Links for 19th February 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. What Is Meant by “Superintelligence”?

    "… because H. heidelbergensis is considered by most scientists to be a valid species, for which there is substantial fossil evidence, it provides a concrete reference point in the interspecies intelligence space. We can define “intelligence” using the wiktionary definition, “Capacity of mind, especially to understand principles, truths, facts or meanings, acquire knowledge, and apply it to practice”. H. heidelbergensis had it, as is demonstrated by the stone tools and evidence of organized hunting left behind, and H. sapiens obviously has it in even greater measure. Consider another species, H. novus, with an equal measure of greater intelligence relative to humanity. Intelligence may not be quantifiable on a linear scale, but that does not prevent this definition from being useful in a qualitative sense."

    Tagged with: humanenhancementtranshumanismsuperintelligence

  2. Sleep or hide: you’re less likely to go extinct

    "The study, published in The American Naturalist, has found that mammals which use these tactics – such as bats, bears and squirrels, which lower their metabolic rate for extended periods, and moles or chipmunks, which tunnel underground – are less likely to crop up on endangered species lists." That settles it; I'm going back to bed.

    Tagged with: extinctionhibernationsurvivalmammalszoology

  3. Semiconductor Tech Diagnoses Eye Disease Over the Internet

    "Pictures of diabetic patients' retinas, the inner surface of the eye, are uploaded to a server that compares them to a database of thousands of other images of healthy and diseased eyes. Algorithms can assign a disease level to the new eye image by looking at the same factors, mainly damage to blood vessels, that an eye doctor would."

    Tagged with: interneteyehealthdisgnosisdata-processingtelemedicine

  4. Punctuation for $400. They are neither dashes nor ellipses.

    "Punctuation marks have distinct meanings, purposes, and intentions. Two marks in particular – dashes and ellipses – are often used in place of commas, but shouldn't be."

    Tagged with: writingcopywritingdeitingellipsisdashescommas

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