He was born a second-class citizen in South Africa; he died one of the world’s most respected men.
Rest in eternal freedom
Quote of the week - 11/11/2013
Vitali Gusatinsky | http://vitaligusatinsky.com
I believe life is a journey of learning and expanding. I’m passionate about design and technology. Ever since a young age I have studied and created visual designs to engage the viewer. I have over 10 years of experience working with businesses to develop mature identities and marketing materials for their products and services.
Personally, I enjoy my work and create graphics, video and music for fun when I find time, as well as take photographs. Reading about world events, science, technology and all forms of design (I have a soft spot for architecture) inspire me and my work. It amazes me how far the Web has developed and new tools allow ever-increasing ease to express ideas. We live in exciting times.
Superfast rock-paper-scissors robot ‘wins’ every time
A robot developed by Japanese scientists is so fast it can “win” the rock-paper-scissors game against a human every single time.
The Janken robot - named after the game’s Japanese name - is a faster version of one unveiled by University of Tokyo researchers in June 2012. Version two completes its chosen hand shape almost at the same time as the human hand. It uses high-speed recognition and reaction, rather than prediction. Technically, the robot cheats because it reacts extremely quickly to what the human hand is doing rather than making a premeditated simultaneous action as the rules state. Taking just one millisecond (ms) - a thousandth of a second - to recognise what shape the human hand is making, it then chooses a winning move and reacts at high speed. Version one completed its shape 20ms after the human hand; version two finishes almost simultaneously. The scientists at the Ishikawa Oku Laboratory, part of the University of Tokyo, specialise in a range of technologies, including “sensor fusion”, which aims to replicate and improve upon the human senses using high-speed intelligent robots.
BEAUTY OF MATHEMATICS
"Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music." —Betrand Russell
By Yann Pineill & Nicolas Lefaucheux