This is one more casualty of a toxic environment that has to change.
"Ordinarily, a machine-learning algorithm being trained to predict Flickr tags would try to identify visual features that consistently corresponded to particular tags. During training, it would be credited with every tag it got right but penalized for failed predictions. The MIT researchers' system essentially gives the algorithm partial credit for incorrect tags that are semantically related to the correct tags."
I believe marriage is a commitment "till death do us part", and I've had to put that commitment ahead of some of my other wishes and dreams. These women have had to confront whether their spouse's gender change means that their sexual relationship has switched from heterosexual to homosexual. The person they believed they were married to has changed enormously, and they need to decide how to deal with that shift, not only for themselves, but for their children, family, and friends. As the article makes clear, this can be a titanic upheaval, and in many cases the answers just aren't clear.
I have no wisdom for this situation. I wish these couples -- both the transgendered partners and their spouses -- the best, and I hope they eventually find an equilibrium that can meet the needs of both partners. It can't be easy.
This scandal is just one more lesson to reinforce the importance of FOSS.
It is quite sad that the aggressor is France who gave us the word "liberty".
- CuroverseChief Scientist, 2014 - present
I am a founder and the Director of Informatics at the Harvard Personal Genome Project which provides a transparent and public resource of integrated genomes, phenomes, cell-lines and other biological samples. I work on open technologies that are part of the revolution that reduced human DNA sequencing costs by a million-fold since the completion of the Human Genome Project. A current research focus is the development of clinical-quality applications for processing massive data sets spanning millions of individuals across collaborating organizations, eventually encompassing exabytes of data. My contributions have led to highly cited publications in Science, Nature, the Lancet and other leading scientific journals. I am also a founder and shareholder of Curoverse, an early stage company focused on the clinical utilization of whole genomes.
- Harvard Medical SchoolBiophysics, 2009
- University of TorontoComputer Science, 1998