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There are also hints that smell is a quantum sense. Our noses appear to work by sensing the natural vibration frequencies of the bonds between atoms in molecules. Those frequencies determine whether a smell receptor is switched on and sends a signal to the brain. The best explanation for experimental observations involves an electron using a phenomenon known as quantum uncertainty to tunnel through a seemingly impenetrable barrier. Essentially, it borrows energy from the universe in order to leap across an empty space in the smell receptors and trigger the brain’s sense of smell. As long as it returns the energy quickly enough, the electron can use as much as it needs. This “quantum tunnelling” phenomenon is also at the heart of modern electronics.”

Then there’s the navigation trick birds use for migration. Studies of the European robin (and the robin had to wear a cute little eyepatch during this research) suggest that a particular configuration of a molecule in the robin’s retina – a configuration that can only be explained by the rules of quantum theory – allows the bird to sense Earth’s magnetic field and thus determine the direction in which it should fly.

Michael Brooks, Five discoveries taking science by surprise | Science | The Observer

What about precognition? That’s how I sense what’s coming and which way to fly.

Google is heading towards Android on laptops, I bet

I kind of missed the part of Google I/O when Sundar Pichai showed Android apps running on Chromebook.


My bet is the Android model of computing will grow to eclipse Chrome OS efforts, because people will want the Android apps they know and love. 

At this time, only Vine, Flipboard, and Evernote are available.

What about Android apps in the Chrome browser?

Chaos is merely order waiting to be deciphered.

José Saramago

(Source: inthenoosphere)

Confusion and clutter are the failure of design, not the attributes of information.

Edward Tufte

(Source: maxistentialist, via emergentfutures)

I’ve watched him grow up over the past several years and become an adept chief executive who makes decisions and doesn’t care about what other people think. Too many people here are worried about the press backlash. He just goes with his gut.

Nick Bilton, Goodbye, for Now, San Francisco, regarding Mark Zuckerberg

Bilton may have picked the wrong week to praise Mark Zuckerberg’s gut, since the company has landed in the doo-doo once again for manipulating the emotions of Facebook users without a/ asking their permission or b/ informing them.

Mike Isaac — who was chatting with Bilton when he made these ill-timed comments about the ‘adept chief executive who makes decisions and doesn’t care what people think’ — has a good recounting of all the times that Facebook has screwed up on privacy and other maladroit handling of customer expectations. 

Some quotes from Zuckerberg:

'We really messed up on this one' — launch of the news feed, 2006

'We simply did a bad job with this release, and I apologize for it' — Beacon release, 2007

'Sometimes we move too fast. We just missed the mark.' — Privacy setting 'fix', 2009

'I’m the first to admit that we’ve made a bunch of mistakes. We can also always do better.' — Settlement with the Federal Trade Commission re deciving users on privacy, 2011

Yes, Facebook and Zuckerberg can obviously continue to make bigger and better mistakes, and we get to be the lab rats.

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Robots are always part of the future. Little bits of that future break off and become part of the present, but when that happens, those bits cease to be “robots.” In 1945, a modern dishwasher would have been a miracle, as exotic as the space-age appliances in The Jetsons. But now, it’s just a dishwasher
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.

William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

(Source: words-and-coffee, via theactofhistory)

The best index to a person’s character is how they treat people who can’t do them any good, and how they treat people who can’t fight back.

Abigail Van Buren

Noblesse oblige

(Source: childrenofthetao, via drmeaningful)