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how otonomo with nearly 55 million in funding is illegally cloning our product
“How Otonomo, with nearly $55 million in funding, is illegally cloning our product” https://t.co/V4TSvSkSBp
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getting a good pastel de nata is one of the things i miss living in the bay area
Getting a good pastel de nata is one of the things I miss living in the Bay Area. https://t.co/SiD19Y22gA
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mapped london s best independent bookshops londonist
Mapped: London's Best Independent Bookshops | Londonist https://t.co/yVcPKbidNI
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i know it was more expensive but air travel in the past was so much more comfortable
I know it was more expensive, but air travel in the past was so much more comfortable.
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BenedictEvans
i do an email newsletter every sunday with my notes for the past week the news and links i thought were intere
I do an email newsletter every Sunday with my notes for the past week - the news and links I thought were interesting and what they might mean, plus any new posts here.

There are now around 115,000 subscribers. You should sign up too - it's pretty good. https://t.co/FZf19oDkfa
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i know its hard to cover tech in a generalist newspaper but can we please try to do better than this what does
I know it’s hard to cover tech in a generalist newspaper, but can we please try to do better than this? What does ‘Google is going to encrypt Chrome’ mean? What would it mean? Please tell me this isn’t the discovery of HTTPS, 25 years after the event?
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no really not that simple bias is a very specific kind of issue
No, really not that simple. Bias is a very specific kind of issue.
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if a car hits you it might be because the brakes and steering failed and it might be because the driver was tr
@andref1989 If a car hits you, it might be because the brakes and steering failed and it might be because the driver was trying to kill you. That’s an important difference, and the outcome is not the same at all.
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its impossible to know what might be going wrong in a machine learning system but with all previous complex sy
“It’s impossible to know what might be going wrong in a machine learning system, but with all previous complex systems you could easily understand, audit and make changes”.
Boeing: 🤔
NASA: 🤔🤔
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separately i often think its unhelpful to group this ml system isnt doing what you think with bad people might
Separately, I often think it’s unhelpful to group ‘this ML system isn’t doing what you think’ with ‘bad people might do bad things with ML’ under the same label of ‘AI ethics’. They’re different issues with different solutions. 2/2
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i run the innovation lab its like were a startup but inside a big company
“I run the innovation lab. It’s like we’re a startup, but inside a big company.” https://t.co/q3m7XysPNn
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image the pixar render farm in 1995 half of an iphone
Image: the Pixar render farm in 1995. Half of an iPhone.
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the global sms system does around 20bn messages a day whatsapp is now doing 42bn with 57 engineers
The global SMS system does around 20bn messages a day. WhatsApp is now doing 42bn. With 57 engineers.
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what do we want natural language processing when do we want it sorry when do we want what
WHAT DO WE WANT?
Natural language processing!
WHEN DO WE WANT IT?
Sorry, when do we want what?
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google search for medical bankruptcy by region
Google search for ‘medical bankruptcy’ by region
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a key premise for the next decade it s easier for software to enter other industries than for other industries
A key premise for the next decade: it's easier for software to enter other industries than for other industries to hire software people
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russia today
Russia today.
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sometimes i missing living in a country where the rule of law applies
Sometimes I missing living in a country where the rule of law applies. https://t.co/gP2FVXfHb2
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i have a theory that all the silicon valley kids being sent on stem courses and coding camps aged 3 will grow
I have a theory that all the Silicon Valley kids being sent on STEM courses and coding camps aged 3 will grow up to be poets or philosophers out of pure rebellion
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this whole room of people is one excel spreadsheet imagine all the middle class unemployment excel created
This whole room of people is one Excel spreadsheet. Imagine all the middle-class unemployment Excel created
Total(1) => 0.2232768535614 f_f_QM(2) => 0.20168685913086 indS(2) => 0.098273038864136 indM(2) => 0.10101675987244 indM_1(2) => 0.021564960479736 indM_2(2) => 0.00080585479736328 indM_4(2) => 0.018068075180054 indM_5(2) => 0.021301031112671 indM_6(2) => 0.0013737678527832 indM_7(2) => 0.018306016921997 indM_8(2) => 0.0014660358428955 indM_9(2) => 0.0095021724700928 indM_10(2) => 0.008263111114502 f_f_pTL(2) => 0.019554853439331 f_f_dT(20) => 0.019108772277832