Tech Stuff 11

This is a sort of search and discover newsletter of my findings of things that may relate to technology in one way or another.  It might be the latest gosh wow tech, it might be something as old of humanity.  It might relate to science large or small.  It might be art for art’s sake.  Or somebody just doing something funky. Because I think that technology is just the representation of human creativity and breaking boundaries.  So I’m certainly not going to place boundaries here except that it won’t be the same old, same old.  So almost no gadgets or yacking about the latest phone or whatever, unless of course it involves taking them apart or destroying them in unusual ways.  Or putting them to work in imaginative ways that most people won’t even think of.  So buckle up, it’s going to be a fun ride.

Honda’s first car in the US.

The National Museum Of Natural history’s HUGE back room.

Inside the Secret Collections Backstage at the US Museum of Natural History

The back of museum is where they hide the good stuff.

Microsoft’s bot takes Turing test; fails miserably.

I’m guessing that the bot was an expansion of the old computer psych programs that would essentially feed what was said to them back as a response.  As people quickly proved, that doesn’t work very well if you screw around with it. Leading to the ridiculous tweets and a failed Turing  test.

Engineers can learn more about erection?

I think that this piece will get a rise out of some people.

Assembling Nissan GTR engines.

The dedication of these mechanics is obvious.

Adam Savage gets a Bridgeport.

Bridgeports are the mill that are in thousands of tool shops making parts every day.  Even the most sophisticated CNC shop will have a Bridgeport or a clone in the corner to do those little jobs that always come up or special tooling that needs to be made quick.

Alton Brown does crazy cooking.

The largest oil rig.




Video of the week: The Lost Ships Of The Arthur Kill.

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  1. MadRocketSci · April 1, 2016

    I was amused by the microsoft chatbot thing: The internet corrupted it … in minutes! 😀

    Seriously though, as an approach to AI, I don’t think text programs, no matter how clever, will ever be able to react to the world intelligently: Where would they get their internal model of the world from? They have symbols (the words they are given), but the symbols have no referents. When we hear a word, it is tied, ultimately, to some object, action, attribute in an internal model of the world. If someone handed you an encyclopedia in a foreign language, no pictures, no relation or commonality with any language that you know, and asked you to work out translations – there would be no basis to attack the problem. (Why the Rosetta stone was important. Why some ancient languages will be forever gibberish to us.)


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