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Getting Serious With Siri

Our robotic overlords must be delighted by the way iPhone users have taken to Siri.I met her on Friday. But apparently, she was talking to me before we were formally introduced: When S arrived at the rail station to pick me up, Siri had been reading my text messages aloud and sending me his responses.S was delighted...

November 8, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

That Loving Look

Image of the Week #16, November 7, 2011:
From: Learning the Look of Love: In your Eyes, the Light the Heat by Cheryl Murphy at the Guest Blog...

November 7, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

"Save the Chimps" Sanctuary Builds a Home for Traumatized Apes

His name is Clay. He's a happy, creative 24-year-old male who prefers to live in solitude. Although most of the time he is peaceful, he has been known to become aggressive and violent in a manner that can terrify the people who love him.If Clay were human, he would probably have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)...

November 7, 2011 — John R. Platt

How Do We Wait?

There was a wait for tables at the restaurant S and I went to on Saturday. Here's a look at how people passed the time. You may notice a similarity (sorry the pictures are a little dark):         Very few people were "just" talking—without their phone in their hand (and in one case, an iPad)...

November 7, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Can Smart Phones Help Create Smarter Science?

Can smart phones change the way we do research? Cognitive scientists believe that they may provide a vital means of widening the participant pool, as discussed in a recent September PLoS paper that explores the intersection of technology and behavioral experiments.The potential application of Internet-based research to extend laboratory exercises to wider audiences has been a tantalizingly frustrating endeavor...

November 7, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

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