Jonathan Nolan, cowriter of Interstellar, is adapting Isaac Asimov's Foundation…

Jonathan Nolan, cowriter of Interstellar, is adapting Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy into a series for HBO.

Exciting news!

To the people with whom I was discussing the moral status of rich people

I'm completely on the side of people in the USA who raise their voices against the level of income inequality we're seeing here.  (And no, I'm not advocating some sort of government mandated redistribution, just policies that encourage a market where extreme wealth concentration isn't as big of a problem.)

However, I wonder how many of us recognize the fact that we're all the 1% when compared to much of the rest of the world. 

The idea makes me uncomfortable because I like my stuff and don't want to give it up!  

Then I think about how that's analogous to the 1% here in the US, and suddenly I've got a lot more empathy.  Not that it changes my stance on the matter, but it makes it harder to frame the 1% as the bad guys and the rest of us as the good guys.

North American on Jupiter



If you tell me you're allergic to gluten, I will not believe you

This sucks for people who actually have celiac disease, but that's what happens in situations like this.

While there are no scientific data to demonstrate that millions of people have become allergic or intolerant to gluten (or to other wheat proteins), there is convincing and repeated evidence that dietary self-diagnoses are almost always wrong, particularly when the diagnosis extends to most of society.

Against the Grain
Nearly twenty million Americans now say that they regularly experience stomach problems after eating products that contain gluten. Credit Illustration by Paul Rogers


Can someone explain to me how G+ notifications work?

I'll get a notification about a post by people I don't have in a circle, and they haven't +mentioned me in the post, and the post says it is "Shared publicly".  These are usually spammy posts like this one:

Why do I get notifications for these?  By "notification" I mean I get the red indicator by the bell at the top of Google sites, and a notification via G+ on my phone.

Things that cost more than space exploration

A few examples from the below site:

• Money that has 'gone missing' from the US State Department
• Daylight Savings Time
• Tea
• Advertisements for prescription drugs

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Things That Cost More Than Space Exploration
As a reference for people who think that space exploration costs too much, here’s a list of things…

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Modern image recognition is within a few percent as good as humans.  

But the trend is clear. “It is clear that humans will soon outperform state-of-the-art image classification models only by use of significant effort, expertise, and time,” say Russakovsky and co.

What I find really great about this is that libraries are already available for deep belief networks for us mere mortal programmers.

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The Revolutionary Technique That Quietly Changed Machine Vision Forever | MIT Technology Review
Machines are now almost as good as humans at object recognition, and the turning point occurred in 2012, say computer scientists.

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