the idea that language is not tuned to the world

Dr. Noki on rule-breaking, ’90s Shoreditch, and the rave uniform

An AI used medical notes to teach itself to spot disease on chest x-rays -- The model can diagnose problems as well as a human specialist, and doesn't need lots of labor-intensive training data

Our memory is worse for things we've photographed - even when we've taken multiple photos

Nearly One Third Of Homes In US Purchased By Investors, New Study Reveals

Most people experience bad dreams from time to time, but approximately 5% of adults experience nightmares – dreams distressing enough to wake them up – at least once a week. Stress, anxiety, and sleep deprivation are all potential triggers, but previous research in people with Parkinson’s disease has also linked frequent distressing dreams to faster rates of cognitive decline, and an increased risk of developing dementia in the future. The research found that middle-aged people who experienced bad dreams at least once a week were four times more likely to experience cognitive decline over the following decade than those who rarely had nightmares.

This site tells you if photos of you were used to train the AI

Water found in asteroid dust may offer clues to origins of life on Earth -- The discovery offers new support for the theory that life on Earth may have been seeded from outer space. Related: An important question for us is, just where might this Great Filter be located?

An influencer sets up in front of a popular local landmark, as a photographer or self-timed camera snaps away. [...] often, unbeknownst to everyone involved, another device is also recording the scene: a surveillance camera. Belgian artist Dries Depoorter is exploring this dynamic in his online exhibit, The Followers, which [...] places static Instagram images side-by-side with video from surveillance cameras, which recorded footage of the photoshoot in question. [...] the project, as well as the techniques used to create it, has sparked both ethical and legal controversy

Garrido had contracted cybersickness, a form of motion sickness that can affect users of VR technology. It was so severe that he worried about his ability to drive home, and it took hours for him to recover from the five-minute simulation. [...] In order to make VR more accessible and affordable, companies are making devices smaller and running them on less powerful processors. But these changes introduce dizzying graphics—which inevitably causes more people to experience cybersickness. At the same time, a growing body of research suggests cybersickness is vastly more pervasive than previously thought—perhaps afflicting more than half of all potential users. [...] his study, published earlier this year, indicated that more than 65 percent of people experienced symptoms of cybersickness, and more than one-third of these people experienced severe symptoms. Cybersickness Could Spell an Early Death for the Metaverse

For more than two decades, Kurt Steiner has dedicated his life to skipping rocks. His record of 88 skips may never be touched.

The Chrysler Building still retains the title of the world’s tallest brick building with a steel structure

We find that people with the lowest bullshit detection performance overestimate their detection abilities and overplace those abilities when compared to others.

the church leader asked him to install an app called Covenant Eyes on his phone. The app is explicitly marketed as anti-pornography software, but according to Hao-Wei Lin, his church leader told him it would help “control all of his urges.”

The 21,450-page volume of manga series One Piece is physically unreadable, to highlight how comics now exist as commodities

Neon signs are (or were) a global phenomenon, made at a local scale [...] While neon signs are long past their peak, the local networks of neon makers endure today.

How traffic cameras expose your location through parking apps

Among our results, we find that global browsing behavior is highly concentrated toward top sites, identify entertainment as the most dominant use case for the web, and highlight differences in browsing patterns for desktop and mobile platforms. In addition to these global trends, we also show that there are tremendous differences in browsing patterns depending on where users are located: the majority of the most popular websites in a given country are endemic to that country.

“Before Kripke, there was a sort of drift in analytic philosophy in the direction of linguistic idealism — the idea that language is not tuned to the world,” the philosopher Richard Rorty said in an interview in 2006, a year before he died. “Saul almost single-handedly changed that.”[NY Times]

There’s a peculiar rule in top-level running that says if a runner starts within 0.1 seconds of the gun, they’ve broken the rules. The assumption made by World Athletics, the organization behind this championship, is that it is physiologically impossible to start that quickly. [...] “no human can possibly move that fast.” Any racer who does is presumed to have anticipated the gun, meaning their brains gave the “go” signal to their bodies before they heard the sound.

The Gay Blood Collection includes a fountain pen, screen printing ink, acrylic paint, spray paint, and a marker, all in the same deep red.

How to Cheat at Chess — The good news is that cheating is preventable. In my opinion, most assisted cheating can be stopped with the following four methods.

It’s a practice that makes some scientists cringe: The lead author of a paper pays homage to a department chair, or a colleague who helped secure a grant, by listing them among the manuscript’s authors—even though the person made no intellectual contribution to the paper. Up to one-third of more than 600,000 authors examined by the study appear to have been granted authorship even though they didn’t meet some commonly used criteria.

Ernst & Young thinks it can split and cash in while ringfencing audit liability

The importance of skin area and gender in ticklishness was explored in the present study. No previous report has been published on stimulation of the body surface exposed when dressed in a swimsuit (supine and prone positions), and the use of a feather [...] Results showed that laughter was most frequent in female ticklees, disregarding the gender of the tickler.

Elon Musk’s Texts Shatter the Myth of the Tech Genius -- Musk is currently in litigation with Twitter and trying to back out of his deal to buy the platform and take it private. As part of the discovery process related to this lawsuit, Delaware’s Court of Chancery released hundreds of text messages and emails sent to and from Musk. [...] “It’s been a general Is this really how business is done? There’s no real strategic thought or analysis. It’s just emotional and done without any real care for consequence.” [...] Andreessen, who in a tossed-off Twitter DM offered Musk “$250M with no additional work required.” “Thanks!” Musk responded. In a separate exchange, Musk asks Ellison if he’d like to invest in taking Twitter private. “Yes, of course,” Ellison replies. “A billion … or whatever you recommend.”

Most of What You Read on the Internet is Written by Insane People I found one reviewer with 20.8k reviews since 2011. That's just under 3,000 reviews per year, which comes out to around 8 per day. This man has written an average of 8 reviews on Amazon per day, all of the ones I see about books, every day for seven years. I thought it might be some bot account writing fake reviews in exchange for money, but if it is then it's a really good bot because Grady Harp is a real person whose job matches that account's description. And my skimming of some reviews looked like they were all relevant to the book, and he has the "verified purchase" tag on all of them, which also means he's probably actually reading them. The only explanation for this behavior is that he is insane.

The dress was created in just 10 minutes using the spray-on technology Fabrican, and can return to a liquid and be re-sprayed over and over again