Two peculiar ‘crop circles’ have recently been spotted in Japan’s Miyazaki Prefecture. Viewable only from above, they were formed by sugi (Japanese cedar) trees [and are] the result of a scientific experiment that spanned close to 50 years. […]
In 1973 an area of land near Nichinan City was designated as “experimental forestry” and one of the experiments was to try and measure the effect of tree spacing on growth. The experiment was carried out by planting trees in 10 degree radial increments forming 10 concentric circles of varying diameters.
This Guy Made a ‘Game Boy Supercomputer’ That Can Handle 1 Billion Frames Per Second: „Kamil Rocki, a computer scientist who works on AI at IBM Research, recently created a 'supercomputer' for machine learning applications made from thousands of virtual Game Boys that he described in an October blog post as 'arguably the fastest 8-bit console cluster in the world.' This cluster of virtual Game Boys is designed to fuel an AI that is learning how to play Game Boy games as part of a project that Rocki hopes will help develop more efficient machine learning algorithms and robust memory for AI.“
There Is No Such Thing as Conscious Thought: „Philosopher Peter Carruthers insists that conscious thought, judgment and volition are illusions. They arise from processes of which we are forever unaware“.
The 'Future Book' is here, but it's not what we expected: „We were looking for the Future Book in the wrong place. It’s not the form, necessarily, that needed to evolve—I think we can agree that, in an age of infinite distraction, one of the strongest assets of a “book” as a book is its singular, sustained, distraction-free, blissfully immutable voice. Instead, technology changed everything that enables a book, fomenting a quiet revolution. Funding, printing, fulfillment, community-building—everything leading up to and supporting a book has shifted meaningfully, even if the containers haven’t. Perhaps the form and interactivity of what we consider a 'standard book' will change in the future, as screens become as cheap and durable as paper. But the books made today, held in our hands, digital or print, are Future Books, unfuturistic and inert may they seem.“
Scientists have long wondered if Saturn was formed with the rings or if the planet acquired them later in life. The new research favors the latter scenario, indicating that they are unlikely to be older than 100 million years, as it would take that long for the C-ring to become what it is today assuming it was once as dense as the B-ring. “We are lucky to be around to see Saturn’s ring system, which appears to be in the middle of its lifetime. However, if rings are temporary, perhaps we just missed out on seeing giant ring systems of Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune, which have only thin ringlets today!” O’Donoghue added.
The bad news on human nature, in 10 findings from psychology: „We are sexually attracted to people with dark personality traits“.
Who decides what words mean: „Bound by rules, yet constantly changing, language might be the ultimate self-regulating system, with nobody in charge“. Language-Log on this article: Language as a self-regulating system