This happened on May 4 when it was announced that "CuriousGnu" – a blogger who shares with me an ongoing curiosity about numbers and statistical data –had blogged that "78% of Reddit Threads With 1000 Comments Mention Nazis".But CuriousGnu, who is righly cautious about overgeneralising from a few passes at Reddit's massive and admirably public dataset, was careful to state expressly that he was not attempting to prove or Godwin's Law, despite how his analysis is being reported.The internet has been shaping an increasingly international culture and collective memory — with the Holocaust, just as with other countless human atrocities, we have a moral obligation to "never forget".Personally, I can't be happy about them — I had hoped participants in public debates would grow less inclined to speak thoughtlessly about the Nazis and the Holocaust.But the fact is, I designed Godwin's Law not to be predictive, but to be "memetic" — not to show that debates would invariably become overheated but to spur debaters to invoke history mindfully, with deeper analysis rather than with glib allusion, because that's the way for a speaker or writer to show that he or she is not taking the easy rhetorical path.In order for the law to function this way, it needed simultaneously to "seem" scientific and yet function as a kind of negative inspiration in effect, it hints at an ethical rule, not a scientific principle .
Holocaust survivors are having their life stories recorded to create 3D interactive videos.The technology uses natural language understanding, similar to a smartphone's personal voice assistant app, to allow viewers to ask the survivors about their life and experiences.After converting speech into text, the system finds the best video response to match the question asked.The project could eventually be used in museums or classrooms."You can read about the Holocaust in a book or see it on a movie or on TV, but until you actually interact with someone who has actually lived this experience in person, it doesn't have the same sort of ... reality that these things actually happened and how horrendous it was," said research scientist Andrew Jones.BBC Click's Marc Cieslak visited the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies to find out more.
The stark-white plaster casts of work—on display at the Venice Architectural Biennale as The Evidence Room —does more than just make visitors uncomfortable though it does that, too .Lipstadt s 1994 book Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory featured Irving s revisionist interpretation of the era.In order to fight Irving s lawsuit, Lipstadt had to prove that the Holocaust did, indeed, happen.Van Pelt, along with other professors and students from the University of Waterloo, used that evidence to reconstruct full-scale replicas of a gas column, a gas door, and a gas-tight hatch.It s a perfect example of the unflinching tone Alejandro Aravena, the latest winner of architecture s prestigious Pritzker Prize and the director of this year s Biennale, is urging architects to adopt in facing difficult issues.It is a profound experience for all of us, said van Pelt in a statement, and, in design terms, a radical, unprecedented investigation into the possibility to represent something unrepresentable: the architectural evidence of a factory of death.
Specifically, those accounts which ordinarily spew hatred and violence, are now daubed variously with the distinctive rainbow colours of the LGBT flag, a shot of men licking penis lollypops, links to gay porn and a road sign depicting a terrorist having sex with a goat.TwitterThe hacks come following the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, which saw 49 people killed after gunman Omar Mateen began shooting into the crowd on Sunday morning.Though Mateen stated allegiance to the jihadist group and it has claimed involvement in the shooting – the biggest mass killing of LGBT people in the West since the Holocaust – the extent of their involvement is unclear.Speaking to CNN, he added: There was a few of us... that discovered a vulnerability.WauchulaGhost says the attacks are not intended to offend Muslims more generally, telling Newsweek: Our actions are directed at Jihadist extremists.Many of our own are Muslim and we respect all religions that do not take innocent lives.
Remembrance is the secret of redemption, while forgetting leads to exile, he says, quoting Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidic Judaism.The project, called New Dimensions in Testimony, was thought up by concept developer Heather Maio, and was made in a collaboration between the University of Southern California s Institute for Creative Technologies ICT and the Shoah Foundation – an organisation dedicated to making and archiving interviews with survivors and witnesses of genocide.Instead of AI, Stephen Smith, executive director of the Shoah Foundation, says we should consider New Dimensions in Testimony as a voice-activated search engine.While New Dimensions in Testimony aims to represent a person s individual testimony, Anne aims to represent a particular environment.And it has no rating system – that will come.I saw myself sitting there, moving my hands and legs, being a presence and speaking to people, he tells me.
By then she had already lost to the Holocaust her father, mother, brother and grandmother.But an innovative project, to be launched on Sunday by the UK National Holocaust Centre and Museum, means Webber will continue to recount the story of her extraordinary life, answering questions from schoolchildren and other visitors.Holocaust survivor Janine Webber, pictured left, in 1936, aged four, with her mother, Lipka, and brother Tunio.In whose name would I forgive?In 1941 Nazi troops occupied the city and began rounding up Jewish residents.Paris 1946: Janine Webber, in France after the war ended.
MoreArchaeologists used an electrical resistivity tomography ERT to find a tunnel that Jewish prisoners hand-dug, beginning at "Pit 6," shown here in a photo taken by a drone.A 115-foot-long escape tunnel hand-dug by Jewish prisoners has been discovered at a Nazi execution site in Lithuania, a team of archaeologists and geoscientists announced today.It's been estimated that up to 100,000 people —most of them Lithuanian and Polish Jews —were massacred at the infamous killing site in the Ponar forest, just outside the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, between 1941 and 1944.Using a remote-sensing technique, a group of researchers was able to relocate the narrow tunnel at Ponar without ever breaking ground.See Photos of the Jewish Escape Tunnel at Ponar German forces took control of Vilnius in the summer of 1941.
A Ponary execution pit in which Holocaust victims were shot, July 1941.Source: Chronicles of the Vilna Ghetto Using ground penetrating radar, a team of archaeologists has uncovered a tunnel dug by Jewish concentration camp prisoners to escape the Nazis.An archaeological team led by Richard Freund from the University of Harvard and Jon Seligman from the Israel Antiquities Authority discovered the existence of the tunnel at Ponar, a suburb of Vilnius.Archeologists have been trying to find this historic tunnel for years.During the Second World War, between 80,000 to 100,000 residents of Vilna—including 70,000 Jews—were killed during the Ponary Massacre.
A tunnel in Lithuania that allowed Jewish prisoners to escape to freedom has been discovered at an infamous location called Ponar, decades after they used it to flee the Nazis one night in April 1944.We had pokers that we had to stick into the bodies, to pull them up, one survivor recounted in a video published by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust remembrance center in Israel.The crematorium held about 3000 bodies, and we d light it up.The guards were alerted, however, and shot many of the prisoners.And now, researchers using ground penetrating radar as well as a method called electric resistivity tomography have located that tunnel, the Israel Antiquities Authority reported.These techniques allowed the scientists to find the tunnel without digging.
But perversely, Carto wished that the Nazis had won.He made his name as one of the 20th century s most vile racists, and the FBI has now released most of Carto s file in response to a Freedom of Information Act request I submitted last year.Daniel Radcliffle stars as an undercover FBI agent infiltrating the world of neo-Nazis in a new movie of the same name which comes out next month.Yockey committed suicide in prison in 1960 after getting picked up for having four passports under different names.But the FBI file notes something quite interesting given the context of Carto s hate-mongering.Carto eventually made his mark on history as founder of far right political organizations like the Liberty Lobby and the Institute for Historical Review, and as a writer and publisher—giving voice to people who supported racial segregation, abolishing the United Nations, and denying that the Holocaust ever happened.
Nintendo s Pokémon Go app has certainly made a huge splash in the mobile gaming market since its debut last week, earning the company around $14 million in just a short number of days.Topics regarding the app have spanned from locating a real dead body, to the Holocaust Museum in Washington kicking out players.Even Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella seems to have a reignited Pokémon interest, saying that Nintendo s success is his success too.If you have yet to play the game shame shame , it uses the camera of a smartphone or tablet to impose 3D renderings of Pokémon into real space on the device s screen.It falls within Nintendo s scheme on the 3DS to get players up and moving to collect special coins and play the bundled AR games.Microsoft s un-tethered HoloLens headset is based on augmented reality, too.
Playing the game is not appropriate in the museum, which is a memorial to the victims of Nazism.We are trying to find out if we can get the museum excluded from the game.— Andrew Hollinger, the Holocaust Memorial Museum s communications director, on Pokemon Go, the new augmented-reality mobile game that has captured the public s imagination in the past week.The Washington, D.C. museum is one of the many landmarks with PokeStops — places where players can find free in-game items as they hunt for Pokemon, the 90s-era cartoon craze that has made a comeback in the form of virtual collectible creatures in the age of the smartphone.And what a comeback it is.Julia Prodis Sulek reported for the Mercury News that in the Bay Area, players are taking their virtual treasure hunts to parks, malls, churches and even cemeteries, while players elsewhere around the nation have run across a dead body or been robbed while playing the game.But back to the new questions about propriety and cellphone use — as if we didn t already have enough of those.It s one thing to hunt for Pokemon at Costco, and another to do so at the Hall of Remembrance at the Holocaust Museum.Hollinger told the Washington Post that although the museum usually encourages the use of technology and social media, this game falls very much outside that.
Players are going into funeral homes and adult stores, and a safety group is warning them not to play while driving.Pokémon Go, the new augmented reality smartphone game, has players showing up in some strange places looking for virtual cartoon creatures.Several players have shown up at a sex products store in the U.K., according to some news reports.In New Zealand, players have gone to the headquarters of the Hells Angels biker gang, reports the Guardian.The game is aimed at players aged 10 and up, according to information on Pokémon Go's Google Play download page.The Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., has asked people take their smartphones elsewhere, with a spokesman saying that playing the game in the museum is "not appropriate," reported the Washington Post.
The Holocaust Museum in Washingto DC, where Pokémon Go players have been spotted in recent daysThe Holocaust Museum in Washington DC has reportedly been attracting some unwelcome visitors in recent days – gamers playing Pokémon Go, the augmented reality geo-tagging game currently taking much of the world by storm.In Pokémon Go a player take the role of a 'trainer', travelling to real locations to catch virtual Pokémon that can be found using a smartphone s GPS and camera.Since its release in the US last week, players have been gathering in various locations across the country – including, it seems, the museum commemorating the victims of the Nazi genocide.According to the Washington Post, the Holocaust Museum is a "PokeStop" within the game — a real-world location where players can pick up virtual in-game items.Playing the game is not appropriate in the museum, which is a memorial to the victims of Nazism, said museum spokesman Andrew Hollinger in an interview with the Washington Post on Tuesday.
To call Pokemon Go popular would be a severe understatement.But just because a rare and magical Growlithe has appeared near you, doesn t mean you should pursue it ― particularly when pursuing it requires you to turn off the rational part of your brain.Here are seven examples of people who didn t listen to their voice of reason.Please learn from their mistakes:GETTY IMAGES/ PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: GABRIELA LANDAZURIThe game spawned three Pokémon at The Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., to the dismay of ... almost everyone.
This Imgur post of a Holocaust Museum scene within Pokémon Go, which has since been taken down by its original poster, may have been faked, but its cultural impact has already been slammed by museum representatives.Pokémon Go's stratospheric launch last week is the stuff of social-scientist dreams, in terms of seeing how millions of people are using a semi-social, map-based smartphone game with little precedent.The results have ranged from adorable to troubling, and while some restaurants and shops are advertising that they welcome Pokémon Go players, other locations are not.On Tuesday, representatives for Washington, DC's Holocaust Museum issued a statement to the Washington Post asking visitors to put Pokémon Go away.The statement came following a rash of players who visited the museum with the app turned on, attracted by the fact that the Holocaust Museum counts as a "Pokéstop" and can therefore be seeded with the game's "beacon" items to attract a higher number of the game's collectible Pokémon characters.Since the game also includes a camera function, which projects 3D Pokemon characters into real-world scenes, one image began circulating online of a Koffing Pokémon—as in, a gaseous, poisonous smoke monster—floating inside the museum.
Your browser does not support HTML5 videoPlayPausePlayPauseMute0%00:00 / 00:00FullscreenSmallscreen Close Embed Feed Pokemon Go: The strangest places people are playing the game IBTimes UKSuch has been the popularity of the immersive smartphone game Pokémon Go and the ubiquity of users glued to the app as they go about their daily lives, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and Arlington National Cemetery have asked players to stop catching Pokémon at the sites.In the augmented reality of Pokémon Go, museums, churches and other public buildings act as "Pokestops", locations where players can get free items.The Holocaust museum in Washington DC has been designated one such area and users say the cemetery also contains Pokéstops.After only one week of the game's arrival on screens, museum curators across America, and at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum have said they are already aware of the worrying trend, the Washington Post reported.They are now working to have the location removed from the game.
How do you communicate with the youths about the importance of condom usage?You meet them on their level, of course: On your phone, blindly marching through Central Park or the Holocaust Museum.There are some things you don t want to catch, the caption reads.What is this thing called, anyway?
Now to the church for some PokéballsGotta catch em all – but not in my backyard.Since Pokémon Go s release on 6 July, the augmented reality app has become a smash hit.In the game, players must track their location as they walk around, hunting down hidden monsters and visiting real-life locations tagged as stops or gyms.Others were aghast when Pokémon started showing up at sensitive sites such as the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum or the Holocaust Memorial Museum at Washington DC.We do not consider playing Pokémon Go to be appropriate decorum on the grounds of ANC.
Grandma s going to tell you how all the Pokéstops were born.As the zillions of you chasing Pokémon this week have discovered, there are some truly shitty ones.Everyone s blaming the developer, Niantic Labs, for this, assuming — understandably — that the game developers thought places like the Holocaust Museum would be a great place to capture Squirtles.But the story s more complicated than that.Ages ago in late 2012 , Niantic launched another augmented reality game called Ingress.Certain criteria were supposed to apply: they had to be cool sites with an interesting history, eye-catching murals or public art, or local hidden gems that visitors wouldn t otherwise find.