Archive for the ‘humor’ category

Sep 29, 2021

Can a Robot Have a Sense of Humor? #OpenFembot

Posted by in categories: humor, robotics/AI

Camp Peavy, what do you think?

#OpenFembot Can a Robot Have a Sense of Humor? Can we build AI with a sense of humor? Thomas wants Simone to re-enact a scene from 2001 a Space Odyssey, but Simone wants to tell jokes.

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Sep 9, 2021

The Big Bang and the genetic code

Posted by in categories: chemistry, cosmology, genetics, humor, particle physics

Circa 2000

A 1940 paper by Gamow and Mario Schoenberg was the first in a subject we now call particle astrophysics. The two authors presciently speculated that neutrinos could play a role in the cooling of massive collapsing stars. They named the neutrino reaction the Urca process, after a well known Rio de Janeiro casino. This name might seem a strange choice, but not to Gamow, a legendary prankster who once submitted a paper to Nature in which he suggested that the Coriolis force might account for his observation that cows chewed clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.

In the 1940s Gamow began to attack, with his colleague Ralph Alpher, the problem of the origin of the chemical elements. Their first paper on the subject appeared in a 1948 issue of the Physical Review. At the last minute Gamow, liking the sound of ‘alpha, beta, gamma’, added his old friend Hans Bethe as middle author in absentia (Bethe went along with the joke, but the editors did not). Gamow and Alpher, with Robert Herman, then pursued the idea of an extremely hot neutron-dominated environment. They envisioned the neutrons decaying into protons, electrons and anti-neutrinos and, when the universe had cooled sufficiently, the neutrons and protons assembling heavier nuclei. They even estimated the photon background that would be necessary to account for nuclear abundances, suggesting a residual five-degree background radiation.

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May 28, 2021

DARPA helped make a sarcasm detector, because of course it did

Posted by in categories: business, humor, robotics/AI

Between the rolled eyes, shrugged shoulders, jazzed hands and warbling vocal inflection, it’s not hard to tell when someone’s being sarcastic as they’re giving you the business face to face. Online, however, you’re going to need that SpongeBob meme and a liberal application of the shift key to get your contradictory point across. Lucky for us netizens, DARPA’s Information Innovation Office (I2O) has collaborated with researchers from the University of Central Florida to develop a deep learning AI capable of understanding written sarcasm with a startling degree of accuracy.

“With the high velocity and volume of social media data, companies rely on tools to analyze data and to provide customer service. These tools perform tasks such as content management, sentiment analysis, and extraction of relevant messages for the company’s customer service representatives to respond to,” UCF Adjunct Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, Ivan Garibay, told Engadget via email. “However, these tools lack the sophistication to decipher more nuanced forms of language such as sarcasm or humor, in which the meaning of a message is not always obvious and explicit. This imposes an extra burden on the social media team, which is already inundated with customer messages to identify these messages and respond appropriately.”

As they explain in a study published in the journal, Entropy, Garibay and UCF PhD student Ramya Akula have built “an interpretable deep learning model using multi-head self-attention and gated recurrent units. The multi-head self-attention module aids in identifying crucial sarcastic cue-words from the input, and the recurrent units learn long-range dependencies between these cue-words to better classify the input text.”

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Feb 19, 2021

Ageing can be cured—and, in part, it soon will be

Posted by in categories: humor, life extension

Anti Aging Tech gradually going mainstream. The comments from the public are the usual joke, with people praising how wonderful it is to get old and die.

Who wants to live forever?

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Feb 18, 2021

Single dogecoin account holds $2 billion fortune

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, Elon Musk, humor

Dogecoin may have started as a joke, but one of its holders is sitting on some serious dough.

A single cryptocurrency account contains about $2 billion worth of the meme-inspired coin whose price has been pumped up by celebrities such as Elon Musk, Snoop Dogg and Gene Simmons.

The account holds about 36.8 billion dogecoins — a massive stash that accounts for more than 28 percent of all the coins currently in circulation, according to cryptocurrency data website Bitinfocharts.

Feb 6, 2021

Elon Musk’s Dogecoin Tweeting Has Believers Barking for More

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, Elon Musk, humor

A cryptocurrency that began in 2013 as a joke is suddenly worth a total of more than $6 billion.

WSJ Membership.

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Jan 28, 2021

‘Joke’ Crypto Dogecoin Surges Over 500% In 24 Hours In Reddit-Driven Boon

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, humor

The price skyrocketed after an Elon Musk tweet.

Jul 17, 2020

In a first, astronomers watch a black hole’s corona disappear, then reappear

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, humor

Could be used for quasar propulsion: 3.

It seems the universe has an odd sense of humor. While a crown-encrusted virus has run roughshod over the world, another entirely different corona about 100 million light years from Earth has mysteriously disappeared.

For the first time, astronomers at MIT and elsewhere have watched as a supermassive black hole’s own corona, the ultrabright, billion-degree ring of high-energy particles that encircles a black hole’s event horizon, was abruptly destroyed.

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Apr 24, 2020

White House hot mic hears someone say We’ve all been vaccinated here

Posted by in category: humor

‘Everyone’s been vaccinated around here anyway’ joke…

Published by Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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Apr 17, 2020

Robot Deliveries Might End Up Being Common, Post-Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, humor, robotics/AI

While the Wuhan district in China was under quarantine, news surfaced of robots delivering food and, later, medical supplies. Meanwhile, in the United States, the French company NAVYA configured its autonomous passenger shuttles in Florida to transport COVID-19 tests to the Mayo Clinic from off-site test locations. As the weeks of stay-at-home orders and recommendations slip into months, the delivery robots that were seen as a joke, fad, or nuisance have in some instances found a way into the public consciousness as important tools to combat the spread of coronavirus. The question is, will their usefulness extend post-lockdown?

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