Universal paperclips

Tom Personal, Science, Tech 3 Comments

A weekend diversion for geeks. It is a very satisfying browser-based mostly text game with hours of gameplay (cleverly mostly unattended). Bear with it. It starts slowly but you will not guess how lunatic it goes. Leave it running in a browser when you tire of it.

Project Emma and Parkinsons

Tom Reading, Science 2 Comments

What an extraordinary piece of as-yet inexplicable anecdata: maybe there’s a broken feedback loop that causes the Parkinson’s tremor. Use some micro motors (thanks mobile phones) to break into the broken feedback loop and distract the brain. A happy thought.

AlphaGo and cyborg rats

Tom Personal, Reading, Science, Tech 0 Comments

So much sci-fi coming to earth this last week. AlphaGo beat Lee Sedol and convincingly. It’s important because the game was thought to be too “big” for traditional computer strategies based on simulating playing the game forward a few rounds and seeing what happens (like chess programs often do). Go has 10^761 possible games compared to the estimated 10^120 for chess. For me the most astonishing …

Obesity is incurable

Tom Personal, Reading, Science 6 Comments

Wow. One of those rare change your opinion reads (for me, of course, YMMV). A must read and the devastating summary I’d select is this: …the terrible truth is that, except through surgery, for the great majority of sufferers, obesity is an incurable disease. This won’t be the case for ever, but really does seem that it is true for now. …

Lexus hoverboard

Tom Science, View 2 Comments

Properly brilliant waste of a year+ and loads of money to get a hoverboard going. Insane. Worth watching the behind the scenes video as well. Some track trickery, but nothing that couldn’t be made to work in real life.