Optimizing colour for camouflage and visibility using deep learning: the effects of the environment and the observer’s visual system | Journal of The Royal Society Interface

Optimizing colour for camouflage and visibility using deep learning: the effects of the environment and the observer’s visual system | Journal of The Royal Society Interface
— Read on royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsif.2019.0183

60. Cassandra Quave Thinks the Way Antibiotics Are Developed Might Kill Us | People I (Mostly) Admire

By mid-century, 10 million people a year are projected to die from untreatable infections. Can Cassandra, an ethnobotanist at Emory University convince Steve that herbs and ancient healing are key to our medical future?

— Read on people-i-mostly-admire.simplecast.com/episodes/60-cassandra-quave-thinks-the-way-antibiotics-are-developed-might-kill-us-g1HMIenR

Open access book data sovereignty


This book examines how Indigenous Peoples around the world are demanding greater data sovereignty and challenging the ways in which governments have historically used Indigenous data to develop policies and programs.

In the digital age, governments are increasingly dependent on data and data analytics to inform their policies and decision-making.

However, Indigenous Peoples have often been the unwilling targets of policy interventions and have had little say over the collection, use and application of data about them, their lands and cultures. At the heart of Indigenous Peoples’ demands for change are the enduring aspirations of self-determination over their institutions, resources, knowledge and information systems.

With contributors from Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, North and South America and Europe, this book offers a rich account of the potential for Indigenous Data Sovereignty to support human flourishing and to protect against the ever-growing threats of data-related risks and harms.

Shortest Path Distance Approximation Using Deep Learning: Node2Vec | by Asutosh Nayak | Towards Data Science

This article is an implementation of a research paper titled “Shortest Path Distance Approximation using Deep Learning Techniques”, where the authors explain a new method to approximate the shortest path distance between the nodes of a graph. I will explain the paper and my implementation of it. You can find the project on my GitHub account here. First I will give an overview of the method proposed in this paper, then we will go through some of the concepts used in this paper to solve the problem and finally the implementation.
— Read on towardsdatascience.com/shortest-path-distance-with-deep-learning-311e19d97569

After Reading this Article my Mom Finally Understands Crypto, NFTs, DAOs, and the Beginnings of Web3 | by Shawna Salinger | Dec, 2021 | Medium

If the last 30 to 40 years of the history of the internet has it right, every decade seems to bring about new advances in technology coupled with strong and deep-rooted community or social trends…
— Read on shawnasalinger.medium.com/after-reading-this-article-my-mom-finally-understands-crypto-nfts-daos-and-the-beginnings-of-91099a9e1155

Learning representations of life | Jacob C. Kimmel

Machine learning approaches are now an important component of the life scientist’s toolkit. From just a cursory review of the evidence, it’s clear that ML tools have enabled us to solve once intractable problems like genetic variant effect prediction1, protein folding2, and unknown perturbation inference3. As this new class of models enters more and more branches of life science, a natural tension has arisen between the empirical mode of inquiry enabled by ML and the traditional, analytical and heuristic approach of molecular biology. This tension is visible in the back-and-forth discourse over the role of ML in biology, with ML practitioners sometimes overstating the capabilities that models provide, and experimental biologists emphasizing the failure modes of ML models while often overlooking their strengths.
— Read on jck.bio/learning-representations-of-life/

At Art Basel, NFT Fans Say No Thanks to Facebook’s Metaverse

Miami’s Art Basel has become a frenzied, self-interested search for the future of the internet. Just don’t mention Mark Zuckerberg.
— Read on nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/12/at-art-basel-nft-fans-say-no-thanks-to-facebooks-metaverse.html

NFTs, Explained | a16z Podcast

with @jessewldn @ljxie @smc90

Everything you need or want to know about NFTs (or to help others understand NFTs.) Cuts through the noise to share the signal:
covering what NFTs are, the underlying crypto big picture, and then specifically what forms they take; addressing common myths and misconceptions from “just a JPG” to the question of energy use; sharing briefly how NFTs work; providing a quick overview of the players/ ecosystem; and throughout, discussing various applications too.

This episode was originally released in March 2021.
— Read on a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/nfts-explained-CesNt_e1

Facebook Is Stifling Independent Report on Its Impact in India, Human Rights Groups Say – WSJ

Human rights groups say Facebook is stifling an independent report it commissioned to investigate hate speech on its services in India, the company’s largest market by customers and where scrutiny of its operations is increasing.

Representatives for the organizations say they have provided extensive input to a U.S. law firm that Facebook commissioned in mid-2020 to undertake the report. The groups say they supplied hundreds of examples of inflammatory content and suggested ways Facebook could better police its services in India.

Facebook executives from the company’s human rights team, which is overseeing the law firm’s effort, have since narrowed the draft report’s scope and are delaying a process that has already taken more than a year, the groups say.

“They are trying to kill it,” said Ratik Asokan of India Civil Watch International, one of the organizations that provided the law firm with input. Mr. Asokan said that Facebook has raised technical objections through the law firm that have caused delays, such as changing definitions of what can be considered hate speech and included in the report, undermining what Facebook said would be an independent study. The law firm hasn’t provided a timeline for completing it, he said.
— Read on www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-is-stifling-independent-report-on-its-impact-in-india-human-rights-groups-say-11636725601

China cracks down on ‘characteristic towns’ that misused land, real estate while racking up massive debt | South China Morning Post

Move is in line with China’s efforts to reduce high local government debt and excess that collectively pose a serious threat to the national economy and property market.
— Read on www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3155055/china-cracks-down-characteristic-towns-misused-land-real