Can you believe this is the 10th Glitchet? I can't. It's only/already been two and a half months, and I'm so glad you're here. Let's dig in.
humans teaching robots
MIT Robot Steals Human Brains to Help It Balance
Robots learning directly from humans. Aww! It's like you can be its parent! (And then it learns how to run with alarming speed, and then it runs away from home.)
cover my space back
The team that keeps a watchful eye on the ISS
Good article on the massive numbers of people it takes to monitor a space station and its astronauts. God, the future is cool.
space: the ultimate existential crisis
The End of the Universe: A (Slightly Premature) Lament
"The metaphor of universal death then, comes back to our own human narcissistic need for meaning." This article is a huge bummer. But it's worth contemplating. Then, after you've contemplated your ultimate cosmic futility, go back to browsing the internet. Because why not? Life is short, fleeting, and we won't make it to heat death anyway - enjoy it while it lasts!
The Covert World of People Trying to Edit Wikipedia—for Pay
An interesting look at the corporate underbelly of Wikipedia - and by logical extension, probably many other open source, free communities. After all, everything in the world can be monetized or politicized, and if there's a place where people will see it, other people with vested interests will do it. Hail corporate!
I now know that statistics wins in this scenario in a situation where you know nothing about the possible outcomes. However, maybe with enough time and artificial intelligence, on-car computers will be able to make split second decisions about your worth as a human being in a life or death situation. Is that spooky or what?
These people are so addicted to the Internet that they had to go to rehab
Internet addiction is real. This is an interesting - and sobering - look at what the net can do to us.
"FOMO". Fear Of Missing Out. Gotta check Facebook - Twitter - Reddit - Tumblr - Quora - Goodreads - Glitchet - and make sure I didn't MISS anything. Because, if I don't catch everything, I might miss some vital information. (That's how it works in our brains.) I love internet. I would put it in my veins if I could. But you gotta cut the cord from time to time.
tweets about your life
Twitter bot generates biographies via Census data
There's something oddly poetic about this bot's summaries of people. It's like encasing an anonymous person in a statistic - and yet, with just the right strokes of information, they seem to rise out of the crowd while simultaneously affirming their humanity. (Maybe I'm just strange.)
be there, be witness
Virtual reality takes you inside the news from Syria to Trayvon's shooting
This is a great look at just how vividly virtual reality could be used. Imagine it being used to recreate other crime scenes, court cases, movies, events! It takes video game concepts into the next world.