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How To Kill Your Tech Industry
In World War II, Britain invented the electronic computer. By the 1970s, its computing industry had collapsed—thanks to a labor shortage produced by sexism.
feminism  computing  computers  history  sexism 
21 hours ago by yhancik
Unsupervised Sentiment Neuron
While training the linear model with L1 regularization, we noticed it used surprisingly few of the learned units. Digging in, we realized there actually existed a single “sentiment neuron” that’s highly predictive of the sentiment value.
machinelearning  language  ai  SentimentAnalysis  linguistics  computing 
21 hours ago by wrrn
ACM CSUR
ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR) publishes comprehensive, readable tutorials and survey papers that give guided tours through the literature and explain topics to those who seek to learn the basics of areas outside their specialties.
computing  code 
yesterday by sudocurse
Bots and the future of automated accountability
Bots are actually fairly well-suited to accountability journalism. They can tirelessly monitor evolving sets of data, where there is data to observe—and the vigil over their subjects never falters. They can then draw the public’s attention to inconsistencies or potential misbehavior based on that monitoring, sending alerts for unexpected observations and continuously publishing updates, simultaneously reminding the powerful they are being observed.
computing  journalism  socialmedia 
yesterday by terry
Are Digital Devices Altering Our Brains? - Scientific American
Some say our gadgets and computers can help improve intelligence. Others say they make us stupid and violent. Which is it?
brain  Cognition  computing  sciam 
yesterday by jorgebarba
Reed Krakoff on Joris Laarman’s Bone Chair | 1843
Laarman borrowed this algorithm and began using it to design furniture. At first he wasn’t sure how to go about it. It took two weeks for the algorithm to generate the first prototype of the chair, the calculations were fiendishly complex, and Laarman didn’t like the result.
design  algorithm  computing  furniture  chair 
4 days ago by fdedic
Cloud Wars: How The Rivalry Between Amazon, Microsoft, and Google Has Enabled The Rise Of Multi-Cloud Strategies
While Amazon Web Services remains the dominant cloud services platform, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform are increasing their market share. As a result, companies are employing "multi-cloud" strategies that are changing the structure of the cloud industry and the power dynamics that lie within.
aws  amazon  cloud  computing  gafa  web  internet  data 
4 days ago by fdedic
The world's most prolific writer is a Chinese algorithm
Despite their forays into the world of art, creating unexciting text such as ad-copy is where generative systems will have the biggest impact in the short term. Software will produce millions of words and images that millions of people will see – and be influenced by – every day. And if they do the job well enough, we will never even notice the difference.
computing  language  writing  advertising 
4 days ago by terry

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