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Hej, chyba masz depresję, zadzwonię do twojego shrinka

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Now an emotion-sensing smartphone app that automatically generates someone’s „mood diary” could give psychologists all the data they need.

It’s the brainchild of Matt Dobson and Duncan Barclay, founders of speech recognition firm EI Technologies, based in Saffron Walden, UK. Instead of relying on people writing diaries, the app, called Xpression, listens for telltale changes in a person’s voice that indicate whether they are in one of five emotional states: calm, happy, sad, angry or anxious/frightened. It then lists a person’s moods against the times they change, and automatically emails the list to their psychologist at the end of the day.

za pomocą Mood-sensing smartphone tells your shrink how you feel – tech – 21 February 2013 – New Scientist.

Nie możesz być normalny

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“Half of Silicon Valley has something you’d call Asperger’s—I’m sure Mark Zuckerberg has something like that,” Grandin says. “You’d almost have to have a touch of Asperger’s to be that good a programmer. Social circuits take up a pile of processor space in the brain, and then you don’t have the processor space to make stuff like Facebook.”

In some ways, she feels that the advancements in technology and social media have helped humans develop a more fractured type of visual thinking closer to animals, though in some ways this worries her.

“To create something like Google, people had to sit still for hundreds of hours to learn how to program,” Grandin says. “We’re getting a lot of people today texting all the time, fragmenting their attention. It’s ironic that the thing that they text on has to be made by someone who is not distracted and is looking at information in whole bits for long periods of time.”

za pomocą „Half of Silicon Valley has something you’d call Asperger’s”: Interview with Temple Grandin | Artery.

Mniejsze cycki to wina głupich genów

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The traits — thicker hair shafts, more sweat glands, characteristically identified teeth and smaller breasts — are the result of a gene mutation that occurred about 35,000 years ago, the researchers have concluded.

The discovery explains a crucial juncture in the evolution of East Asians. But the method can also be applied to some 400 other sites on the human genome. The DNA changes at these sites, researchers believe, mark the turning points in recent human evolution as the populations on each continent diverged from one another.

za pomocą Studying Recent Human Evolution at the Genetic Level – NYTimes.com.

Jemy robale

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An estimated 80 per cent of the global population have bugs in their diet, says Julene Aguirre Bielschowsky of Ento, a company seeking to persuade Westerners to eat more insects. Ento has been working with chefs to create attractive protein alternatives like waxworm caterpillars, which according to Bielschowsky taste like sausages when fresh, and pistachios when dried. Cricket pâté has been a surprising success in recent taste tests, she says.

Most insects are safe to eat and you have probably already tasted a few. The US Food and Drug Administration details the maximum level of “foreign material” – read insects – that can be included in foodstuffs without hazard to your health. Fig paste, for example, can safely contain up to 12 insect heads per 100 grams.

za pomocą Don’t like horse meat? How about insects? You’re already eating insect heads | FUTUREJAM.

Kim jest eNarcyz? Czy jestem jednym z nich?

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Czy jesteś narcyzem? Krótki test! Odpowiedz: „Tak”, „Nie”, „Czasami”.

  • Czy masz przesadne przekonanie o swoich osiągnięciach i talentach?
  • Czy oczekujesz od innych uznania siebie za osobowość wybitną?
  • Czy głowę zajmują ci fantazje dotyczące osiągnięcia wielkiego sukcesu i władzy?
  • Masz przekonanie, że jesteś kimś szczególnym i wyjątkowym?
  • Czy wolisz utrzymywać kontakty jedynie z osobami lub instytucjami o podobnym „wyjątkowym” statusie?
  • Czy oczekujesz podziwu dla siebie od otoczenia?
  • Czy wykorzystujesz innych do osiągnięcia własnych celów?
  • Czy poznawanie uczuć i potrzeb innych uważasz za zbyteczne?
  • Czy zdarza ci się zachowywać wyniośle wobec innych i ich opinii?
  • Czy zamartwiasz się swoim wyglądem?

za pomocą Kim jest eNarcyz? Czy jestem jednym z nich? Dlaczego na nich uważać? « Gadżetomania.pl.

Pornocyberpunk

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Wycięli moje łono i wstawili w nie tkankę mózgową. Przeszczep z ośrodków przyjemności, najdroższy, połączony z kręgosłupem, ustami i odbytem. To lepsze niż być Bogiem. Pocę się perfumami; jestem czystsza od wysterylizowanej igły; wszystko, co opuszcza moje ciało, można pić jak wino i jeść jak cukierki. (…) Lindsay podczołgał się bliżej i objął ją. Wsunęła język głęboko między jego wargi. Poczuł smak korzennych przypraw. Smak narkotyku; gruczoły w jej ustach wydzielały narkotyk.

„Schismatrix” (1985), Sterling

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Dlaczego mądrzy ludzie są głupi?

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The results were quite disturbing. For one thing, self-awareness was not particularly useful: as the scientists note, “people who were aware of their own biases were not better able to overcome them.” […] “My intuitive thinking is just as prone to overconfidence, extreme predictions, and the planning fallacy”—a tendency to underestimate how long it will take to complete a task”

Perhaps our most dangerous bias is that we naturally assume that everyone else is more susceptible to thinking errors, a tendency known as the “bias blind spot.” This “meta-bias” is rooted in our ability to spot systematic mistakes in the decisions of others—we excel at noticing the flaws of friends—and inability to spot those same mistakes in ourselves. […] intelligence seems to make things worse. The scientists gave the students four measures of “cognitive sophistication.” As they report in the paper, all four of the measures showed positive correlations, “indicating that more cognitively sophisticated participants showed larger bias blind spots.” This trend held for many of the specific biases, indicating that smarter people (at least as measured by S.A.T. scores) and those more likely to engage in deliberation were slightly more vulnerable to common mental mistakes.

za pomocą Why Smart People Are Stupid — m.newyorker.com — Readability.

Pijcie razem

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Researchers reviewing data collected from 19,977 married couples in one county in Norway reported that spouses who consume about the same amount of alcohol were less likely to divorce than pairs where one partner is a heavy drinker and the other is not — especially when the wife is the one doing the drinking. […] They found that divorce was generally more common in couples with high rates of alcohol consumption, but that the highest divorce rates were found in couples where only the woman was a heavy drinker.

za pomocą Heavy drinking, ‚incompatible’ drinking tied to divorce, study says – latimes.com.

Świat przyszłości – mniejszy ekran, mniejsza kasa

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Hollywood studios will eventually charge less for entertainment streamed to small devices, basing prices on screen size, DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. (DWA) Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Katzenberg predicted.

People will pay less to watch movies and television shows on a mobile phone than to see it in a theater, Katzenberg said today at the Founders Forum conference on digital media in Los Angeles. The move would create higher consumption in developing markets, such as India, where cell phones are widely used for entertainment, he said.

“People will pay by the square inch,” Katzenberg said. “If a cell phone version is 75 cents, you’ll get 350 million people in India to pay that.”

za pomocą Katzenberg Says Mobile Viewers Will Pay by ‘Inch’ – Bloomberg.

Dziennikarzem być

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Jeśli przypomnimy sobie media w najlepszym, amerykańskim wydaniu, ale także naszą historię, to nie była to przecież inteligencka zabawka. Dziennikarz to niekoniecznie jest „inteligencki gęgacz”. Sam znam jeszcze prawdziwych, krwistych reporterów – Reszka, Majewski, Darek Rosiak – których praca wymaga awanturniczego trybu życia, podróży, picia wódki w różnym towarzystwie. Dziennikarstwo to naprawdę nie jest inteligencki zawód zza biurka.

za pomocą Media są biedne i głupie | „Nowy Obywatel” – pismo na rzecz sprawiedliwości społecznej.

Duch w maszynie, czyli etyczne problemy robotów

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the U.S. seems to be struggling to adapt its 20th century moral code of warfare to the 21st century practice of sending flying robots into other countries to kill people. It appears that drones are evolving faster than Americans’ ability to understand how, legally and ethically, to use them. […] In a way, drones represent the much delayed coming of age of a field that has experienced a prolonged adolescence, namely robotics. For decades robots stumbled along on the ground, slowly and clumsily, rarely achieving even bipedal locomotion. Right now the apex of consumer robotics is that humble domestic trilobite, the Roomba. But it turns out that the earth’s surface is simply not the robot’s natural domain. When robots take to the air, they’re faster and nimbler and more graceful than humans will ever be. All along, robots just wanted to be drones. […] Drones bring that asymmetrical dynamic out into the real world: a drone is the physical avatar of the virtual presence of a real person. They provoke a new kind of anxiety, quite unlike the nuclear terror of the 1980s or the conspiracy-theory paranoia of the 1990s. They’re a swarming, persistent presence, low-level but ubiquitous and above all anonymous. They could be al-Qaeda or your government or your friends and neighbors.

za pomocą What Happens When Drones Return to America — Printout — TIME.

Możesz wierzyć pijakowi

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…results contradicted the researchers’ expectations. Based on alcoholic myopia theory (a loss of memory for peripheral details), they predicted that the intoxicated participants would match the controls when the culprit was present, but would make more incorrect identifications when he was absent.

The results also clash with the common sense beliefs of the general public that drunk witnesses will be less reliable than sober witnesses. Given how common it is for witnesses to crimes to be intoxicated, there’s been surprisingly little research on how alcohol affects eyewitness performance. Sure, this study has its limitations – the alcohol levels used were only moderate and the crime wasn’t a real event – but it makes a welcome contribution to a neglected research area.

za pomocą BPS Research Digest: Drunk eyewitnesses are more reliable than expected.

Cena anonimowości

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W wynikach wyszukiwania, informacje związane z profilami zweryfikowanymi online, będą znajdować się wyżej niż content pozbawiony weryfikacji, co zaowocuje tym, że większość użytkowników będzie naturalnie klikać w najwyższe (zweryfikowane) wyniki. Prawdziwą ceną bycia anonimowym może być w takim razie brak znaczenia

za pomocą „The New Digital Age” – Eric Schmidt o Twitterze, cyberwojnie i przyszłości dziennikarstwa – Pejcz.