David Jacobs

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Harvard researchers grow cyborg tissues with embedded nanoelectronics

"Ultimately, this is about merging tissue with electronics in a way that it becomes difficult to determine where the tissue ends and the electronics begin.”

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A Christian and Muslim unite - obscene holy books: good, obscene hotel films: bad


A letter penned by two notable scholars  a Christian and a Muslim  and sent to a number of different hotel industry executives has asked those hotels to remove pornography from their company’s in-room movie selections.

“We are, respectively, a Christian and a Muslim, but we appeal to you not on the basis of truths revealed in our scriptures but on the basis of a commitment that should be shared by all people of reason and goodwill: a commitment to human dignity and the common good,” reads the letter.

Dear Mr. ChristMus,

Thank you for your letter. It has been turned over to the Thought Police and found to violate multiple prohibitions established by the Restrictions Of Ideological Written Communications Act, and a summons has been issued for your arrest.

We’re kidding. This is a free country. You have the right to write what you like.

>  we appeal to you not on the basis of truths revealed in our scriptures 

Of course not. That would be silly.

By the way, those aren’t “truths”. If “revealing” something is sufficient to establish truth, then the films in question trump both of your books in the truth category.

> but on the basis of a commitment…to human dignity

On the basis of human dignity, we believe that you have a right to your ridiculous beliefs and your obscene holy books. The Gideons have long been distributing these obscene books in our hotels, and we’ve looked the other way, in respect of customer choice and freedom. But thanks to your thoughtful letter, we’ve reconsidered and decided upon a compromise. From now on, consistent with the video policy, all obscene books will be age-restricted. To access a Bible or Koran on your hotel room interactive TV, you may call the front desk and authorize charges to your account of $12.99 an hour.

The Management

Solve for X: Adrien Treuille on collaborative science (by wesolveforx)

This talk describes Foldit and EteRNA, a series of remarkable new scientific discovery games Adrien Treuille has helped create. These games lead us to wonder: how many unknown “Kasparovs” are out there on the Internet — potential experts at tasks they never knew existed? Is this the future of expertise?

May 28

Dalek Relaxation Tape

Exterminate your tension.

May 27
Leap: Touchless Gesture in 3D Interaction Space 

Leap: Touchless Gesture in 3D Interaction Space 

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