Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

“[In 2017] toilets near the Temple of Heaven, one of Beijing’s biggest tourist draws, were fitted with facial-recognition systems designed to prevent thieves from [taking] its loo roll (the technology prevents toilet-paper dispensers from serving each visitor more than once).”

December 11, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/china/21732135-campaign-improve-public-lavatories-extended-and-expanded-china-plans-one-last-push

“…`general intelligence’, the ability of a computer to perform any human task without being explicitly programmed to do so.”

December 11, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/business/21732125-tech-giants-are-investing-billions-transformative-technology-google-leads-race

“By buying a smart speaker, you’re effectively paying money to let a huge tech company surveil you.”

December 5, 2017

https://gizmodo.com/dont-buy-anyone-an-echo-1820981732

“New Study Shows Boxing’s Early Toll on Muhammad Ali – – Research finds a direct correlation between the boxing legend’s fights and his diminished speaking ability at the end of his boxing career”

August 25, 2017

https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-study-shows-boxings-early-toll-on-muhammad-ali-1503489119

Excerpt:

In 1968, Ali spoke at a rate of 4.1 syllables per second, which is close to average for healthy adults. By 1971, his rate of speech had fallen to 3.8 syllables per second, and it continued sliding steadily, year by year, fight by fight. An ordinary adult would see little or no decline in his speaking rate between the ages of 25 and 40, but Ali experienced a drop of more than 26% in that same period . . . The paper suggests that by 1978, six years before his Parkinson’s syndrome diagnosis and three years before his retirement from boxing, Ali was slurring his words.

Eclipse mania! Millions of Americans sit in some of the ‘worst traffic jams in history’, flock to Burning Man-style festivals and fill camp grounds at 21 national parks ahead of TODAY’S once-in-a-lifetime celestial event

August 21, 2017

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4807100/Millions-prepare-lifetime-celestial-event.html

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