kittendrumstick:

Milkshake needed her own set of pumpkin pictures this year! She tolerated this for about five minutes before she got bored and kept looking for something else to do.

prostheticknowledge:

Programmable Materials

Project by Skylar Tibbits for MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab explores materials that can alter their shape under certain conditions, from carbon fiber and fabric to woodgrain:

Programmable Materials consist of material compositions that are designed to become highly dynamic in form and function, yet they are as cost-effective as traditional materials, easily fabricated and capable of flat-pack shipping and self-assembly.  These new materials include: self-transforming carbon fiber, printed wood grain, custom textile composites and other rubbers/plastics, which offer unprecedented capabilities including programmable actuation, sensing and self-transformation, from a simple material.

Nearly every industry has long desired smarter materials and robotic-like transformation from apparel, architecture, product design and manufacturing to aerospace and automotive industries. However, these capabilities have often required expensive, error-prone and complex electromechanical devices (motors, sensors, electronics), bulky components, power consumption (batteries or electricity) and difficult assembly processes. These constraints have made it difficult to efficiently produce dynamic systems, higher-performing machines and more adaptive products, until now. Our goal is true material robotics or robots without robots.

A couple of examples - here is a proof-of-concept adaptive airfoil which does not require any additional mechanical parts:

Here is a proof of concept demonstration of ‘programmable wood’:

More about this project can be found here

joshbyard:

Computers BetterThan Humans at Recognizing Emotions, Genuine Pain

“Perceptual processes that are very easy for humans are hard for computers,” [Marian] Bartlett said. “This is one of the first examples of computers being better than people at a perceptual process.”
First, Bartlett’s team recruited 25 volunteers and recorded two videos with each. One video captured the subject’s facial expression as he or she experienced real pain from submerging one arm in a bucket of ice water for a minute. For the other video, the researchers asked subjects to fake being in pain for a minute while they dipped their arm in a bucket of warm water.
To set a benchmark for testing their computer system, the researchers first showed these videos to 170 people and asked them to distinguish fake from real pain. They did no better than chance. And they didn’t improve much with practice: even after watching 24 pairs of videos and being told which were fake and which were real, human observers only achieved about 55 percent accuracy — statistically better than chance, but just barely.
The computer system, on the other hand, got it right 85 percent of the time.
The system has two main elements: computer vision and machine learning. The computer vision system can identify 20 of the 46 facial movements described in FACS, virtually in real-time… The system also captures information about the timing of the movements, such as how quickly the lips part and how long they stay that way. Information gathered by the computer vision system then gets fed into a machine learning system that learns to identify patterns of features that distinguish real from fake expressions. 


(via This Computer Can Tell When People Are Faking Pain - Wired Science, ht New Computer Vision System: “Nope. She’s Faking It” | IEEESpectrum)

joshbyard:

Computers BetterThan Humans at Recognizing Emotions, Genuine Pain

“Perceptual processes that are very easy for humans are hard for computers,” [Marian] Bartlett said. “This is one of the first examples of computers being better than people at a perceptual process.”

First, Bartlett’s team recruited 25 volunteers and recorded two videos with each. One video captured the subject’s facial expression as he or she experienced real pain from submerging one arm in a bucket of ice water for a minute. For the other video, the researchers asked subjects to fake being in pain for a minute while they dipped their arm in a bucket of warm water.

To set a benchmark for testing their computer system, the researchers first showed these videos to 170 people and asked them to distinguish fake from real pain. They did no better than chance. And they didn’t improve much with practice: even after watching 24 pairs of videos and being told which were fake and which were real, human observers only achieved about 55 percent accuracy — statistically better than chance, but just barely.

The computer system, on the other hand, got it right 85 percent of the time.

The system has two main elements: computer vision and machine learning. The computer vision system can identify 20 of the 46 facial movements described in FACS, virtually in real-time… The system also captures information about the timing of the movements, such as how quickly the lips part and how long they stay that way. Information gathered by the computer vision system then gets fed into a machine learning system that learns to identify patterns of features that distinguish real from fake expressions. 

(via This Computer Can Tell When People Are Faking Pain - Wired Science, ht New Computer Vision System: “Nope. She’s Faking It” | IEEESpectrum)

One day things will get better. Until then, here is a drawing of a cat.

Mental Health Awareness week poster - drawn by a Law Student; submitted by lawschoolruinedme (via shitrichcollegekidssay)

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Just so we’re clear: I’m the one who initially drew that (no matter how many people stole it later on)…

As you can all probably guess, I’ve never been a law student, and I was very poor at the time I made this, so I’m not the person people are actually angry at. Still, that hasn’t stopped anyone from googling that line, and sending me shitty mail.

I made this drawing+line 2 years ago as I started my recovery process from PTSD and severe clinical depression, both conditions aggravated by the fact that I have a history of being physically abused, sexually abused, and raped.

I made this blog because I wanted to track how I was doing because I was doing so badly that I basically needed to be monitored to make sure I wouldn’t attempt anything that might hurt me. I gave a link to a few friends and told them if I didn’t post for more than 2 days in a row, it meant they should check on me because I really wasn’t doing well.

On the day I drew this specific drawing, I had almost no strength. I could barely get out of bed, so I couldn’t draw much. Still, I wasn’t feeling suicidal and I didn’t have any desire to harm myself, so I knew I had to draw something so my friends wouldn’t worry for nothing. What I meant when I drew that was “things will get better. until then here is a drawing of a cat” doodle “Right now, I’m only capable of producing this tiny drawing, but I’m not in a dark place. There is hope that things will be better for me one day. There’s no need to check on me today.” 

I wasn’t trying to make some big mental health awareness thing. I was just trying to be okay, and let my friends know if I needed help or not. Do you know how many followers I had at the time? 4. 

Literally 4. How the hell could I have known that not only people other than my friends would see it, but it would get reblogged and reposted all over the internet? That quote was never meant for others. People just took it, and blamed me for it.

In the past 2 years, I have gotten literally hundreds of hate mail, death threats and rape threats because of that (and many more for other drawings), and honestly, fuck that. And now something that I wrote is on a “shit rich kids say” blog? REALLY? 

I couldn’t even afford to eat when I made that drawing because I was literally too sick to work, and as a result, I had no damn money. There is nothing rich where that statement came from. And yeah, I get that I’m not the law student who made a “mental health awareness” poster of my doodle, and I’m not the one people actually want to ridicule… but here’s the thing: I’m the one who has to deal with the death threats and rape threats from shitty people who read the “one day things will get better” line out of context, and decide to punish the “ignorant” person who came up with that quote, and I have to deal with the relapses and the panic attacks that can happen as a result of those threats.

I love this blog, and 99% of people are amazingly nice to me (to the point where it makes me excited about people and the universe), and I’m so happy that I’m in a much better place than I was 2 years ago, but sometimes, the way that the other 1% of people treats me really sucks. 

Tomorrow, I’ll wake up and feel nothing else than happiness about this blog. I’ll let all the shit go, and focus on doing whatever I can to make the world a slightly happier place, but tonight, it’s hard.

(via pleasestopbeingsad)

the-real-seebs:


kayinnasaki:

Cyber harassment study reveals the unsurprising!
It still amazes me that I talk to guys who still think they get harassed just as much as women online. Like even from people who aren’t clearly and totally gross dumbasses. It kinda makes me think that, even in the best cases, it might be hard to really understand the sheer difference in frequency. You see a woman get harassed on a game and you go “Oh well I’ve been harassed” without understanding that there is seldom a session for her where that doesn’t happen or understanding what her inbox might look like…

That is a sort of stunning degree of difference.


Notice that that says 3 POINT 7, not thirty-seven.  

the-real-seebs:

kayinnasaki:

Cyber harassment study reveals the unsurprising!

It still amazes me that I talk to guys who still think they get harassed just as much as women online. Like even from people who aren’t clearly and totally gross dumbasses. It kinda makes me think that, even in the best cases, it might be hard to really understand the sheer difference in frequency. You see a woman get harassed on a game and you go “Oh well I’ve been harassed” without understanding that there is seldom a session for her where that doesn’t happen or understanding what her inbox might look like…

That is a sort of stunning degree of difference.

Notice that that says 3 POINT 7, not thirty-seven.  

a discussion on relationship formats

me: *explaining various relationship formats to a classmate*

classmate: wait, what's polyamory?

me: well, it's when someone has more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.

professor: *overhears from front of class*

professor: that is d i s g u s t i n g

me: *defensively* um, actually, no it's--

professor: how DARE they put a greek prefix on a latin root like that?! What right do they have to decimate my beautiful antiquated languages?!?! GREEK AND LATIN DO NOT FRATERNIZE THIS IS LIKE THAT STUPID ROMANTIC SUBPLOT BETWEEN THAT DWARF AND THAT ELF IN THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!

me: ....

me: ....

me: ....

professor: it should be polyerosy