

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. How the brain recognizes what the eye sees Can the brain do back-propagation? Color & Pattern Apollo 11 Sustainability We all are astronauts of spaceship earth ‒ Wubbo Ockels How the brain recognizes what the eye sees Salk Institute New Salk Institute work outlining […]

Divided Brain and the making of the Western World

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Divided Brain and the making of the Western World Computer Pioneers Visualising Individual Subatomic Particles Tyndall’s Sky in a Box Experiment Repairing the cornea: let there be sight Murphy’s Law Divided Brain and the making of the Western World The intuitive mind is a […]

Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy

A book review by David Mindell at Microsoft Research MIT2015 http://research.microsoft.com/… All autonomous systems are joint human-machine cognitive systems. There are no fully autonomous systems just as there are no fully autonomous soldiers, sailors, airmen or Marines. From drones to Mars rovers—an exploration of the most innovative use of robots today and a provocative argument […]

There is nothing more difficult to carry out than to initiate a new order of things

It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things.  For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit […]

There is nothing new to be discovered now

Is the End in Sight for Theoretical Physics? ‒ Stephen Hawking, 1980 There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement ‒ Lord Kelvin, 1900 The more important fundamental laws and facts of physical science have all been discovered ‒ Albert Michelson, 1894 So many […]

What we observe is not nature herself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.

What we observe is not nature herself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning. ‒ Werner Heisenberg

My picks, 2015-22

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Boeing patents a ‘Method and system for shockwave attenuation,’ aka force field How Did We Get Here? – Are We Still Evolving? Building an Ancient, Mysterious Monument From Neuronal Communications to NSF-mediated SNARE Complex Disassembly Cédric Villani on Where Does Creativity Come From? 52-Card […]

Murphy’s Laws for the 21st Century

Reprinted from EE Times by Max Maxfield, Designline Editor, EE Times The perceived perversity of the universe has long been a subject of comment, and precursors to the modern version of Murphy’s law are not hard to find. My chum David Ashton from Australia tells me that his local Microchip Technology representative includes a “Joke […]

We should prepare a good fire, the lightning will come down from heaven.

We should prepare a good fire, the lightning will come down from heaven.

In the arts of death

And is Man any the less destroying himself for all this boasted brain of his? Have you walked up and down upon the earth lately? I have; and I have examined Man’s wonderful inventions. And I tell you that in the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes […]