Survival of the Richest (2018)
- Taking their cue from Elon Musk colonizing Mars, Peter Thiel reversing the aging process, or Sam Altman and Ray Kurzweil uploading their minds into supercomputers, they were preparing for a digital future that had a whole lot less to do with making the world a better place than it did with transcending the human condition altogether and insulating themselves from a very real and present danger of climate change, rising sea levels, mass migrations, global pandemics, nativist panic, and resource depletion.
- Technology was becoming a playground for the counterculture, who saw in it the opportunity to create a more inclusive, distributed, and pro-human future.
- Ultimately, according to the technosolutionist orthodoxy, the human future climaxes by uploading our consciousness to a computer or, perhaps better, accepting that technology itself is our evolutionary successor.
Why Is Joe Rogan So Popular?
- So many people in the content business right now are trying, and failing, to get the attention of these men, and yet somehow Joe Rogan has managed to recruit a following the size of Florida.
- It’s how I learned about the mushroom coffee, and the memory pills, and the toothpaste, and also the Onnit Academy in Austin, Texas, an actual school where men put their entire lives on hold in order to focus on fitness and being more productive, and an online “master class” platform called Skillshare, where I used my Rogan-supplied discount code to get two months of unlimited free classes on stuff like improving my workflow, my social-media branding, and my ink drawing.
- If you’ve only listened to one episode of The Joe Rogan Experience—if you’ve only heard about one episode—it’s probably his interview in September with Elon Musk, during which the Tesla baron graciously accepted Rogan’s offer to join him in smoking a spliff.
The Browser Monopoly
- Rather, the tech monopoly that I wonder about is arguably one of the more mundane parts of the modern internet experience: your web browser, and its most likely source – Google.
- The wide adoption of browser-based tools are what make the difference between using a PC or a Mac largely a personal choice today at most companies, and what makes the whole SaaS industry run.
- It is a very good browser with excellent features (I particularly like its Facebook Container feature, which came standard.) Nevertheless, Mozilla, the maker of Firefox and Silicon Valley non-profit institution, can simply never hope to meaningfully compete with the distribution advantages of a Google or Apple.
At MIT, more fallout from the university’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein
- A well-known member of the MIT Media Lab plans to resign over revelations that the research center and its top leader took money from Jeffrey Epstein, the deceased financier who was accused of trafficking in underage girls.
- Zuckerman said that Joi Ito, the Media Lab’s director, failed to be transparent about Epstein’s funding of the lab and the money that Ito took from Epstein for his personal investments in tech startups.
- In an open letter, Ito acknowledged for the first time that he had invited Epstein to the Media Lab, traveled to the financier’s homes, and accepted money from him for both the research center and for Ito’s own investments.
- The Media Lab’s Epstein ties and Zuckerman’s resignation have been dismaying, said Sherry Marts, one of last year’s prize winners, who works with academic trade groups and nonprofits to combat bullying and harassment.
A Case for Universal and Simplified Journal Systems
- We analyzed the responses received and found that complexity in journal systems, processes, and guidelines was among the top problems respondents wanted addressed, behind publication delay, poor peer review quality and processes, and high publishing-related costs (in that order).
- One strong and clear takeaway from all these studies is that journal guidelines need to be thoroughly and regularly reviewed and improved from the perspective of authors who are required to follow them, especially non–English-speaking authors.
- The most common view across all comments was the need to have standard guidelines across journals because of the difficulty in adapting manuscripts to different formatting requirements when they are prepared for submission to a new journal.
- Indeed, it would be interesting to examine how much time authors actually spend trying to follow journal guidelines on manuscript preparation and submission.
The State of Transfer Learning in NLP
- In the span of little more than a year, transfer learning in the form of pretrained language models has become ubiquitous in NLP and has contributed to the state of the art on a wide range of tasks.
- Recent examples of this trend are ERNIE 2.0, XLNet, GPT-2 8B, and RoBERTa. The latter in particular finds that simply training BERT for longer and on more data improves results, while GPT-2 8B reduces perplexity on a language modelling dataset (though only by a comparatively small factor).
- The information that a model captures also depends how you look at it: Visualizing activations or attention weights provides a bird's eye view of the model's knowledge, but focuses on a few samples; probes that train a classifier on top of learned representations in order to predict certain properties (as can be seen above) discover corpus-wide specific characteristics, but may introduce their own biases; finally, network ablations are great for improving the model, but may be task-specific.
Show HN: Featmap – a user story mapping tool built with Go, React and TypeScript
- Featmap is a simple user story mapping tool for product managers to build, plan and communicate product backlogs.
- It is built using React, Typescript and Go. Try it out at www.featmap.com.
- Featmap runs on top of PostgreSQL, so make sure you have it running on your system.
- Download the Featmap binary for your respective platform and save it somewhere on your system.
- In the directory where you placed the binary, create a file called conf.json.
- It is possible to run Featmap without filling in the mail details, but recovery emails and workspace invites will not be available.
- Execute the binary.
- Open a browser to http://localhost and you are ready to go!
- Start by cloning the repository.
- Navigate to the repository.
- Now let's build it (requires Bash).
- Binaries for Linux, Win and Mac are now available in the bin folder.
Osquery: SQL powered operating system instrumentation, monitoring, and analytics
- To download the latest stable builds and for repository information and installation instructions visit https://osquery.io/downloads.
- Building osquery from source is encouraged!
- Check out our build guide.
- Also check out our contributing guide and join the community on Slack.
- By contributing to osquery you agree that your contributions will be licensed as defined on the LICENSE file.
- Facebook has a bug bounty program that includes osquery.
- If you find a security vulnerability in osquery, please submit it via the process outlined on that page and do not file a public issue.
- For more information on finding vulnerabilities in osquery, see our blog post Bug Hunting osquery.
- If you're interested in learning more about osquery read the launch blog post for background on the project, visit the users guide.
- Development and usage discussion is happening in the osquery Slack, grab an invite automatically here!
The Cold War spy technology which we all use
- Some of them contain a power source, but most - like Theremin's Thing - are powered remotely by an incoming signal.
- When we debate the internet of things today, we usually refer not to RFID but to these devices, a world of highly-engineered complexity in which your toaster talks to your fridge for no good reason, and remotely-operated sex toys can reveal information about habits which most of us might regard as rather intimate.
- Ashton's point about the internet of things was simple: computers depend on data if they are to make sense of the physical world rather than just cyber-space - to track, to organise and to optimise.
- Human beings have better things to do than type in all that data - and so objects need to be built that will automatically supply that information to the computer, making the physical world intelligible in digital terms.
Debug Adapter Protocol
- The Debug Adapter Protocol (DAP) defines the abstract protocol used between a development tool (e.g. IDE or editor) and a debugger.
- Adding a debugger for a new language to an IDE or editor is not only a significant effort, but it is also frustrating that this effort can not be easily amortized over multiple development tools, as each tool uses different APIs for implementing the same feature.
- The idea behind the Debug Adapter Protocol (DAP) is to abstract the way how the debugging support of development tools communicates with debuggers or runtimes into a protocol.
- The Debug Adapter Protocol makes it possible to implement a generic debugger for a development tool that can communicate with different debuggers via Debug Adapters.
- And Debug Adapters can be re-used across multiple development tools which significantly reduces the effort to support a new debugger in different tools.