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Spandrel (biology) - Wikipedia
In evolutionary biology, a spandrel is a phenotypic characteristic that is a byproduct of the evolution of some other characteristic, rather than a direct product of adaptive selection.
definition  design  evolution  exaptation  reference  spandrels  stephen  j  gould  taxonomy  terminlogy  wik  wiki  wikipedia 
february 2019 by therourke
[1701.08883] A Covert Queueing Channel in Round Robin Schedulers
We study a covert queueing channel between two users sharing a round robin scheduler. Such a covert channel can arise when users share a resource such as a computer processor or a router arbitrated by a round robin policy. We present an information-theoretic framework to model and derive the maximum reliable data transmission rate, i.e., the capacity of this channel for both noiseless and noisy scenarios. Our results show that seemingly isolated users can communicate with high rate over the covert channel. Furthermore, we propose a practical finite-length code construction, which achieves the capacity limit.
secret-messages  rather-interesting  amusing  mathematical-recreations  to-write-about  exaptation  nonlinear-dynamics  information-theory  consider:agent-based  consider:looking-to-see 
february 2017 by Vaguery
Jb Labrune
Jean-Baptiste Labrune is research affiliate at the MIT Medialab. His research aims at developing Creativity Research Tools (CRT) that allow artists and scientists to document and explore their own creative processes. He is particularly interested in Exaptive Innovation, Art & Science collaborations and the future of Playful cultures.

Before joining MIT, Jb earned a MS in computer science in Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers (2004), and Phd degree in computer science (HCI) at Université Paris-Sud and INRIA Futurs (2007). He taught in art and design schools in Europe such as the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, Mediamatic in Amsterdam and Les Beaux-Arts in Paris. He also taught in scientific centers such as Paris VI University, the Cité des Sciences and the Institut Pasteur.
exaptation  creativity 
june 2016 by tonyyet
Are Humans the Greatest Things Made by the Human Hand? - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus
What a waste are two thumbs on the space bar. There they sit, nearly flaccid, punctuating the end of each word, awaiting the call to crack stone or to use sharp flakes to incise wood. It is easy to think of other traits as making us human.
additivism  body  brain  evolution  exaptation  hand  humans  neanderthals  stream 
may 2016 by therourke
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THERE’S a term biologists and economists use these days — ecosystem services — which refers to the many ways nature supports the human endeavor.
additivism  disease  ecology  environment  evolution  exaptation  nature  stream 
february 2016 by therourke
Scientists discover ‘genderfluid’ lioness who looks, acts and roars like a male · PinkNews
Mmamoriri the lioness is said to exhibit the physical characteristics of both genders. Scientists discovered the lioness on the plains of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, southern Africa.
additivism  evolution  exaptation  feminism  fluidity  gender  identity  nature  stream 
january 2016 by therourke
Cooperation Is What Makes Us Human - Issue 18: Genius - Nautilus
Tales about the origins of our species always start off like this: A small band of hunter-gatherers roams the savannah, loving, warring, and struggling for survival under the African sun. They do not start like this: A fat guy falls off a New York City subway platform onto the tracks.
aeon  cooperation  exaptation  health  human  humanism  productivity  psychology  science  stream 
november 2014 by therourke
Extrapolation, not Acceleration | Public Seminar
W. H. Auden, New Year Letter, 1941 It would appear that in the twenty-first century, we should probably relinquish a faith in a force external to capital, even if generated by it, that could negate it and raise it up into another form.
accelerationism  evolution  exaptation  extrapolation  theory  stream 
october 2014 by therourke
INTRODUCTION: Exaptation and the Digital Now | NMC Media-N
(This introductory essay is a collaborative effort by both panel members and organizers Dr. Zara Dinnen, Dr. Rob Gallagher, Alex Myers, and Daniel Rourke.) In the 1960s and 70s Roland Barthes named ‘the Text’ as a network of production and exchange.
digital  media  exaptation  history  information  archaeology  new  caucus  nmc  papers  portfolio  stream 
august 2014 by therourke

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