TheChurchOfCyb

TheChurchOfCyb

17/7/22

spaceexp:

Possible new Saturn moon is forming, as spotted by Cassini — “The disturbance visible at the outer edge of Saturn’s A ring…could be caused by an object replaying the birth process of icy moons”

spaceexp:

Possible new Saturn moon is forming, as spotted by Cassini — “The disturbance visible at the outer edge of Saturn’s A ring…could be caused by an object replaying the birth process of icy moons”

scifigeneration:

Robot Octopus - this robotic limb is straight out of scifi, mimicking the movements of an elephant’s trunk or Doc Octopus’ bionic arms (depending on whether you prefer cute or super villain). Powered by pneumatics and made from soft materials, it is designed to safely coinhabit a human’s workspace, but there is something vaguely creepy about it.

I am in Jochen Steil’s lab, grasping a segmented, whiplashing tentacle that resists and tries to push me away. It feels strangely alive, as though I am trying to throttle a giant alien maggot. In fact, I am training a bionic elephant’s trunk to do real-world jobs like picking apples or replacing light bulbs – something non-experts haven’t been able to do until now.

Designed to bring the dexterity of an elephant’s trunk to industrial robots, the appendage I am wrestling was launched by German engineering firm Festo as a proof-of-concept in 2010. The design showed that a trunk formed of 3D-printed segments can be controlled by an array of pneumatic artificial muscles.

via ralphewig

scifigeneration:

 

ROBOTS ATTACK: “TARGET EARTH” (1954)

One image people have about science fiction that either drives them away or endears them forever is the attacking robot. How do you stop them? What do they want? Our fear of these attacks has been a major theme in sci-fi for years but was HGE in the 1950s. Have a look at  one of the silliest examples in 1954’s “Target Earth”.

emergentfutures:

Computers are providing solutions to math problems that we can’t check
Good news! A computer has solved the longstanding Erdős discrepancy problem! Trouble is, we have no idea what it’s talking about — because the solution, which is as long as all of Wikipedia’s pages combined, is far too voluminous for us puny humans to confirm.
A few years ago, the mathematician Steven Strogatz predicted that it wouldn’t be too much longer before computer-assisted solutions to math problems will be beyond human comprehension. Well, we’re pretty much there. In this case, it’s an answer produced by a computer that was hammering away at the Erdős discrepancy problem.
Full Story: Io9

BREAKING: computer speaks a sense that is so sensible it’s nonsensical to humans 

emergentfutures:

Computers are providing solutions to math problems that we can’t check

Good news! A computer has solved the longstanding Erdős discrepancy problem! Trouble is, we have no idea what it’s talking about — because the solution, which is as long as all of Wikipedia’s pages combined, is far too voluminous for us puny humans to confirm.

A few years ago, the mathematician Steven Strogatz predicted that it wouldn’t be too much longer before computer-assisted solutions to math problems will be beyond human comprehension. Well, we’re pretty much there. In this case, it’s an answer produced by a computer that was hammering away at the Erdős discrepancy problem.

Full Story: Io9

BREAKING: computer speaks a sense that is so sensible it’s nonsensical to humans