i'm enjoying aircraft designs in Orbital (by Sylvain Runberg). Been reading the series for the past days.

Infoporn: 100 Years of Sci-Fi, Explored

Using data scraping, network analysis, and machine learning, the Science Fiction Concept Corpus includes more than 2,600 books written since 1900.

wired.com/story/infoporn-100-y

I believe that AI will ultimately become self aware, although not in the way we imagine (not in the same way as our brain implements consciousness)

techspot.com/news/78519-self-a

Gum disease–causing bacteria could spur Alzheimer’s Disease.

the bacteria that cause gum disease are present in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s, not just in their mouths.

sciencemag.org/news/2019/01/gu

My first came in today. I'm very happy with the quality!
Yup, I collect mechs and . I also make my own mech robots.

Machine learning leads mathematicians to unsolvable problem

Simple artificial-intelligence problem puts researchers up against a logical paradox discovered by famed mathematician Kurt Gödel.

nature.com/articles/d41586-019

Big Crowds Flow Like Water in Amazing (and Terrifying) Ways

Hydrodynamic theory helps to explain how large human crowds flow like water.

psychologytoday.com/au/blog/th

And this is why I love .

Early Predictions of the Internet Date Back to 19th Century -Fi

Science fiction writers are professional future-dreamers, imagining worlds far beyond their own. With technology advancing at astronomical rates, real life feels more and more like sci-fi every day (for better or worse). So it’s fun to look back at those writers who, decades and even centuries ago, imagined what life would be like now—and some of their predictions were surprisingly accurate.

paleofuture.gizmodo.com/early-

predictions, right and wrong, about 2019

The future is now. Back in the early '80s, we were wondering what the distant future had in store, what it would be like. Well, that -- 2019 -- is almost here.

triblive.com/business/technolo

For fellow fans: Saw this at Image Anime NY store: Northstar custom made using mobile pod ball for the chassis, for other parts. at its finest.

I guess Earth has a 'backup' life just in case the surface dwellers are stupid enough to destroy themselves. ;)
Scientists Reveal a Massive Biosphere of Life Hidden Under Earth's Surface
Earth is teeming with an incredibly vast biosphere of subterranean lifeforms.

sciencealert.com/scientists-li

Bringing balance to the universe: New theory could explain missing 95 percent of the cosmos

Scientists at the University of Oxford may have solved one of the biggest questions in modern physics, with a new paper unifying and into a single phenomenon: a fluid which possesses 'negative mass." If you were to push a negative mass, it would accelerate towards you. This astonishing new theory may also prove right a prediction that Einstein made 100 years ago.

phys.org/news/2018-12-universe

Glove gives robot hands a sense of touch

Stanford researchers have developed an electronic glove that bestows robotic hands with some of the manual dexterity humans enjoy.

news.stanford.edu/2018/11/21/s

QOTO Mastodon

Welcome to the QOTO instance

QOTO: Question Others, Teach Others

A Mastodon instance for scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and all yearning to learn.

A free speech space. No censorship here.
We do not silence or block any instances.


Unique Features
  • Inline math Latex support - Use \ ( and \ ) for inline LaTeX, and \ [ and \ ] for display mode.
  • 65,535 character limit for toots (usually 500)
  • 65,535 character limit for profile bio (usually 160)
  • Full text searches - usually you can only search hashtags and usernames
  • Halcyon / Twitter clone front-end - Want the interface to look exactly like the Twitter interface? After you signed up just go here to login: https://halcyon.qoto.org.
  • PeerTube - We host our own PeerTube server with open registration for up to 100MB, but all of our active users get unlimited quotas. Sign up here: https://video.qoto.org.
  • Professionally hosted with nightly backups
  • light modern theme with full width columns (not fixed)
  • Several extra themes - including mastodon default and mastodon default with full width columns (not fixed)

Message to New Members

Welcome to the Qoto Mastodon instance, its like twitter but better!

Please don't hesitate to Direct Message me or tag me in Toots (what we call tweets here) if you have any questions or even if you just want to chat.

If you are new to Mastodon you may want to check out this official getting started guide: https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-Mastodon/User-guide.md

We are a free speech, no censorship zone. Feel free to talk about whatever you want, say whatever you want, as long as it is legal you wont ever get banned from the server. With that said we do have a few rules: No spam, and no using multiple accounts to circumvent personal bans.

This server isnt a typical mastodon server either. I have personally modified the code on this server to give it several unique features you wont find on other servers.

If you are new to Mastodon here is some useful info.

First off, if your coming from Twitter and you'd prefer an interface that looks exactly like twitter, then just go here and login with your Qoto credential: https://halcyon.qoto.org/ No need to create an account there, your account on this server will work just fine. Just enter your username in the following format @[username]@qoto.org so for me it would be @freemo But personally I think our default skin here is way better.

Basically Mastodon is a decentralized twitter. That means anyone can run a server (like Qoto) that people can sign up to and use just like twitter. The unique part is how the servers talk to each other.

If you want to tag someone on the same server as you then you can just do @user however if you want to specify someone on a different server you can do @user@server. If someone follows you or mentions you on any server on the internet you'll get notified right here. So my full tag is @freemo@qoto.org.

So now a bit about the timelines, there are three (unlike twitter there is just one): Home, Local, Federated.

The Home timeline is just like what you'd expect on twitter, that is, everyone you are following.

The local timeline is any post made by anyone on your local server.

The federated timeline is what is cool. It combines the timeline of everyone on the server into one. This way you can see the posts of everyone that is followed by anyone on the server (assuming the post is public). So this timeline is a close representation of everyone on the internet who has Mastadon (though not really). Moreover we have a bot here that goes around and federates with everyone it can find, so our Federated Feed is rather robust covering thousands of instances.

Only other thing that is unique is listed vs unlisted posts. You have normal privacy settings like on twitter but you also can set a post to be listed or unlisted. If it is listed it acts just as i described. If it is unlisted then it acts just as a normal tweet would but it doesnt show up on local or federated timelines anywhere.

Also this goes without saying, but don't be racist, sexist, hateful, and don't harass people. Its a pretty shitty thing to do, don't be shitty!

The following is the list of QOTO administrators/moderators.
  • @freemo@qoto.org
  • @absolutus@qoto.org
  • @arteteco@qoto.org
  • @Surasanji@qoto.org
  • @hashtaggrammar@qoto.org
Note: The account @QOTO@qoto.org listed as the administrator is NOT an actively monitored account. It was selected so as not to show favoritism among our moderator group, we are a democracy and even our administrators and moderators are held to the same high standards of decency as the rest of the community.

***We will never advertise on QOTO or sell your information to third-parties***