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Comment Other (Score 1) 224

We've already found it but don't know that we found it. Viking' Labeled Release surface experiment showed a biorhythm in the data, for instance. Not saying that's a confirmation but we already have tons of data that likely contains a bacterial signal. Intelligent life will probably have to wait until we can listen to some kind of tachyonic signal.

Submission + - Artificial Intelligence in Behavioral and Mental Health Care (

J05H writes: from the I'll-read-it-when-it's-in-the-university-library dept:

This is an update for anyone interested in the use of artificial intelligence, Bayesian search and text mining for suicide prevention and other mental-health purposes. A chapter of this book covers the Durkheim Project's efforts in monitoring and interventions for at-risk veterans. Slashdot previously covered this topic here:

Elsevier’s Artificial Intelligence in Behavioral and Mental Health Care (D. D. Luxton, Editor — October, 2015) is an eye-opening window on state-of-the-art medical AI. This recently released text is both a primer (providing a context on modern AI in medicine) and a description of advanced applications of artificial intelligence technology. The book examines exemplary AI solutions that span a variety of specific technical areas, including: Expert Systems, Machine Learning, Virtual Humans, Mobile Devices, Behavior Models, Public Health Surveillance/Predictive Analytics, and Robotics.


Submission + - Predicting the Risk of Suicide by Analyzing the Text of Clinical Notes (

J05H writes: Soldier and veteran suicide rates are increasing due to various factors. Critically the rates have jumped in recent years. Bayesian search experts use gathered, anonymous Veteran's Administration notes to predict suicide risks. The main link is to the paper in PLoS One. A related effort by Mr. Poulin is the Durkheim Project that uses opt-in social media data for similar purposes

Comment Re:Not the first programmer. (Score 1) 110

Almost all of that technical heritage in the logic of weaving was maintained by women across cultures. An example contemporary to the lovely Ms. Lovelace and Mr. Babbage would be the founding of the Rhode Island School of Design. That institution was funded by ship's captains to maintain their most talented daughters in programming Jacquard looms for the local textile industry and other arts. Today it is a eminent art and design school if not the best. If not the first programmer, Lovelace was the first non-inventor/nerd that programmed, ie. the first application programmer.

Comment Upcoming Paper should be interesting (Score 1) 39

They are publishing results in Astrobiology to create a standard metric for analog space suits. Operating standardization is a great next step for this field.

On a human-factors standpoint it will be interesting to see the energetic differences between the suits. One issue is they are being tested in different place with different wearers.

Comment Logic: (Score 2) 237

Asteroid retrieval is about $1-2 Billion spread over a decade. Single moon landing is at an order of magnitude higher at $10-20 Billion with unknown duration. This is what happened with Shuttle and Station and appears to be happening with SLS: they eventually sucked cash out of other NASA programs while legislators direct even more resources into those single projects as if 10,000 people working together can't manage more than one task.

We should go back to the Moon but that should not prevent us from also snagging an asteroid. The funny thing is that the returned asteroid was planned to go into Lunar or very eccentric high orbit, either would have been a great shake-down cruise for Orion before going to the Moon.

Comment USB drive & printing (Score 1) 262

iOS 7 should let the device act as normal flash storage. This is a crippling weakness in Apple's current devices and traces all the way back to the Newton's custom filesystem in the 90s. Seamless printing, especially with all the wireless printers around, is a no-brainer.

Comment Re: How would you feel about it? (Score 0) 420

If the drone is over someone else's property, it is trespassing in their airspace. This may be especially true below 500' and anything over that is FAA controlled. So the drone flying neighbor is either going to be violating your property or common airspace.

If the neighbors' houses were close together and the person was still over their property but actively observing your property? That would be interesting in court.

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