Rik's Ramblings

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Fake Ai images

https://medium.com/@kcimc/how-to-recognize-fake-ai-generated-images-4d1f6f9a2842

Wow!  The world we see "around us" is all fake.  OK, air quotes, only the world on your phone is fake.   if you put down your phone and go outside that stuff is real.  Well, unless you live in LA ... that's totally fake.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Space Mice


... the animals are then euthanized by exsanguination and cervical dislocation. 

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/2283.html

Wonder how it feels being a mouse on the space station.  First of all you have to get there - all that nasty hi-G launch stuff.  Then no one ever explains the notion of weightlessness to a mouse, so you have no idea why your feet won't stay on the floor.  and the final indignity:  they bleed you dry (literally), break your back and (presumably) stuff you in the trash to burn up on re-entry.

Not complaining really.  It's science.  Furtherment of the human race, and all that.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Google buys downtown San JoseĀ 


Since December 2016, including the most recent property deal, Google has now spent at least $237 million buying an eclectic array of industrial and retail sites, vacant lots, and even residential properties [in downtown San Jose].

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/12/03/google-buys-downtown-san-jose-industrial-property-in-transit-village-area-in-3-million-cash-deal/

Reminds me of the old days of the Industrial Revolution where large employers would build (and own) their own towns and employees would become their serfs.  Their wages would largely be taken back by their employer in the form of rent and repayment for food at the company store.

They should call the development "Brinton" or "Larryville".

See: Saltaire