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 […]
Prize-winning cat-on-your-keyboard detector
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 […]
Cat on a keyboard, then and again
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?—a Zen challenge
“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.