Yesterday's Twitter: Genies and Wishes

In yesterday's Twitter, someone shared this wonderful Cyanide and Happiness cartoon; more at Explosm.net.

Just in case you do run into a genie from a bottle...!


Bio-techne: Half-human soldiers, robot servants and eagle drones

Bio-techne: Half-human soldiers, robot servants and eagle dronesthe Greeks got there first. Could an AI learn from their stories? by Adrienne Mayor

Here is the opening paragraph of Adrienne Mayor's story-ful essay:
The question of what it meant to be human obsessed the ancient Greeks. Time and again, their stories explored the promises and perils of staving off death, extending human capabilities, replicating life. The beloved myths of Hercules, Jason and the Argonauts, the sorceress Medea, the engineer Daedalus, the inventor-god Hephaestus, and the tragically inquisitive Pandora all raised the basic question of the boundaries between human and machine. Today, developments in biotechnology and advances in artificial intelligence (AI) bring a new urgency to questions about the implications of combining the biological and the technological. It’s a discussion that we might say the ancient Greeks began.

Read the rest of the essay to learn more about:

Medea and Talos, the bronze robot
Jason and the replicant army
Hercules and the regenerating Hydra
Daedalus's living statues
and many more...
Jason and the replicant army
Hercules and the regenerating Hydra
Daedalus's living statues
and many more...

Kiowa Calendar: Red Horse Winter

The beautiful Silver Horn Calendar Record 1904-1905-1906 is a Kiowa record of the seasons, including Storm-Maker Red Horse, the creator of tornadoes.


You can learn more in this NPR story: A Native American Take On Tornadoes.


Yesterday's Twitter: Race, Racism, and the Middle Ages

From yesterday's Twitter, here is a great statement from Public Medievalist. If you are interested in medieval cultures, their Twitter feed is a great one to follow @PublicMedieval. You can also find lots of resources at their website.

Here is a full-sized view:


Yesterday's Twitter: Orpheus and Eurydice

From yesterday's Twitter, I saw this TED-Ed video about the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Here is the TED-Ed webpage, and you can find out more about Orpheus and Eurydice at Wikipedia.