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Carlos Scheidegger
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Assistant Professor, Computer Science, University of Arizona
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Progress.
Oberwolfach Cancels Contract With Elsevier

The Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach Library cancelled all subscriptions to online journals provided by Elsevier Publishing. From January 2017, the current issues of all Elsevier journals will no longer be accessible online.

The cancellation came about during negotiations with Elsevier which were being conducted by the DEAL project group. The DEAL Project represents more than 100 negotiation mandates by German universities and research institutions. In close consultation with the DEAL project group, some 60 German academic and research institutions decided against prolonging their individual contracts with Elsevier after 2016.

http://www.mfo.de/about-the-institute/news/cancellation-of-the-current-elsevier-contract-as-of-31-december-2016
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This is just wrong: if the sky were violet, you'd see it as violet. But you see blue, hence the sky is blue.

When you see eminently smart people making statements that are just plan wrong, you realize that perception is not simple.
Violet Skies

The sky is blue because blue light is scattered more than red. So why isn't the sky violet because violet light is scattered more than blue?
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Incredible art.
The way these things appear to move makes them look rendered rather than real, but they're real. Just carefully shaped and strobed. Via +Colossal at https://plus.google.com/+Colossal/posts/FrPnufXY2cy
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It seems like Generative Adversarial Networks deserve the hype, wow. https://arxiv.org/pdf/1611.07004v1.pdf
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Almost as good as the "starfleet academy are the lunatics of the human race" headcanon.
Hands down, the best bit of Star Trek headcanon I've read in a very long time. It explains so much.

http://imgur.com/gallery/wpZ4w
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I've had the privilege of collaborating with Sorelle and Suresh in some of their work, and I couldn't have asked for a better pair of people. If you're at all interested in this line of work, go apply!
As part of the research we're doing in algorithmic fairness we're looking to hire a post-doctoral researcher who can help us bridge the gap between the more technical aspects of algorithmic fairness and the ways in which this discussion informs and is informed by the larger context in the social science.

+Sorelle Friedler

https://algorithmicfairness.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/post-doc-in-fairness-at-data-and-society/
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Lazyweb: what's your favorite static site generator these days? In other words, in 2010 there was Jekyll; what about 2016?
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