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"Healed through AI", part of a Google YouTube series featuring Robert Downey Jr., with a tear-jerker story about former NFL superstar Tim Shaw, who came down with ALS, and now although a shadow of his former self, can communicate thanks to speech-impairment-sensitive speech recognition and Google Wavenet to generate samples of his younger, healthy voice when fed text: https://youtu.be/V5aZjsWM2wo
Dec 19 2019 04:34 PM
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    Outlook
    I thought one of the few benefits of ALS is getting a Stephen Hawking voice.
    Dec 19 2019 10:18 PM
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starspawn0

Porch Pirate vs. Glitter Bomb Trap 2.0 (with guest appearance by Macaulay Culkin): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_TSR_v07m0
Dec 19 2019 06:13 AM
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Did you know that the term "Namby Pamby" originated in a 1725 poem by Henry Carey?: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namby-pamby
Dec 17 2019 08:39 PM
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    starspawn0
    "All ye Poets of the Age!
    All ye Witlings of the Stage!
    Learn your Jingles to reform!
    Crop your Numbers and Conform:
    Let your little Verses flow
    Gently, Sweetly, Row by Row:
    Let the Verse the Subject fit;
    Little Subject, Little Wit.
    Namby-Pamby is your Guide;
    Albion's Joy, Hibernia's Pride."
    Dec 17 2019 08:39 PM
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    caltrek
    I placed your link in the History of Language thread in the History Forum.
    Dec 17 2019 08:56 PM
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Noam Chomsky: The Military Is Misunderstood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSJjlaggbK0
Dec 15 2019 01:00 AM
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This is incredible: Alan Watts died in 1973, but here is a recording (probably from the 1960s) where he predicts the internet, internet privacy concerns, the holodeck / VR, 3D printed plastic organs, and other things: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGUNkFf4_6k#t=1h42m (begins 1 hour 42 minutes in).
Dec 14 2019 08:12 AM
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I have wondered if the concept of dualism, where mind and body are thought of as separate substances, is more compelling the older one is. Once one gets sufficiently old (older than me), the mind and body tend to diverge in ability. The mind usually stays intact; body gets harder to make do what we want. Because of this, it is easy to separate the body from the self, rather than be unified with it.
Dec 12 2019 03:11 PM
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    Erowind
    We do have our patterns after all

    Anywho, at least in one case I've observed something like this. My grandfather in the years leading up to his death became convinced that Earth was actually hell and we were all serving out some punishment here. He was sound in mind to the day he passed on.
    Dec 12 2019 06:29 PM
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    Outlook
    What was I going to say
    Dec 13 2019 05:12 AM
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    starspawn0
    Other than what you just wrote (which I didn't guess), I'd think you would answer by writing a completely separate post, with enough plausible deniability to where one couldn't be sure it was related to this one. For example, a post about how predictable people are. "Was that related to starspawn's post?" people might wonder.
    Dec 13 2019 05:32 AM
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Incidentally, I discuss in my thread extolling the greatness of Colab how to talk to Microsoft's DialoGPT chatbot: https://www.futuretimeline.net/forum/topic/22360-the-spreadsheet-of-the-21st-century/
Dec 08 2019 12:26 AM
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I am wondering how many have seen the Australian film "Wake in Fright": https://youtu.be/l1jfqjQuIu4 It's truly excellent. It has existentialist themes; a tragic tale about a school teacher that gets stranded in a town full of drunks in the Outback, and becomes one of them. It's beautifully filmed, too.
Dec 07 2019 05:25 PM
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In technical educational writing there tend to be two types of expositors: those that are "existential"-focused; and those that are "affordance"-focused. The former wants to tell you all about the axioms of the subject, what the thing *is*; the latter, instead, focuses on what you can do with it. The former will teach you to program by giving you context-free grammars describing the syntax of commands, and very few example programs; the latter will *mostly* show you example...
Dec 06 2019 10:32 PM
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    starspawn0
    ... show you examples, from which you can infer the syntax. The former is often associated with theoreticians, revolutionaries, idealists; the latter is more associated with engineers and builders. The former is obsessed with foundations and asking "why?"; the latter is more impressed with the practical ramification, and answering "how?" (as in, how do we build it?).
    Dec 06 2019 10:37 PM
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    starspawn0
    One can existential-focused in some things, and affordance-focused in others. For example, one can appreciate existentialist philosophy, while at the same time being deeply committed to practical applications that improve the world.
    Dec 06 2019 10:39 PM
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    At the same time that there are these two types of expositors, there are also two types of students: those that prefer to start with the foundations, and those that prefer to start with the applications. In the limit, both types of student will learn both the foundations and applications, just along different paths. And the kind of instruction that may be good for one type of student, may be terrible and even damaging to the other.
    Dec 06 2019 10:41 PM
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I was just thinking that many Americans don't know what a "careerist" looks like, and don't have any cultural references to draw from, and as a result, they don't see the danger in supporting somebody like Buttigieg: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2019/03/all-about-pete What does an average millennial know about such things? There a film a couple years ago that showed the danger, called Election; maybe some have heard of it?: https://youtu.be/XaQvqhtCYW0
Dec 06 2019 03:11 PM
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    caltrek
    I posted your Current Affairs link in the Presidential Election thread in the News & Current Events forum.
    Dec 06 2019 04:25 PM
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starspawn0

TED talk from 2010 on the human sleep cycle: https://www.ted.com/talks/jessa_gamble_our_natural_sleep_cycle_is_nothing_like_what_we_do_now Claims that without artificial light, the natural human sleep cycle has two parts with a break in the middle: from 8 pm to midnight, and then from 2 am to sunrise. Bonus: sleep myths: https://guzey.com/books/why-we-sleep/
Dec 06 2019 01:56 AM
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I have bulging veins in a few places on my body (arms, legs), due to physical exertion, and I had wondered if it had something to do with the temporary rise in blood pressure when lifting weights, and whether it was unhealthy in the long-run (say, when I'm about 20 years older). It turns out that it's not due to blood pressure at all, which was a surprise: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-do-veins-pop-out-when/
Dec 05 2019 03:45 AM
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    This totally changes how I think about veins! Based on this, it seems that a good thing to do is to get up and walk around periodically -- don't sit too long! -- as this will help the blood flow in your veins, where the pressure is low. I generally can't force myself to sit for too long at a time, which is a good thing, I guess.
    Dec 05 2019 12:32 PM
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LOLZ!: "Russia plans to replace “unreliable” Wikipedia with its own version": https://www.technologyreview.com/f/614804/russia-plans-to-replace-unreliable-wikipedia-with-its-own-version/ Why is Wikipedia "unreliable"? Because they keep catching Kremlin-backed propaganda groups editing pages unfavorable to Russia.
Dec 03 2019 09:59 PM
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    PhoenixRu
    From the very link "Russia’s government has confirmed plans to set up an online version of its national encyclopedia..."

    Seriously, HOW??? How could anyone use even this piece of news for anti-Russian propaganda. I'd definitely failed...
    Dec 04 2019 06:29 PM
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    PhoenixRu
    >Still waiting for Russian TV to air its own patriotic retelling of Chernobyl, that will be fun.

    What for? Let me guess, you've already watched the "shocking truth" from BBC. That should be more than enough.
    Dec 04 2019 06:36 PM
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    Alislaws
    If a group of anonymous internet people share information its democracy in action (Or its "trolls" if you don't agree)
    If a company shares information for money this is right and natural.
    If a friendly state does it then its Education.
    If a foreign state does it then its propaganda and thought control.
    Dec 06 2019 02:04 PM
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TEDx talk: The Artificial Muscles That Will Power Robots of the Future: https://www.ted.com/talks/christoph_keplinger_the_artificial_muscles_that_will_power_robots_of_the_future/
Dec 03 2019 02:27 PM
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Governments will have a lot of leverage over individuals in the future, by threatening to withhold anti-aging therapies if they don't obey. Imagine a religious nut becomes dictator, and declares it's god's will that people should die, so that they can go to heaven, and bans the therapies. Or, perhaps a "social credit" system is enacted, like the one in China, and then all therapies are blocked to people with a "low score" (e.g. critics of the state, criminals).
Dec 02 2019 01:59 PM
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    Erowind
    Also at least in Cuba's case those travel restrictions are decided upon through democratic processes whereas in the United States our elections are rigged through political lobbying, so I'm not sure the concept translates. International observers have proven Cuban elections democratic for decades and political lobbying is banned there.
    Dec 03 2019 12:46 AM
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    funkervogt
    Cuba is a one-party police state that doesn't uphold human rights.
    https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2019/cuba
    Dec 03 2019 02:45 AM
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    Erowind
    I don't want to derail this thread anymore let's chat in my containment thread.

    https://www.futuretimeline.net/forum/topic/21255-erowinds-containment-thread/page-3
    Dec 03 2019 01:19 PM