Week of December 20

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Merry Xmas! Welcome to my weekly letter, where I share a few noteworthy articles and my own commentary. Without further ado…

Weekly Read

  • Neuron Bursts Can Mimic Famous AI Learning Strategy (Quanta Magazine) – forward propagation, neuron burst, backpropagation, apparently AI and human brain both think alike this way… time to run the turing test.
  • This AI Predicts How Old Children Are. Can It Keep Them Safe? (Wired) – while it is positive news that AI is able to figure out the age group of a person from the webcam image, let’s not allow this to become a solution in search of a problem. Bootstrapping user engagement with a proper enrollment and enforcing proper age limit from the get-go is still more effective than trying to identify the user’s age post-signup.
  • ‘The Great Resignation’ Misses the Point (Wired) – even though this article shifted towards the area of language and wording, one thing was quite aptly put – this is a time of radical rethinking of our relationship to work. I can very much attest to that from personal experience. 🙂
  • Dracula: The dark mode color scheme with a cult following of coders (Protocol) – picking up this interesting piece to echo my recent thoughts – as we continue the technical progress and rely more and more on screens, let’s make sure we treat our vision/eyes with proper color scheme, decent dpi/resolution, higher refresh rates (120hz is pretty amazing in my current standard… all these should be considered as we head into a new era of XR (VR/AR) tech.
  • Lidar reveals hundreds of long-lost Maya and Olmec ceremonial centers (Ars Technica) – LIdar is not only useful in EV, self-driving cars, but also helping to transform archeology! Go Lidar!

That’s it for this week! Have a nice weekend!

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