Antiwar Movement Spreads Among Tech Workers
- A more recent focus of protest is a $10 billion program called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, which calls for collecting military data in a cloud system.
- When we decided to work at Microsoft, we were doing so in the hopes of “empowering every person on the planet to achieve more,” not with the intent of ending lives and enhancing lethality.
- U.S. wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have resulted in the direct (bombs and bullets) or indirect (displacement, disease, malnutrition) deaths of more than 1.1 million people, most of them civilians, according to the Costs of War project.
- Last June, blogging on Google’s decision not to participate in Maven, I expressed the hope that Google’s “act of moral leadership could catalyze a conversation about U.S. militarism--and about how humanity can move past militarism once and for all.” If recent reports are any indication, that long overdue conversation may be beginning.
Generalized Graph Networks ups Deep Learning to next level AI
- They argue for making combinatorial generalization a top priority for AI, and advocate for embracing integrative approaches which draw on ideas from human cognition, traditional computer science, standard engineering practice, and modern deep learning.
- They explored flexible learning-based approaches which implement strong relational inductive biases to capitalize on explicitly structured representations and computations, and presented a framework called graph networks, which generalize and extend various recent approaches for neural networks applied to graphs.
- These directions each involve rich notions of entities, relations, and combinatorial generalization, and can potentially benefit, and benefit from, greater interaction with approaches for learning relational reasoning over explicitly structured representations.
- We present a new building block for the AI toolkit with a strong relational inductive bias–the graph network–which generalizes and extends various approaches for neural networks that operate on graphs, and provides a straightforward interface for manipulating structured knowledge and producing structured behaviors.
Hoisting and Scope
- Why does hoisting matter?
- Hoisting matters because it allows variables, functions, and other datatypes to be *initialized and used before they are declared *.
- Scope refers to the part of a program where a particular variable is accessible.
- The scope is determined by where you declare that variable.
- If a variable is declared outside of a function or block (aka between curly braces, like an if/else statement), it has global scope, and can be accessed anywhere in your code.
- This can lead to issues like naming collisions and make your code harder to debug.
As U.S. fertility rates collapse, finger-pointing and blame follow
- Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution, said that what struck him about the new report is the figures on Hispanic women, who have traditionally had high fertility rates.
- From 2007 to 2017, Hispanic women experienced a 26 percent drop in fertility rates in rural areas, a 29 percent drop in smaller metro areas and a 30 percent decline in large metro areas.
- He said the fertility rates for Hispanic women in urban areas are now below the “replacement rate” of 2.1 children per woman, which would keep the population stable.
- He said that some other wealthy countries, such as Japan and Germany, are grappling with low fertility rates, and there’s a lot to learn about how they have managed their smaller workforce to maintain high productivity.
The Museum of Accidents Offers a Glimpse into Japanese Introspection
- But what’s important is how we reflect on those mistakes and learn from them.
- And their introspection and dedication to not repeating the past was on full display recently when JR East, one of the country’s major passenger railway companies, unveiled the new expansion to their “Exhibition Hall of Historical Accidents” (事故の歴史展示館).
- The Exhibition Hall, which originally opened in 2002, is a fascinating glimpse into the Japanese psyche of introspection.
- The Exhibition Hall of Historical Accidents is, in essence, a permanent large-scale hanseikai.
- “We want our employees to never forget the accidents of the past so that we can reflect on the incidents and learn from them” said the company (PDF), reasserting the importance of this initiative.
- I love learning about accidents and incidents and what went wrong, how it was addressed and how it was fixed.
Here's how fintech is taking over the world — and what's coming next
- Digital disruption is affecting every aspect of the fintech industry.
- Over the past five years, fintech has established itself as a fundamental part of the global financial services ecosystem.
- Fintech startups have raised, and continue to raise, billions of dollars annually, pushing incumbent financial institutions to get in on the action.
- Legacy players have begun using fintech to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving financial services landscape.
- Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, explores recent innovations in the fintech space as well as what might be coming in the future in our brand new exclusive slide deck, The Future of Fintech: How Fintech Is Taking Over The World and What Comes Next.
The latest Simpsons meme is about downloading songs on Limewire
- In this spirit of many of the best memes, the Simpsons / Limewire combo is not only non-sequitur but oddly specific, focusing on the malware-inflected files that often posed as MP3s on the service, particularly those claiming to be the song “Numb” by Linkin Park.
- It’s a potent, nostalgic triumvirate for social media users of a certain age, a highly specific Venn diagram of the comedy, technology, and music that many of them found edgy or important at the time — only to watch them decline into mediocrity or irrelevance as they grew older and the world moved on.
- This specialized intersection makes it all the more potent for those who recognize all the pieces of the puzzle and say, “yes!” There’s something of a secret password element to this, a shibboleth that not only marks users of a certain age and experience but unites them.
Saudi Arabia wants to build a $500 billion megacity that's 33 times as large as New York City. Now it's on shaky ground after a Saudi journalist's disappearance.
- The disappearance and alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has shaken Saudi Arabia's many international ties.
- In the days since Khashoggi went missing on October 2, at least four board members have pulled out of a megacity development backed by $500 billion in investments.
- The project is closely tied to the Saudi Arabian government, and particularly to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom Khashoggi had criticized in his writing.
- A week after the story broke, NEOM announced the members of its global Advisory Board, which includes former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son. Both Dan Doctoroff, the CEO of the Google-backed company Sidewalk Labs, and Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer, said they were incorrectly cited as board members, though it isn't known whether they were once attached to the project.
- Prior to Khashoggi's disappearance, the tech community had celebrated bin Salman's Vision 2030, a strategy to boost global economic activity by making the less nation less oil-dependent.
Such Borrow: Crypto Lender SALT Now Takes Dogecoin as Collateral
- SALT Lending, which has issued more than $50 million in blockchain-backed loans, is capitalizing on the liquidity in dogecoin and has begun offering loans in USD collateralized by longtime crypto darling DOGE.
- SALT promoted the coin addition subtly on social media by adding Doge, a “Japanese dog breed Shiba Inu” who is the dogecoin mascot, to its Twitter profile.
- In addition to dogecoin, SALT also supports loans backed by litecoin (LTC), bitcoin (BTC) and ethereum (ETH).
- With the addition of dogecoin, SALT integrated a voting system for new coins that borrowers want to see on the platform.
- BlockFi, which is a competitor to SALT Lending that similarly offers loans backed by cryptocurrency, in recent days announced its support for Gemini Dollar (GUSD) as collateral for USD loans.
- In addition to GUSD, BlockFi also added support for litecoin-backed loans, though it’s not a stablecoin.
Facebook launches "Hunt For False News" debunk blog as fakery drops 50%
- Today Facebook launched “The Hunt for False News,” in which it examines viral B.S., relays the decisions of its third-party fact-checkers and explains how the story was tracked down.
- In a case where it missed the mark, a false story touting NASA would pay you $100,000 to study you staying in bed for 60 days “racked up millions of views on Facebook” before fact-checkers found NASA had paid out $10,000 to $17,000 in limited instances for studies in the past.
- What’s more urgent, and would be more useful, would be for Facebook to apply this method to currently circulating misinformation about the most important news stories.
- If Facebook wanted to be more transparent about its successes and failures around fake news, it’d publish lists of the false stories with the highest circulation each month and then apply the Hunt’s format explaining how they were debunked.