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It is a mistake,” he said, “to suppose that the public wants the environment protected or their lives saved and that they will be grateful to any idealist who will fight for such ends. What the public wants is their own individual comfort. We know that well enough from our experience in the environmental crisis of the twentieth century. Once it was well known that cigarettes increased the incidence of lung cancer, the obvious remedy was to stop smoking, but the desired remedy was a cigarette that did not encourage cancer. When it became clear that the internal-combustion engine was polluting the atmosphere dangerously, the obvious remedy was to abandon such engines, and the desired remedy was to develop non-polluting engines.
Isaac Asimov - The Gods Themselves (via querubax)
jtotheizzoe:

Hey guys, I’m interviewing Ray Kurzweil on Friday!!
Yep! It’s gonna be pretty great. Join us at 1 PM ET for a Hangout On Air presented by Google Science Fair. I’ll be delivering your questions for this legendary innovator live. Please visit the event page here and RSVP, and you can submit your questions there or here. If you can’t join us live, don’t worry, the event will be available to view later.
Ray is the Director of Engineering at Google, co-founder of Singularity University, and he’s an expert on “the singularity,” the future point at which computers can become smarter than humans. 
 What do you want to ask Ray Kurzweil?

jtotheizzoe:

Hey guys, I’m interviewing Ray Kurzweil on Friday!!

Yep! It’s gonna be pretty great. Join us at 1 PM ET for a Hangout On Air presented by Google Science Fair. I’ll be delivering your questions for this legendary innovator live. Please visit the event page here and RSVP, and you can submit your questions there or here. If you can’t join us live, don’t worry, the event will be available to view later.

Ray is the Director of Engineering at Google, co-founder of Singularity University, and he’s an expert on “the singularity,” the future point at which computers can become smarter than humans. 

 What do you want to ask Ray Kurzweil?

Face it: you dont care that much about water.

environmentguru:

Providing everyone, everywhere with enough clean water may be the most difficult problem we humans have ever faced.

Still, Americans use hundreds of gallons of water every day without thinking. (Especially in drought-stricken California.)imagehttp://dlvr.it/4z4fG8

water

Case in point is the security implications that came from one researcher whose original goal was to scan the entire IPv4 address space. To do so, the researcher (who has not disclosed his or her identity), created a small software package for scanning IP addresses that could be remotely installed on unsecured devices. “Playing around” with the Nmap Scripting Engine (NSE) and using several basic username password combos, including “root:root” and “admin:admin” the unidentified researcher was able to log in to 420,000 devices and install the scanning code—in effect creating a botnet that the researcher could use to ping the Internet.

The Dark Side of the Internet of Things (via futuristgerd)

Something Important to rememmber when implementing the internet of things. Your device is easily hackable..

conspiracytheorist79:

RT @ourtimeorg: 
Interesting concept…

Neither make sense. The role of teachers shouldn’t be reflected by jobs, but rather social good. Measure them by the number of individuals who turn in individuals who willingly build social good. But I dont see how the results are anyway useful for the teacher since the child takes a long time to grow up.

conspiracytheorist79:

RT @ourtimeorg

Interesting concept…

Neither make sense. The role of teachers shouldn’t be reflected by jobs, but rather social good. Measure them by the number of individuals who turn in individuals who willingly build social good.

But I dont see how the results are anyway useful for the teacher since the child takes a long time to grow up.

samspratt:

SAM SPRATT’s 2014 PORTRAIT GIVEAWAY
In short: Reblogs and Likes of this picture are each entries to have me paint a personalized portrait of you.
In slightly less short: Longtime followers are no stranger to these contests but for those new to this or me, I’m an illustrator (my work: www.samspratt.com ) who has worked with National Geographic, Janelle Monáe, Childish Gambino, FX, Game Informer, Angry Birds, Wall Street Journal, among others – creating album and magazine covers, advertisements, and posters – but a big part of me being able to do all that has been you sharing my work over the last 3 years. As my small way of paying that forward, I’d like to paint for one of you as I would for my clients, but ya know … for free. Maybe you want that regal portrait of you in a velvet smoking jacket to hang over your mantel, maybe one of your loved one, favorite character, or perhaps you just want me to paint you however I see fit (warning: this will 100% involve dinosaurs) – if you can think it, I’ll probably paint it – and I’ll work with you to make it something special.
As usual I’ll also be sending signed prints and haikus about your eyebrows to extra winners. The contest will stay open for about a week then I’ll randomly draw winners. You can enter on facebook and twitter for extra entries but be cool and don’t spam your followers.

samspratt:

SAM SPRATT’s 2014 PORTRAIT GIVEAWAY

In short: Reblogs and Likes of this picture are each entries to have me paint a personalized portrait of you.

In slightly less short: Longtime followers are no stranger to these contests but for those new to this or me, I’m an illustrator (my work: www.samspratt.com ) who has worked with National Geographic, Janelle Monáe, Childish Gambino, FX, Game Informer, Angry Birds, Wall Street Journal, among others – creating album and magazine covers, advertisements, and posters – but a big part of me being able to do all that has been you sharing my work over the last 3 years. As my small way of paying that forward, I’d like to paint for one of you as I would for my clients, but ya know … for free. Maybe you want that regal portrait of you in a velvet smoking jacket to hang over your mantel, maybe one of your loved one, favorite character, or perhaps you just want me to paint you however I see fit (warning: this will 100% involve dinosaurs) – if you can think it, I’ll probably paint it – and I’ll work with you to make it something special.

As usual I’ll also be sending signed prints and haikus about your eyebrows to extra winners. The contest will stay open for about a week then I’ll randomly draw winners. You can enter on facebook and twitter for extra entries but be cool and don’t spam your followers.

futurescope:

FIA Formula E Spark-Renault SRT_01E Car Demo

Formula E test driver Lucas di Grassi gives us a tour of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E while at the Qualcomm CES booth. Qualcomm is an official founding and technology partner of the FIA Formula E Championship series. 

[via IEET]

new-aesthetic:

Probability that computerisation will lead to job losses in next two decades, The Economist, 2013 (via Twitter / Malbonnington)

new-aesthetic:

Probability that computerisation will lead to job losses in next two decades, The Economist, 2013 (via Twitter / Malbonnington)

Shwarma - Round 3

Waited 15 mins to get this one. Kumudini/Fusion cafe. Very ordinary, like the 1000 other so called shwarma outlets. Lots and lots of unnecessary and crappy white sauce, awfully crunchy meat and well the pita bread was tasty. I would like to have the pita bread just on its own, with some milk tea thought. But the shwarma was bad.

BDT 80 down the drain too.

Shwarma - Round 2

Stop number two was at Turkish Bazaar in Banani. Took my future wife to be with me.

In all honesty, it was terrible. The portion was small, the fillings were conservative, the bread was nothing like pita or flatbread. I don’t know what the bread was actually. And the main item, the meat, the shwarma seemed old. Well actually the shwarma turnpit itself looked old, so I guess thats where my perspective came from. It was a little off taste as well.

The only good thing was the 2 side sauces…one garlic and the other spicy. Other than that, 200+ bucks down the drain. Their Ayra (laban) is good though.