Tag: machines

paying the angels

→LINKS↵ A Selection of Optograms from the Private Collection of Willia A. Abbotts These retinal images—retrieved by a complex optochemical process that fixes the photosensitive pigment (rhodopsin) found in the rods of the retina—capture the last image seen before death. Most of these optograms are believed to have been extracted at St. Albans County morgue

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BAP Beach Nietzsche: A Review of Bronze Age Mindset Suppose Nietzsche was a “Chad” — what then? Suppose instead of being the sickly incel who alienated the few friends he had, was thrice rejected by the one woman he proposed marriage to, and sold hardly any copies of his self-published books — suppose that he

criminal serpentry

ALIENS Pam Weintraub: After centuries searching for extraterrestrial life, we might find that first contact is not with organic creatures at all When our first encounter or detection finally occurs, it could be a machine intelligence that appears in our sights. The idea is not truly new. Back in the 1940s, the mathematician John von

LINKS 04.21.18

AMERICA Tyler Cowen: Why are Americans so loud? I can think of a few hypotheses: 1. At least originally, Americans had much more space than did Europeans, and this is still true to some degree. That induce norms of loudness, which have to some extent persisted. 2. America is a nation of immigrants, with English-language

Strange & Wonderful Things: LINKS 03/07/18

  BIRDS A new photobook about chickens called “Chicken”: CONSCIOUSNESS From OMNI Magazine’s “Interviews from the Vault” — John Lily on dolphin consciousness: I just did a very primitive experiment — a Saturday afternoon-type experiment — at Marine World. I was floating in an isolation tank and had an underwater loudspeaker close to my head