Links for September 24, 2019

Why We Should Teach Kids to Call the Robot ‘It’

As a new generation grows up surrounded by artificial intelligence, researchers find education as early as preschool can help avoid confusion about robots’ role.


The history of Tetris randomizers

Instead of a bag or history, TGM3 uses a pool of pieces. Starting with 5 of each tetromino, for a total of 35 pieces. When a piece is dealt, instead of removing it from the pool, it is replaced with the most droughted piece. Eventually the pool will fill up more and more with this piece until picked. This solves the issues with bag systems, as well as history systems; the best of both worlds.


The Ghost in the MP3

“moDernisT” was created by salvaging the sounds lost to mp3 compression from the song “Tom’s Diner”, famously used as one of the main controls in the listening tests to develop the MP3 encoding algorithm. Here we find the form of the song intact, but the details are just remnants of the original. Similarly, the video contains only material which was left behind during mp4 compression.