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11 Nov 22:18

Study Finds Robot Surgeons Are Actually Slower and More Expensive

by EditorDavid
"Robot-assisted surgery costs more time and money than traditional methods, but isn't more effective, for certain types of operations," reports the Register, in an article shared by schwit1: In a study of almost 24,000 laparoscopic surgeries just published in The Journal of American Medicine, researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine analyzed data from 416 hospitals around the U.S. from 2003 to 2015. Robotic assistance provides 3D-visualization, a broader range of motion for instruments, and better ergonomics for physicians, according to the study. While it has advantages in scenarios where a high-degree of precision is required or where improved outcomes have been demonstrated (like radical prostatectomy), it appears to be a waste of resources for the two operations examined... But the patient outcomes were more or less the same. A thematically-related economic study presented by the National Bureau for Economic Research on Monday suggests that while AI and machine learning have received substantial investment over the past five years and have been widely touted as a transformative technologies, "there is little sign that they have yet affected aggregate productivity statistics... The simplest possibility is that the optimism about the potential technologies is misplaced and unfounded," muse Erik Brynjolfsson and Daniel Rock (MIT), Chad Syverson (University of Chicago) in the paper. But instead the paper's author suggest that fully realizing the benefits of AI "will require effort and entrepreneurship to develop the needed complements, and adaptability at the individual, organizational, and societal levels to undertake the associated restructuring."

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21 Sep 19:28

09/15/17 PHD comic: 'Inner Gollum'

Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham
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title: "Inner Gollum" - originally published 9/15/2017

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01 Sep 01:06

Penny-Farthing: The Main Vehicle of Men in the Last Half of the 19th Century

by Alogueben
The penny-farthing, also known as a high wheel, high wheeler and ordinary, is a type of bicycle with a large front wheel and a much smaller rear wheel. It was popular after the boneshaker until the development of the safety bicycle in the 1880s. It was the first machine to be called a "bicycle".

Although the trend was short-lived, the penny-farthing became a symbol of the late Victorian era. Its popularity also coincided with the birth of cycling as a sport.

These interesting photos that show men with their penny-farthings from the last half of the 19th century.

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01 Sep 00:55

Six Feet Above

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30 Jun 12:56

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02 May 16:54

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Monty Hall Problems


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Actually, pretty much everything beyond intro calculus is run by goblins.

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23 Dec 03:33

petitesaretes: I made a comic about every comment thread under...

by madgastronomer


I made a comic about every comment thread under any content involving a fat person existing. Ever.
This counts as my inktober #1 because I spent way more time on it than I should have.

05 Nov 16:09

Live the Dream

by Doug
05 Sep 12:47

dustinteractive: Drone wars in Tokyo


Drone wars in Tokyo

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16 Nov 12:10

Os fortes

by Will Tirando

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16 Nov 12:00

Viva Intensamente # 231

by Will Tirando

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16 Nov 11:59

The Most Amazing Halloween Costume Ever by Doctor Popular

The Most Amazing Halloween Costume Ever by Doctor Popular

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16 Nov 11:49

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24 Aug 20:19



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24 Aug 19:51

RT @juliana_m: Eu nunca vou perdoar a Google por ter matado o reader. Nunca passou...

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RT @juliana_m: Eu nunca vou perdoar a Google por ter matado o reader. Nunca passou de doer.
26 Jun 14:26

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i really thought they were talking about colons at first

26 Jun 14:24

El de Iron Man es mi favorito por @The_False_Joker

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28 May 12:58

Captain Metaphysics and the Wizard of Elea

Plus, everyone knows it's a stupid thought experiment anyway.
28 May 12:55

A Softer World: 1239

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28 May 12:54

2 for 1 drinks this week at QWOP tavern.

2 for 1 drinks this week at QWOP tavern.

28 May 12:54


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14 May 12:24

"Get a rat and put it in a cage and give it two water bottles. One is just water, and one is water..."

Get a rat and put it in a cage and give it two water bottles. One is just water, and one is water laced with either heroin or cocaine. If you do that, the rat will almost always prefer the drugged water and almost always kill itself very quickly, right, within a couple of weeks. So there you go. It’s our theory of addiction.

Bruce comes along in the ’70s and said, “Well, hang on a minute. We’re putting the rat in an empty cage. It’s got nothing to do. Let’s try this a little bit differently.” So Bruce built Rat Park, and Rat Park is like heaven for rats. Everything your rat about town could want, it’s got in Rat Park. It’s got lovely food. It’s got sex. It’s got loads of other rats to be friends with. It’s got loads of colored balls. Everything your rat could want. And they’ve got both the water bottles. They’ve got the drugged water and the normal water. But here’s the fascinating thing. In Rat Park, they don’t like the drugged water. They hardly use any of it. None of them ever overdose. None of them ever use in a way that looks like compulsion or addiction. There’s a really interesting human example I’ll tell you about in a minute, but what Bruce says is that shows that both the right-wing and left-wing theories of addiction are wrong. So the right-wing theory is it’s a moral failing, you’re a hedonist, you party too hard. The left-wing theory is it takes you over, your brain is hijacked. Bruce says it’s not your morality, it’s not your brain; it’s your cage. Addiction is largely an adaptation to your environment.


We’ve created a society where significant numbers of our fellow citizens cannot bear to be present in their lives without being drugged, right? We’ve created a hyperconsumerist, hyperindividualist, isolated world that is, for a lot of people, much more like that first cage than it is like the bonded, connected cages that we need. 

The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection. And our whole society, the engine of our society, is geared towards making us connect with things. If you are not a good consumer capitalist citizen, if you’re spending your time bonding with the people around you and not buying stuff—in fact, we are trained from a very young age to focus our hopes and our dreams and our ambitions on things we can buy and consume. And drug addiction is really a subset of that.


Johann Hari,

Does Capitalism Drive Drug Addiction?

(via bigfatsun)

As a recovering addict this is an interesting read. I’m constantly battling right-wingers telling me it’s my fault and always being told by doctors it’s in my nature. But hearing this about my environment makes a lot of sense, I fell into addiction in a very bad time in my life when I was very isolated, and most of the addicts I know are the same. Addiction is definitely related to depression and this is affected by environment. I like this article.

(via soymilkbitch)

Bruce Alexander did the Rat Park experiments in the seventies.  I am kind of horrified and outraged that I’ve heard about the empty-cage rat experiments but never once about his.

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13 May 15:07

Vatican agrees first treaty with State of Palestine 'disappointing' Israel - Daily Mail


Oh boo hoo.

Daily Mail

Vatican agrees first treaty with State of Palestine 'disappointing' Israel
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The Vatican is preparing to sign a treaty which will recognise the state of Palestine on paper for the first time ahead of Pope Francis meeting the country's President, Mahmoud Abbas. The treaty, which is being drawn up by a group called the Bilateral ...
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13 May 00:07

One factor behind falling share of Americans who call themselves Christian


The Pew survey found that those unaffiliated with a faith tradition are now the second-largest religious demographic group after Evangelicals, with about 23 percent of the population. Among these, atheists and agnostics have jumped from 4 percent of the population in 2007 to more than 7 percent of the population in 2014, and most have more liberal political views.

In 2007, more than 78 percent of Americans said they practiced some form of Christianity. Today, in apparently the lowest figure in US history, 70.6 percent identify as Christians, according to a new Pew study.

12 May 15:47

Calvin and Hobbes for May 12, 2015