(ht Radiolab listener Astima Chitre)
A Chinese-American settler named Chan Gow with a pitbull. Georgetown, Colorado. Late 1800s.
Courtesy of Bad Rap Pitbulls.
Alexey Morozov, Aeris Artemisia, 2011, Polyurethane, Kevlar. Mishin N.A. collection. Courtesy “Art Moscow” Fair Press Service
Berlin firm ART+COM just completed this stunning new kinetic sculpture in Terminal 1 of Changi Airport in Singapore. Kinetic Rain consists of two sets of 608 suspended raindrops made from lightweight aluminum covered in copper which are raised and lowered in a 15-minute computationally designed choreography controlled from motors embedded in the ceiling.
Bilateral gynandromporphism - half female, half male.. This genetic anomaly is usually restricted to arthropods, but has been known to express itself in birds as well.
Russian brains behind closest ever AI attempt
Russian scientists are closer than they have ever been to creating artificial intelligence. The program called “Eugene” has almost passed the famous Turing test, which checks a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior.
The program-emulating a personality of a 13-year old boy was exhibited at an international science contest in the United Kingdom along with four other programs.
Even with the exacting criteria, “Eugene” has left all its competitors far behind.
The test was designed by mathematician and computer scientist, Alan Turing over 60 years ago. During the examination a human judge engages in a text conversation with a machine and an actual human being without seeing them. If the judge fails to tell the machine from the human in at least 30 percent of the answers, the program passes.
So far no program has managed to pass successfully but Russia’s “Eugene” has come strikingly close. It deceived human judges in 29,2 percent of the answers.
A total of 29 judges took part in the test with some 150 dialogues taking place.
A lake in Camargue, France has found itself blushing due to what scientists call “unusually high levels of salt.” Sam Dobson was driving along when he noticed the phenomenon:
‘every small branch is covered with crystals. with the red water as a background it looks like something extra-terrestrial.’