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Here's an interesting article both for the future of computing (something else to watch out for,) and on the topic of unconscious bias. If our language has these inherent associations backed into our usage such that a computer can "learn" them, then it does a long way to suggesting that these are real biases...
As neural networks tease apart the structure of language, they are finding a hidden gender bias that nobody knew was there.
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Here was the battery module we discussed.
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Ya, that looks really familiar.  Seems like a great idea... except I can't think of any uses right now.
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For those of us in computers, science, and other technology fields:

Take a moment to read and consider this article.  
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Years ago, I had the privilege of working in the office next door to Anita Borg at Western Research Laboratory. Anita was my best friend at the company—super smart, and an avid
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I have always had a mixed view of software patents.  There are some things that probably deserve them, but there are a lot that don't.  Just because someone hasn't done something with a computer before doesn't mean that it is worth a patent.  (Think "method for completing a financial transaction across an international border using the internet.")  That's pretty obvious if you have seen an e-commerce sale within the same country.  

I have not heard many good solutions.  Some people say "do away with them all."   That's overkill.  Other people decry the situation, but feel that there is nothing we can do to fix it.  

This paper has another proposal - use the "obvious to try" standard that comes from the medical industry.  The standard assumes that there is a standard set of tools that computer scientists know, and there are obvious solutions based on applying these know tools.  This forms the basis for a definition of "obvious to try," and a way to weed out the obvious patents that we all complain about.  

Read the full paper here.
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2399580
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Not one lists Java as their preferred language.  Kinda makes you go hmmm...
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If women don't participate in technology, we risk losing many of the economic, political and social gains we have made over decades.
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Here is another article that is worth considering.  
I’ve read much, and listened to many debate the reasons why we don’t see more women in the technology field. The solution is likely multivariate, yet I feel there is one key theme that isn’t getting t...
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Some pictures of tonight's sunset.
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Wow. Did you take those from where I think you took them?
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