"The horrors of that human trafficking left a scar for the sport that lingers even now, 12 years after the practice was officially banned in the U.A.E. Some owners said quietly that they still might prefer to have human jockeys — though none would say so publicly — but a majority, perhaps recognizing the troubling perception of having children ride animals that stand 6 feet tall and can run up to 40 miles per hour, unabashedly praised the technology now widely used instead: robots."

Full story AT New york times here

Just take a look at the pictures in the article. The juxtaposition of the ancient sport of camel racing and the futuresque robotic camel jockeys is just striking.

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"...Facebook and Twitter are treated as a goldmine where people’s thoughts are concerned. Scientists believe that the heaps of data that these social media platforms gather can correctly portray what users are thinking. What scientists overlook, however, is to correct inherent biases that datasets contain."

Full story here

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NzA4XLjRaM

Hi I'm up late working. What's happening internet. 

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Full story here.

Quite a triumph for iPython notebook. By publishing the notebook along with a paper, scientists give others the ability to reproduce their work immediately. This is quite...amazing. 

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Green party politician Malte Spitz sued to have German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom hand over six months of his phone data that he then made available to ZEIT ONLINE. We combined this geolocation data with information relating to his life as a politician, such as Twitter feeds, blog entries and websites, all of which is all freely available on the internet. 
By pushing the play button, you will set off on a trip through Malte Spitz's life. The speed controller allows you to adjust how fast you travel, the pause button will let you stop at interesting points. In addition, a calendar at the bottom shows when he was in a particular location and can be used to jump to a specific time period.

Turns out it's a lot. Full story here.

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Amazing article on Obama's reelection big data operation over at the New York Times. 

As the denizens of the cave were setting out to do that, the digital-analytics team, led by Rayid Ghani, a 35-year-old research scientist from Accenture Labs, developed an idea: Why not try sifting through self-described supporters’ Facebook pages in search of friends who might be on the campaign’s list of the most persuadable voters? Then the campaign could ask the self-identified supporters to bring their undecided friends along. The technique, as they saw it, could also get supporters to urge friends to register to vote, to vote early or to volunteer and donate.

 

Full story here. 

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"Access Main Computer File", a delightful site with stills of UIs appearing in movies over the years. Computer UI in film is almost always terrible, as it is inherently about how to make something not cinematic appear exciting to the viewer. Over the years, however, there are definite gems that inspire actual software engineers with the kernel of a great new idea.

And the minority report interface is a terrible user interface.

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So first things first, let’s get some­thing straight: cars are vehi­cles, but bicy­cles are vehi­cles as well. When you are rid­ing your bicy­cle you should fol­low the rules of the road the same way cars do. Cre­at­ing your own rules out of thin air cre­ates con­fu­sion for every­body. You must inte­grate your­self with the rest of traf­fic as if you are a slow-moving vehi­cle, because that is what you are.

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I've been psyching myself up to get into bicycling (there are two cycles, you say?). If this thread on Reddit is anything to go by, bikers in LA are tough as nails.

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