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Christina Greer
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Interesting throughout, a bit concerned by:

QUANTA MAGAZINE: You think the goal of your field should be developing artificial intelligence that is “provably aligned” with human values. What does that mean?

STUART RUSSELL: It’s a deliberately provocative statement, because it’s putting together two things — “provably” and “human values” — that seem incompatible. It might be that human values will forever remain somewhat mysterious. But to the extent that our values are revealed in our behavior, you would hope to be able to prove that the machine will be able to “get” most of it. There might be some bits and pieces left in the corners that the machine doesn’t understand or that we disagree on among ourselves. But as long as the machine has got the basics right, you should be able to show that it cannot be very harmful.

Yikes, using the basis of human values as an ethical system worries me--in general we are horrendous at this but I guess it's the only example we have of non-self-nullifying (most of the time) value systems.
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Between "It might be", "you would hope", "be able to prove", "most of it", "should be able to show", and "very harmful" this guy's justification of his "deliberately provocative" statement is comprised almost entirely of aggressive hand-waving.
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Cloud Dataflow in beta: already better than lambda in production?  Time to stop writing your code twice, in two different systems, to get both batch and streaming analytics.

(http://lambda-architecture.net/ if you're not familiar with that term.)
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This is why it is important for bicycle commuters to learn to confidently, predictably, and lawfully ride on the road. #everylaneisabikelane
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I love my job.

And how lucky was the author that this happened in the department of statistics?
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Spoiler: the chairman in this story is not wrong, but the problem is hilarious. This is my favorite kind of debugging: take various random bits of information and put them together to open the heavens and shine the light of enlightenment upon the brokenness that resides within the system.

I was working in a job running the campus email system some years ago when I got a call from the chairman of the statistics department.

"We're having a problem sending email out of the department."
"What's the problem?" I asked.
"We can't send mail more than 500 miles," the chairman explained.
I choked on my latte.  "Come again?"
"We can't send mail farther than 500 miles from here," he repeated. "A little bit more, actually.  Call it 520 miles.  But no farther."
From: Trey Harris Here's a problem that *sounded* impossible... I almost regret posting the story to a wide audience, because it makes a great tale over drinks at a conference. :-) The story is slightly altered in order to protect the guilty, elide over irrelevant and boring details, ...
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I've wasted an astonishing amount of my morning on this.
Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors). BTC 1FhCLQK2ZXtCUQDtG98p6fVH7S6mxAsEey ...
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There should be some type of xkcd game. I would play the hell out of it.
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Spent the weekend hiking and camping in Napa Valley. 
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It seems you are going camping a different place every weekend!
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Idea for a television show: a teenager has the power to turn fantasy into reality—but she doesn’t know it. It’s Amelia Bedelia meets Quantum Leap.
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Amazing story of the mathematician who was sent to the country instead of high school during the Cultural Revolution, worked at Subway while having trouble finding an academic job, and shocked the math world with an important number theory proof. My favorite part is the quote at the end:

"I hope I can solve a few more important problems just like this."
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I have a hard time believing that there are people in the world who are denying this, but I hear that they do in fact exist.
If you're always above average, it's probably time to redefine what's normal. The new normal for Earth's climate is systematically rising temperatures.
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Climate change denial, like many other beliefs, has become a part of cultural identity. To accept climate change - for some - is to deny one's identity and tribe. It has very little to do with reality. Climate as religion. The ability of conservative politicians to craft a belief system so deeply tied to identity is one of their great strengths.
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Much cooler than an Apple watch.
A three rotor Enigma machine wrist watch. March 24th, 2015. IMG_3636. This is one of the most satisfying projects I have done I think. Mainly because this is a real device and something so historically important. It is a fully functioning Enigma machine you can wear on your wrist.
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"The magic of a well-designed staircase is precisely in giving material form to the invisible math that hovers in the space between floors."
architectural conjecture :: urban speculation :: landscape futures
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This floating yet intricate geometrical staircase design, and the unique craftsmanship of wrought iron guardrails system,
truly gives a fascinating
perspective to this interior building complex.
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Below, I have reproduced a year-by-year timeline of America's wars, which reveals something quite interesting: since the United States was founded in 1776, she has been at war during 214 out of her 235 calendar years of existence. In other words, there were only 21 calendar years in which the ...
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Peace is boring.
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