Sunday Morning 2018-11-18

ruined sink inside house during daytime

Photo by Paco S on Unsplash.

Lectures potser interessants d’aquests dies.

«Qualsevol tecnologia prou avançada és indistingible de la màgia.»

CCCBLAB. Sis visions lliures de la citació de Clarke:

  1. La “màgia” d’Internet — text — Efrain Foglia
  2. Arthur C. Clarke — còmic — Luis Paadín
  3. La Ràfega — relat — Ramon Mas Baucells
  4. 404 — relat — Lucía Litmajer
  5. La tercera llei, — gif — Ferran Esteve
  6. Arthur C. Clarke tenia raó? — interactiu — Oscar Marín

Ears Grown From Apples? The Promise of Plants for Engineering Human Tissue

For Dr. Andrew Pelling at the University of Ottawa, his radical idea came from a sci-fi cult classic called The Little Shop of Horrors […] Growing a human ear out of apples may seem irrational, but Pelling’s key insight is that an apple’s fibrous interior is strikingly similar to the microenvironments usually used in labs to bio-engineer human tissue.

Xavier Diez: La bacanal feixista

L’orgia jurídica d’aquests darrers anys… ens recorda l’escandalosa pel·lícula de Pasolini […] A la pròpia pel·lícula de Pasolini quedava clar. La brutalitat del feixisme s’aguditzava a mesura que s’acostava la seva fi. Trump existeix perquè els nord-americans saben que el 2040 la demografia acaba amb l’hegemonia de l’home blanc, protestant, anglosaxó…

Sunday Morning 2018-11-11

person walking on train tracks during daytime

Photo by Alexey Soucho on Unsplash.

Algunes lectures potser remarcables d’aquests darrers dies.

What if the placebo effect isn’t a trick?

Wake a patient from surgery and tell him you’ve done an arthroscopic repair, and his knee gets better even if all you did was knock him out and put a couple of incisions in his skin. Give a drug a fancy name, and it works better than if you don’t. You don’t even have to deceive the patients.

Dead brothel owner wins Nevada state assembly seat

Dennis Hof died last month after celebrating his 72nd birthday. The cause of death is still under investigation. He was elected to the state assembly by more than 7,000 votes.

Seams, Stitches, And The Decline Of The Mac

Now, their only clear product positioning is the iPhone: they present it as the best, most privacy-conscious device for managing your life […] The rest of their line-up, however, is just a jumbled mess […] Given Apple’s inability to commit to making the improvements the Mac and the iPad need to improve as productivity devices and their seeming unwillingness to invest in the Mac, the sensible thing for users to do is to migrate away from using Apple devices for work or for creativity. Apple’s obsession with secrecy means we have no idea what they’re planning to do with the Mac (or, honestly, the iPad). Which wouldn’t be a problem if we could trust that Apple wasn’t planning to abandon us as a target market.

This Tiny Picture on Twitter Contains the Complete Works of Shakespeare

Buchanan explained that Twitter strips most metadata from images, but the service leaves a particular type called ICC untouched. This is where Buchanan stored his data of choice, including ZIP and RAR archives.

Blockchain explained: What it is and isn’t, and why it matters

Podcast transcript with graphics and tables. Five common blockchain myths and six categories of use cases in two areas: record keeping (storage of static information) and transactions (tradeable information).

Robert Gottlieb: “No suelto un texto hasta estar seguro de que es su mejor versión”

Rechazó La conjura de los necios y no se arrepiente; si Lauren Bacall no hubiese sido siete años mayor habrían salido juntos; Bob Dylan fue un merecidísimo Nobel; y Salman Rushdie se ponía furioso por nada.

Sunday Morning 2018-11-04

rusted brown steel door level

Photo by Greta Farnedi on Unsplash.

Algunes coses que hem llegit aquests dies.

The How, Why, and Whether of Custom Digital Avatars That Live on After We Die

The reams of data we’re creating could soon make it possible to create digital avatars that live on after we die, aimed at comforting our loved ones or sharing our experience with future generations.

4 human-caused biases we need to fix for machine learning

  1. Sample bias: data used to train the model is not representative enough.
  2. Prejudice bias: data is influenced by cultural or other stereotypes.
  3. Measurement bias: there’s an issue with the device used to observe or measure.
  4. Algorithm bias: models with high variance can easily fit complexity but are sensitive to noise; models with high bias are less sensitive to variations and prone to missing complexities.

There May Soon Be Three Internets. America’s Won’t Necessarily Be the Best.

As governments push toward a splintered internet, American corporations do little to counteract Balkanization and instead do whatever is necessary to expand their operations. If the future of the internet is a tripartite cold war, Silicon Valley wants to be making money in all three of those worlds.

Sunday Morning 2018-10-28

brown chair in abandoned house

Photo by Simson Petrol on Unsplash

Coses que he llegit aquests dies.

Devil’s interval: What makes music sound scary?

Played in sequence or together, the notes F and B clash in a way that feels twitchy, unnatural, and foreboding… the demonic combo was taboo in medieval Europe and referred to as diablous in musica—literally, ”Satan in music.” But it was later embraced by the likes of Berlioz and Beethoven—and, much later, by Black Sabbath and Metallica.

Trump, stochastic terror and the hate that ends in violence

Back in 2011, an anonymous writer coined the term “stochastic terrorism” to refer to “the use of mass communication to incite random actors to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable,” or, in other words “remote control terror by lone wolf.”

The First Novel Written by AI Is Here—and It’s as Weird as You’d Expect It to Be

Last year, a novelist went on a road trip across the USA. The trip was an attempt to emulate Jack Kerouac—to go out on the road and find something essential to write about in the experience. There is, however, a key difference… This writer is just a microphone, a GPS, and a camera hooked up to a laptop and a whole bunch of linear algebra.

Three Things You May Misunderstand About the Creative Commons Licenses

The creator of a work may prohibit you from attributing them. And private uses of adapted material from SA and ND works are allowed.

New study claims data harvesting among Android apps is “out of control”

…information shared by these third-party apps can include age, gender, location, and information about a user’s other installed apps… Google and Facebook are the biggest beneficiaries.

Doctors in Montreal will start prescribing visits to the art museum

“In the 21st century, culture will be what physical activity was for health in the 20th century.”

Your Poop Is Probably Full of Plastic

…of the ten types of plastic that the researchers screened for, nine were detected. On average, the researchers turned up 20 particles of microplastic per quarter pound of poop… “Everywhere we look for microplastics we find them.”

iPhone = Leica

Think about it—in the early days of Leica the little cameras were a) low in prestige compared to larger, more “serious” cameras; b) technically inferior; c) not taken seriously by initiates and cognoscenti; quick and stealthy and not often noticed or given much regard; yet d) capable of “good enough” results. The pictures were often “better” in terms of being visually dynamic and lively rather than in bourgeois technical fastidiousness or perfection. Leica photography was (or could be) iconoclastic, disruptive, subversive.

Sunday Morning 2018-10-21

abandoned building

Photo by Terra Evans on Unsplash

Lectures potser remarcables d’aquests darrers dies.

Digital immortality: How your life’s data means a version of you could live forever

[Hossein Rahnama] is building an application called Augmented Eternity; it lets you create a digital persona that can interact with people on your behalf after you’re dead.

We can now customize cancer treatments, tumor by tumor

But can any company afford to manufacture one-off medical care?

Mocadorà

And so it is that every year on October 9, in conjunction with celebrating Valencian identity, lucky lovers find themselves unwrapping an explosive history of peace, war, and love.

Chinese city ‘plans to launch artificial moon to replace streetlights’

According to an account in the People’s Daily, the artificial moon is “designed to complement the moon at night”, though it would be eight times as bright. The “dusk-like glow” of the satellite would be able to light an area with a diameter of 10-80km, while the precise illumination range could be controlled within tens of metres – enabling it to replace streetlights.

Rhythm in Web Typography

Just like in music, where order is more pleasurable to our ears than chaos, so is a well-designed text with an established rhythm easier to read and more enjoyable to consume by our eyes.

Public Projects – Michael Pederson

Conceptual, street art. Warning Signs and Other Humorous and Unexpected Interventions by Michael Pederson

There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute

In conclusion, the two expressions “there’s a fool born every minute” and “there’s a sucker born every minute” both had anonymous attributions initially. Over time they were reassigned to prominent individuals of the time period. However, only the fame of P. T. Barnum has endured.

EtherTweet – Microblogging on the Ethereum Blockchain

This repository contains the code of a decentralized microblogging service running on the Ethereum blockchain.

python_blockchain_app

Tutorial for implementing a mini blockchain application implemented in Python from scratch.

Quimi Portet: «Lo que yo siempre he hecho es música popular contemporánea»

Yo habría sido el superraro y Manolo el superpachanguero. Pero la gracia del encuentro placentero entre la pachanga y el underground fue lo que hizo a la banda. No fue un choque, y ninguno renunciaba a nada. Simplemente nos limitamos el uno al otro.

Sunday Morning 2018-10-14

brown chair in abandoned house

Photo by Simson Petrol on Unsplash

Algunes lectures d’aquests dies.

The History of Philosophy summarized & visualized

This is my summary of the history of (Western) philosophy showing the positive/negative connections between some of the key ideas/arguments of the philosophers.

The surprising truth about loneliness

Five counterintuitive findings from the BBC Loneliness Experiment:

  1. Younger people feel lonelier than older people
  2. 41% of people think loneliness can be positive
  3. People who feel lonely have social skills that are no better or worse than average
  4. Winter is no lonelier than any other time of year
  5. People who often feel lonely have higher levels of empathy than everyone else

Neither Paper Nor Digital Does Active Reading Well

The cognitive effort to actively and intelligently read a text in depth is, if not equal to, then on the same order of magnitude as the effort to write about a complex subject. But we only have full-featured tools to help us with writing.

Banksy Painting Self-Destructs After Fetching $1.4 Million at Sotheby’s

But suspicious minds wondered whether Sotheby’s was completely taken by surprise.

Sunday Morning 2018-09-30

shed with broken glass window

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Algunes lectures d’aquests darrers dies.

Scientific Facts — Are they like Myths, Told through Fairytales and Spread by Gossip?

Studying the language of science delivers some surprising results: fairytale schemas help us to understand the narrative structure of articles; the study of verb tense reveals common linguistic patterns of sense-making between science and mythology, and tracing hedging in citations allows us how citations work to spread claims much like rumors.

Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information

The researchers also found that if User A, whom we’ll call Anna, shares her contacts with Facebook, including a previously unknown phone number for User B, whom we’ll call Ben, advertisers will be able to target Ben with an ad using that phone number, which I call “shadow contact information,” about a month later. Ben can’t access his shadow contact information, because that would violate Anna’s privacy, according to Facebook, so he can’t see it or delete it, and he can’t keep advertisers from using it either.

New tech uses Wi-Fi to count people through walls

The system, created by researchers at UC Santa Barbara, uses a single Wi-Fi router outside of the room to measure attenuation and signal drops.

A Japanese company has announced a long-term plan to develop the Moon

“Around 2030 we expect to begin developing propellant and sending it to spacecraft in space,” Hakamada said. He hopes that by then, there will be several hundred people working on the Moon, or in lunar orbit, to support an industrial base. A decade later, by 2040, he envisions a city called “Moon Valley” on the lunar surface, with a diverse array of industries and thousands of visitors per year.

How Did “OK” Become One of the Most Popular Words in the World?

Young Boston intellectuals in the early 1800s used a humorous code of abbreviated phrases, like KC (“knuff ced”), “KY” (“know yuse”) and “OW” (“oll wright”). While most of them eventually fell out of fashion, one abbreviation persisted: “OK” or “oll korrect.”

Perdre la gràcia

Però existeix la temptació irresistible de descobrir el com, que consisteix a aprendre el secret mitjançant un mètode lineal, pas a pas, o a expressar-lo en paraules. Com és possible que la gent demani que se li expliqui, per exemple, com es balla, en lloc d’observar, simplement, i fer-ho? Per què una instrucció formal per ensenyar una cosa tan natural com nedar? Per què els éssers humans han de llegir llibres per entendre la copulació? Les mitologies de moltes cultures inclouen, en formes variables, el tema de la pèrdua de l’estat de gràcia i la necessitat consegüent de reemplaçar-lo per la tecnologia.

—Alan Watts, El camí del Tao.

Sunday Morning 2018-09-23

brown and white conch on seashore

Photo by Javardh on Unsplash

Lectures potser interessants d’aquesta setmana.

Amador Fernández-Savater: la necesidad de que la gente piense

La verdadera catástrofe es que nos relacionemos con el mundo como espectadores, engañados y manipulados, incapaces de pensar y actuar para cambiarlo (Guy Debord), atrapados en falsas y diabólicas dicotomías de las que necesitamos escapar (Stengers y Pignarre). “Pensar es el único contra-embrujo posible”. Y la lucha, la ocasión para no vivir y morir idiotas.

The Landlocked Navy of Mongolia

“I would like to see the real sea someday,” muses a sailor of the Mongolian Navy. “I imagine it’d be gentle and peaceful. Here on Lake Khövsgöl, the water is very rough and cold.”

Jaron Lanier: “Los monopolios han arruinado Internet”

A lo que me opongo es a ese control por parte de monopolios gigantes en el que cualquier conexión entre personas solo se puede financiar si hay una tercera persona que quiere manipular a esas dos personas […] Internet en sí mismo sigue siendo genial.

César Rendueles: Herejes de la religión digital

Es indiscutible que los mitos tecnológicos tienen capacidad consensual y están muy presentes en los discursos políticos públicos. Otra cosa muy distinta es el papel efectivo que desempeñan, por ejemplo, la economía del conocimiento o la inteligencia artificial en nuestro sistema económico y político.

Pedro Vallín: Gramática parda en la galaxia Podemos

La historia del siglo XX ilustra lo determinante que es la organización jerárquica de los enemigos, lo trascendente que es el escalafón del mal.

Sunday Morning 2018-09-16

Lectures potser remarcables d’aquesta setmana.

The world’s most prolific writer is a Chinese algorithm

Alibaba claims that its program can produce 20,000 lines of ad copy a second, and that it is being used nearly a million times a day by companies.

Beer inspired ancient farmers to grow cereals

…a research team of archaeologists… stumbled across evidence of a massive brewery from many millennia before the dawn of agriculture. “This accounts for the oldest record of man-made alcohol in the world.”

Article 13 makes it official. It’s time to embrace decentralization

Upload filters are orwellian and perform poorly. But this doesn’t target small communities or people independently hosting their content. “Ultimately, this directive targets an era of the web that is already beginning to wane.”

Sperm donor #2757 sired at least 45 kids—now they’re connecting online

The modern family ties and genetic sleuthing are making it easier for donor-conceived children to learn about their backgrounds—and harder for anonymous donors to maintain anonymity.

Automation has totally eliminated just one job since 1950

Automation often replaces human labor, but very rarely in the last sixty years has it eliminated an entire occupation. Only one of the 270 detailed occupations listed in the 1950 US Census has since been eliminated by automation […]: elevator operator.

The best note-taking apps to use in 2018

“…we looked for the simplest, easiest-to-use note-taking app that’s relatively affordable.” Best one: Google Keep. Good alternative: iA Writer.