Links for 7th March 2010

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Creating a Layar layer: a step by step tutorial

    Alarmingly simple. As Chairman Bruce pointed out, this demystifies AR as a technology, as a method; that demystification emphasises the potentially massive social impact of this stuff becoming as ubiquitous and entry-level as running a CMS-based website.

    Tagged with: ARaugmented-realityLayartutorialAndroid

  2. Free will is an illusion, biologist says

    "Today, as researchers gain a better understanding of the molecular details underlying consciousness, some people think that we may discover a molecular mechanism responsible for free will – but Cashmore doesn’t think so. Such a discovery, he says, would require a new physical law that breaks the causal laws of nature. As it is, the only “wild card” that allows any room for maneuvering outside of genetics and one’s environment is the inherent uncertainty of the physical properties of matter, and even this stochastic element is beyond our conscious control. (However, it can help explain why identical twins growing up in the same environment are unique individuals.)"

    Tagged with: biologycognitionconsciousnessethicsfree-willphilosophyscienceneuroscience

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