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Posted by: Yazata - 6 hours ago - Forum: Vehicles & Travel - No Replies

After 10 years, tremendous secrecy and several billion dollars spent, Apple announced today in an internal company e-mail that they are ending their autonomous self-driving car project, known inside the company as 'Titan'. Apple said that in the future they want the money that they would have spent on the car spent on generative AI instead. The car had approaching 2,000 people working on it, and presumably most of them will be laid off.

Interestingly, while Silicon Valley street are filled with Teslas (they are everywhere) nobody I know has ever seen an Apple car. I certainly haven't. It isn't clear that they ever manufactured any.

Here's a thread from 2015 discussing what was then a new project.


And here's a report about the project's demise from Bloomberg.


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Posted by: C C - 11 hours ago - Forum: Communities & Social Networking - No Replies

Do all humans feel music the same way?

KEY POINTS: There's copious scientific evidence showing that humans literally feel music, but are the sensations universal? Scientists recently presented nearly 2,000 participants from the United Kingdom, the United States, and China with a dozen excerpts from different songs and asked them to describe where they felt the music in their bodies. The researchers found that both Western and Chinese participants physically responded to the songs in nearly identical fashions.

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Posted by: C C - 11 hours ago - Forum: Anthropology & Psychology - No Replies

Aw oh, the secret is out. Well, at least they still believe we're operating independently rather than as a cabal. Wink
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More women may be psychopaths than previously thought, says expert

INTRO: When it comes to a typical psychopath, the suited and booted Patrick Bateman from the novel American Psycho might spring to mind, but, according to one expert, the number of women with the neuropsychiatric disorder could be far greater than previously thought.

Psychopaths are generally considered to lack empathy and guilt, exhibit antisocial behaviour, lie frequently and be ruthless, narcissistic and manipulative.

“Psychopaths are after money, power and control,” said Dr Clive Boddy, from Anglia Ruskin University, who is an expert on psychopaths in the corporate world.

While the idea of psychopaths as violent, antisocial criminals has given way to a more nuanced view – with Boddy among those to argue they are often found in big business – the idea that they are mostly male has remained.

“The behaviour of female psychopaths seems to be subtle enough and less obvious than male psychopaths and therefore they’re not recognised as much,” Boddy said.

“A small but mounting body of evidence describes female psychopaths as prone to expressing violence verbally rather than physically, with the violence being of a relational and emotional nature, more subtle and less obvious than that expressed by male psychopaths,” he noted, adding that may include spreading rumours and lies for personal advantage.

Boddy said one problem was that part of an assessment used to help identify psychopathic traits – known as the Levenson self-report psychopathy scale (LSRP) – was skewed towards men.

That, he said, was because while the first part of the assessment looked at how emotionally detached, selfish, uncaring and manipulative a person was, the second part – which covered the psychopathic lifestyle – focused on violence and antisocial behaviour.

“The secondary element, and the measures for it, were largely based on studies of criminals who were in jail at the time and psychopathic – so the feeling is, among researchers these days, that those measures are just not suited to identifying female psychopathy.”

There had also been fewer studies looking at psychopathy in women than in men, he said, and assessors may be reluctant to label women as psychopaths..... (MORE - details)

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Posted by: confused2 - Feb 26, 2024 11:33 PM - Forum: Film, Photography & Literature - No Replies

For the last 60 years I've been listening to radio plays on the BBC ..
This one is available on 'BBC Sounds' on the Internet.
A summary of the original book is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Case_o...exter_Ward
The play extends the original plot considerably.
The play revolves around two reporters making a podcast in real time as the plot develops
There are upwards of 30 episodes .. you have been warned.


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Posted by: Yazata - Feb 26, 2024 10:59 PM - Forum: Astronautics - No Replies

A Falcon 9 has been mated with a Crew Dragon and erected at Pad 39A at Cape Canaveral.

The booster is B1083 on its very first flight. It will be a return-to-launch-site flight and will land at LZ-1 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Base.

The Crew Dragon is C206 Endeavor on its fifth flight.

The crew comprises NASA astronauts Commander Matthew Dominick, Pilot Michael Barratt, and Mission Specialist Jeanette Epps, along with Roscosmos cosmonaut Mission Specialist Alexander Grebenkin.

Launch is scheduled for Thu Feb 29, 2024 9:04 PM PST/Fri March 1, 2024 12:04 AM EST/05:04 UTC

It's kind of striking that this is the 9th crewed flight SpaceX will have flown for NASA, counting Bob and Doug's Demo 2. There's also been two Axiom flights and Jared Isaacman's Inspiration mission for a total of 12.

Sadly Boeing's Starliner has yet to fly even its first crewed demo mission. I'm past the point of Schadenfreude and just feel sad for them. Boeing has lots of good engineers who really put their hearts into this, but it was badly mismanaged by the suits at company headquarters.

Ironically, back when Commercial Crew was just starting, everyone (including me) just assumed that Boeing would be first to space. (They were Boeing for heaven's sake! Experienced, professional aerospace. SpaceX was assumed to just be a bunch of young science fiction nuts in black t-shirts.)

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Posted by: C C - Feb 26, 2024 09:24 PM - Forum: Style & Fashion - Replies (1)

About time children were protected from these pretentious horrors that Hollywood outputted in the past. Fortunately, I have never seen this obscene musical film, even as a child. Can't imagine what traumatic, enduring psychological effects it might have inflicted upon me (sans guardian protection from the hurtful or distressing scenes). I haven't wholly recovered from watching The Sound of Music on television, unattended by adult supervision, at circa the age of eight or nine.
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‘Mary Poppins' age rating increased In UK over the film's use of "discriminatory language"

INTRO: Mary Poppins has been deemed potentially unsuitable for children. That's the verdict of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), which last week increased the age rating on the Julie Andrews classic because it contains "discriminatory language."

Mary Poppins is being re-released in select UK cinemas next month to celebrate the film's 60th anniversary, prompting BBFC to upgrade its classification for the first time since 1964.

The iconic story has gone from being U-rated, meaning it contains no material likely to offend or harm, to PG (parental guidance), meaning some scenes may be unsuitable for young children.

The BBFC said this was due to "discriminatory language." It did not specify the language in question, but the Daily Mail newspaper reported that the warning refers to the movie's use of the word Hottentots. Now regarded as racially insensitive, the word was used by Europeans to refer to the Khoekhoe, a group of nomadic herders in South Africa.

Reginald Owen's Admiral Boom utters the slur twice in Mary Poppins, including using it to describe chimney sweeps, whose faces are blackened with soot... (MORE - details)

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Posted by: C C - Feb 26, 2024 08:01 PM - Forum: Alternative Theories - Replies (2)

Echos theory-ladenness a tad, in some respects (but more generic).
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INTRO: We normally think of words as a tool for describing the world around us. A helpful shorthand or label for expressing meaning. But words have power. The way we describe things affects how we see them. But worse still, words, by directing attention, can act as off-switches for the mind, limiting a broader understanding of a situation, argues Nick Enfield.

EXCERPTS: How I see an image is a private matter. But how I label it is an imposition upon others. Think about this when you are next in an art gallery. The plaque next to each exhibit contains words that constrain how you view the exhibit....

This is linguistic framing. It is one of the things that language is especially good for. Framing is not just a different way of viewing a scene. It is an act of influence. It uses language to direct people to see things in one way as opposed to the other ways they might have seen them. This tends to shut off our awareness of those other ways of seeing.

Framing can be used intentionally to distract from other available frames. But even when you have no interest in misleading people, as with the trophy-faces image, you have no choice but to pick one way of seeing things at a time... (MORE - details)

RELATED (?): Sapir–Whorf hypothesis

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Posted by: C C - Feb 26, 2024 06:32 PM - Forum: Astrophysics, Cosmology & Astronomy - No Replies


EXCERPT: In 7.6 billion years, the Sun is predicted to expand and engulf the Earth during its final evolution as a red giant. Within hundreds of millennia, after the Sun’s photosphere gets close to Earth, the drag of the Earth on the solar envelope will cause it to spiral into the core of the Sun. But long before it gets there, the same drag will cause the Moon to spiral quickly in its orbit towards the Earth.

By then, the Moon will appear twenty times bigger in our sky at a distance of about twenty thousand kilometers from Earth, and it would be tidally disrupted into a stream of rocks and dust around the planet resembling Saturn’s rings. The drag of these fragments on the envelope of the Sun will bring them quickly down to Earth, well before the Earth gets to the core of the dying Sun.

Eventually, the Earth will merge with the core of the Sun and join the metallic sphere that will condense there as a newly-born white dwarf. The white dwarf remnant will carry about three-fifths of the mass of the Sun and have a radius comparable to that of the Earth.

Terrestrial life as we know it would be eliminated long before the return of the Moon to Earth, within 1-2 billion years from now, when the brightening Sun will boil off all oceans on Earth... (MORE - missing details)

RELATED (wikipedia): Formation of the Moon

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