Saturday, 25 October 2014

a spoonful of sugar

This makes herding cats look simple.

 


For all my social networking posts, see my Google+ page

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

my worlds collide

My day job is (computer) science; for recreation I read science fiction.  These two worlds have now conjoined.  Just over a year ago now, I blogged about an event we ran at the ECAL conference in Taormina.  A bunch of scientists and writers paired off to discuss the future of unconventional computing and artificial life: the scientists providing inspiration to the authors for a variety of short stories.  These stories were to be published, each accompanied by an afterword from the scientist partner explaining the actual science.

A few months after the event, I got to comment on the completed story from “my” author, Adam Marek.  It’s a nifty tale of future bio-engineered skyscrapers gone feral.  Then a month or so ago I got the request for my own afterword, on “growing” and “gardening” artefacts.  That was fun to write.

And now the book itself, Beta-Life, has been published!  I can’t wait to read all the other stories and afterwords, too.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

“You want me to call you Goddess?”

Here is an interesting take on Siri.

I heard him talking to Siri about music, and Siri offered some suggestions. “I don’t like that kind of music,” Gus snapped. Siri replied, “You’re certainly entitled to your opinion.” Siri’s politeness reminded Gus what he owed Siri. “Thank you for that music, though,” Gus said. Siri replied, “You don’t need to thank me.” “Oh, yes,” Gus added emphatically, “I do.”

(Via Danny Yee’s blog)

For all my social networking posts, see my Google+ page

Friday, 17 October 2014

muddled metaphors

Theresa May and muddled metaphors:
But she added that there was “a necessity in having the material in order to be able to search it in a very targeted way” and it was “hugely important” to have “large amounts” of it. 
“The ability to interrogate that bulk data – to look for that needle in the haystack – is an important part of the processes that people go through in order to keep us safe,” she told the intelligence and security committee.
Actually, when looking for a needle in a haystack, the smaller the haystack, the easier the problem!




For all my social networking posts, see my Google+ page

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Google Android Lollipop lolwot?

On my phone this BBC headline came up as Google readies Android Lollipop

I understood the headline instantly.  But the me of 10, 20, 30 years ago?  Gibberish!





For all my social networking posts, see my Google+ page

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

A Geometrical Derivation of a Family of Quantum Speed Limit Results

New paper on the arXiv:

Benjamin Russell, Susan Stepney.
A Geometrical Derivation of a Family of Quantum Speed Limit Results
arXiv:1410.3209 [quant-ph]



For all my social networking posts, see my Google+ page

Tuesday, 14 October 2014