David Fogel News

Path of Totality: Eclipse 2017 Now in Planetariums Internationally

Path of Totality: Eclipse 2017 is the music video I helped put together with Joe Woolbright. Joe took the outstanding time-lapse video and I composed the music. In a short period of time the video now has over 3500 views on YouTube and has been requested by planetariums internationally. Here’s where you can see the video in a local planetarium:

Watson-King Planetarium, Towson, MD;
Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium, Orono, ME;
Traveler’s Science Dome at the Gengras Planetarium,
West Hartford, CT;
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord, NH;
Gladwin Planetarium, Santa Barbara, CA;
Bassett Planetarium, Amherst, MA;
Fiske Planetarium, Boulder, CO;
Star Theater, Morehead, KY;
University of Michigan Planetarium, Ann Arbor, MI;
Du Pont Planetarium, Aiken, SC;
Chesapeake Planetarium, Chesapeake, VA;
Bendigo Planetarium, Bendigo, VIC, Australia;
Morehead Planetarium, Chapel Hill, NC;
Williamsville Space Lab Planetarium, Williamsville, NY;
Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Brisbane, Australia.

If you don’t live close to one of these venues and would like to have your local planetarium play the video, send me a message and let me know which planetarium it is. In the meantime, here it is on YouTube:

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27 States of Emotion?

Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, researchers at Berkeley suggest that there are 27 categories of emotion based on analysis of thousands of emotionally charged videos. (Sep 7, 2017) [At EffectCheck.com, we still use 6. :-)]

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Eclipse Music Video on YouTube

With great pleasure, I've written the music for terrific time-lapse imagery of the total solar eclipse from August 21, 2017 taken by Joe Woolbright. We have the video up on YouTube here. (Sep. 2, 2017)

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Hominin Footprints from over 5 Million Years Ago?

In Crete, re-examination of human-like footprints show them to be about 5.7 million years old. That's about the time when human ancestors were in Africa. This find has the potential to engender a significant revision in our understanding human evolution. (Aug. 31, 2017)

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The Passing of Prof. Lotfi Zadeh, Creator of Fuzzy Logic

I learned today that Prof. Lotfi Zadeh has passed away. I had the great pleasure of many interactions with Lotfi, each with extreme kindness and encouragement. Many people were present at the birth of neural networks, and at the birth of evolutionary computation, but Lotfi was really the single first creative force of fuzzy logic. He’d say there was multi-valued logic before he had the idea for fuzzy membership but that would be a typical act of deference. I last saw Lotfi in Hong Kong in 2008 at the 2008 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence while I was president of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. His soft-spoken strength was one of the many things I remember.
For those who might not know of Lotfi or of fuzzy sets, the concept is that things can be a member of a set with a degree of membership. So rather than 1 = you are a member of this set and 0 = you are not a member of this set, you can have membership between 0 and 1. And it turns out that there’s a lot of interesting math you can do with this concept and it’s very valuable in control applications, clustering, pattern recognition, and other artificial intelligence tasks.
True to this concept, Lotfi’s membership in the set of people who’ve passed away is higher now …. but not 1.0 as his work and memory live on with me and many others.

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New Category for EffectCheck Analysis: Commencement Speeches

I’m pleased to let you know that we’ve added a new category to EffectCheck: Commencement speeches. EffectCheck is the patented lexical sentiment analysis tool that allows you to assess the prospective emotional impact of your communications and adjust wording for different effects. For more information, see www.effectcheck.com. (August 10, 2017)

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Fooling Machine Learning Algorithms

Changes to common roadside patterns, such as a stop sign, that would never fool a human driver can be problematic for a machine learning algorithm. Read more here. (Aug 4, 2017)

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