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Sunday Morning 2018-07-01

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Lectures potser interessants d’aquests darrers dies.

COBOL

The last time you used an ATM, chances are the transaction was powered by a nearly 60-year-old computer programming language.

We May Be All Alone in the Known Universe: Oxford Study

Our main result is to show that proper treatment of scientific uncertainties dissolves the Fermi paradox by showing that it is not at all unlikely ex ante for us to be alone in the Milky Way, or in the observable universe.

Our second result is to show that, taking account of observational bounds on the prevalence of other civilizations, our updated probabilities suggest that there is a substantial probability that we are alone.

Breaking Linear Classifiers on ImageNet

We can take any arbitrary image (e.g. “panda”) and classify it as whatever class we want (e.g. “ostrich”) by adding tiny, imperceptible noise patterns… But in fact the core flaw extends to many other domains (e.g. speech recognition systems) and, most importantly, also to Linear Classifiers. It is in fact this linear nature that is problematic. And because Deep Learning models use linear functions to build up the architecture, they inherit their flaw.

Ecosistema de l’institut… per massa raons

Una institució inspirada per les millors intencions i, tanmateix, estructuralment tòxica?

How many words do you need to speak a language?

You only need to learn 50 foreign words to be understood. Bump it up to 800 and you should get through about 75% of all daily conversations.

El primer portátil de la literatura fue español (y se burlaba del capitalismo)

Rafael Zamora y Pérez de Urría, marqués de Valero de Urría: electroprosadoras y versificadoras para aficionados y discursadoras para componer y pronunciar mítines.

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