Take a look at these wonderful renderings of bicycles based on people’s faulty drawings of bikes from memory.
Here are the questions that are fair game for the final exam!
In our discussion of memes most likely to spread, we got to talking about formulaic music. Here are a couple of studies in what makes a good country music song, just for fun.
Honey badgers don’t give a [care]. They do give some apparent thought to improvising ladders.
Here’s a dog driving a car. A long way from spontaneous tool use, but a fun example of what smart training can do with a smart animal.
Would you believe Scientific American has an article about how the effort to make better stone tools may have driven the evolution of bigger brains in humans? Because they do in the April issue, just in time for our discussion of that very subject.
There have been mass robot firings in China, in part because the robots were not able to carry soup. You’ll never beat us at carrying soup, robots! NEVER!
Here is an astounding bit of crow tool use:
There’s disagreement among octopus tool use scientists about whether this should count or not:
Here’s the video I mentioned in class showing Koko the gorilla “telling” us to save the world. Really, they just taught her to do those signs in that order. Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet.
Here’s a story at the MIT Technology Review about the horrible chat bot we discussed on Tuesday. As some of you noted in class, the bot was apparently targeted by dedicated trolls on platforms like Twitter, Kik, and GroupMe, and so humanity as a whole may escape indictment.
First, an item in Psychology Today regarding the question of whether baboons keep pet dogs.
Second, an item in the Australian Science Alert regarding the stories all over social media lately about the claim that humans couldn’t see the color blue until modern times.
…technology has design fiction. Check out this Slate article about the genre of design fiction. Sterling says there were iPads depicted in 2001: A Space Odyssey, which came out in 1968.