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AI and the Hunt for Exoplanetsglenyan

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:47:57 +0000

…an exoplanet hunting neural network—a type of machine learning algorithm loosely modeled after the human brain—had discovered the planets by finding subtle patterns in the Kepler data that would’ve been nearly impossible for a human to see. This story is really cool, because of the planet hunting side of it and for the the […]

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Narrative in Ancillary JusticeglenyanAnJustice

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:48:49 +0000

And she being who she was, the back of her mind was a substantial thing. As an English Lit undergrad, the most memorable piece of info I was taught was to “never trust the narrator”. For as many times as I’ve remembered that tidbit of literary perspective over the years (both in reading and IRL), […]

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About Ethics and Moralityglenyan

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:44:43 +0000

Hi-Phi Nation is a great podcast and one of their recent episodes was about a debate style ethics competition at a school in the US. I try to post about “ethics” here because it’s an important subject for any number of reasons, dipping deep into education, design, technology, language…basically anything. It is a part of […]

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Why Study Shakespeare?glenyan

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:13:43 +0000

There’s a great closing line in this article: Students should study Shakespeare not because of what job it might get them but because it’s an anthropological guidebook that tells them how to live. The post of this quote, and the surrounding discussion about ‘21st century skills’, is concerned with the topic What is the purpose […]

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In This Corner of the WorldglenyanHtoKitcotw

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:35:40 +0000

Kure is a city in Japan located on the same bay as Hiroshima city. When the atomic bomb was dropped in August of 1945, the explosion was felt and seen from Kure. Debris traveled from one city to the other. In This Corner of the World (この世界の片隅に Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) is an animated […]

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A Balance between Learn and Educateglenyan

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:56:07 +0000

A enjoyable, poetic piece of writing at Hybrid Pedagogy: Without imagination, education shrivels to training, which is an occupation without hope, and one which doesn’t even long for hope. Education is an operation of imagination, discovery, and unveiling. It was my imagination at play in that paper, in that research; it was my gleeful sense […]

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Conversation Growthglenyantwbl

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 17:16:26 +0000

In trying to come up with a catchall term for the platform’s myriad and diverse problems, Dorsey and his team settled on “health.” That is, the conversation on Twitter has become unhealthy, and the company’s task is to restore it to a better state. If I have shareholders, growth is something that I owe […]

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Confident Intelligenceglenyan

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 19:17:09 +0000

This is a useful primer on the current state of AI in use. The speaker is concise and easy to understand, for what I imagine can be a difficult subject to communicate. Via: Notice the lack of any ethics discussion, though. Early on, while talking about AI language translations, he refers to the software […]

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Slanting Public and Privateglenyan

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:28:59 +0000

After reading this Wired article this weekend, I imagine many people are having similar thoughts to these ones: We need a new social networking platform with safeguards and security from foreign invasion and ad-based models which distort facts? The business model could be non-profit, like @Wikipedia. We should be able to port our Twitter usernames. […]

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Unintentionally Fast and Brokenglenyan

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:49:04 +0000

Designers are tasked with moving fast and breaking things. “How” has become more important than “why.” Technology companies call these people edge cases, because they live at the margins. They are, by definition, the marginalized. We need to slow. The. Fuck. Down. And pay attention to what we’re actually designing. We’re releasing new things into […]

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