Aqua Buddha

November 18, 2010 / 0 comments

Rand Paul, Libertarian candidate for Kentucky’s seat in the US Senate and son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul, is set to take office January 2011 to replace Jim Bunning. During the election campaign, an article in GQ magazine “revealed” that while an undergraduate at Baylor (the world’s largest Baptist university) he was a member of a…

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Google’s Autocomplete Algorithm

October 21, 2010 / 0 comments

A friend shared this series of Google autocomplete search results on a social network, it contains screen captures of Google’s autocomplete feature along with a venn diagram produced from the resulting terms: I was curious if I would get the same terms, so I tried it. As soon as I found that my results for…

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Robot Acceptance

September 14, 2010 / 0 comments

A post in the NYT photo blog asks if Japanese acceptance of robotics has origins in Shinto belief. (via Elizabeth Housley)  Surprisingly they don’t mention Masahiro Mori. Will we see humanoid robots taking more active roles in hospitals, constructions sites and other work places outside Japan?  And will robots like the Paro therapy seal showing…

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Cyberactivism, iPhone 4 and The Courage to Be

August 25, 2010 / 0 comments

(Note: This post was originally published on an blog about Apple technology, based on a few requests I’m making it available here. -MOR) Apple has been hard at work the last few years building their reputation as a ‘socially responsible’ company.  Like other greenwashing corporations (Whole Foods for example), this reputation is 9/10ths marketing and…

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February 7, 2009 / 0 comments

July 14, 2008 / 0 comments

The NYT writes about the decline of buddhism in Japan. Within the article is an aside about buddhist priests for hire via the internet: It was partly to dispel this bad image that Kazuma Hayashi, 41, a Buddhist priest without a temple of his own, said he founded a company, (obohsan means priest), three…

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Prisons ordered to provide vegan meal

June 24, 2008 / 0 comments

“U.S. Chief District Judge Mark Wolf ruled this week that the Department of Correction violated federal law protecting religious freedom and ordered the department to provide Daniel Yeboah-Sefah a diet in line with his Buddhist beliefs.” Read more…

NYT reports on Buddha’s “arrival” in psychotherapy

May 27, 2008 / 0 comments

The NY Times has a silly article on Mindfulness Meditation, here’s the summary: “Many researchers now worry that the enthusiasm for Buddhist practice will run so far ahead of the science that this promising psychological tool could turn into another fad.” Yes, another 5,000 year old fad. Of course, western “psychotherapy” was around long before…

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Electronic Communication and Social Justice

October 2, 2007 / 0 comments

Dr. Mala Htun discusses the crucial role that electronic communication plays in the social justice movement for Burma.

Electronic Communication from Burma

October 2, 2007 / 0 comments

Expanding the Uncanny Valley

July 20, 2007 / 0 comments

In 2005, Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori issued a brief article, On Uncanny Valley, which proposes an amendment to his original graph of familiarity vs. appearance (human likeness). He adds “something more attractive and amiable than human beings in the further right-hand side of the valley.” I’ve created this figure as a sketch of this expanded…

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The Body, The Internet, The Mind

May 25, 2007 / 0 comments

May 6, 2007 Bhutan Lets the World In (but Leaves Fashion TV Out) By SOMINI SENGUPTA THIMPHU, Bhutan — “Explore the World,” promised the signboard outside. Inside Norling Cyberworld, in a second-floor corner of a busy shopping arcade, Dorji Wangchuk rolled up the sleeve of his Puma sweatshirt and offered a glimpse of his worldly…

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