I trained a recursive neural network on old Southern Fried Science posts, then asked it about the future of ocean conservation.

BloggingSeptember 27, 2016 • 2~2 min read • 0

Over the weekend, I decided to try my hand at some deep-learning using recurrent neural networks to create a text-writing bot trained on old Southern Fried Science posts. After 48 hours of training, the Southern Fried AI was born. This is what it has to say about the future of ocean conservation. In the future, […]

The 2016 presidential candidates address ocean issues (sort of).

Conservation, Environmentalism, policySeptember 13, 2016 • 1~2 min read • 0

Finally, after almost a year of silence, we have concrete responses from the leading presidential candidate about ocean health and, in particular, the state of America’s fisheries. Well, sort of. ScienceDebate.org, a non-partisan science advocacy group, asked the four leading candidates a slew of 20 science-related questions, including the following about ocean health: “There is growing […]

Ocean Outreach in an Evolving Online Ecosystem: Exploration wants to be shared

Blogging, Conservation, Environmentalism, Oceanography for Everyone, Open ScienceAugust 11, 2016 • 2~2 min read

This is the transcript of the keynote I delivered at the Fourth International Marine Conservation Congress in St. John’s, Newfoundland. It has been lightly modified for flow. Read Act II: Transforming the Narrative. Now I want to shift gears and look towards the future, where we’re going, and what tools are available to help us […]

Dying for Reason in the Rational Utopia

Conservation, Environmentalism, Popular Culture, Science FictionAugust 10, 2016 • 2~3 min read

When Neil deGrasse Tyson proposed his “Rationalia” thought experiment several months ago, I thought is was cute but misguided. Now that he’s doubled down on the concept, I can see exactly why it is such a naively flawed idea. Rationalia would be a disaster for conservation. This short science fiction story illustrates why. “Oyez, oyez, oyez! […]

Ocean Outreach in an Evolving Online Ecosystem: Transforming the Narrative

#OceanOptimism, #SciComm, Blogging, Conservation, Personal Stories • 2~2 min read

This is the transcript of the keynote I delivered at the Fourth International Marine Conservation Congress in St. John’s, Newfoundland. It has been lightly modified for flow. Read Act I: Science is Storytelling.  In Act I I discussed the underlying structure that frames narrative storytelling, but now I want to talk about how we can […]

Join us at the International Marine Conservation Congress!

#SciCommJuly 27, 2016 • < 1 min read

A plurality of Southern Fried Science writers will be attending the 2016 International Marine Conservation Congress in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Expect updates to be infrequent here through early August. Follow along at the conference hashtag #IMCC4 or follow me, Amy, David, and Chris on twitter on this adventure.

An environmental educator’s field guide to Pokémon Go.

#SciComm, EducationJuly 19, 2016 • 1~2 min read

Pokémon Go is officially a thing. In the last week, this game has outpaced even Google Maps in number of downloads. It has more daily active users than Twitter. Its user retention rate is astronomical. It is either a herald of the end of western capitalism or a huge boom for small businesses. People are going outside, exploring […]

#JacquesWeek Debrief: The Silent World

#SciCommJune 28, 2016 • 2~3 min read

Last night, as part of #JacquesWeek, we watched The Silent World. The Silent World was Cousteau’s first feature film, was released to wide critical acclaim in 1954, and quickly vanished in a puff of weird copyright shenanigans. Most USians, even die-hard Cousteau fans, have never seen the Silent World. It’s a tough watch. In order […]

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