Behold, the First Photo and Video of an ACTUAL Black Hole… [Update: Thank you MIT Grad Student Katie Bouman!]

Ladies, Gentlemen, and everyone in-between; we have witnessed a major milestone in astronomy. After many, many years of depending on computer-generated images based on the what the theory of general relativity has predicted for decades, we finally have an actual image of a black hole in space. I know, I know; IT’S FINALLY HAPPENED!!! A collaboration of scientists worldwide used the Event Horizon (heh-heh) Telescope to find this gigantic — that’s putting it lightly — black hole located in the Messier 87 galaxy that measures up to 6.5 million times the mass of the Sun.  The image shows a sort-of-shadow made by the event horizon bending and sucking in light. Continue reading “Behold, the First Photo and Video of an ACTUAL Black Hole… [Update: Thank you MIT Grad Student Katie Bouman!]”

The New ‘Minimal Turing Test’ Can Test Our Humanity with Only ONE WORD?!?!

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TIME FOR A PRIMER! The Turing Test is a a test created and devised by pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing back in 1950. The purpose of the test is to assess a machine’s ability to showcase intelligent behavior equal to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human being. Now put that in perceptive with the technology we have available today: smartphones and tablets, smart speakers and TVs, internet-of-things devices, chatbots and personal digital smart assistants; it’s fair to say that the idea of a machine that thinks isn’t quite as crazy as it sounded nearly 70 years ago. This brings us to the “Minimal Turing Test”, which asks humans to prove they’re human with only a single word. Continue reading “The New ‘Minimal Turing Test’ Can Test Our Humanity with Only ONE WORD?!?!”

Here’s MORE Free Online Architecture Courses from World-Class Universitites!

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About two-and-a-half years ago, The PractitioNERD released a blog post about some free architecture courses offered by MIT, TU Delft, edX and the Open Online Academy. Basically, if you want to continue learning about the world of architecture without forking over the dough for a  master’s or a doctorate, this is a good way to go.  Essentially, taking short-term courses remotely have become popular worldwide as educational alternatives as they make it easier to dive into the varied topics these coursed cover, thanks to platforms like edX (offered by Harvard and MIT).  Continue reading “Here’s MORE Free Online Architecture Courses from World-Class Universitites!”

Brutalist ShiftBot Neutrality Best-of-Three – WIRed #110

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It’s time for Episode 110 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses saving a brutalist legend, Google and MIT’s shape-shifting robot, how net neutrality effects gaming, and a classic two-out-of-three-falls-match from Ring of Honor! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Brutalist ShiftBot Neutrality Best-of-Three – WIRed #110”

BEHOLD the Shape-Shifting Robots from Google & MIT!

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While the real-world and fictional robots we’re used to seeing are typically very rigid, it may not be ideal for some tasks.  We can create robotic machines that can contort and maneuver themselves to fit into smaller spaces while STILL remaining sturdy enough for strength-dependent tasks. By “we,” I’m talking about MIT and Google’s Boston Dynamics, as the parties have developed a composite material with the ability to switch change from hard and soft states whenever, wherever, INSTANTLY! Continue reading “BEHOLD the Shape-Shifting Robots from Google & MIT!”

Free Class Translate Sign Another World’s UK Hart – WIRed #106

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It’s time for Episode 106 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses free high-profile architectural edu-mah-cation, translating sign language automatically into verbal language, Another World releases for its 20th anniversary, and one of the late-great Owen Hart’s earliest matches! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Free Class Translate Sign Another World’s UK Hart – WIRed #106”

Learn Yourself Some Architecture With These Free Courses!

It’s true that learning is a thing that doesn’t HAVE TO take place in the formal (or informal, depending on the instructor) confines of the classroom; nor does it need to be expensive.  To that we can say: “Thank you, internet,” and to its generous benefactors, including furthering your education for free from ANYWHERE IN THE ‘VORLD. Some of the nation’s top schools — like MIT and Harvard University — provide free online learning resources for some of that on-your-own-time, at-your-own-pace education, and some even provide self-educators with proof for having completed courses. If you want some info about some free architectural education courses, keep reading after the break! Continue reading “Learn Yourself Some Architecture With These Free Courses!”

Iron Men Blackitects on Simple.TV Portal Gun It To The Mid-South – WIRed #18

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This week on WIRed, Iron Man 3 trailer **squealing** MIT tries to solve the case or missing black architects, can the Simple.TV give the TiVo a run for it’s money, you can finally get a Portal gun from ThinkGeek- it’s cheaper, but it’s smaller – and now EVERYONE can get some of the that Mid-South Wrestling ACTION!   Continue reading “Iron Men Blackitects on Simple.TV Portal Gun It To The Mid-South – WIRed #18”

MIT’s “The Black Architect’s Journey” Conference on Architecture, Race and Academe

Architecture and planning dean Adele Santos, left: Ted Landsmark, director of Boston Architectural College, center, and Ho Yung Chang, architecture department head, welcomed participants to ‘Architecture Race Academe: The Black Architect’s Journey.’
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Back at MIT in March of 2007, almost 80 people gathered for a 1-1/2 day conference hosted by the MIT College of Architecture to discuss why only 1% of AIA members are black and why there are fewer than five black professors full-time at major architecture schools in the country.  Just to show how dedicated, tough, and COMPLETELY BOSS these guests and panelists were, they didn’t allow a late-winter blizzard (that shut down most of the airports in Boston) stop them.   Continue reading “MIT’s “The Black Architect’s Journey” Conference on Architecture, Race and Academe”

Home w/ A Moat, Autonomous Planes, PS3 Surgery & NO HOLDS BARRED! – WIRed #8

This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD discusses a Dutch house built along a moat (The Water Villa), self-flying planes that dodge obstacles (MIT’s Autonomous Plane), my episode with repairing my old PS3 and backing up my data (What the Inside of a PS3 Looks Like), and Hulk Hogan stars in NOOO HOLLLLDS BARRRRRRED!! (“No Holds Barred”: The Movie and the Match).
…also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!!   Continue reading “Home w/ A Moat, Autonomous Planes, PS3 Surgery & NO HOLDS BARRED! – WIRed #8”