Category Archives: Science and technology

There is such a thing as robot pro wrestling

Learning something every day! http://botscene.net/2013/11/06/robot-pro-wrestling-at-dekinnoka-16/

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Thought of the day

When Sebastian Thrun, then of Stanford, taught his artificial intelligence course online, the best performers were not the students from Stanford. Generally the best performers were the students abroad, often from poor countries and very often from India. All of … Continue reading

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A TED talk worth watching: are droids taking our jobs?

After I watched this TED talk, there was no way I could not post it to a site named “The Optimist”. Enjoy!  

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The data gathered from ebooks

The Wall Street Journal reports on the insights ebook vendors and publishers can glean from data (h/t Seth Godin):   Barnes & Noble, which accounts for 25% to 30% of the e-book market through its Nook e-reader, has recently started … Continue reading

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Smart ammunition?

The Economist‘s Clausewitz blog reports on a prototype bullet under development in the US:   MILITARY snipers are competitive types. There is an ongoing and grisly contest between them to see who can kill an enemy soldier from the farthest … Continue reading

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The last twenty years of the Internet, summed up in one chart

A couple of weeks back, I linked to a chart which I said encompassed half of human history. I’ve now stumbled upon its counterpart for the history of the Internet. This chart from Wired Magazine ( “The Web is Dead, … Continue reading

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