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27 Trendy Baby Names From the Future According to a Neural Network

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Every generation has its trendy baby names.

If you were born in 1925, chances are good that your parents named you something like Betty, Joan, Billy, or Gene. If you were born in 2005, you’re a lot more likely to be an Addison or an Aiden. And in a few decades? You might be naming your kid Nitnis. (That is, if we aren’t all named Zenon.)

As Co.Design reports, developer and designer Nate Parrott created a neural network with the sole purpose of coming up with new names. He trained it on 7500 American names, translating each name into a mathematical representation that could be tweaked by an algorithm to create new names.

He used the algorithm to generate a random sample of new names from this list of 7500 names, coming up with some plausible new ideas for soon-to-be parents. Mannie? Rusert? Halden? Not all that crazy. However, the algorithm did come up with some ideas that might not catch on soon, like “P” or “Suttttuuyy.”

Do you see your future progeny’s name in here?

  • Pruliaa
  • Miiirilid
  • Herree
  • Chitoi
  • Deredrd
  • Aaaort
  • Nitnis
  • Aloora
  • Cerreleaa
  • Chhzzu
  • Aradey
  • Rarear
  • Jnnn
  • Mannie
  • Seeleere
  • Auntt
  • Foro
  • Tstilit
  • Lorra
  • Hhrsrrrrrr
  • Seina
  • Suttttuuyy
  • Rusert
  • P
  • Sauenta
  • Ralieh
  • Halden

Dive deeper into the process and the code in Parrott’s blog post.

[h/t Co.Design]

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Build Your Own Harry Potter Characters With LEGO's New BrickHeadz Set

Harry Potter is looking pretty square these days. In a testament to the enduring appeal of the boy—and the franchise—who lived, LEGO has launched a line of Harry Potter BrickHeadz.

The gang’s all here in this latest collection, which was recently revealed during the toymaker’s Fall 2018 preview in New York City. Other highlights of that show included LEGO renderings of characters from Star Wars, Incredibles 2, and several Disney films, according to Inside The Magic.

The Harry Potter BrickHeadz collection will be released in July and includes figurines of Harry, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore, and even Hedwig. Some will be sold individually, while others come as a set.

A Ron Weasley figurine
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A Hermione figurine
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A Dumbledore figurine
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Harry Potter fans can also look forward to a four-story, 878-piece LEGO model of the Hogwarts Great Hall, which will be available for purchase August 1. Sets depicting the Whomping Willow, Hogwarts Express, and a quidditch match will hit shelves that same day.

[h/t Inside The Magic]

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Is There a Limit to How Many Balls You Can Juggle?
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In 2017, a juggler named Alex Barron broke a record when he tossed 14 balls into the air and caught them each once. The feat is fascinating to watch, and it becomes even more impressive once you understand the physics behind it.

As WIRED explains in a new video, juggling any more than 14 balls at once may be physically impossible. Researchers who study the limits of juggling have found that the success of a performance relies on a number of different components. Speed, a.k.a. the juggler's capacity to move their hands in time to catch each ball as it lands, is a big one, but it's not the most important factor.

What really determines how many balls one person can juggle is their accuracy. An accurate juggler knows how to keep their balls from colliding in midair and make them land within arm's reach. If they can't pull that off, their act falls apart in seconds.

Breaking a juggling world record isn't the same as breaking a record for sprinting or shot put. With each new ball that's added to the routine, jugglers need to toss higher and move their hands faster, which means their throws need to be significantly more accurate than what's needed with just one ball fewer. And skill and hours of practice aren't always enough; according to expert jugglers, the current world records were likely made possible by a decent amount of luck.

For a closer look at the physics of juggling, check out the video below.

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