The SGU Cutting Room Floor - Episode #479
The Ten Commandments. Car-hackers. John of God. A brilliant parrot. Here are a few items which we could not get to for Episode #479.
It is a scary thought that your car or truck might be hackable, and as we move forward in to an age of AI controlled vehicles, those scary thought will likely become even scarier. The National Science Foundation is directing money towards research to examine the security of autonomous vehicles. As reported in The Atlantic:
Imagine this future scenario: Self-driving cars form an orderly procession down a highway, traveling at precisely the right following distance and speed. All the on-board computers cooperate and all the vehicles travel reach their destinations safely. But what if one person jailbreaks her car, and tells her AI driver to go just a little faster than the other cars? As the aggressive car moves up on the other vehicles, their safety mechanisms kick in and they change lanes to get out of the way. It might make the overall efficiency of the transportation lower, but this one person would get ahead.
The awful “John of God” is still scamming the masses. Here is an example from a true believer, who made the journey to Brazil to find out for herself if “John of God” is a true miracle worker, or is it all just a hoax? Let’s see what she found …
“I witnessed physical surgeries performed on stage, less than ten feet away. According to those I spoke with, who had surgery, they never felt the scalpel penetrating their skin or scraping their eye. When a forceps-like instrument was plunged deeply up the nose of one man, he later told me, “I never felt pain.” These people never had anesthetic, or antibiotics to prevent infection. Following the procedure, they took herbs. I spoke with one woman who had her eye scraped nearly two years earlier; she told me that the area of concern she initially requested healing for had never healed; however, she did have healing in something apparently more important.”
This was a interesting article from David Eicher, the Editor-in-Chief of Astronomy magazine. He suggests that science has it’s own “Ten Commandments” by which we all obey. Did he include anything you would have omitted? Was anything missing which you would have added? From the article:
“Why, though, should science not also have its ten commandments? Here is the current set of commandments through the eyes of science, in the form of objective, natural theories that should be believed …”
Polly want a marshmallow? An African Grey parrot named “Griffin” not only passed, but set a new record in the process, for (non-human) animals that have taken “The Marshmallow Test.” From the article over at Slate.com:
At every time period tested, Griffin successfully waited at least 80 percent of the time, even at the maximum 15 minutes. That’s the best performance ever seen in an animal, comparable to Mischel’s original results with preschoolers.