Archive for the 'Science' Category

20
Sep
08

What happens when car manufacturers use drugs?

Determined to engineer an injury proof car by 2020, Volvo turns to the African Locust for answers.

The goal is to incorporate the African locust’s “sensory-input routing methodologies” in a car, making it smart enough to avoid hitting people. “If we could trace how the locust is able to avoid each other, maybe we could program our cars not to hit pedestrians,” says Jonas Ekmark, Volvo’s director of preventative safety.

I myself am skeptical of the useful analogues that can be gained from locusts and successfully intergrated into automotive safety.

Here is the entire article.

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11
Sep
08

Go green or bust?

Here is a great look at some negative effects of our incessant green activism. I myself question why there is not more public skepticism on green lobbying efforts.

Anti-science attitudes among aid agencies, poverty campaigners and green activists are denying the continent access to technology that could improve millions of lives, Professor Sir David King will say today.

We have the technology to feed the population of the planet. The question is do we have the ability to understand that we have it, and to deliver?

23
Aug
08

Taking off the touch

Taking off the touch refers to the point of action during the con when the mark’s money is taken. Studies of  behavioral assumptions displayed by con artists have long kept researchers busy developing new cognitive shorthands for gullibility.

The article here highlights Clark Rockefeller’s con brio methods of deception.

Trust games don’t really explain how this congenital gullibility works. To do that, researchers need to observe the actual social world – a place where there is often too little time and too little information coming from too many different places to form a reasoned judgment.




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