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there is almost no way this does not get incorporated into line work
like a 3D etch-a-sketch FOR SCIENCE
toss this into facial recognition software and, ooooh boy, are things gonna get weird
biomimicry research starts with the assumption that maybe, just maybe, millions of years of evolution got to an answer that's better than hundreds of years of academics arguing in their ivory towers.
the cure for cancer? speckles...maybe
keep this in mind as you watch the extinction of species accelerate
if you're keeping track, here's another nail in the "if i learn about my genetic ancestry, i learn about myself" coffin
soon, your phone will be reading your gestures with it's compass
success within a system is just proof that you can play that system's game. it is not a measure of anything more important
okay, now THAT is some cool science right there
so, beef with broccoli or beef WITH broccoli
attention = memory = attention
we're gonna have TRICORDERS
first, we set it on fire. then, we harvest it's screams.
you know that TNG episode where Barclay becomes Ze UberMIND and controls the ship from the holodeck? specifically, those big ol blocks that blinked when the lazers hit them?
"do you know why I stopped you sir?"
"no officer. was i speeding?"
"no sir it was the uh...giant ray gun you seem to have strapped to the roof of your car"
"oh, yes, my multiplexed muon ray! wonderful isn't it?!"
"sir, are you aware it's illegal to be a supervillain in this county?"
"i assure you officer, i am just a simple scientist!!!"
"yeah, yeah, they all say that. the color coordinated ray gun and car and cape kinda say otherwise, buddy. also, that was five exclamation marks in three sentences so i'm gonna have to take you in."
where the rubber meets the..buildings?
next time you spritz cologne or perfume on yourself, think about solar power
imagine biting into a chocolate bar that has the mouthfeel of a croissant...or a steak
trash to treasure, folks. that's where we're heading
well, that's a horrifying thought
the closer we get, the less selfish we are
cleaning up after ourselves is probably gonna take a generation or two, but that's no reason not to get started
it worked for my commodore 64 and it will work in space
ah, how charming. treating the poor like children that have to be taken care of instead of treating the rich like greedy children who need to learn the word 'no'
finding the loopholes in reality itself is where we are as a species and that is too cool for school.
one of the great tragedies of our species is how childhood trauma effects our biology in the long term. but we may be getting close to sorting that out.
well, we now have a study that supports variable time reinforcement schedules? you know, like early Skinner-ian behaviorism validated back in the 30's?
one of the responsibilities of being the apex predator is to caretake the things we predate upon
and yet another reason to be a-feared of The Depths
a soliton wave based warp bubble. that's pretty cool sci-fi, but i thi....wait....WHADDYA MEAN ITS NOT SCIFI??
the more we learn about neurodiversity, the less sense brain based arguments about AI make.
your internal monologue is a fairytale meant to make you feel things, not a logical sequence of cogent thoughts. so, yeah, cool it with the assumptions.
as far as a kludgey stack of semi-related systems go, the human body can probably stand to be tweaked a bit
NOW we're talking PROGRESS!!
step 1: figure out what is edible
step 2: figure out how to scale production of edible thing
(here's where the screw ups start)
step 3: figure out how to 'refine' the edible thing so that it can be scaled more easily (ex: strip the bran from cereals because it results in a more shelf-stable product)
step 4: ignore the health implications that such 'refinements' cause because hey man, don't worry about it, just look at the MONEY
step 5: figure out how to monetize the waste from refinement because hey man, MOAR MONEIS
step 6: ignore the people asking, "wait...couldn't we just go back to step 2?"
we used to solve brain things with mechanical changes (ex. electroshock and lobotomies). now we solve things in the brain with chemistry (ex.SRIs). we might be solving them with physics pretty soon
math is getting closer to quantifying sociology and i am HERE for it
if the world is as absurd as i suspect it to be, graphene's true power will only be discovered by DIY, hacky methods
wearables are about to get a whole LOT more precise
imagine a tricorder. now imagine a tricorder in your hand. congratulations, it's not Star Trek, it's tomorrow
wait...there are people who think the brain is efficient?? this horrid mass of fat and sugars?? efficient????
one man's trash is another man's...medicine?
and it's made of nougat??
why wear your gems on the outside?
electrocute THE MOON
hoodies + fungal ghosts = hoodies but, ya know, better?
a squishyFuture is just around the corner
again, this knowledge must be kept from the Lisa Frank people!
i am deeply excited to see where this kinda research takes us
oh HOLY CRAP
so...if we got smarter because we were too focused on short term gains, has anything really changed?
not just stacks of bacteria. stacks of bacteria with the sniffles
there will always be people who give their lives to keep something they care about alive. because that's what we do.
finding life 'out there' will probably get easier once we're done finding life 'right here'
driving on icy roads is pretty not fun but having your car yell at you for driving on icy roads...is still not fun?
our species may have gotten here by changing how we act and changing what we react to
having spent time debugging computer programs, i'd hate to see the bugs that come out of genetic programming
from the mouths of babes
i dunno man, that just feels like postponing an inevitability right there
Lisa Frank + Twinkies = technicolor snackery
like a Roomba for your brain filth
i mean, 'life finds a way' and all, but holy hannah
"i caught a fish and it was THIS BIG"
because nothing bad has ever happened from transplanting a plant species as a foodstuff to the british isles
graphene + pretty patterns = better graphene
what you see isn't always what you think you see...see?
fatty painkillers? fine, fine, seems neat. now jam it into ice cream and you've got a real seller, boyo.
"thank you for applying for this managerial position. before we schedule an interview, we need a brain biopsy"
this may be the coolest aspect of our stupid meat suits
well, NO SHIT
oh look a huge component of our planet's history that has horrifying ramifications.
when 3D printing was a wee babe, this sort of thing wasn't even on the radar. that applies to almsot all new tech and that's pretty damn awesome
plant based economies might be more interesting than petrochemical based ones. which is as good a reason to give them a shot as any
it should be no surprise that an older system, which had more time to work out the kinks, works better
as an extant form of life, i think a healthy sense of awe (in the traditional meaning) is required for fungi
in a strange near future, St. Paddy's Day is also Covid-Test day
humans are just walking stacks of bacteria in denial...and there's not a lot [DAMN https://phys.org/news/2021-02-childhood-diet-lifelong-impact.html we can do about it]
a strange, awesome future awaits us al.....fuck what's in my EYE
my hopes that we, as a species and as individuals, could be better as a result of the pandemic were naive at best, but i kinda had some backing to it
once again, we fail to ask the most important question: how's it taste??
noooow we're talking. this is (probably) the quantum computing breakthrough i was looking for
ya ever read a study and go, "man, you must not know a lot of potheads"?
turns out elephants are fuggin SHREDDED
here come the grizzlars!
self-replicating robots sans nanotech? how cool is that??
there are staggering implications to this. on a simple note, imagine if surfaces glowed when they were disinfecting themselves by emitting both UV-C and visible light photons at the same time.
bridging the quantum-classical gap, to make better phones and tablets is a surefire way to get the funding you need to crack that nut. because capitalism, like democracy, is a terrible machine but its the best we have (so far)
there is a future, a near one, where being a little chubby is exactly what the doctor ordered
someday, a really good night's sleep will be as easy as one, two, sleep paralysis
this happens when physicists try to solve governance problems. maybe something useful from their perspective, but something wholly incompatible with the way PEOPLE actually work
honestly? i thought one of the mxenes would have gotten here before aerogels
on the one hand, how fucking cool is this?! on the other hand, i can guarantee that these method will result in strange missing components to the end product. it's damn near impossible to replicate a complex system, especially if all you look at are outputs.
more evidence for "one man's trash"
that's almost a Baader–Meinhof sitch right there.
firmly ensconced in the NO DUH category of findings
ye gods! i remember when 144K was super fast!
hot? cold? does it matter?
no great problem has a simple solution. but most great problems were simple solutions.
for me, there is nothing more thrilling than realizing you live in times when sci-fi and reality are next door to each other
as much as i despise using machine learning based correlations to determine causal realtionships with...fucking anything?...this feels like a finger pointing at the moon. "We find that under some conditions (large enough success rate of informed agents and intermediate taste for popularity), both social learning's higher accuracy and the taste for original opinions are evolutionary-stable, within a mutually beneficial division of labour-like equilibrium. When such conditions are not met, the system most often converges towards mutually detrimental equilibria"
success in academia vs developing a skill shouldn't be two different things, but such is the current state of things
see, this is what i mean by humans acting like apex predators!
you know, i used to be downright panicked about global warming about 20 years ago. well, global warming and megasquid. im still panicked but now, it's like the fear of death. inevitable, and definitely getting closer.
so, the thing we call sweet corn is basically a radiation induced mutation crossbred into something more stable. well, looks like we're taking rice down that path too.
control your insectoid minions with your mind!
hope you're ready for graphene literally everywhere
its remarkable that an ape with such shitty processing is an apex species
first werewolves and now this??
i am often floored to think about what we as a species have accomplished. for fucks sake, we know how stars work even while dealing with photo sensitive organs that record everything upside down and with shitty resolution.
hibernation be damned, i just wanna nap REAL HARD
disagreements are how we get closer to a truth, but that doesn't mean you get to be a dick about it
motherhood is a form of epigenetic mutation. and that's a good thing.
oh thank god! i was getting sick and tired of "the brain is the mind" arguments
this is 100% not surprising but, holy fuck, it's necessary ammunition
how are humans and dolphins alike? the answer will disgust you!
the crazed brilliant scientist still exists. case in point: "Minions! Gather and marvel at my SANDCASTLE!"
im not saying that we're heading straight towards the "stay at home and let your robot do the dangerous stuff" but the planet's on fire, new horror-diseases are cropping up, robotics are replacing line workers, and then there's this
now that's fuckin beautiful: "The more we understand about the brain, the more humble we become about how little insight we have on what's happening inside that dark cranial box"
i guess no one on the research board that approved this waste of funding is an immigrant?
naps are super duper important
well, that's gonna make the next 15-20 years realllllly interesting
barely out of the trees and we were helping each other
when the going gets tough, the tough get weird
i don't expect food replicators will be a Thing in my lifetime, but i clearly underestimated the "What if Legos were Edible?" crowd
less "is your refrigerator running" and more "have you hugged your fridge today"
the idea that there is a 'true' self is something that children and idiots believe. and, oh look, here's some data to support that.
a whole new meaning to the phrase, "i heard you coming"
given my arachnid response to coaxial cable, this has my emotions all over the place
this shit was driving me up the wall so i'm glad to see some folks pulling back from it
so wait, the whole pain box-Gom Jabbar thing was unnecessary??
it might be that having a good memory makes you a worse learner
have you tried turning it off and on again?
no one in training or education is surprised that faster feedback produces faster learning
hyper-financialization (my definition: when financial services drive businesses decisions as opposed to the other way around) allows corporate social irresponsibility to become a lending game, not a punishment game
as with any 'invasive' species, the only question i ask is, "how does it taste?" (look, we eliminated entire biomes for snacks, might as well use that intentionally, no?)
i dunno about you, but that sounds like 'grand civic works' levels of spending to me. you know, the same thing that economies have done to dig themselves out of a massive depression when they have a central bank and fiat currency and realize the blowback from warfare is far too substantial.
sparkly, yet technologically advanced
an interesting development for the coming water wars
oh...oh that's just horrifyingly body-horror-ish
this leads to an answer to the question of mindfullness and its apparent impacts on anxiety
OH...oh that's an interesting perspective on time, space, and memory
the first critter that adapted to use oxygen as a fuel, when every other critter treated it as a poison, teaches us something important about adaptation
well, this is gonna make a bunch of meatheads skip their sub-zero post-workout booths for an MRI
"judging by the cell sample, you failed to pay the licensing fee to consume our specialty brand of cereal. you will be fined for copyright violation"
i hope our species survives long enough for this kind of crap to be as boring and everyday as the radio
this first time you walk into an empty field, it seems dead and silent. if you stand there and wait, you eventually notice that it's actually teeming with life. the opposite is true of a quantum vacuum
theres a bit of poetry in the idea of foraging in the wake of bison
oooh, yeah here comes robotofication!
one step closer to figuring out how the hell a ball of goo makes pretty pictures
using your sweat to become less sweaty
social mobility is probably the easiest indicator for future political instability. i submit the 2016 and 2020 elections vs this study
well, crap...looks like hierarchies are actually pretty useful for complex systems...which really offends my inner punk.
oh look, someone said it out loud
oh, well, that's at least something to look forward to?
almost 80% of the conversations i have with tech-bros could be curtailed with this fun story
oh thank god an off switch!
broken bone? torn ligaments? someone literally tore out your heart? slather this here ooze on it
we just figured out that you taste with all of your brain, that sensory perception and action are waay more complex, but we're still trying to categorize all the stuff in the squishy pudding that runs this meat show.
AND THERE IT IS...the beautiful nail in the coffin of "current general AI is in our reach"
yeasty acid vats? ...i mean...that's how you get supervillians but okay i guess
gonna have a helluva lot more wooden houses being built
you know, i was just getting comfortable with the whole "humans are just walking stacks of bacteria" concept and now i gotta fold in the whole "birds are just flying stacks of bacteria"?? what's next the whole damn planet??
not nature vs nurture but nature+nuture
M.I.A voice: live fast, die young, damselfish do it well
tell me again how humans haven't been evolving based off your limited perspective of what evolution should be doing vs what it's actually doing?
nothing thrills me more than people finding a law and breaking it's kneecaps with a sweet crossover
there's feeling of vindication when you realize your gut responses which seem irrational at the time are actually a healthy response to being manipulated
being able to tell what behaviors are affected in what ways by which drugs? a great breakthrough! how could it go all pear-shaped on us? using it to figure out the best drugs for your problem will be the first step. then using it to define your problem as aberrant. then using it to identify those who are neuro-atypical. and now we're getting into badges and permanent records and "govt sponsored enclaves". not saying that's what's gonna happen. not even saying that it's likely to happen. but if you don't account for how something could be misused, you're pretty much ignoring human behavior.
written language was a massive technological jump for our species and it looks like it rewrote parts of our brain. that said, for every study showing that X component of the brain correlates with Y ability a comment that people hemispherectomies can adapt to the loss of HALF THEIR BRAINS should be made.
working in groups makes [generosity make sense https://phys.org/news/2020-10-big-hearted-corvids.html].
send a thief to catch a thief
a time will come when people who take estrogenics will pee into sturgeon ponds to help make caviar
now that is a chewy bit of gristle
ringing in the ears? here, listen to some vaporwave and suck on these electrodes.
huh well that's interesting. i guess they just learned to AVOID THE DANGEROUS APES
giving deeper credence to the argument, "weight loss starts in the kitchen not the...GET OUT OF THE PANTRY"
your brain is stupid and you shouldn't trust it
dyslexia is tricky, but english is tricksiests
"we can model the human brain in computers!" "i dunno...that seems a little far-fetched." "you just don't understand the leaps we've made in quantum computing and AI and..." "i dunno was just the nice way of saying NOPE DUMMY WE STILL HAVENT FIGURED OUT THE BRAIN"
its actually a little exhausting to have to keep saying this but, as long as we exist in scarcity-based capitalist economies, C.R.E.A.M. will apply.
in a very near future, electroshock will be required
WASPS...good god y'all...what are they good for? turning " venom toxins into promising antibiotic candidates"...SAY IT AGAIN
plasma disinfection sounds like a Star Trek thing, but here we are
"im not sure what hit me officer but it smelled like ...cookies?"
insert spiderman meme.....NOW
see, we just figured out that astrocytes were super important for brain functions, yet all the "oh, we can have a human equivalent intelligence soon because we can model neurons in chipsets" haven't quite grasped the situation. we have no bloody clue how the heck this lump of pudding works. stop using it as a benchmark. just make with the faster computers so i can finally run crysis on my wristwatch!
finally...an excuse for how i spent my 20's! ...okay and my 30's.
follow a bit, be solo a bit, but do neither too much.
it ain't pretty but almost nothing that really matters is.
skyrmions might help us keep Moore's Law unbroken
(bacteria hurt human > human make antibiotic > bacteria makes antibiotic resistance > human uses different antibiotic > bacteria makes different resistance) is the cycle we're in. this is just an extension of that cycle, not a breaking of it.
biofilms and biofouling is a massive problem that might be resolved by ... a nice cuppa?
food from thin air...literally
let's review: diamonds aren't really that big of a deal, but DeBeers, through marketing and monopoly, made consumers think so. but diamonds are crucial to science and manufacturing and other non-consumer spaces. so science, when faced with a commercial blockade, did an end around to make its own. and now we're at the point where a vat of goo spits out diamonds. if you need me, ill be out back laughing hysterically over 'diamonds are forever'
oooh that explains almost TOO much
the most 'sacred' traditions are rationalizations to explain why 'a thing' is 'something we do'. so, tradition is basically the dead saying, "because i said so!" to the kids
in some version of the future, a bubbling cauldron is the sign of a witch or an engineer. you know, an engi-witch...or witch-gineer?
AR and VR are gonna get a lot easier/pervasive/uncanny like valleys with this sort of thing
OH...oh now this...THIS is a serious contender for the Next Thing
its weird to think of it this way, but humans are the least threatening apex predator
of course, this comes out at the end of skeeter season
i, for one, look forward to Kai Greene being out of this world in actual fact, not just in his amazing art
the fact that bagpipes are used as the header image makes me giggle
has anyone seen my coffee?
25K per sample of moon rocks? that's gold rush triggering money, right there.
soon, "on the blink" might mean "it's working"
how you measure a thing dictates if you think that thing exists. so the real question is, how do you measure things?
competition makes everything better. diversity and competition makes it better-er. competition between peers results in a sturdier system. remember that when you look at CEOs and Boards of monopolistic companies (FAANGs por ejemplo)
not exactly quantum computing but i suspect a far more likely successor to microelectronics
the idea of reducing risk-taking in adolescence is fundamentally stupid. adolescents are supposed to be risk-takers. it's supposed to be a time in your life when you question everything you were taught and settle on the things you want to do. the learned behavior of your childhood has to be broken in order for you to become a self-actualized adult. the kids need to break stuff and set fires, or we, as a species, will stagnate.
laundry machines are gonna have to get a lot weirder when you don't just lose a sock, but reconstruct the Parthenon in your rinse cycle.
the fact this leap in BCI was because we slowed down the AI to work at human speeds further indicates that the true leaps in AI won't come from doing things faster, but from doing things at human speeds and augmenting them.
neat. now do this but to pencils!
not for nothing, but this is gonna make fast fashion even worse
but won't anyone think of the manufacturers of literal poison?
live shows are gonna get real weird in the near-future
i guess you do know kung-fu
yup, that's it, we've hit squishyFuture right in the face
this is the kind of revelation that turns textbooks into compost
the stupid brain and it's stupid bits and all the stupid crap around it's functioning is stupid but there's hope. like, addressing your depression shouldn't mean potential suicide and we're working on fixing that. we're learning how to copy-paste, and reboot the damn thing. but we're still figuring out it's limitations and well, more limitations.
there is absolutely, positively, no conceivable way this could be used for horrible reasons
anti-vitamins are gonna be a neat little solution but storing them next to my Flintstones might cause an explosion
"Hey baby, you tryna model a 2-body particle collision in those pants or are you just happy to see me?"
black lights for black ops
"hey, look what I can do" has ancient roots
an atlas....for when your thoughts take a weird turn
sometimes all it takes is an extra point of data
we put kids through systems that don't work because that's how it didn't work for us and thats just lazy
send them to Baltimore....we know how to handle that problem!!
oh science, you heartless bastard........i love you
graphene...IN A NEW DIMENSION
behold! the reason you have a limited number of fucks to give!
you had ONE job!
i still find it amazing that people think we can control our thoughts, regardless of repeated proofs to the contrary
FINALLY i might just get that web shooter i've always wanted
man, wearables are gonna get real weird
can we just agree that graphene is the chicken of materials? i mean, we're hitting some real weird 2D stuff and finding weird ways to make or even understand 3D stuff, but graphene keeps coming up with new weird uses.
knowing the unknown knowns doesn't really seem like a knowable thing to know.....ya know?
OH LOOK MONEY IS A THING
in 2016, the United States Library of Congress contained 15 million digital objects in 2016, comprising over 7 petabytes of digital data. All of that could be stored in something roughly the size of a US nickel.
i volunteer my doggo's leavin's for the good of the land
building a better mousetrap? expect better mice
this has been covered repeatedly in sci-fi but no one asked the weird nerds what they think
"highly confined light could also alter the inherent properties of materials"
i've always wanted ambulances to sound like a metalcore breakdown. **squueeeedly squueeeedly squueeeedly JUN JUN JUN GET OUT OF THE WAY JUN JUN JUN GET OUT OF THE WAY squueeeedly squueeeedly squueeeedly**
so, what you're saying is, you Feel it in your bones?
yo dawg, we heard you liked materials based advances in technology so we put an advanced material in your advanced material
silencing a gene for therapeutic purposes is a powerful sign of personalized medicine
when you measure success with a metric, you eventually treat the metric itself as proof of success...you know...if you're an idiot
metascience is the next great challenge
perpetual AR is coming and i guarantee it's gonna be a lot less cool than Black Mirror led you to believe.
do your part for the future of technology. eat more shrimp
the mechanics of the mind has a lovely ring to it
but "did you see that ludicrous display last night?"
yeah, this perovskite business is really gonna hit critical mass soonish
the price of progress has to be paid, eventually.
we jammed electrodes in brains so we could figure out how the fuck they make decisions. truly, we live in glorious science times
not so much with the work/life balance, much more with the work/life boundaries
so fried chicken is authentically chinese?
i, for one, want this as a hoodie
theres a fart joke in here somewhere, i just know it
our ape-like urge to conform is the result of generations of social conditioning and evolution. which is stupid and something to fight against.
tick spit to help horse-y melanomas? that's not the weirdest thing this year but it's up there
neat implications for superconductors, but super dope implications for summer wardrobes
there is no way this will not have hideous long term consequences, but will they be worse than the hideous short term consequences?
same alphabet, different words => same words, different sentences
light powered disk writes might make SSD look like tape drives
an interesting question: is social media really that different than other forms of media? (ex: the use of televised media to communicate the narrative about the Vietnam War vs the use of social media to communicate any current narrative.)
each time we push back the starting point for when humans became advanced tool users, it puts the so-called break neck speed of technological advances into perspective. and honestly, we should be a lot further along by now.
there is a future where my knees don't sound like rice krispies in milk
we look into the past with eyes made of technology
when people argue against gene editinghttps://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-06-base-recessive-genetic-deafness-partial.html], i think of them as the persecutors of Semmelweis
the next time someone tries to argue that responding from a place of panic is an acceptable excuse, remind them that that such illogical behavior can be seen in ants. and their argument relies on humans being that simple.
how many tech cycles before someone can walk into a deli and say, "bacon egg and cheese, tomato, pepper, and firmware updates for my glucometer ".
hiding from radar seemed like magic, but now it's just facts. hiding from earthquakes is gonna take that same trajectory
neat, terrifying, awe-inspiring all seem like tiny tiny words to express these sorts of scientific facts / existential revelations
your brains' all messed up. we gonna yell at it.
"it's nothin' personal. Big Jim just wants to send a message. You don't have his pollen, so I gotta stab ya."
there's a joke about millennials in here but there's a bigger joke for people who make fun of 'the youths'
self healing tires are just the tip of the iceberg. the rest of it is the death of planned obsolescence.
a whole helluva lotta perovskite stuff is a-coming
no one tell the tinfoil hat crowd, but mind control rays? kinda feasible
that's not to say a squishyFuture isn't gonna happen, per se, but it might have company
this is so romantic i think i puked in my mouth a little
when memresistors get scaled up, we are gonna see a whole new set of problems (after we solve a bunch of current problems)
given the recent problems/conundrums of the first half of 2020, it's easy to see the failed experiments and the flawed mythologies and lament. but easy is just another word for lazy. we still exist on the cusp of stranger Presents that use ancient skills and weirder possibilities unheard of in everyday discourse and just, plain neat stuff. keep that in mind when someone tells you they know what the future holds, for good or for ill.
there are going to be really weird questions in the future about Sonic
if we could use ATP to power something that we add to the body, is it now an organ or is it still tech or is this cyborg?
the unbearable lightness of air
i think im just gonna stop talking about the squishyFuture because honestly its just too damn obvious at this point
3D printing was weird fringe-y stuff years ago. Now it's more ubiquitous but it's not 'connected' per se. But soon, it will be
some bacteria pick a different meal and you get a cloudy day
That's Doctor Crystal DJ to you, sir!
also a squishy future, but its not squishyFuture
"Igoshin said the symmetry "wasn't that hard to prove, but no one noticed it before."" which is my second favorite science Thing. my most favorite is "it was a complete accident and we don't know why it works"
a new future for the old filthy resources
that's actually super romantic
it's weird how things need space to really do their best. wonder if that works for people.
there is so much to unpack here if these findings translate to humans.
a reversion to the Old Ways
surface and resurface tech is gonna be a real big deal, real, real soon
huh, so biodiversity? not that diverse
naps are the most important thing for your health. it's just science!
neat end run around antibiotic resistance
not what you say but how you say it
brain-computer interfaces are almost here!!
thirsty taters is sick taters
is there anything graphene can't do??
as a lifelong hater of gym class, i feel personally attacked by these findings
just how inefficient is a lack of global cooperation? we only need "about half the present cropland...to produce the same amounts of major crops"
untouched wildernesses that are fully optimal, regularly harvested farms maintained by biorobotics.
i think the real lesson is that power corrupts and different cultures have learned how to deal with that corruption.
these sorts of cyclic economies will have to be the new normal, if we can all agree that monoculture based, efficiency focused economies are fragile and oh my god how can you not agree and DUDE, ELEPHANTS!!
learning to do more with less is something natural processes have evolved to do. partially because efficient enough is good enough, but mostly because too efficient is failure writ large. but that's not to say that, as a species, we can sometimes surpass natural processes
true for birds, true for peeps
such an elegant fucking language we speak, eh?
the future of space trash
genetic circuit diagrams are gonna be a lot harder to read than electrical ones
if these can scale, they'll be at the entrance of almost every public, and eventually private, building and then there'll be UV resistance on top of antibiotic resistance
looks like all life is just a support system for stacks of microbes
viral dark matter sounds like a terrible 90's album.
TIL that concrete is the most consumed thing after water. and that steeping steel in sewage surprisingly makes superior slag
the inherent strangeness of sensation
stupid brain can't tell the difference between 'not enough food' and 'existential angst'
i can't be the only one who finds this funny. it's not just me, right?
bouncy sidewalks sounds like an invitation for more joggers. which i am not for. but also sounds like less Olds breaking their hip because some yahoo on a electric scooter didn't care enough to pay attention. which i am for.
yes yes yes the mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell, of course....but what if you could snort them!?!
true in monkeys, but really shouldn't be true in people
we changed the world and fed the hungry and now there's consequences to face.
"...imported extremism can survive for generations and does not fade away" so do your part today! punch a nazi! (or any convenient fascist, really)
your next smartwatch will have a lot more to say about your snacking habits
i think we can all admit that commodity-level, widespread usage of graphene has yet to be a Thing, but at this point, I'm a little annoyed it hasn't
which makes me think a squishy Future is even further away, like the smart kid at the back of the class waving frantically to get the teacher's attention
crystal energies, man...like, totally where its at, maaaaan
teaching is not that difficult. teaching well is a nightmarish conundrum wrapped in a paradox made of non-Euclidean horrors
focusing on the benefits instead of the costs is actually a pretty solid way to frame your efforts, in general
like a banana in cancer's tailpipe
its not that loners are beneficial, necessarily, but they are natural
not only does life find a way, but man, it's a lot faster at it that humans are.
if reframing "save the trees, man" as "cost effective resource utilization" is what it takes, then let the reframing commence, dang it!
"people who are unpleasant, who are not afraid of conflicts and who show a certain anti-conformity have better protected brains. In addition, this protection takes place precisely in the memory circuits that are damaged by Alzheimer's disease"
i am troubled by the implications of this study. if true for humans, and boy oh boy that's a big if, then the number of individuals in a given population is effectively random. You could have entire families who have never considered individualism to be a concept then, poof, a tiny human goes, "wait a minnit is this....are we all cool with this?" which either results in a radical shift in the family or, far more likely, tiny human getting stoned to death for being possessed or the social equivalent of the era.
can you imagine how nutso bananas the world would be if we still supported nutso bananas people like Einstein and Turing? OH WAIT WE DO
we store memories in patterns of salt in a fatty grey lump and that's waaaay too cool.
think daisycutter mines, but really really small
do you want space arks? cuz this is how you get space arks!
I've made this argument, poorly, for years. my version of it distills to: "look, i'm sorry that what i said offended you. i didn't mean it that way and i apologize if it came off like that. that said, no, im not going to change the way i say that in the future because i can't be sure that such a change won't offend someone else. so, in the future, before you think i'm offending you, know that it's just my way of speaking." and at that point, depending on the level of closeness, i then insult them.
"Whatever the motive, that we share a mechanism that prevents antisocial behavior with rats is extremely exciting to me. We can now use all the powerful tools of brain science to explore how to increase harm aversion in antisocial patients." Not saying Thoughtcrime is about to be enforceable....but yeah, that's getting real close.
not saying that this is probably why a low carb diet worked better on me than any other kind...but i did eat butter out of the fridge when i was a kid
better together and worse together
i feel personally attacked...and also a little jittery
the deeper you feel love, the deeper your need for revenge
this illustrates a larger problem. If you think that a bird is using higher math to solve a problem, you're obviously wrong. The bird cannot conceive of 'probabilities' but it can understand more vs less. and the same can be said about human cognition but we just don't wanna admit it
nature teaches us that chaos plus adaptation is less brittle than pure order
oh joy, we found a way to address genetic drives in a way that delays horrible consequences.
now THIS will truly impact climate change. going vegan? statistically irrelevant.
sound and light and lasers and a bright neon Lisa Frank-enstein Future is a coming
garlic? asafoetida? corn starch? are we making pakoras or killing skeeters? WAIT, BOTH??
so we feed these little critters plastic shopping bags and they poop out antifreeze
...not gonna lie this doesn't really sound like a problem-problem, more like a not-even-really-a-problem
it seems like there's something like inertia with temperature?
the best kinds of questions are the weirdest
seriously? is technology just madlibs now?
thermal camo seems like a really neat way to get hit by a self-driving car
i really like the argument this book/site makes but i wonder if the path forward espoused requires more clarity of thought from the kind of people who are clinically incapable of such things.
ancient Squishy Future echoes
herds, schools, flocks, voting groups, etc etc, it all comes down to who you choose to follow
if we train a group of people to enforce the law, we are teaching them to use force to support a law. then, why is it surprising that they use force?
you know, sometimes i wonder how thesis defenses sound. "So you studied....make outs?" "Yes." "...PhD awarded."
now this is what we should expect AI to give us
there may come a day when you can start and stop a habit with your smartphone
the water wars are juuuuust around the bend
ain't nature grand? oh, and also horrifying.
this is my favorite kind of science. not "huzzah"", but "wait, that can't be right"
it seems that we adapt to our environment, not to the challenges we face from each other
focusing on the bottom line shouldn't mean ignoring all the line items above it
industrial diamond production has always seemed like DeBeer's worst nightmare. Now more than ever.
i hope to live long enough to see a general understanding that our problems are us
this seems like the flip side to Takotsubo cardiomyopathy
key phrase: "evolution does not invariably mean becoming more complex"
I wrote a little bit about this in another article, but the simplest version is as follows: you are terrible at thinking about abstracts. this includes feelings, intentions, etc. whether they are in your head or in someone else's. you are pretty great at thinking about concrete things. so, don't focus on abstracts, focus on the concrete
FINALLY, someone wrote it down. i really hope we can start using a different vocabulary when talking about AI/ML versus biological systems so we can do away with the general AI quest
sticky AND Squishy future
your brain treats depression the same way it does a cold.
the kids are totally all right
super tiny Squishy? or something completely different?
"we can save the world with this miracle product!" is the battlecry of the well-meaning, yet woefully naive
its so neat when a better solution is actually the result of reimagining the problem
LITERALLY SCREAMING FAST INTERNETS
a possible Sprout: discussions around the the environmental state of the world are now too big for most people so a lot more time and energy will be spent on the environmental state of their own homes
doggos literally love you
as any adopted kid will tell you, father and biological father aren't the same thing
it is the height of childishness that NASA isn't treating its astronauts like adults
suddenly I am reminded of S3:E12 of Star Trek: Voyager (not the weakest of the Treks but a far cry from DS9, the king of the Treks)
buying stuff is hard, if you're trying to pay attention to the impact of your purchases. i prefer the "well, maybe i don't need a thing" route. it is lazier and so am i.
okay, now that's a cool function of this pile of fatty tissue that fills our skulls
fungal invisibility cloak sounds like a really bad album title
stacks on stacks on stacks, y'all
i grew up eating with my hands and can confirm these findings
ah, free will, the illusion thereof, and the persistent existence of...thereof?
it might be that our species got to where we are when we stopped helping just those people that look like us, and started helping those that acted and thought like us.
shoes are weird. like, historically so.
the secret to artificial skin? gluten.
as an immigrant, it shocked me that some americans don't know that the legal system isn't here to protect. it's here to punish.
it's just a short hop from this to Cream of Wheat from the Matrix.
We might just get a Nuclear Age, folks.
Whelan's work was a key selling point for teenaged reader me, because LOOKIT DRAGON. old me is awash with feelings about this
math is weird and fun and illogical and totes logical
i never needed an excuse to eat more crabs, but ill do my part for a better tomorrow
our attitudes can make the past real, fictional, or the future
welp, time to sit back and call this little problem solved, eh? might as well fire up a relaxing movie like Jurassic Park, eh?
i don't count people as individuals til they get out of adolescence. why? not all of their brain is on yet. until then, they're response engines that tell you more about the people around them than themselves.
"Among both advantaged and disadvantaged groups, contact predicted greater willingness to work in solidarity to achieve greater social equality"
In other words, get out of your social circle and mingle if you want to see a better world.
my fear of the Cephalopod Menace is only deepened
i don't think we spend nearly enough time or energy eating invasive species
conspicuous consumption's side effect is usually debt slavery. but, it won't feel like slavery as long as you don't pay attention
sonic manipulation vs optical manipulation of super tiny stuff may not be an either/or proposition
its gonna be fun watching nation states argue about borders when the difference between "over here" and "over there" is food vs no food
i am reminded of being forced to do long division because i wouldn't have a calculator in my pocket.
if you aren't worried about the coronavirus or stuff like this, might I suggest the Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton?
your brain is not like a truck. it's a series of tubes.
phone dying? take a lap
it kinda makes sense that as the seas rise, we start spending more time in them
like biological Legos
gonna need an Energy Star label for that particle accelerator
hate smelling all nice and flowery? prepare for skeeters!
turns out bees don't like it when things are too sweet. i get that, but...ya know...Krispy Kreme, man.
[well, we ARE the apex predator so this would track
i grew up adding MSG to my eggs and this pleases me
naps are the thing i miss the most
funny how complex natural systems are. funnier how people think we can do geo-engineering with our paltry understanding of said systems.
post world war 2, conspicuous consumption powered economies. then hyper-financialization powered economies. so, while no one was looking, conspicuous consumption became less cool
what made a species pervasive and robust can also make it fragile and extinguishable
Investments like this and DARPA's xenobots are nation state's way of saying, "oh, wait...yeah this might be important down the line.
peak absurdism is watching huge swaths of society realize that we are already over the cliff and plummeting, but unwilling to accept that we are doing it using the same toolsets that made us the apex species on the planet
i am suddenly reminded of every microwave mishap i've ever had
there's a great horror movie pitch in this one
"For a thousand years they slumbered...dreaming of the bodies they drained....of the creatures that served them...of the uncontrollable suffering they caused.
Now, they're awake again...and they want blood!"
cue splash screen, roll title card, Fleas!, etc, etc
"so yelling at it makes it stronger?" "well, that's a gross oversimpli..." "guess my old man was right,huh?" "dude...you wanna talk or something?"
when fashion runs headlong into the decay of nation states, this kinda stuff will be in hoodies.
a boon to people who cannot exercise and an solution rife with horrible side effects for people who choose not to exercise
turns out reefs really like clicking popping super loud noises
.....can Skrillex save the coral reefs?
by turning phones into a 'here there be humans' marker you solve the autonomous car crushes human problem. then, the people who don't want their phone to be publicly accessible transponder or those who cannot afford lavish technology like smartphones can be run over without guilt, right?
network effects explain, possibly, a little too much?
microplastics are going to be a new bugaboo so expect a lot of ads for water filtration to hit your retinas/eardrums shortly.
better than humming to yourself?
i, for one, sweat profusely when encountering the police so...plenty of sampling options?
well, yes, but do we really need people to be more social?
just like cooking, adding a little salt really helps
oh, you built a particle accelerator in your garage. that's adorable.
between this and ML-driven biometric measurements, i'm wondering at what point will truly identifying someone be a trivial action?
for example, you have your biometric/ID data in a secure location. the location is tattooed on you in an invisible ink. the location requires several points of biometric data to be provided in order to allow access to the data but provides an API to do the handshake.
as you walk into a building for a job interview, the combination of your gait, your retinal scan, your cardiovascular variations, etc, etc, is paired with that tattooed location's handshake.
this passes the handshake authentication and you, the meat body, and you, the digital record, are now matched.
the Permanent Now is slowly approaching. Once it gets the rest of the way here what you did won't matter, what you do does. who you were is irrelevant compared to who you are
the hollowing out of the middle class continues apace. why? because next day shipping make brain happy.
it seemed like a problem until the kids remembered that libraries and the internet are a thing and went off to teach themselves.
the depths of irony that reality can get to are just plain silly
an explosion in tech was funded by consumers with disposable income. it was then coopted by governments as a method of control. the citizens decide how they want to deal with it, and some of them realize that they disagree with the government. as such they begin tinkering with the fringes of technology until eventually they find something that can be monetized and the cycle begins anew
in other words: the commodification of privacy is here, but you can't afford it yet.
a potential alternative to spin/valley -tronics
as globalization is the slow dissolution of nation states' economic separation, streaming is the slow dissolution of nation states' internal cultural separations.
there's a potential future with no nation-states and millions of fragmented subculture offshoots.
tis the season to for class warfare
"If you want to understand a behavior, and you think you're going to study one region, you might be in a tough position"
we're already making better stuff than the roach cam in Fifth Element?? i demand the chicken microwave thing!!
never would have thought of using the phrase "as stealthy as a whale", but here we are
what we learned in school about genetics wasn't the tip of the iceberg, it was a snowflake on a mountainside
with tech like this, you can keep your tricorder! (wait no lemme take that off your hands)
true for chimps, but not always true for people. especially when their self-identity is wrapped up in the job. which is pretty grotesque.
"we proved that it will either work, fail, or fail in a different way"
snacks really do bring us all together
there's a certain poetry in using viral payloads to cure diseases
if you ever wanted proof that the stock market isn't consistently logical, here it is. an algorithm figured out better trading strategies faster than one that studied the past.
brevity is the soul of wit, as they say
i, for one, look forward to finally getting enough sleep
good news! you almost gave yourself a concussion that one time at the beach!
the second to last paragraph gave me goosebumps
oh that's ...clearly neat
"Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" was my first experience of unrelenting horror in a pop song wrapper
for everyone involved, nothing is as frustrating as teachers who don't listen to their students
diamond fueled nanotech is gonna make DeBeer's monopoly a real problem
quantifying pain is like the Scoville scale. someones gonna try and max that bad boy out.
life is both fleeting and super resilient
there's a Goldschläger joke in here somewhere
brain computer interfaces are gonna get real magical
hear me out...ant based weather apps
stable nanoscale 3D printing is when stuffs gonna get straight up abracadabra level magical
art and commerce should never have met but now we gotta deal with their shitty kids
bio-printing is a fact, not theory
lighting the deepest recesses of the brain light aflame with nano-fragments and music
i wonder when we'll have "attention" and "creativity" in gummy form
a truly cyclic future is getting really close