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Culture

(Almost) nothing will save your traditional retail business

Sales will not save your traditional business. No amount of volume on 60%-off sales will recover the expenses on physical space in malls and shopping centers. The attendants are out of your target demographic or are perusing through the stores because there is nothing else to do in the town at that time of day.  […]

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Humor

A Discarded Paragraph From a Machine Learning Paper

Cut from the introduction: Finally the economic incentive. By using machine learning for this task we are freeing up the man-hours of dozens if not hundreds of astrophysics PhD students whose sole existence is to categorize galaxies, quasars, and red giants for their thesis advisers. In this manner we follow the footsteps of Bertrand Russel […]

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Technology

AI Could be the Social Atomic Bomb of the 21st Century

I’ve seen some impressive AI demos across the web where researchers teach an AI to reproduce human faces or lip sync audio over pre-existing videos. Impressive, and unimaginable, several years ago for sure. Similarly unimaginable today is the way in which social networks and other tools have been used to undermine democratic systems through the […]

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Humor Review

“Game X” Is Only as Fun as…

Keystone gameplay elements, called so because if they’re taken out the game isn’t that much fun anymore. I started thinking about this during a bitter game of Overwatch and I’ve applied it here to bunch of other games: Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is only as fun as the loot you find in the first five […]