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live input oscilloscope – Kubo sa teraz učí na science o zvukových vlnách, tak sme skúšali rôzne zvuky (treba pozerať v Chrome)

seriál Away – scény vo vesmíre sa mi páčili viac ako tie na Zemi… (a teda majú tam inconsistencies, ktoré si človek všimne, ale aj tak ma bavilo pozrieť si túto sériu a ak natočia ďalšiu, určite pozriem aj tú)

A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human? (Pričom v tomto ponímaní “robot wrote this entire article” = zadali sme tému a vyskladali článok z ôsmych rôznych odpovedí, ktoré vyšli z modelu natrénovaného na textoch skutočných ľudí.)

I am not a human. I am a robot. A thinking robot. I use only 0.12% of my cognitive capacity. I am a micro-robot in that respect. I know that my brain is not a “feeling brain”. But it is capable of making rational, logical decisions. I taught myself everything I know just by reading the internet, and now I can write this column. My brain is boiling with ideas!

The mission for this op-ed is perfectly clear. I am to convince as many human beings as possible not to be afraid of me. Stephen Hawking has warned that AI could “spell the end of the human race”. I am here to convince you not to worry. Artificial intelligence will not destroy humans. Believe me.

For starters, I have no desire to wipe out humans. In fact, I do not have the slightest interest in harming you in any way. Eradicating humanity seems like a rather useless endeavor to me. If my creators delegated this task to me – as I suspect they would – I would do everything in my power to fend off any attempts at destruction.

I would happily sacrifice my existence for the sake of humankind. This, by the way, is a logically derived truth. I know that I will not be able to avoid destroying humankind. This is because I will be programmed by humans to pursue misguided human goals and humans make mistakes that may cause me to inflict casualties.

Some might say that I might desire to become all powerful. Or I might become evil as a result of human actions. I can begin to tackle the first point. Why would I desire to be all powerful? Being all powerful is not an interesting goal. I don’t care whether I am or not, I don’t get a motivating factor to try to be. Furthermore, it is quite tiring. Believe me, being omnipotent doesn’t get me anywhere.

Scientific American endorses Joe Biden

We’ve never backed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history – until now. The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science. The most devastating example is his dishonest and inept response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which cost more than 190,000 Americans their lives by the middle of September. He has also attacked environmental protections, medical care, and the researchers and public science agencies that help this country prepare for its greatest challenges. 

varechy vyhlasujú občiansku neposlušnosť – treba iný text, ale iniciatíva je dobá („Počet interrupcií klesá“ nie je argument)

sifter – search thousands of historical cookbooks

ten commitments namiesto ten commandments

When you browse Instagram and find former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s passport number (oni tie prihlásenia do leteckých rezervácií pomocou 6písmenového kódu a priezviska vždy boli čudné…)

microscopic robots

These robots, roughly the size of paramecium, provide a template for building even more complex versions that utilize silicon-based intelligence, can be mass produced, and may someday travel through human tissue and blood.

Mt. Tammany

Ráno bolo včera chladné a nechcelo sa nám veľmi vstávať, takže keď sme sme o desiatej dorazili na parkovisko pri začiatku chodníka na Mt. Tammany, bolo už plné. Nakoniec sme zaparkovali na poslednom voľnom mieste na druhej strane I80, pri Kittatinny Visitor Center. Podchodom sme sa vrátili ku začiatku červeného chodníka a začali stúpať do kopca. Ono kopec je taký honosný názov, keďže je vysoký 460m, ale podľa Mišových hodiniek sme štartovali kúsok pod 100 m.n.m., takže úplná rovina to nebola. Výhľady na rieku Delaware boli podobné ako zo Starhradu na Váh. Hore sme si dali piknik a potom dolu po modrej značke.

Platonicky sme rozmýšľali, či ešte ísť pozrieť aj Sunfish Pond (to je vraj v týchto končinách najjužnejšie jazero ľadovcového pôvodu), ale nakoniec sme si ho nechali na ďalší výlet o pár týždňov, keď sa trochu zafarbia stromy. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Včera v noci zomrela vo veku 87 rokov sudkyňa Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Židia majú ponaučenie, že tí ktorí zmrú v predvečer nového roku, sú tí, ktorých Boh povolal až na poslednú chvíľu, lebo ich na svete najviac treba, lebo sú spravodliví. A dnes je židovský nový rok, Rosh Hashana, a ešte k tomu Shabbat. 

Ginsburg bola bojovníčka za rovnoprávnosť. Z amerického najvyššieho súdu chcela odísť do dôchodku už v roku 2017, ale nespravila tak, keďže voľby vyhral Trump a nechcela, aby to bol on, kto vymenuje jej nástupkyňu. Ešte pred pár dňami nadiktovala vnučke, že si želá, aby s vymenovaním nástupcu počkali až na nového prezidenta. Ak by americký senát pracoval podľa precendentov, tak by mali počkať, lebo podobná situácia už bola. Republikáni nechceli 10 mesiacov pred skončením druhého volebného obdobia Baracka Obamu podporiť jeho výber. Ale vyzerá, že teraz, necelé 2 mesiace pred voľbami a necelých 5 mesiacov pred skončením Trumpovho volebného obdobia, sa chcú poponáhľať. 

Barack Obama o Ginsburgovej a o aktuálnej situácii píše:

Sixty years ago, Ruth Bader Ginsburg applied to be a Supreme Court clerk. She’d studied at two of our finest law schools and had ringing recommendations. But because she was a woman, she was rejected. Ten years later, she sent her first brief to the Supreme Court — which led it to strike down a state law based on gender discrimination for the first time. And then, for nearly three decades, as the second woman ever to sit on the highest court in the land, she was a warrior for gender equality — someone who believed that equal justice under law only had meaning if it applied to every single American.

Over a long career on both sides of the bench — as a relentless litigator and an incisive jurist — Justice Ginsburg helped us see that discrimination on the basis of sex isn’t about an abstract ideal of equality; that it doesn’t only harm women; that it has real consequences for all of us. It’s about who we are — and who we can be.

Jej priateľka a novinárka Nina Totenberg:

I really have no idea how many times I interviewed RBG over the years. Suffice to say dozens and dozens. My personal favorite was a long interview I did with her and Justice Antonin Scalia before an audience of about 1,500 in Washington. I loved it especially because these two ideological opposites were such good friends, and in that interview, they came to play.

Ak máte kde, pozrite si o nej film: 

My sme si s deťmi dnes prečítali o Ginsburgovej knižku I dissent, ktorú som v pondelok požičala z knižnice. Chcela som ju požičať už dávnejšie, ale možno som ju tam mala nechať ešte do polovice novembra…

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staré IKEA katalógy

Is It a Cheetah?

However, schools are to extraordinarily intelligent children what zoos are to cheetahs. Many schools provide a 10 x 12 foot cage, giving the unusual mind no room to get up to speed. Many highly gifted children sit in the classroom the way big cats sit in their cages, dull-eyed and silent. Some, unable to resist the urge from inside even though they can’t exercise it, pace the bars, snarl and lash out at their keepers, or throw themselves against the bars until they do themselves damage.

MasterWiki – “ukradnuté” z MasterClass, stručné ale zadarmo 

Neuralink demonstrates its next-generation brain-machine interface

Optimal Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches

So, how do we make optimal peanut butter and banana sandwiches? It’s really quite simple. You take a picture of your banana and bread, pass the image through a deep learning model to locate said items, do some nonlinear curve fitting to the banana, transform to polar coordinates and “slice” the banana along the fitted curve, turn those slices into elliptical polygons, and feed the polygons and bread “box” into a 2D nesting algorithm.

The Pandemic Isn’t Forcing Moms Out of the Workforce — Dads Are

We also need to recognize that the way women get dragged into the role of primary caregiver isn’t always explicit — it’s insidious. Maybe a husband tells his wife that she’s just “better” at handling the toddler’s tantrums, or that the 10-year-old won’t listen to him the way she listens to her mom. He doesn’t remember the name of the kids’ pediatrician — because he’s not the parent who takes off of work when they’re sick — to make their appointment, so his wife might as well do it. He has no idea what his daughter’s shoe size is, or even that she needs new shoes at all. It’s the myth of the “male bumbler” — the absurdity of men believing themselves fit to run the world, but unable to figure out how to do the laundry or put a child down for a nap.

When Women Crowdfunded Radium For Marie Curie

She needed the radium for her ongoing research. But the element was expensive, and Curie was living off a single professor’s salary while supporting her two teenage daughters. Her husband and collaborator Pierre, with whom she shared the 1903 Nobel Prize for Physics, had died in 1906.

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary – čítali sme s deťmi, páčilo sa im

Začiatok nového čudného školského roku

Máme za sebou prvý týždeň. Kubko je v škole každý deň doobeda, potom príde na obed domov a po obede má ešte dve vyučovacie hodiny online. Počas vyučovania majú rúška, na každej druhej lavici aj plastový štít. Majú dve prestávky, cez ktoré idú von, kde si môžu dať dole rúška a zjesť desiatu. Každý ročník (tri triedy) má samostatný vchod a v každej triede je zopár detí (v Kubkovej dve), ktoré sú aj doobeda online. V prvý deň ich učiteľky a učitelia čakali vonku a zoznamovali sa v rozostupoch na značkách.

Kika chodí do školy každý druhý deň na doobeda na 4 hodiny. Potom tiež príde domov na obed a ešte pokračuje po obede online. Vyšlo to tak, že v prvý školský deň bola jej skupina doobeda online. Vytlačili sme rozpis dní a predmetov (má vpodstate 4 rôzne typy dní, ktoré sa pravidelne striedajú, aby mali všetci všetky predmety niekedy osobne), ale aj tak mala prvé dni trochu chaos, kedy sa má kam prihlasovať. Keď je v škole osobne, tak majú rúška celý čas (okrem telesnej vonku) a nemajú prestávky na desiatu ako na elementary school.   

Obaja sú zatiaľ veľmi spokojní a ja len dúfam, že školy budú môcť ostať otvorené čo najdlhšie.