Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Robot evolution and the Goldstone Report


Jewish date:  19 Shevaṭ 5770 (Parashath Yithro).

Today’s holidays:  Feasts of Blase and Ansgar (Roman Catholicism).

Topic 1:  “Robots Display Predator-Prey Co-Evolution, Evolve Better Homing Techniques”:  A common technique of creationist apologetics is to claim that something could not have possibly have evolved.  (One would have thought the rise of multi-drug resistance would have killed the illusion that evolution is merely hypothetical.)  This article discusses evolution of robot behavior, specifically co-evolution of robot behaviors when robot behaviors are selected for different goals.

Topic 2:  “Goldstone Poison”.  This Dry Bones cartoon deals with the Goldstone Report in terms of an anti-Semitic blood libel.  The text commentary backs this up with an article by Alan Dershowitz which exposes the Report’s twisted morality.

Topic 3:  For today’s religious humor:  “der iz a speshul ring of hell”:
funny pictures
Clearly Dante was an influence on this cat and the Easter Bunny on his/her owner.


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