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Twitter thread about "scientific racism" reads like a Hollywood thriller movie, and includes discussion about Nazi money and secret agendas; dig deeper and maybe you'll find the Vril Society: https://twitter.com/Simon_Whitten/status/1173319663322841088
Yesterday, 03:53 PM
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    starspawn0
    And, now, I will take a break for a week or so from Futuretimeline -- things to do, not enough time.
    Today, 01:25 AM
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    Yuli Ban
    @#1: AFAIK, we've only had three (maybe four) unabashed fascists on the forum, not counting outright trolls. Unsurprisingly, they've all been banned.
    Today, 02:13 AM
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    Erowind
    I'm amazed any journal would publish such pseudoscience.
    Today, 04:36 AM
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More surveillance capitalism: "You might think my 29-cent swipe at Target would be just between me and my bank. Heavens, no. My banana generated data that’s probably worth more than the banana itself. It ended up with marketers, Target, Amazon, Google and hedge funds, to name a few." https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/08/26/spy-your-wallet-credit-cards-have-privacy-problem/
Sep 15 2019 01:37 PM
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A few weeks back I had a massage, one of several over the past year, and got in a conversation with the woman doing it. I told her about a few futurist things I thought she might like to hear, like about how anti-aging is coming along nicely. She was very skeptical; and was skeptical when I mentioned universal healthcare would be a good thing -- she mentioned how bad she heard it was in other countries.
Sep 13 2019 11:03 AM
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    starspawn0
    I thought to myself, "Maybe she's got a naturally skeptical mind, and is `analytical' -- best to speak in arguments, not empty facts." And then I thought it might be a good idea to look her up on the web, to see who she is; and so I did. Turns out, she's a BIG Trump supporter. So then I thought, "Never mind. False alarm. She's asleep..."
    Sep 13 2019 11:06 AM
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    Outlook
    https://youtu.be/Ag1o3koTLWM
    Sep 13 2019 01:19 PM
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    wjfox
    The NHS is the best thing about living in the UK and is half the per-capita cost of U.S. healthcare.
    Sep 13 2019 01:21 PM
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This study shows that at least part of what causes people to earn more money when they go to college is valuable skills -- that it's not just "signalling" ("Look at me!... I went to such and so college. I must be really smart and conscientious. Pay me a lot of money!"): https://mobile.twitter.com/emollick/status/1112103595237957632
Sep 12 2019 05:43 PM
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    kjaggard
    skills such as how to be an interchangable cog in a heirarchical system predicated on the premise that the one at the top handing out assignments gets prestiege from the number of underlings they shape into expendable cogs?
    Sep 12 2019 07:33 PM
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I was at a clothing store yesterday, and went to a try-it-on room to see if some pants fit. I left the room, bought the pants, and then about half-way out the door, the guy asked me hold-up and if I had left something in the room. It turned out I had, but how did he know (he hadn't gone to the room)? All the employees at this store wear little earpieces, and keep each other informed.
Sep 12 2019 01:10 PM
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    starspawn0
    About the earpieces: I shop at this store a fair bit (maybe 5 times in the past year), and have only seen the same workers maybe twice. Yet, they always seem to treat me like a celebrity, and know my preferences (e.g. that I don't want their special gift offers, store credit card, etc.). I suspect as soon as I walk into the store, they are informed "VIP".
    Sep 12 2019 01:17 PM
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    starspawn0
    They weren't like this in the beginning, when I first started shopping there. They treated me like an average customer -- basically, ignored me.
    Sep 12 2019 01:19 PM
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    Outlook
    This is some Larry David type shit.
    Sep 12 2019 06:43 PM
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"It's surprisingly easy to become dehydrated while intermittent fasting. In fact, you may need to drink water more frequently than you even think.": https://finance.yahoo.com/news/youre-probably-not-drinking-enough-010655071.html That happens to me!
Sep 11 2019 03:58 PM
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Have you ever noticed how totally unreliable anime movie ratings are? Even some of the worst ones are rated 4 stars out of 5, or 8+ out of 10 on IMDB. Most of the people who vote probably rarely downvote any anime film. So, a 7.5 on IMDB for an anime film maybe means "totally sucks"; 8.0 means "good, but could be better"; and 8.4+ means "great film!".
Sep 11 2019 02:17 AM
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    Erowind
    Absolutely. I gave up on finding new shows through ratings a while back. Some of my favorites only have a 4.5 rating while some of the worst shows imo have a 9.0
    Sep 11 2019 08:18 AM
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    tomasth
    I agree ; but if a show have a reality bad rating its more likely to be bad then one with high rating likely to be good.

    Reading the description of what the show is about + reviews , is a better (not a great) way of knowing if its worth seeing.
    Sep 11 2019 03:59 PM
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The strange fetishes we hear about in Japanese culture may not be only just a very recent phenomenon. Witness the 1925 short story "The Human Chair": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Human_Chair
Sep 10 2019 11:23 AM
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    johnnd
    I recently watched a documentary about a Finnish objectophiliac woman who was in a "relationship" with the WTC Twin Towers. She had scale models at home, and the relationship was both emotional and sexual. She also felt that the love was requited. Quite an interesting phenomenon.
    Sep 10 2019 02:37 PM
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    eacao
    did she check inside the chair tho
    Sep 10 2019 03:09 PM
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    Outlook
    "He confesses that often he has found himself falling in love with some of the women who sit on him." Sameee
    Sep 10 2019 03:38 PM
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Pinker recommended this piece on Twitter, about how the Hong Kong protests call into question the "critical theory" response to colonialism: https://areomagazine.com/2019/07/17/why-postcolonial-theory-is-not-helping-hong-kong/
Sep 09 2019 10:47 AM
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    starspawn0
    For example, the protests to the U.S. consulate yesterday had a specific purpose, according to some Redditors in Hong Kong (on the World News site). They were, apparently, voicing their support for a strengthened version of a bill in the U.S. congress -- perhaps this one: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/446979-house-passes-resolution-commemorating-victims-of-tiananmen-square-violence
    Sep 09 2019 10:35 PM
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    starspawn0
    I was wrong -- it's an amendment to a different bill that the protesters were interested in. This one: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/3289/all-actions?overview=closed#tabs
    Sep 09 2019 10:48 PM
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    Outlook
    Yea, I agree with starspawn0. Their demands are pretty clear, it was more than just the extradition bill if I could remember. Either way, the extradition bill could've been the straw that broke the camels back.
    Sep 10 2019 12:48 AM
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Clashes Erupt in Hong Kong as Thousands March on the U.S. Consulate to Call for Washington's Support: https://time.com/5671697/hong-kong-protests-us-consulate-human-rights-democracy-act/
Sep 08 2019 01:10 PM
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    eacao
    clash of civilisations
    Sep 08 2019 02:32 PM
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    PhoenixRu
    Rather clash of Chinese civilization and barbarians:

    https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/zergulio/14338131/5759017/5759017_original.jpg

    https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/zergulio/14338131/5758947/5758947_original.jpg

    https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/zergulio/14338131/5759234/5759234_original.jpg
    Sep 08 2019 04:03 PM
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    Erowind
    I wonder where all the western media coverage of the climate strikes is going to be? Probably on the area 51 meme.
    Sep 08 2019 07:12 PM
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Ad Astra "Moon Rover" clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stOVFXuyyWQ
Sep 07 2019 03:22 PM
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    wjfox
    Looks awesome.
    Sep 07 2019 06:18 PM
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    tomasth
    I don't like Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler, Tommy Lee Jones or Donald Sutherland (any one of them if off-putting).
    Sep 07 2019 06:59 PM
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    starspawn0
    It will be interesting to see how Pitt handles playing a "slightly autistic" character named Roy McBride. He played a schizo-affective or schizophrenic character in 12 Monkeys.
    Sep 08 2019 01:17 AM
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"We argue, based on the mechanical and electrical properties of existing materials, estimates of signal-to-noise ratios, assumptions regarding extracellular space in the brain, and estimates of heat generation by the electronic interface, that it should be possible to fabricate rigid electrodes to concurrently record from essentially every neuron in the cortical mantle.": https://www.cell.com/neuron/pdf/S0896-6273(19)30695-6.pdf
Sep 06 2019 08:27 PM
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    funkervogt
    Awesome
    Sep 07 2019 04:15 AM
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    johnnd
    "Cortical mantle"? Never heard that before, is that the same as the cerebral cortex?
    Sep 07 2019 07:57 AM
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    starspawn0
    I've never heard it before, either. I had to look it up. It appears to be the outer layers of the cortex, with something like 14 to 15 billion neurons.
    Sep 07 2019 11:45 AM
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First hint that body’s ‘biological age’ can be reversed: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02638-w
Sep 06 2019 12:11 AM
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    Erowind
    That was my inclination too. There just needs to be a follow up study to check and make sure. But I don't see any reason to say that it isn't possible these drugs did indeed reverse the participants epigenetic clocks.
    Sep 06 2019 10:21 AM
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    starspawn0
    I guess, technically, one should do a placebo-controlled test to make it "official". However, it wouldn't make me any more convinced of the results. Increasing the N to 1000+ in a followup study *would*, however.
    Sep 06 2019 11:43 AM
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    Alislaws
    Yay!
    Sep 06 2019 04:04 PM
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Alaska's sea ice has completely melted away: https://mashable.com/article/alaska-sea-ice-melt-2019/
Sep 05 2019 01:04 PM
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    Erowind
    ;-;
    Sep 05 2019 09:19 PM
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A Breakthrough for A.I. Technology: Passing an 8th-Grade Science Test (Deep Learning strikes again!): https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/04/technology/artificial-intelligence-aristo-passed-test.html
Sep 04 2019 02:55 PM
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    starspawn0
    Oren Etzioni, who is usually Mr. Anti-hype had this to say: “This has significant business consequences... What I can say — with complete confidence — is you are going to see a whole new generation of products, some from start-ups, some from the big companies.”
    Sep 04 2019 03:03 PM
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    starspawn0
    And BERT isn't even the most powerful language AI system. XLNET is even more powerful -- and could lead to even higher scores.
    Sep 04 2019 03:04 PM
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    starspawn0
    Oh, one more thing: those who remember AllenAI's work over the years on this will recall that they seemed to have envisioned this as a moonshot project -- or at least that's how it seemed to me. As in, "This will take 10 to 15 years." Turned out, it just took 6 years; and using Deep Learning. Initially, they pursued symbolic logic methods; then switched to a combination of methods including Dan Roth's ILP work; and, now, it's largely Deep Learning.
    Sep 04 2019 03:33 PM