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Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria

The stations—which didn’t so much scan as photograph books—had been custom-built by Google from the sheet metal up. Each one could digitize books at a rate of 1,000 pages per hour. The book would lie in a specially designed motorized cradle that would adjust to the spine, locking it in place. Above, there was an array of lights and at least $1,000 worth of optics, including four cameras, two pointed at each half of the book, and a range-finding LIDAR that overlaid a three-dimensional laser grid on the book’s surface to capture the curvature of the paper. The human operator would turn pages by hand—no machine could be as quick and gentle—and fire the cameras by pressing a foot pedal, as though playing at a strange piano. […]

It was strange to me, the idea that somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25-million books and nobody is allowed to read them. […] It’s there. The books are there. People have been trying to build a library like this for ages—to do so, they’ve said, would be to erect one of the great humanitarian artifacts of all time—and here we’ve done the work to make it real and we were about to give it to the world and now, instead, it’s 50 or 60 petabytes on disk, and the only people who can see it are half a dozen engineers on the project who happen to have access because they’re the ones responsible for locking it up.

I asked someone who used to have that job, what would it take to make the books viewable in full to everybody? I wanted to know how hard it would have been to unlock them. What’s standing between us and a digital public library of 25 million volumes?

You’d get in a lot of trouble, they said, but all you’d have to do, more or less, is write a single database query. You’d flip some access control bits from off to on. It might take a few minutes for the command to propagate.

Neuralink and the Brain’s Magical Future

Because, as the human history case study suggests, when there’s something on the planet way smarter than everyone else, it can be a really bad thing for everyone else. And if AI becomes the new thing on the planet that’s way smarter than everyone else, and it turns out not to clearly belong to us—it means that it’s its own thing. Which drops us into the category of “everyone else.” […]

He sees it as only a matter of time before superintelligent AI rises up on this planet—and when that happens, he believes that it’s critical that we don’t end up as part of “everyone else.” That’s why, in a future world made up of AI and everyone else, he thinks we have only one good option: To be AI. […]

The pace of progress in this direction matters a lot. We don’t want to develop digital superintelligence too far before being able to do a merged brain-computer interface.

Before European Christians Forced Gender Roles, Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders (Finds Them And Kills Them je úžasné meno)

Stredoškoláčky videli, že by mladí volili Kotlebu a Kollára, tak vymysleli súťaž o tom, ako funguje štát

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‘Not Rescuing’ Our Kids Shouldn’t Mean Letting Them Flounder

That is not an unreasonable approach to shepherding your children into the pasture of responsibility, and we’ve certainly practiced various forms of it over the years with our own children. No, you can’t spend our money on Cheez-Its from the school vending machine because you left your peanut-butter rice cake at home.

But if you’re cold on the hike that I begged you to take with me, yes, I will give you my jacket. Not because I’m the depressed and obscene giving tree. But because you’re my darling. Because you’re so lovely to take this walk with me. Because your father, just yesterday, put his sweatshirt around my chilly shoulders at a bar.

I understand why so many of the smartest women I know are proudly carrying the no-rescue flag. Mothers have been the coddlers, historically speaking: the bringers of forgotten things, the tenders of the beleaguered. “I am sick of doing everything for everybody,” we may be saying. “And I don’t want my kids to be hapless dependents.” Fair enough. Except, not to sound like a bad capitalist, independence may not be such a great goal either. Everyone taking good care of themselves, efficiently separated from the needs of others — is that the best possible world we can live in?

My son wears dresses; get over it

To me, loving a child who is different, a target and seen as vulnerable is my role as a father and decent human being. He’s just as special to me and loved by me as my oldest son, whose most prized possession is a pocketknife, who plays football, likes fart jokes, and is starting to notice girls.

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Colbie Caillat: Try (vďaka Táni za linku)

Women Destroy Science Fiction!

Functional programming comes to the Macintosh! Introducing Swift

How boys teach each other to be boys

She concluded that most of what we think of as “boy” behavior isn’t natural or authentic to boys, but is something they learn to perform. Boys aren’t stoic or aggressive or hierarchical; they aren’t bad at forming relationships or unable to express themselves. They pick up all these traditional traits of masculinity by adapting to a culture that expects and demands that they do so.

Facebook news feed experiment

The Facebook experiment was conducted for one week in 2012. It manipulated the content users saw in their news feeds to see if emotions could be spread. Some users saw positive updates from friends, others saw negative updates.

Pôrod a gender

veľmi zaujímavý článok od Emy Hrešanovej (a ten obrázok k nemu je úplne geniálny)


Potřeba, aby zde byl „dozorce“, odkazuje k dalšímu významnému aspektu takového modelu porodu, kterým je pojetí ženského těla jako inherentně a nevyhnutelně defektního. Ženskému tělu nelze věřit, je narozdíl od toho mužského nevyzpytatelné. Nikdy se neví, kdy se něco pokazí a těhotenství i porod jsou pak nutně rizikové – za „normální“ je lze klasifikovat až v retrospektivě (DeVries 1993: 135). Taková představa vychází z karteziánského pojetí těla, které ovšem za normu bere tělo mužské.

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Meryl Streep je výborná:

Sara Bareilles tiež:

why mom’s time is different from dad’s time (Wall Street Journal)

They found that while leisure time went a long way toward relaxing fathers, it did far less to subdue anxiety in mothers. So what, you may ask, did calm the mothers. Simple: Seeing their husbands make a bigger effort to reduce the pandemonium in the house.

ako mohol vyzerať Twilight, keby Bella občas trochu rozmýšľala a nebolo by ju treba stále zachraňovať – Twilight funfiction (Luminosity)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: We should all be feminists

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 PhD Comics: Wisdom from my 3 year old:

Wisdom I Wisdom II Wisdom III


design agency lets clients pay what they want

portréty matiek s ich jednodňovými bábätkami

amazon prime air

how to get good at chess, fast

úžasné fotky snehových vločiek

gender neutral parenting: 5 ways to avoid implicit sexism

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najprv si pozrite túto reklamu na hračky GoldieBlox, čo bola po celom internete tento týždeň:


pokus o prepis pesničky z tej reklamy:

You think you know what we want, girls!
Pink and pretty: it’s girls!
Just like the 50’s, it’s girls!

You like to buy us pink toys,
and everything else is for boys.
And you can always get us dolls,
and we’ll grow up like [??].

It’s time to change.
We deserve to see a range.
‘Cause all our toys look just the same,
and we would like to use our brains.

We are all more than princess-made.
Girls build the spaceships,
Girls that code a new app,
Girls that grow up knowing
that they can engineer that.

That’s all we really need, is girls!
To bring us up to speed is girls!
Our opportunities as girls!
Don’t underestimate girls!

Girls! Girls! Girls!
Girls! Girls! Girls!

… snaha sa cení. Ale stále to nie je dobre. Niekoľko postrehov:

– keď si pozriete tú hračku, o ktorú vlastne ide, stále je pastelová, vrátane ružovej farby, určená špeciálne pre dievčatá (kto kúpi takéto niečo pre chlapca? v pozadí potom assumption, že táto už je konečne pre dievčatá zatiaľčo ostatné boli pre chlapcov??)… (a nie je to rarita, napr. tento švédsky katalóg sa hrdí, aký je gender-neutral (h/t Zuzine za linku), ale hneď prvý obrázok – ružový vysávač pre dievčatko, modrý pre chlapca)

– reklama na ňu používa presne tú rétoriku (chlapci chcú stavať, dievčatá chcú čítať), proti ktorej sa naoko snaží bojovať…

– aj keby táto hračka bola ideálna, tak nevyrieši ten problém, ktorý sa tvári, že má riešiť. Nedostatok žien v STEM odvetviach nie je niečo, čo zachránia hračky a malé dievčatá. Na tom sa musia veľkou mierou podieľať chlapi v STEM odvetviach.

– somewhat related: glass ceiling at Cellular Solutions


pred dvoma týždňami bola jedna dobrá linka o antibiotikách, teraz ešte jedna: Imaginig the post-antibiotics future

a toto video (od Mirečka) musíte vidieť:

Gloria Steinem accepts the presidential medal of freedom

The first time journalist, organizer, and Ms. magazine co-founder Gloria Steinem graced the podium at the National Press Club, it was as the first woman ever invited to do so. However many points one might give the club’s members for having chosen the country’s most famous feminist for that honor, some must be subtracted for their having handed her what was then the standard thank you gift to Press Club speakers: a man’s tie.

“You know, people often ask me, at this age, who am I passing the torch to? And I always say, first of all, that I’m not giving up my torch, thank you very much,” she said to appreciative laughter from the audience. “But also, I’m using my torch to light other people’s torches. Because the idea that there’s one torch-passer is part of the bonkers hierarchical idea—and if we each have a torch, there’s a lot more light.

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po víkende bez internetu len takto stručne:

keď už aj PhD comics je o rodičovstve:



the tree with the apple tattoo

o snehových vločkách

nechcem, aby bol môj škôlkar gentleman – komentáre?

Free your workers, Yahoo!

Once upon a time, we lived in a world where men engaged in paid work and women stayed home and took care of the children, the elderly, the sick, and the disabled.” That’s not the world we live in now: Even in households with more than one adult, some form of paid work is rarely a “choice,” and someone still has to do the care work, usually on top of everything else. That someone is usually a woman, which is why state and city-level policies for paid sick days and family leave — the bare minimum of flexibility — are feminist issues.

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rodičovstvo ako prostriedok pre osobný rast – od môjho brata; vraj mi tým nechcel nič naznačiť; Inak si myslím, že niečo na tom bude, ale je to veľmi zjednodušený pohľad na vec. Ako som mu odpísala

do určitej miery je to podľa mna pravda, ale
a) to predpokladá, že matka má na tie aktivity popri staraní sa o deti ešte čas a energiu a niekto iný sa o ne stará, keď ich ona robí
b) nie je to pre každého – niekto by sa rád vrátil, tam kde prestal pred materskou, len to nejde, lebo zrazu nemôže robiť také hodiny napr
c) keď mamy po materskej hľadajú zamestnanie, tak Ti môžem garantovať, že tie 3,4,5 rokov čo boli doma im nikto neuzná ako školenie v manažmente a people skills
d) čo sa týka platu a seniority, tak tých par rokov sa v klasických zamestnaniach prejaví
Ako ženy – ktorým je sprievodca určený predovšetkým – by sme v expertnom hodnotení uvítali vo väčšej miere zameranie sa na zdravie matiek a detí po pôrode. Cítime znepokojenie nad tým, že odborníci uprednostnili zo širšej ponuky ukazovateľov epidurálnu analgézu pri pôrode (PEDA) namiesto nejakého indikátora zdravia ženy po pôrode. Takéto informácie nie sú prístupné ani verejnosti, takže o šanciach ženy a dieťaťa prejsť pôrodom bez vážnejšej zdravotnej ujmy si môžeme vytvárať iba dohady. Údaje o miere nástrihov a cisárskych rezov majú slúžiť k ilustrácii toho, aké ťažké, priam až nemožné je v niektorých zariadeniach porodiť dieťa bez chirurgického zásahu. V situácii, kedy takáto šanca klesá v mnohých pôrodniciach pod 20 %, nám pripadá absurdné zameriavať sa na PEDA. Radi by sme rodili v takých pôrodniciach, kde rovnako záleží na dlhodobých dopadoch medicínskych zásahov na zdravie ženy a dieťaťa a kde sa personál z tohoto dôvodu snaží tieto zásahy minimalizovať na bezpečnú úroveň. Uvedomujeme si, že ako laičky nedokážeme posúdiť opodstatnenie lekárskeho zásahu v konkrétnom prípade, avšak všeobecná miera zásahovosti oproti ostatným vyspelým krajinám a tiež odporúčaniam Svetovej zdravotníckej organizácie sa nám javí neobhájiteľná.
recepty, ktoré máte v chladničke – zaklikáte suroviny, ktoré máte doma, a stránka vám ponúkne recepty na jedlá, ktoré sa z nich dajú vykúzliť
why gender equality stalled – článok hlavne o USA, ale toto je na zamyslenie pre všetkých:

The sociologist Pamela Stone studied a group of mothers who had made these decisions. Typically, she found, they phrased their decision in terms of a preference. But when they explained their “decision-making process,” it became clear that most had made the “choice” to quit work only as a last resort — when they could not get the flexible hours or part-time work they wanted, when their husbands would not or could not cut back their hours, and when they began to feel that their employers were hostile to their concerns. Under those conditions, Professor Stone notes, what was really a workplace problem for families became a private problem for women.

This is where the political gets really personal. When people are forced to behave in ways that contradict their ideals, they often undergo what sociologists call a “values stretch” — watering down their original expectations and goals to accommodate the things they have to do to get by. This behavior is especially likely if holding on to the original values would exacerbate tensions in the relationships they depend on.

In their years of helping couples make the transition from partners to parents, the psychologists Philip and Carolyn Cowan have found that tensions increase when a couple backslide into more traditional roles than they originally desired. The woman resents that she is not getting the shared child care she expected and envies her husband’s social networks outside the home. The husband feels hurt that his wife isn’t more grateful for the sacrifices he is making by working more hours so she can stay home. When you can’t change what’s bothering you, one typical response is to convince yourself that it doesn’t actually bother you. So couples often create a family myth about why they made these choices, why it has turned out for the best, and why they are still equal in their hearts even if they are not sharing the kind of life they first envisioned.

M. Gullerová: Slovensko by malo vytvoriť podmienky pre návrat slovenských vedcov zo zahraničia

Vedu treba popularizovať, pretože vývoj celej spoločnosti závisí od vedeckého pokroku. Treba si uvedomiť, že ak vedci zostanú v nedocenenej pozícii, čoraz menej mladých ľudí pôjde vedu študovať a robiť. Jednoznačne by prospelo, keby slovenské inštitúcie a univerzity sledovali svojich absolventov v zahraničí, pozývali ich späť, povedzme prednášať, a tým umožnili slovenským študentom osobne sa stretnúť s vedcami zo zahraničia. Taktiež je dôležité viac popularizovať jednotlivých vedcov, ktorí sa presadili svojou prácou. Napr. v top vede je stále veľmi málo žien. Určite by pomohlo, keby sa viac hovorilo o ženách – vedkyniach, ktoré dokážu zvládnuť top kariéru aj rodinu.