Reading, Non-reading…

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Online retailer Amazon has said it will buy Goodreads, a book discovery and recommendation website. [1]

San Francisco-based Goodreads was founded in 2007, has 16 million members and is one of the most prominent online communities for readers.

Selecting which books you read is immensly important. Not because of what you finally choose. It is the books which you DO NOT select and which you DO NOT read, which at the end determine who you are…

(this is what the “Non Reading” movement mentions as the main factor that should play role in our book education: Knowing the whole “grid” of knowledge in which the books we read are into – not necessarily reading the books)

Swarm robots: AI final frontier! (literally)

Researchers in the Sheffield Centre for Robotics, jointly established by the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, have been working to program a group of 40 robots, and say the ability to control robot swarms could prove hugely beneficial in a range of contexts, from military to medical. [1]

The researchers have demonstrated that the swarm can carry out simple fetching and carrying tasks, by grouping around an object and working together to push it across a surface.

Wow! Decades of fake promises that we “will have a robot in each house”, we are still playing fetch with small dummy machines… We are talking about SOLID RESULTS DELIVERED here… Hehehe… (no, no it is not a matter of fooling us to get funding. These ARE the things they get funded for! The other robots advertised are just for the new Star Wars episode…)

Everything is not art! Art is not everything!

Just read another article. “Being a Project Manager is like being an artist, you have the different colored process streams combining into a work of art” was the summary…

Really funny how everyone tries to persuade others that what he does is art, while artists try to persuade others that what they do is “technical” and “scientific”.

I have news to share: You are both wrong! We need technical guys as much as we need genuine artists who simply don’t give a damn on how we name what they do. And it seems we do not have any of them…

Synthetic vaccines, natural fears…

British scientists develop a new way to create an entirely synthetic vaccine which does not rely on using live infectious virus, meaning it is much safer. [1] Safer for the virus it is supposed to kill, that is… Because if vaccines based on live viruses have problems with success rates, I can only have nightmares on the success rate of something purely artificial.

According to the scientists, this kind of vaccine has less probability to turn into an infectious form. OK. I get it. But the final goal of the vaccine is to help the organism eliminate the threat. If you do not imitate the threat correctly (and a vaccine based on a virus could be potentially dangerous, indeed), then you are not helping the organism develop its defences properly. Sure it is a dangerous thing to have a gun in your house. But if you are a police officer, I think you kind of have to… If you want peace prepare for death. And any kind of war entails the probability of death…

Our fear of death and our aversion to nature, will finally make our society so sterilized that we will be soon dying like flies out of a winter flu…

De-historization, De-Berlinization…

Berlin Wall… A memory… Forgotten…

A German property developing firm has removed parts of a historic stretch of the Berlin Wall amid heavy police presence, despite a week of protests. Builders removed four segments of the so-called East Side Gallery stretch on Wednesday morning to open access to a building site for blocks of flats.

 

Some 250 police officers were deployed as the sections were dismantled. The re-development project has sparked outrage among citizen groups, who say the site is a symbol of freedom. [1]

I was always wandering how old temples, walls and buildings were burried beneath leayers of other newer temples, walls and buildings… Now I see this de-historization hapenning in front of my eyes. Forgetting (Gr. Λήθη) is a much more important function of humans than remembering…

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