How does it compare?

Follow the drone through a typical (?) Japanese high school. Then compare: how does this high school compare to the one you went to?



See what it’s like to feel the pull of g-force (in a simulator). At the end, he says, “Blimey!” Don’t run for your dictionary app. Can you guess what that word means from context?

Maybe this will help:

Backward, onward, upward

This is the world’s fastest backwards runner. He likes to see where he’s been. He says he’s learned to see things with a different perspective, and to compete with his own shadow.

Speaking of runners, here’s something about Alan Turing (you saw “Imitation Game” right?) and how he was a talented runner.

This post has a link to a Wikipedia list of non-professional runners. where you can see Turing’s time. Next to him on the list is Shinya Yamanaka, the scientist who won the Nobel Prize a few years ago for stem-cell research.

I wasn’t surprised to see Haruki Murakami on the list, but I didn’t know Mao Asada was a runner, too.

The “i” in AI

This is an article from Aeon Magazine about what “intelligence” means when it comes to robots. They need to be able to have emotions to have true “intelligence”, the author argues.

You can listen to the article being read (by a human). It’s about 6:30 in length (1000 words).


One line I liked:

“… perception is not a passive process that merely reflects the external world. Rather, it involves picking up on the significance of objects, and determines how they are processed. Vision is never neutral, it is always laden with affective meaning.”