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.

5,200 days in space

Tom Reading, Science 0 Comments

This. What an astonishing achievement and one we should continue to support and build upon. It’s a little strange when you think about it: Just about every American ninth-grader has never lived a moment without astronauts soaring overhead, living in space. But chances are, most ninth-graders don’t know the name of a single active astronaut—many don’t even know that Americans are …

Hyperbolic discounting

Tom Business, Reading, Science 0 Comments

Humans are rubbish at time management and one of the reasons is our poor ability to understand how we make choices on short and long scales. The example in the piece is choosing a meal two weeks ahead versus two minutes ahead: we go healthy until we actually come to choose. Two useful pieces of advice to overcome this: Make …