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.
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.
Must read (long). Who’s coming to Mars? Musk is a bit like the Chinese. You kind of expect him to get it done.
So muchÂ sci-fi coming to earthÂ this last week. AlphaGo beat Lee Sedol and convincingly. It’s important because the game was thought to be too “big” for traditional computerÂ strategiesÂ based onÂ simulating playing the game forward a few rounds and seeing what happens (like chess programs often do). Go hasÂ 10^761 possible games compared to the estimated 10^120 for chess. For me the most astonishing …
Usable water isn’t scarce, it’s in the wrong buckets. How will technology and trading improvements in bucket transfer affect adjacent industries? Could Enron be a model? Lots to think about here.
Got to love the frontiers of science. Mathematics and biology are my favourites this year.
Wow. One of those rare change your opinion readsÂ (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. …
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.
This is properly brilliant. Crank up your sound and use Chrome to see it work well. Just your computer speaker and microphone needed.
I’d never heard it called that…