The Categories Were Made for Man, Not Man for the Categories
- Solomon says he’s never heard of these gene things before, and that maybe genetics is involved in your weird foreign words “fish” and “mammal”, but dag are just finned creatures that swim in the sea, and behemah are just legged creatures that walk on the Earth.
- What people actually seem to do is more like Network 2: sweep all common correlations into one big category in the middle, thus dividing possibility-space into large round normal-orbit solitary inner objects, and small irregular skewed-orbit crowded outer objects.
- There are a couple of very strong candidates (for example, the pre-1967 line of control), but both countries have suggested deviations from that (most people think an actual solution would involve Palestine giving up some territory that has since been thoroughly settled by Israel in exchange for some territory within Israel proper, or perhaps for a continuous “land bridge” between the West Bank and Gaza).
Ruby Concepts - Singleton Classes
- Have you ever been talking to someone or reading a blog post and "singleton class" or "singleton method" got used, and you just smile and nod, making a mental note to look it up later?
- There are, however, a couple more interesting details that I thought were cool that are sort of tangentially related: the somewhat hard to decipher class << self syntax, the different ways of creating class methods, and the use of extend.
- There are actually two ways to use the class keyword: directly followed by a constant (a la class Gelato), or followed by the "shovel operator" and an object (a la class << momo).
- Let's focus on the second one, which is the syntax to directly open up an object's singleton class.
- The difference, however, is that extend puts these methods onto the target object's singleton class.
The Key to Everything
- Kepler measured the periods and diameters of the orbits of the six planets known in his time, and found that they followed the scaling law precisely.
- West is now making a huge claim: that scaling laws similar to Kepler’s law and the genetic drift law will lead us to a theoretical understanding of biology, sociology, economics, and commerce.
- Complexity science as West defines it, including economics and sociology, remained in the first phase until about the year 2000, when the era of big data began.
- West’s first chapter, “The Big Picture,” sets the stage for the detailed discussions that follow, with a section called “Energy, Metabolism, and Entropy,” explaining how one of the basic laws of physics, the second law of thermodynamics, makes life precarious and survival difficult.
Accelerating AI Transformation by Making HPC Easier
- In healthcare, AI-based medical-imaging solutions are showing they can examine x-rays and CT scans and identify malignant tumors more quickly and accurately than highly trained experts.
- We must make it easier for AI analysts and domain experts to take full advantage of underlying platforms such as high-performance computing (HPC) and other relevant hardware innovation across the data center.
- Rather than needing developers to explicitly define the relevant rules and features that govern an AI model, neural network algorithms can churn through vast amounts of relevant data and infer the rules, which developers then confirm.
- However, the work of training a deep learning model to recognize objects and derive rules and features requires feeding the model large numbers of examples—a task that is both compute and data intensive.
- Advances in computing technologies have transformed turnaround times since the days when my neural network training algorithms, coupled with natural language processing, ran for days.
Snowflake Metadata powered by FoundationDB
- Running Snowflake as a data warehouse-as-a-service requires high availability even during software upgrades.
- Snowflake’s cloud services layer is composed of a collection of stateless services that manage virtual warehouses, query optimization, transactions and others, as shown in Fig. 1.
- When we built Snowflake, we built not just a traditional data warehouse, but also a cloud service.
- For instance, metadata enables the zero-copy clone feature, which allows cloning tables, schemas and databases without having to replicate the data.
- The clone operation simply copies the record of micro-partitions, at a specific version, to the freshly cloned table.
- Also, metadata enables time travel by providing access to prior versions of micro-partitions.
- A powerful feature such as Snowflake Data Sharing is also achieved by a metadata-only operation.
- In the future, you can expect even more cool features enabled by Snowflake’s metadata and powered by FoundationDB.
Justice Dept. turns over James Comey's memos on talks with Trump
- A source familiar told CNN that Trump did not read the memos but was briefed on their contents prior to the Justice Department's release to lawmakers.
- CNN and other news organizations filed a lawsuit last year to gain access to the memos, but the special counsel's office objected, saying the disclosure could compromise the investigation into Russian election meddling -- and a federal judge agreed they should stay under wraps.
- Certain members of Congress have previously reviewed some of the memos with classified information redacted, but had more recently demanded that they be declassified.
- Last week Goodlatte, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy demanded access to the Comey memos and other records from the Justice Department as part of their investigation into the FBI's handling of the Clinton email inquiry in 2016.