Unexpected benefit of biking
As anyone knows, running into friends in the groggy state of morning subway commute inevitably leads to awkwardness, no matter how much you might like that particular person.
Not so while biking, it turns out. If you run into a friend while biking to work, you both will want to catch up on anything and everything, even when riding side by side is not very convenient or considerate of others, and, unlike the subway, you actually have to constantly be paying attention!
BY SHANNON MOORE SHEPHERD / 20 AUG 2014
They are missing James Turrell’s Meeting at PS1!
And so many others.
I keep re-reading that article about the silence in the desert.
Makes me want to go to Egypt. And to Israel, to see how my Tel Aviv friend is doing with her new baby (plus, I’ve never been to Haifa, and I want to see the Bahá’í Gardens). And to Jordan, because I’ve never seen Petra. I heard Wadi Rum is amazing, too…
A self-organizing thousand kilobot robot swarm
Scientist at Harvard SEAS & Wyss Institute created the first thousand-robot flash mob:
Following simple programmed rules, autonomous robots arrange themselves into vast, complex shapes
“Form a sea star shape,” directs a computer scientist, sending the command to 1,024 little bots simultaneously via an infrared light. The robots begin to blink at one another and then gradually arrange themselves into a five-pointed star. “Now form the letter K.”
The ‘K’ stands for Kilobots, the name given to these extremely simple robots, each just a few centimeters across, standing on three pin-like legs. Instead of one highly-complex robot, a “kilo” of robots collaborate, providing a simple platform for the enactment of complex behaviors.
Just as trillions of individual cells can assemble into an intelligent organism, or a thousand starlings can form a great flowing murmuration across the sky, the Kilobots demonstrate how complexity can arise from very simple behaviors performed en masse (see video). To computer scientists, they also represent a significant milestone in the development of collective artificial intelligence (AI).
Here are some proto-Geth we the humans are already building. Hopefully our space travel tech will keep up.
Oh no! Unexpectedly got the invite to Dîner en Blanc, and I cannot go!!! Happy to share the invite if anyone wants it.