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Alex Bennée
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Code poet and real ale afficionado
Code poet and real ale afficionado

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I've linked to Crash Course's excellent Computer Science course a number of times now. This week it covers some of the algorithms involved in computer vision. I think the explanation of feature detection is very good as well as the discussion comparing the sort of processing that happens in machine learning.

Indeed when people tell me they don't get computers it's really the terminology which tends to be the barrier. Most algorithms are fairly straightforward mathematical operations but moderns abstractions tend hide the fact we are usually just adding things together, albeit at a scale humans couldn't manage by hand.
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I noticed something was different the last day or two on my phone. The browser had certainly got a lot snappier and polished. Many likes, much wow 😉
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It's one thing to be personally aware that you are being monitored and nudged by AI's. However the terrifying thought is thinking about the fact all your fellow citizens are being similarly monitored and nudged, most of them unknowingly.

I'd lay good money on there being a strong correlation between the increasing divisiveness in our public discourse and the growth of AI run ad-serving platforms. The threat from AI isn't Terminator but our own worst impulses being exacerbated by morally neutral algorithms that want to keep our eyeballs on the site.
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Despite being a fan of Trek I do usually find their jaunts into temporal plot sticks a little annoying. The most egregious case was the Time War in Enterprise which ended up being too much for my tastes. The latest Discovery episode was however really enjoyable which I guess means it can be used well. Not that they should do so again of course!
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I came home to find my desktop had died thanks to hard drive failure. I've ordered some replacement SSDs and spinning rust to revive the thing but now I'm wondering if I should go the whole hog and replace the board/CPU (and therefore power and RAM) while I'm at it?
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Still a few kinks to work out in the image recognition.
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It's not that I wouldn't happily fork over money for the Pixelbook but the fact remains I'm very happy with my 2013 spec Pixel. Even after 4 years it is still a very functional daily driver laptop. Many people decry ChromeOS'es limitations but I think ChromeOS is one of the best desktop OS's out there - I may run and tinker with Gentoo on my desktop but my laptop is always rock solid.

The only limitation I've ever had with it is it's a bit fiddly to have a local user-space on it. However with Android support I guess that is now only a "Termux" away.
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An interesting long read on the future of software and how can we tackle the ever rising complexity of our systems.
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Returning the the theme of Trek. Having caught up with e03 of both The Orville and Discovery it seems one is basically TNG with additional knob gags and the other looks like it wants to channel the biopunk of Perdido Street Station.
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I use magit every day so I'm happy to pledge to this kickstarter.
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