Note — Sep 06, 2020

No.140 Asides

  • 📚 😍 One of my favourite stories from Ted Chiang’s Exhalation available in full on Medium, Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom. “Morrow took the oversize box into the storeroom and came out with the prism. He set it up in a carrel for the third customer with seconds to spare. At four o’clock, the ready lights on all three prisms came on, and all three customers began chatting with their paraselves.”
  • 🇳🇴 🚲 📊 E-Bikers Ride Much Farther and More Frequently Than Regular Bikers. “The people who bought e-bikes increased their bicycle use from 2.1 kilometers (1.3 miles) to 9.2 kilometers (5.7 miles) on average per day; a 340% increase. The e-bike’s share of all their transportation increased dramatically too; from 17% to 49%, where they e-biked instead of walking, taking public transit, and driving.”
  • 🪐 50 new planets confirmed in machine learning first. “For the first time, astronomers have used a process based on machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence, to analyze a sample of potential planets and determine which ones are real and which are “fakes,” or false positives, calculating the probability of each candidate to be a true planet.”
  • Mars College “is an educational program, R&D lab, and residential community dedicated to cultivating a low-cost, high-tech lifestyle.”