MachineMachine /stream - tagged with hybrids en-us LifePress <![CDATA[Lord Dunsany's chess variant is grim and kind of brilliant |]]>

I first read about Lord Dunsany - I am happy to report his full name was Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett - in a collection of Arthur C. Clarke's non-fiction.

Fri, 22 Jul 2022 23:51:35 -0700
<![CDATA[Exiting The Anthropocene and Entering The Symbiocene. | Psychoterratica]]>

It has been proposed that humans are now living within a period of the Earth’s history appropriately named ‘The Anthropocene’ (Crutzen and Stoermer 2000).

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 21:55:14 -0700
<![CDATA[Bloomberg - Are you a robot?]]>

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Sat, 01 May 2021 05:55:21 -0700
<![CDATA[Viruses are not just threats, but actors in evolution’s long story | Aeon Essays]]>

Wisdom is the ability to discern inner qualities and subtle relationships, then translate them into what others recognise as good judgment. If it comes to us at all, wisdom is the product of reflection, time and experience.

Wed, 23 Dec 2020 01:19:52 -0800
<![CDATA[Early humans domesticated themselves, new genetic evidence suggests | Science | AAAS]]>

When humans started to tame dogs, cats, sheep, and cattle, they may have continued a tradition that started with a completely different animal: us.

Wed, 04 Dec 2019 16:36:43 -0800
<![CDATA[Press can compare parrots to psychopaths, regulator rules | Media | The Guardian]]>

British newspapers can legitimately mock parrots and compare them to psychopaths, the press regulator has ruled, after an unsuccessful complaint that the Daily Star misrepresented the emotions of a pet bird.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:08:55 -0700
<![CDATA[The Downward Spiral: The Chimera Manifesto | Spike Art Magazine]]>

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit our website. By continuing to use this website, you consent to our use of these cookies. Bacchanal with Minotaur from the Vollard Suite, Pablo Picasso, 1933, published 1939, 34.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:08:51 -0700
<![CDATA[Too Human — Real Life]]>

As I was being wheeled out of the post-anesthesia care unit at Mount Sinai, three incisions across my abdomen freshly glued shut and fentanyl warm in my veins, a nurse bustled over. “Your pictures, dear,” she said, tucking a colorful strip of photos into my sweatshirt like a garnish.

Mon, 27 May 2019 17:28:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Ways to Defy the Pressure to Perform :: Why is everybody being so nice? - DE APPEL]]>

A pamphlet for the exhibition Sheffield 08: Yes No and Other Options How can we address the current changes in our societies and lives? Some say that we have come to inhabit the post-industrial condition—but what does that mean? One thing seems certain: after the disappearance of manual labo

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 07:21:44 -0700
<![CDATA[Robots Help Bees Talk to Fish - IEEE Spectrum]]>

I am honestly not sure whether fish have any concept of bees. I am equally unsure whether bees have any concept of fish. I am even more unsure whether bees and fish could be friends, if they knew that the other existed. But thanks to robots, it turns out that the answer is definitely yes.

Sat, 30 Mar 2019 18:45:15 -0700
<![CDATA[There be monsters: from cabinets of curiosity to demons within | Aeon Essays]]>

In 2003, a team of scientists in China managed to create embryos containing a mix of rabbit and human DNA. Most of the biological matter was human, while the rabbit DNA was present only in the mitochondria, the energy-generators of the cells.

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 07:08:22 -0800
<![CDATA[BBC - Future - The world's most prolific writer is a Chinese algorithm]]>

“Inflatable duck baby pool with canopy.” “Hot selling colourful temporary full arm tattoo for men.” “Splendid reusable dog pee pad (minimum order: 500).

Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:50:50 -0700
<![CDATA[Are you scared yet? Meet Norman, the psychopathic AI - BBC News]]>

Norman is an algorithm trained to understand pictures but, like its namesake Hitchcock's Norman Bates, it does not have an optimistic view of the world. Norman sees a man being electrocuted.

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:02:34 -0700
<![CDATA[AI Needs New Clichés – Molly Wright Steenson – Medium]]>és-ed0d6adb8cbb

If you plug “AI” or “artificial intelligence” into Google Image Search, here’s what you get. Electric brains firing blue with neurons. Translucent robots and robot heads, code dribbling down their foreheads and noses.

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:02:31 -0700és-ed0d6adb8cbb
<![CDATA[David Reich: ‘Neanderthals were perhaps capable of many modern human behaviours’ | Science | The Guardian]]>

For David Reich, research can be a harrowing experience. The 44-year-old Harvard University geneticist says he now goes to bed terrified he will wake up to find his team’s recent, stunning discoveries about human ancestry have been proved wrong.

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:25:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Google's solution to accidental algorithmic racism: ban gorillas | Technology | The Guardian]]>

After Google was criticised in 2015 for an image-recognition algorithm that auto-tagged pictures of black people as “gorillas”, the company promised “immediate action” to prevent any repetition of the error.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:03:15 -0700
<![CDATA[Asking the Right Questions About AI – Yonatan Zunger – Medium]]>

In the past few years, we’ve been deluged with discussions of how artificial intelligence (AI) will either save or destroy the world. Self-driving cars will keep us alive; social media bubbles will destroy democracy; robot toasters will rob us of our ability to heat bread.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 07:07:29 -0800
<![CDATA[How Squids Communicate]]>

Cephalopods loom large in our cultural mythos.

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:30:42 -0800
<![CDATA[The AI That Has Nothing to Learn From Humans - The Atlantic]]>

It was a tense summer day in 1835 Japan. The country’s reigning Go player, Honinbo Jowa, took his seat across a board from a 25-year-old prodigy by the name of Akaboshi Intetsu. Both men had spent their lives mastering the two-player strategy game that’s long been popular in East Asia.

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:50:30 -0700
<![CDATA[Mating with Neandertals reintroduced ‘lost’ DNA into modern humans | Science News]]>

ORLANDO, Fla. — Interbreeding with Neandertals restored some genetic heirlooms that modern humans left behind in the ancient exodus from Africa, new research suggests. Those heirlooms are versions of genes, or alleles, that were present in humans’ and Neandertals’ shared ancestors.

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:50:28 -0700