Erwin Schroedinger’s playful metaphor about a cat that is simultaneously dead and alive (until the moment someone looks at it) lives on, in kittens, in occasional physics papers. This new paper, for example, deploys both a CAT STATE and a KITTEN STATE: “Photon added cat state: phase space structure and statistics,” Arman, Gargi Tyagi, Prasanta […]
Here’s an appreciative look at the Ig Nobel Prize-winning cat-on-your-keyboard detector. Zachary Crockett writes, on the Priceonomics blog: The Software That Detects When a Cat Is Messing with Your Keyboard … While 140 Ig Nobel prizes have been doled out in history, only one has been awarded in the category of “computer science.” This distinct honor goes […]
Watching this old video of a cat on a keyboard might give you a deeper appreciation for a later invention: PawSense, software that detects when a cat is walking across your computer keyboard. Chris Niswander, the inventor of PawSense, was awarded the 2000 Ig Nobel Prize in computer science.
“Kitten or crayfish?” seems a simple enough question. Zen Faulkes, associate professor in biology at The University of Texas-Pan American, poses it in this little video, and provided an answer.