Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Why academics are losing relevance in society

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mindfulness - history channel documentary - Psychology of Mindfulness - ...



  

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bruce Springsteen ''I Ain't Got No Home''







The
music of Woody Guthrie, the voice of Bruce Springsteen and the
photography of Dorothea Lange. From the CD, "Folkways: A Vision Shared".
(no copyright infringement intended)

Link: https://youtu.be/jBl84eo68VI








Thursday, February 9, 2017

Terence McKenna: The Public Is A Reflection of Print Culture



Taken from a video titled 'Overcoming Culture'.



Terence McKenna playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...




Rumi



If you have much, give of your wealth; If you have little, give of your Heart.~ Rumi
 

Albert Einstein, Rabindranath Tagore and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi


 
Mahatma Gandhi with a friend in South Africa, circa 1900 -.

Rabindranath Tagore and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

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Rabindranath Tagore with Albert Einstein in 1926 at Einsteins Home in Berlin Germany

Rab Quotes:
I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.

You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.]

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.

Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.

Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.


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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Einstein Robot replicates human facial expressions.

                                                     
Einstein robot's facial expressions and smarts


                            Chris Velazco, Engadget

The mechanical professor from Hanson Robotics is designed to be your favorite teacher, loaded with tons of knowledge, funny anecdotes and exaggerated expressions. 

At a time when digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home are making voice-controlled human-machine interactions more common, a chatty "personal genius" for kids seems like a natural progression for mechanical toys.



(Photo credit: Chris Velazco, Engadget)

Einstein communicates in both online and offline modes.
When it's connected to the cloud via WiFi, it uses natural language processing to keep the conversation going. Instead of building its own speech recognition technique, the company taps into open-sourced APIs, allowing the robot to do things like pull up weather updates or tell you about Donald Trump. But it seems to be most active in its offline mode, when it connects to an accompanying app called Stein-o-Matic that's designed to keep kids engaged through audio-visual activities.
The company, which has been around 2013, is known for building robots that have life-like expressions. Chatty Sophia made a splash at SXSW last year, while BINA48 was widely acclaimed as one of the most realistic robots. Then there was the lifesize Einstein, which had an uncanny resemblance to the man it emulated. Each machine came one step closer to replicating human facial expressions.

The machine picks up movements of the face right in front of it. This tracking, known as "blob detection" in computer vision, is different from facial recognition. It doesn't record or memorize faces. Instead, it can spot facial features to detect and keep up with movements to maintain eye contact through most conversations.

The robot  entertains and educates, and has a price point  just under Mattel's recently announced Aristotle -- a $300 connected speaker aimed at a young generation. It also undercuts Lego's Mindstorms collection, a range of robots starting from $350.


While Einstein is pegged as an affordable personal companion, it doesn't seem to have the output required to compete with the personal assistant speakers that have already found a spot on thousands of kitchen counters across the country. 
The robot's speaker lacks the clarity of an Amazon Echo or Google Home. And as the machine moves its mouth and head to create the expressions that the company is famous for, a whirring sound makes its voice that much harder to pay attention to. 
What's more, Einstein's ability to pull information from the web is a lot slower than say Alexa, for instance. It compensates for its pace with a polite teacher-like disposition: "Let me think about that for a moment."  

California’s historic “Pioneer Cabin Tree”


California’s historic “Pioneer Cabin Tree” hollowed out in 1880s for cars has been toppled by powerful storm
 
 
 
 

Vanishing Animals

  

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,    + urge to close domestic ivory markets & help protect




"We have the chance to say that ivory is a symbol of destruction, not of luxury" - HRH Prince William. Ban domestic






 

 Reviewing the largest bust of illegal ivory in NYS history with &

 

 


 
On 28 September, the pangolin, the doctored animal trade in the world, has been banned

 
During the , the ban on the international ivory trade was maintained



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