"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.
"...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.
"Allows creation of Bayesian Belief Networks and other Graphical Models with pure Python functions. Where tractable exact inference is used. Currently four different inference methods are supported with more to come."
Is it just me or does eBay seem like it's got its act together?
Hi I'm up late working. What's happening internet.
Amazing new interactive math editor for iPad, iPhone, and Mac (http://calca.io). The same guy also makes iCircuit (http://icircuitapp.com), a circuit simulator app for engineers and enthusiasts. Great great example of someone building a quality app, targeting a specific market, and making a viable app business out of it.
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.
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.
In preparation for the IAMA, we initially added 30 dedicated servers (20%~ increase) just for the comment thread. This turned out not to be enough, so we added another 30 dedicated servers to the mix. At peak, we were transferring 48 MB per second of reddit to the internet.
Sebastian Thrun, famed Artificial Intelligence professor at Carnegie Mellon, and now head of the Google Glass project (among other things) at Google, being interviewed on Charlie Rose. Topics include the state of Artificial Intelligence, what Google is getting at with the Glass project, and the future of education. Fascinating stuff.
"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.
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.
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.