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fiatluxemburg:

Some years ago I was told about a band by someone when I asked about music I might like. I got the main album they had. I think I listened to like 30 seconds of the first song twice and decided I didn’t like it. I accidentally listened to the whole album a few weeks ago because it came after something else I’d been listening to in however I had iTunes sorted at that time and I wasn’t paying attention. Then later I remembered what I had heard (I wouldn’t go as far as to say it was “stuck in my head” but same idea?) and so went back and listened to it again. I decided now I did like it, a lot! I proceeded to listen to it extremely frequently until now I realized that I am sick of it and displeased that one of the songs is stuck in my head because I heard it so much.

This post was in my saved drafts. It must be from at least a few years ago. I have no idea what music I was writing about. Also I only stumbled upon it because Tumblr moved the drafts link to a more prominent position. So it’s nice to know the point remains as valid as ever.

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Some years ago I was told about a band by someone when I asked about music I might like. I got the main album they had. I think I listened to like 30 seconds of the first song twice and decided I didn’t like it. I accidentally listened to the whole album a few weeks ago because it came after something else I’d been listening to in however I had iTunes sorted at that time and I wasn’t paying attention. Then later I remembered what I had heard (I wouldn’t go as far as to say it was “stuck in my head” but same idea?) and so went back and listened to it again. I decided now I did like it, a lot! I proceeded to listen to it extremely frequently until now I realized that I am sick of it and displeased that one of the songs is stuck in my head because I heard it so much.

bandwagon-io:

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Taxi hailing apps have been controversial lately. Like hand-wringing, subpoena-serving, rock-slinging, 10,000-car-protest controversial. ”Ride-sharing” companies have been alternately attacked and praised, accused of bypassing rules as they turn non professionals into taxi drivers who can be…

Why Google Wanted Their Self Driving Car to Not Look Like a Car

bandwagon-io:

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Google’s self-driving car prototype doesn’t look like a car. It very deliberately looks unlike a car.

Early development of Google’s driverless vehicle technology was done by retrofitting normal cars from established brands. Google’s in-house prototype— the first “Google Car”—doesn’t make even the slightest effort to fit in. Though the form factor is similar to city-friendly smartcars, even among them Google’s cartoonish creation would stand out, partly due to the sensor array it has on top and partly because, head-on, it looks like its smiling.

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new-aesthetic:

Twitter / MakingOfs: “Green ninjas help shampoo and hair dye commercial actresses do their hair swing.”

new-aesthetic:

Twitter / MakingOfs: “Green ninjas help shampoo and hair dye commercial actresses do their hair swing.”

neuroimages:

"Like the entomologist in search of colourful butterflies, my attention has chased in the gardens of the grey matter cells with delicate and elegant shapes, the mysterious butterflies of the soul whose beating of wings may one day reveal to us the secrets of the mind" - Cajal. 
Pyramidal neurons and their dendrites visualised with patch clamp fluorescence microscopy. Alexandre William Moreau/ Institute of Neurology/ Nikon Small World Competition.

neuroimages:

"Like the entomologist in search of colourful butterflies, my attention has chased in the gardens of the grey matter cells with delicate and elegant shapes, the mysterious butterflies of the soul whose beating of wings may one day reveal to us the secrets of the mind" - Cajal. 

Pyramidal neurons and their dendrites visualised with patch clamp fluorescence microscopy. Alexandre William Moreau/ Institute of Neurology/ Nikon Small World Competition.

bandwagon-io:

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We’re not just at CES, the world’s biggest consumer technology expo, schmoozing with awesome companies, trying on computers, or collecting awards (more on that in a bit): we’re also operating two shared cab lines at the Las Vegas convention center to whisk folks to hotels and other event…

w3cmemes:

Unstable references, bad

w3cmemes:

Unstable references, bad

President Pulls Lawmakers Into Box He Made
NYT headline. Try to  visualize.

Tell your friends.

fastcompany:

In these maps of global social network use, you can see Facebook taking over the world. Here’s 2013’s map.

These geographic divisions and areas of contestation look familiar.

Or language, I guess it could be language.

Pandora: Amazing

It turns out the trick is finding at least one band that you like.

absalomabsalom:

Google Is Alive, It Has Eyes, and This Is What It Sees
Beautiful art by Samuel J Bland, digital collages composed from google image searches. Lacking intuition, the algorithm finds surreal patterns in mundane images. Mechanism in the articulation of a stuffed woodcock, the echo of a tiger from a fuzzy orange object in a plastic bag, these images percolate up through the digital froth of images and haunt these other, everyday objects, visual ghosts.
As I wrote before, when we imagine alternative/artificial intelligences, we tend to fixate on symbolic consciousness (i.e., the Turing Test) at the expense of what Lacan calls the imaginary, that layer of consciousness closer to animal ethology and the machinic. Consciousness emerges not just out of language, but out of a constant processing of images and environmental stimuli. Give the AI sense, then engage in a constant and distributed a Turin reality-testing (Turin avec Freud), and see what emerges.

absalomabsalom:

Google Is Alive, It Has Eyes, and This Is What It Sees

Beautiful art by Samuel J Bland, digital collages composed from google image searches. Lacking intuition, the algorithm finds surreal patterns in mundane images. Mechanism in the articulation of a stuffed woodcock, the echo of a tiger from a fuzzy orange object in a plastic bag, these images percolate up through the digital froth of images and haunt these other, everyday objects, visual ghosts.

As I wrote before, when we imagine alternative/artificial intelligences, we tend to fixate on symbolic consciousness (i.e., the Turing Test) at the expense of what Lacan calls the imaginary, that layer of consciousness closer to animal ethology and the machinic. Consciousness emerges not just out of language, but out of a constant processing of images and environmental stimuli. Give the AI sense, then engage in a constant and distributed a Turin reality-testing (Turin avec Freud), and see what emerges.

AccuWeather, please, try to sound more serious!