As you’ll see in the video, no discussion of Fermi’s Paradox is complete without an attempt to estimate how many alien civilizations are out there, which quickly leads to the Drake Equation, which is a simple mathematical tool used to statistically estimate how many intelligent, technological races are likely to exist in our galaxy and the universe at large. Again quoting from The Hitchhiker’s Guide, er, Wikipedia, the original formulation of the Drake Equation was:
Barack Obama’s campaign on Thursday ratcheted up its effort to fight lies spread online about himself and his wife.
Credit: Fightthesmears.comThe site, called Fight the Smears, launched listing four claims against Obama. It counters each with a rundown of the facts, in some cases accompanied by supporting video footage.
Backed by online ad powerhouses including AOL and Microsoft and Yahoo, the White House announcement pulls together work being done on privacy by both the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce department. It’s intended to lead up to new legislation that fills in the holes of current U.S. privacy laws.
While Apple’s e-mail to the affected customers seemed to suggest the problem lay with AT&T’s network, AT&T has denied responsibility for these issues and declined to provide a technical explanation. Apple has not returned phone calls requesting comment.
In the MIT proposal, the picture was credited to an “H. Thomas.” MIT professor Ned Thomas, who heads the 150-person nanotechnology institute, told News.com that his daughter had drawn it.
“To date, none of the iron-enrichment experiments have been designed to test these unintended consequences, and none of the urea-enrichment studies are designed to do that, either,” Coale said.
Google also announced a partnership with Walt Disney Co to bring Mickey Mouse and “Star Wars” content to its Google Home speakers as part of an effort to drive children under the age of 13 to play with the devices.
When notified by AP, other consumer groups supporting the anti-spam cause declined to comment.
During his speech at the Montreal International Game Summit, titled “First Games: Exploring the Realm of First-Time Games for the Very Young and Their Parents,” Sawyer suggested how game designers might fix this.
Not that it’s threatening to do so. When Amazon bought Whole Foods, it gained no particular control over the food industry: it merely went from having 0.2 percent of the groceries market to having 1.4 percent. When it bought PillPack, for all that it wiped $11 billion off the market capitalization of the likes of CVS and Walgreens, it still acquired a company that only has $100 million in revenue. (Walgreens, by contrast, has over $100 billion.) However Amazon intends to compete in such markets, it’s not going to do so by being the dominant player. Even Amazon’s attempts to become a book publisher have been pretty small-scale and unimpressive.
Artificial intelligence is now detecting cancer and robots are doing nursing tasks. But are there risks to handing over elements of our health to machines, no matter how sophisticated?
One challenge in adding these types of tools is ensuring that they don’t unintentionally break legitimate web design features. So Google is launching an assessment called the “Abusive Experiences Report,” which developers can use to check whether their sites contain what Chrome would now classify as “abusive experiences.” And since the features will be rolling out incrementally over the next few months (they’ll all be out by mid-2018, and developers can test them in advance through Chrome Beta), there’s time for site owners to tweak their setups. “Making changes that affect the web platform always require care to ensure they have the intended effect,” Google’s Choi says. “As always, we’ll be watching bug reports and community feedback carefully.”
Components: The StoryWorld Create-a-Story Kit contains 40 cards, approximately 4″ x 6″ each. Some are characters like The Mother or The Prince, and others are items (The Key) or settings (The Labyrinth). The cards in this kit fall into four categories: The World of the Everyday, The World of Magic, The Realm of the Court and The Land of Faery. Many of the cards have hidden clues that link them to other cards. Each one also has a few prompting questions on the back. For instance, the back of The Magic Sleep card asks: “Who will drift off into a magic sleep tonight? Where is the dreamboat flying? What adventure have the toys been on?” The kit also comes with a “Storytelling Book” which provides a few instructions on how to use the cards, a few games, a sample story and a list of the hidden clues. The kit comes in an attractive cardboard box with a magnetic closure that can fit like a hardcover book on your bookshelf.
“Frequently when somebody finally does get here, when we ask them how they spend their time in their rooms, it is on the Internet,” said Edith Frank, director of the counseling center at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey. “It’s something they can do alone when they’re not up to facing something and can give them the illusion of connection.”
It’s a question of propriety, Ansel says. “Someone whose loved one was killed by the bad guys, and then somebody posts on, ‘We got to get out of [Afghanistan],'” he says. “I go to work every day protecting people’s freedom of speech. There’s a time and a place.” His own unfamiliarity with social networking didn’t help: “The battalion commander isn’t what you’d call a social media guy. I’m much more experienced, but I’m new to it.”