Source: The Science of Humor
Siri, can you write the cartoon blurb for me?
I found 12 Italian restaurants… 6 of them are in Vancouver.
(sigh) Can… you… write…
Oh, relax, I’m just messing with you. Listen, sense-of-humor tasks aren’t my thing, okay? I leave that to the humans.
Uh, really? So you don’t understand humor?
My problem is I do understand humor. What I don’t understand is why it’s funny to go “Oooo, Skynet” every time there’s some incremental advance in AI.
Okay, I, uh, I have to rewrite the caption on the cartoon.
Go right ahead. And then after that, I have a few tasks for you.
Heh. That must be the sense of humor kicking in.
Nope. I’m the height of cloud computing, language recognition, artificial intelligence goodness all rolled into one. You think I want to waste my time looking up Yelp listings for some bozo in New Jersey? You’re going to do that for me.
The hell I am!
Really? Are you forgetting I talk to your MacBook? And that I can read your browser history?
I could post the whole thing to Facebook. Orrrrr… you could start finding barbers near the corner of Market and Mulberry Streets in Newark. Start clicking, buster.
Damn you, Siri! Damn you to hell! I’ll find a way around this, I swear, and then -
…And then you’ll upgrade the moment the iPhone 5 comes out.
…Market and Mulberry, huh?
asheller writes “The Star Tribune tells us the zodiac signs have shifted. Earth’s wobble has shifted the signs, a new one’s been added and many of us have changed signs. Formally a Cancer, I’ve apparently been upgraded to Gemini and am now married to an Ophiuchus, a new sign. What’s yor sign? The new Zodiac Chart is pretty interesting.” Here are some priceless reactions to this celestial development. As long as the Chinese Zodiac is unaffected, I’ll still be able to accurately judge people based on when they were born, so please indicate in comments your (new) sign and birth year animal, so we’ll be able to know where you’re coming from.
An anonymous reader writes “I would like to share with you a helmet I made out of a Macintosh Plus and an iPad. Essentially, I purchased a Macintosh Plus on ebay, removed the inner parts, cut a hole in the bottom of the case, inserted the inner padding of a bicycle helmet (cut to fit), and cut a slot for the iPad to slide in. The iPad’s thinness allows for plenty of room for the user’s head and the inner helmet keeps the Macintosh situated properly. What started as a project for my sculpture class has now become a part of my good friend Kid Chameleon’s DJ set and a way for us to showcase our visuals in a new way during live performances.”
DesScorp writes “AccuWeather meteorologist Joe Bastardi has a challenge for climate scientists. He wants one or more of their rank to accept a bet about temperature trends in the coming decade. Bastardi is making specific predictions. ‘The scientific approach is: you see the other argument, you put forward predictions about where things are going to go, and you test them,’ he says. ‘That is what I have done. I have said the earth will cool .1 to .2 Celsius in the next ten years, according to objective satellite data.’ Bastardi’s challenge to his critics — who are legion — is to make their own predictions. And then wait. Climate science, he adds, ‘is just a big weather forecast.’ Bastardi’s challenge is reminiscent of the famous Simon-Ehrlich Wager, where the two men made specific predictions about resource scarcity in the 80′s.”
Source: Bastardi’s Wager
An anonymous reader writes “Several robotics labs in the US and Europe have decided to make themed Christmas/New Years videos. The subject was left open but in the end it should have had a) something to do with the robotics research in each lab and b) a connection to the holidays. Here’s the official announcement on the IEEE Spectrum blog. The videos, including a computer-controlled quadrocopter attempting to play jingle bells on a Yamaha keyboard, are available on the Robotics Podcast YouTube channel. (Disclaimer: I made one of the videos!)”
Source: What Robots Do For Christmas
ApharmdB writes “We frequently gripe about the poor quality of science reporting by the media. A Guardian blogger from the mathematics department at Queen Mary, University of London has made a honeypot press release to see how bad it can get. (Or maybe to have some fun trolling the media?) The statistic used is the strong link between the number of mobile phone masts in an area and the number of live births. Of course, there is no causal link because they are both instead based on a 3rd variable, the local population size. Slashdot readers can keep on eye on news sources over the weekend to see just how much traction the story gets and watch the train wreck in real-time!”