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AI, bots and robots
- AI cannot be the inventor of a patent, appeals court rules
«Only a person can have rights. A machine cannot,» one of the judges wrote.
- Clearview AI hits watchdog groups with subpoenas
Advocacy groups argue the company is trying to bully critics.
- The Universe Is a Machine That Keeps Learning, Scientists Say
- Why Lockdown, Distance Learning Likely to Increase Social Class Achievement Gap
The COVID-19 pandemic led to school closures and distance learning that are likely to exacerbate social class academic disparities. This Review presents an agenda for future research and outlines recommendations to help parents, teachers and policymakers to limit the impact of school closures.
- Neuromorphic electronics based on copying and pasting the brain
This Perspective explores the potential of an approach to neuromorphic electronics in which the functional synaptic connectivity map of a mammalian neuronal network is copied using a silicon neuro-electronic interface and then pasted onto a high-density three-dimensional network of solid-state memories.
- Vectors are over, hashes are the future of AI
- Alexander von Humboldt: the first Solarpunk
- The iPhone of Robotics: The killer product of robotics is hidden in plain sight
- Exercise is neuroprotective, in part via Irisin (hormone released from FNDC5)
- An Outsider’s Tour of Reinforcement Learning
- CLIPort: What and Where Pathways for Robotic Manipulation
- What the Robot Saw
- What a crossword AI reveals about humans’ way with words
Dr. Fill, a puzzle-solving automaton, came out victorious at last week’s national tournament—but human solvers shouldn’t throw in the towel just yet.
- The Great AI Reckoning
Deep learning has built a brave new worldâbut now the cracks are showing
- Learning to Superoptimize real-world programs
- The Rise of One-Time Password Interception Bots
In February, KrebsOnSecurity wrote about a novel cybercrime service that helped attackers intercept the one-time passwords (OTPs) that many websites require as a second authentication factor in addition to passwords. That service quickly went offline, but new research reveals a…
- Learning Common Lisp to beat Java and Rust on a phone encoding problem
Blockchain and decentralization
- Bitcoin Miners Eye Nuclear Power as Environmental Criticism Mounts
- We Put a Blockchain on Google Sheets
- 81 of the Top 100 Public Companies are using blockchain technology
- Twitter launches Bitcoin tips, NFTs, recorded Spaces, creator fund and more
- Bitfinex just spent $23.7M in fees to make a single Ethereum transaction
- Response to ‘Call for Review: Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) v1.0’
- Kraken Security Labs Identifies Vulnerabilities in Commonly Used Bitcoin ATM
- Cryptocurrency mining using integrated photonics
How photonics can help with the high energy consumption of the crypto currency mining activities Scroll down for the interview with dr. Bogdan Penkovsky↓↓
- Cloudflare Distributed Web Gateways: Unlocking the Web3 Metaverse
- Coinbase Breach Notification
- The Billboard, a fully decentralised billboard stored in Ethereum
A fully on-chain billboard living in Ethereum. Save an ad in the blockchain forever
Woman computer scientist of the week
Haesun Park is a professor of Computational Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is an IEEE Fellow and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Fellow. Park’s main areas of research are Numerical Algorithms, Data Analysis, Visual Analytics and Parallel Computing. She has co-authored over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences.
Cloud and architecture
- Abusing AWS Lambda to make an Aussie search engine
- Wonk is a tool for combining a set of AWS policy files into smaller sets
- Cloud Run Quietly Swaps Home Env Var in Docker
- Netflix Cloud Packaging in the Terabyte Era
- Consumers and Curators: Browsing and Voting Patterns on Reddit
- Cloudflare R2 Storage: Rapid and Reliable Object Storage, Minus the Egress Fees
- AWS launches ARM-powered Lambdas
- 1M downloads of 1GB costs 13¢ on Cloudflare R2 vs. $59k on AWS S3
A readable Tweet Thread is waiting for you @QuinnyPig Says Time to put on my Cloud Economics Pants and do a bit of math around @Cloudflare’s R2 pricing model as described herein.
- A bit of math around Cloudflare’s R2 pricing model
- Cloudflare’s Disruption
Cloudflare’s new storage offering is potentially disruptive both economically and strategically.
- AWS Cloud Control API, a Uniform API to Access AWS and Third-Party Services
- Lightning Network Flaws
Development and languages
- Paint.NET 4.3 is now available
- Essay: The Digital Death of Collecting
- Full CRUD for ASP.NET Core app in just 10 minutes
- Light computes any desired linear transform without a digital processor
- Getting Started with GitHub Actions with Python
- COVIDSafe: Australia’s digital contact tracing failure
- MPLG – Matplotlib GUI, design plots visually and export as Python code
- The Subtext 10 Programming Language
- Semantic Git Commit Messages
- What if Git worked with Programming Languages?
- Partitioning GitHub’s relational databases to handle scale
In 2019, to meet growth and availability challenges, we set a plan in motion to improve our tooling and ability to partition relational databases.
- Art of Assembly Language Programming and HLA by Randall Hyde
- Python behind the scenes #13: the GIL and its effects on Python multithreading
- Mariana Trench: Security-Focused Static Analysis for Android and Java
- Programming in Forth on Commodore 64
- Writing Python Extensions in Assembly
- Footnotes now supported in GitHub Markdown
- Enabling IPv6 Support for GitHub Pages
Enabling IPv6 Support for GitHub Pages
- Demo of a WAM Prolog Implementation in Python
- Archivematica: Open-source digital preservation system
Quote of the week
Comparing a computer language to a human language is like comparing an operating system kernel to a popcorn kernel.
- Google Arts and Culture: Indonesian Spices
- Interview: Vox calls progress studies “one of the more intriguing intellectual
- Why Telegram had to follow Apple and Google when they suspended a voting app
Telegram gives its users more freedom of speech than any other popular mobile application. Unlike other apps, Telegram can’t be pressured by shareholders, cloud providers or advertisers into unjustified censorship.
Telegram doesn’t exist in isolation, however. It depends on other companies to function, from banks and telecoms to Apple and Google. The latter are particularly important, because Telegram – like all mobile apps – has to follow rules set by Apple and Google in order to remain available to users…
- San Francisco raises Tesla ‘self-driving’ safety concerns as public test nears
- Physiognomic Artificial Intelligence
- Twitter seeking input as it explores Filter and Limit controls on tweets
- Amazon Has to Disclose How Its Algorithms Judge Workers Per a New California Law
- Skoltech scientists use supercomputer to probe limit of Google quantum processor
- Migrating from App Engine to Google Kubernetes Engine
- Prevent Google from mangling search result links when click/copying on Firefox
Prevent Google from mangling links on the search results when clicking or copying on Firefox – noMangleGoogle.user.js
- Google Is Appealing a $5B Antitrust Fine in the EU
- Imgur Acquired by Medialab
521123 views on Imgur: The magic of the Internet
- Google sets burial date for legacy Chrome Extensions, fears for ad-blockers grow
From January 2023, add-ons built with Manifest V2 API will fail
- False Pro-China Accounts Invade Twitter in the UK
- Intel breaks ground on $20 bln Arizona plants as U.S. chip factory race heats up
Intel Corp on Friday broke ground on two new factories in Arizona as part of its turnaround plan to become a major manufacturer of chips for outside customers.
- Cooling system leak led Tesla Megapack battery fire
Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) has concluded the Victorian Big Battery (VBB) fire most likely resulted after a cooling system leak caused a short circuit in an electrical component in a Megapack.
The independent energy safety regulator delivered its findings following an almost two-month investigatio
- Google and Facebook, I am facilitating packet filtering to block your tracking
- Google’s dominance in ad tech supply chain harms businesses and consumers
An ACCC inquiry into the advertising technology (or ‘ad tech’) sector has identified significant competition concerns and likely harms to publishers, advertisers and, ultimately, consumers. The report, published today, concludes that enforcement action under Australia’s existing competition laws alone is not sufficient to address the competition issues in the sector, and that the ACCC should be given powers to develop specific rules in response.
- Everyone gets a rootkit (Weakness in Microsoft WPBT)
- Tesla Sues for Defamation over Social Media Posts
- My Wife Was Dying of Brain Cancer. My Boss at Amazon Told Me to Perform or Quit
- Artificial Intelligence Completed Beethoven’s Unfinished Tenth Symphony
- See HN, Twitter discussions and posts mentioning the page you are on
- Stripe launched 10 years ago today
- People are spending $3 for an app to get rid of Google AMP
- Mailgun Acquired by Sinch
Pathwire, along with its portfolio of brands including Mailgun, has entered an agreement to be acquired by Sinch, a global leader in cloud communications. Learn more.
- ‘Google’ is most searched word on Bing
- S.Korea broadband firm sues Netflix after traffic surge from ‘Squid Game’
South Korean Internet service provider SK Broadband has sued Netflix to pay for costs from increased network traffic and maintenance work because of a surge of viewers to the U.S. firm’s content, an SK spokesperson said on Friday.
- Google Is Scrapping Its Plan to Offer Bank Accounts to Users
- Google Drops Plan to Offer Bank Accounts
- Twitter disallows liking, commenting, or retweeting “Misleading” tweets
- Internet Archive’s 2046 Wayforward Machine says Google will cease to exist
- Btop++ is a power resource monitor for Linux
A monitor of resources. Contribute to aristocratos/btop development by creating an account on GitHub.
- Fedora Workstation: Our Vision for Linux Desktop
- Spy on Python down to the Linux kernel level
- Podman in Linux
Podman is the new cool kid on the block. Podman is a deamonless container(OCI) engine for Linux. It’s the natural open-source Docker replac…
- Simula One: an office-focused, standalone VR headset built on top of Linux
- When listeners pay close attention to stories, their heart rates synchronize
- Linux Achieves 5.1M IOPS Per-Core with AMD Zen 3 and Intel Optane
- Major Quantum Computing Strategy Suffers Serious Setbacks
- Things Unlearned
- US Published National Debt: $28T. The Truth: $146T. Each Taxpayer’s Share: $951k
- Sham, a Linux shell (SQL blew my mind)
musings and the creeking of old joints.
- Banking-Crisis Interventions, 1257-2019
- Antiviral Molnupiravir Reduces Risk of Hospitalization/Death by ~50 Percent
At the Interim Analysis, 7.3 Percent of Patients Who Received Molnupiravir Were Hospitalized Through Day 29, Compared With 14.1 Percent of Placebo-Treated Patients Who were Hospitalized or Died Merck Plans to Seek Emergency Use Authorization in the U.S. as Soon as Possible and to Submit Applications to Regulatory Agencies Worldwide If Authorized, Molnupiravir Could be the First Oral Antiviral Medicine for COVID-19 Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics today announced that molnupiravir (MK-4482, EIDD-2801), an investigational oral antiviral medicine, significantly reduced the risk o
- You Are Overpaying Jeff Bezos for Your Databases
Three ways AWS customers unnecessarily pad Jeff Bezos’ bank account with expensive database costs, but it does not need to be this way.
- Coast Guard’s first Black woman pilot helped give the next one her wings
- Biggest Bitcoin Hacks in History
As cryptocurrencies are seeing wider mainstream acceptance and a rise in market prices Bitcoin hacking incidents are getting more and more frequent. If you are passionate about cryptocurrencies and investing your hard-earned savings in Bitcoin or any other digital currencies hoping that one day you can retire and live comfortably, then there is one hard fact that you need to know. The biggest truth is that nothing is 100% safe in the digital world and you need to safeguard your crypto investments. The purpose of this article is not scaremongering of any kind but to provide an unbiased analysis and reality check of the safety of our reader’s c