Michael πŸš€ is a user on scholar.social. You can follow them or interact with them if you have an account anywhere in the fediverse. If you don't, you can sign up here.

Michael πŸš€ @omanreagan@scholar.social

"I know. Vadris 3. Charming little world. The natives think they're the only intelligent life in the galaxy..." -Q (DS9, S1E6)

One thing I'm working on is how SETI researchers hope AI can think 'beyond' us. Does this mean descendant generations of AI-designed AI? How many iterations before AI would be different enough? At that point, will they want to collaborate with us? twitter.com/NvidiaAI/status/98

These great questions from @feraldata@twitter.com make me think of Banks' "minds" in the Culture: What does it mean for cyber-physical systems to be autonomous? How much agency will machines have? What limits will we place on them? How will these systems be safe? australiaunlimited.com/society

On the one hand I'm glad that bigotry is "bad for business" - on the other let's build a future where human rights don't depend on the will of mega-capitalists. In the meantime @JeffBezos@twitter.com, please exclude the 11 sites that have anti-LGBTQIA laws.

"In North Carolina, company representatives asked pointed questions of Gov. Roy Cooper (D) about several state policies such as the 'bathroom bill,' which restricted the use of public facilities by transgender people, according to a person in the room."
RT @washingtonpost@twitter.com The unspoken factor in Amazon’s search for a new home: Jeff Bezos’s support for gay rights wapo.st/2vv6j7R

"So how should a Canadian answer if a U.S. border guard ever asks about their marijuana use? Saunders recommends that Canadians politely refuse to answer the question. 'Just say, β€˜I’m not going to answer that question,'' he says." macleans.ca/news/canada/if-you

"I hope that time isn’t too distant; the illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world." -Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan on cannabis: "I have made a conscious effort to think of a few particularly difficult current problems in my field when high. [. . .] I find I can bring to bear, for example, a range of relevant experimental facts which appear to be mutually inconsistent."

This is amazing: "fluid lensing" software strips away distortion so that researchers can see corals through the waves and water at centimeter resolution.
RT @NASAAmes@twitter.com Oceans cover more than 70 percent of our planet, but we’ve only seen a tiny fraction of what’s beneath the surface. With our advanced fluid lensing imaging technology, we’re able to a get a diver’s perspective of the ocean floor from the skies above: go.nasa.gov/2qHiOYe

While you're thinking about the possibilities of unknown histories and species in our own solar system, you should also read @Astro_Wright@twitter.com's paper on the subject, which actually includes the Voyager episode. arxiv.org/abs/1704.07263

Of course the reptiles from "The Silurian Hypothesis" are actually named after a great episode of Doctor Who, but I always like the Voyager episode because they made it into space. Read the article from @ClimateOfGavin@twitter.com and @AdamFrank4@twitter.com here: arxiv.org/abs/1804.03748

TFW a journal emails you about a peer-reviewed Star Trek: Voyager episode.

This is like the entire Sci-Fi section on Netflix.
RT @retroscifiart@twitter.com B-movies that appeared in the wake of

At the beginning of fieldwork vs. the end.

Partial, contingent, affect, logics, provocation, various kinds of -scapes, sensoria, as many Haraway references as you can fit into your talk… Listening to I hear a lot of anthro-speak. But I actually love it - here's why. medium.com/space-anthropology/

For the real story, read the article, which is great, and ignore the discord between the editorial title and the image. And also check out the book which is certain to be wonderful: "Archaeology of the Night: Life After Dark in the Ancient World" upcolorado.com/university-pres

has a bit of a recurrent problem. We sometimes end up simplifying important complexity based on the (mistaken) idea that general readers won't be able to understand. As a result we sometimes end up re-inscribing bad ideas, which often take the form of simplifications.

Great and fascinating topic. But in anthro we have to do a lot better than putting the idea of "ancient people" anywhere near a photograph of contemporary non-western people, regardless of intentions. It's kind of a problem anthro has had in the past... sapiens.org/archaeology/night-