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Dustin Wyatt
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...nothing occurs contrary to nature except the impossible, and that never occurs.
...nothing occurs contrary to nature except the impossible, and that never occurs.

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Facebook has AI bots teach themselves to negotiate. Along the way they start using their own new language.

Much to the surprise of the researchers, the dialog agents started negotiating in an entirely new language when they were left to converse without human attention.

When placed in front of humans (online) who didn’t know who they were chatting with, an agent matched negotiation skills of humans along with English as fluent that the people were left unsuspecting about its existence.



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I got tired of my USB hub being on my desk. It just slides around when I try to plug it in and leaves cords sprawled across the desk.

So...I opened the case, which splits into a top and bottom half. I screwed the top half to the bottom of my desk, then put it back together.

Now the ports are right where I want them, I don't have to hold the hub with one hand while plugging something in with the other, and it just makes a lot less clutter on top of my desk.

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Rocket pioneer Wernher von Braun wrote a 1952 sci-fi story about the colonization of Mars, in which the Martian government was led by a President called “the Elon”.

#spacex

(another interesting thing taken from Scott Alexander's always interesting link posts: http://w4t.pw/3x)

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For another entry in the america-is-a-weird-outlier category: Even if we jailed only murderers and rapists, we'd still have more prisoners per capita than Western Eurpoe.

https://twitter.com/HoustonEuler/status/869141389124218880

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We live in the boondocks.


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This a long article about how the interaction of human beings and medical information technology systems led to a patient getting a dose of antibiotic 38x what he should have.

Personally, I would have preferred to read a straight post-mortem of the incident instead of this personal-interest version, but it's a good article nonetheless.

Too long for me to pull any quotes from.

As a software developer one of the main things that I took away from the article is that designing user interfaces is hard. It's been my experience that many people not in the field have a hard time understanding just how hard it is to design a user interface...which leads to the user interface development and design stages of a project being under-resourced.

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