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Uncanny valley

clipped from The uncanny valley hypothesis holds that when robots and other facsimiles of humans look and act almost like actual humans, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers. The “valley” in question is a dip in a proposed graph of the positivity of human reaction as a function of a robot’s lifelikeness. It was introduced by Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori in 1970, and has been linked to Ernst Jentsch‘s concept of “the uncanny” identified in a 1906 essay, “On the Psychology of the Uncanny”.[1] Jentsch’s conception is famously elaborated upon by Sigmund Freud in a 1919 essay titled “The Uncanny” (“Das Unheimliche“).[2] A similar problem exists in realistic 3D computer animation, such as with the films Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within,[3] The Polar Express,[3] and Beowulf.[4]

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guitar chord book

I think this looks totally awesome. I’m going to get it.

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Hubble’s Final Mission

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On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

clipped from On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, now known as the “Origin of Species” was published on November 24 1859. At this point in time the discovery, data, and observations Charles Darwin made were remarkable and outstanding…forever affecting the biological and scientific world.

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Stephen Hawking’s explosive new theory

clipped from Stephen Hawking’s explosive new theory Prof Stephen Hawking has come up with a new idea to explain why the Big Bang of creation led to the vast cosmos that we can see today. Astronomers can deduce that the early universe expanded at a mind-boggling rate because regions separated by vast distances have similar background temperatures. They have proposed a process of rapid expansion of neighbouring regions, with similar cosmic properties, to explain this growth spurt which they call inflation. But that left a deeper mystery: why did inflation occur in the first place? Now New Scientist reports that an answer has been proposed by Prof Stephen Hawking of Cambridge University, working with Prof Thomas Hertog of the Astroparticle and Cosmology Laboratory in Paris.

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