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A supercomputer built with components designed for the Sony PlayStation 3 has set a new computing milestone. The IBM machine, codenamed Roadrunner, has been shown to run at "petaflop speeds", the equivalent of one thousand trillion calculations per second. ... "We are getting closer to simulating the real world." ... It would be of particular use for calculating risk in financial markets, he said. "The latency of...

2008-06-09

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In our culture hard core porn has become a de-facto substitute for sex education. Children have access to it younger and younger. ... The website encourages people to go online and comment on real life sex versus porn sex.
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When you get a computer as large as a petaflop, you can start to think of simulations that might complement the physical world.

2004-11-05

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Once enlightened, so to speak, the freed prisoner would not want to return to the cave to free "his fellow bondsmen". Plato argues that he must be persuaded or compelled to do so. Another problem lies in the other prisoners not wanting to be freed: descending back into the cave would require that the freed prisoner's eyes adjust again, and for a time, he would be one of the ones identifying shapes on the wall. His poor...
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Gamers could be joining in a real televised sporting event from their homes early in 2010. Real Time Race has been developing a system that places players side-by-side with the drivers in real races. The firm's technology would map the circuit just before the race so the virtual track would match up to the one on TV...

2009-10-30

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Perception is not about capturing a full picture of reality, but taking snapshots of the world and making the rest up. ... Information captured by the retina takes about 100 milliseconds to reach the brain. To compensate for this lag, the brain predicts what the world will look like in the near future and acts on this prediction rather than the real information at its disposal. This is useful in real-world situations such as driving a car...

2008-12-24

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All we can ever know are the guesses or interpretations our mind creates about what is going on. To create these guesses, we can only draw on basic human neuroanatomy and on our past experience. Since no two people ever have exactly the same neuroanatomy or experience, no two people ever interpret anything in exactly the same way. This is frightening. It means that each of us lives alone, in our own world of meaning.

2010-06-21

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If we are on a slow, winding, and undependable road to tomorrow, as I assert, how does that change things?

2010-06-15

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Red faces in Washington? Well yes, almost certainly, and probably in a significant number of other capitals too, not least in the Middle East where a series of leaders and senior figures in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi are quoted as urging Washington to bomb Iran's nuclear programme...

2010-11-28

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