Aurimas Račas

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Aurimas Račas

7 days ago

The PayPal Mafia of Self-Driving Cars Has Been at It a Decade

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Aurimas Račas

18 days ago

In 1960, 5 percent of Republicans and 4 percent of Democrats objected to the idea of their children marrying across political lines. In 2010, those numbers jumped to 46 percent and 33 percent respectively.

20 of America's top political scientists gathered to discuss our democracy. They're scared.

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Aurimas Račas

20 days ago

The first people in T.’s apartment building to disappear, he said, were those who had traveled abroad and returned, particularly to Muslim countries, from Malaysia to Egypt. Then, in June, he says the police began to conduct random checks of pedestrians’ mobile phones at street corners, bus stops, and petrol stations, sometimes downloading their contents to handheld devices.

The police would dispense warnings to anyone whose phone carried banned apps like WhatsApp and Facebook. Sometimes, he said, police would come to some people’s homes and businesses to check their computers for banned software and content.

This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like

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Aurimas Račas

20 days ago

One of the most telling statistics I’ve come across in regards to the automation discussion is how almost everyone in the US knows we’ve lost manufacturing jobs over the past three decades. 81% know that very real fact according to a poll of over 4,000 adults by Pew Research. What few people know however is that at the same time the total number of jobs has decreased, total manufacturing output has increased. The US is manufacturing more now than it ever has, and only 35% of the country knows that’s true.

The Real Story of Automation Beginning with One Simple Chart

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Aurimas Račas

21 days ago

When I read all that social science stuff and the computer stuff, I said, ‘Is there a way of reducing it to something that’s manageable?’” said Justice Breyer, who is nevertheless expected to vote with the court’s liberal bloc.

It’s easy to imagine a situation where the answer for this and many other cases is, simply, “No.” The world is a complicated place.

The Supreme Court Is Allergic To Math

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Aurimas Račas

21 days ago

The findings are fascinating: respondents trusted Facebook less than Google, and “trust” was a primary factor for individuals who abstained from using Facebook overall. Respondents trusted Amazon almost as much as their own bank.

The Verge Tech Survey

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Aurimas Račas

25 days ago

At regional papers, unlike the national ones, prospects for both are limited by the size of the metropolitan market. Savings from printing fewer copies are small—printing and distribution costs are mostly fixed—so they must either cut staff or find other ways to make money. This may include staging trade fairs, offering memberships with perks, even e-commerce partnerships. Such sidelines help to ward off staff cuts; to be a community hub, newspapers must also cover communities effectively. They may forgo costly (and wasteful) foreign and national bureaus. But to attract local readers, they must provide relevant coverage of city halls, courthouses, police precincts or schools.

How leading American newspapers got people to pay for news

economist.com

Aurimas Račas

40 days ago

There are some opportunities to short cryptocurrencies, but essentially none for ICO tokens (something those intending to buy might reflect on, if reflection is their thing).

Manias, panics and Initial Coin Offerings

economist.com

Aurimas Račas

40 days ago

he principal control mechanism in factories, including brand-new ones in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Korea, and China, is based on programmable logic controllers, or PLCs. These were introduced in 1968 to replace electromechanical relays. The “coil” is still the principal abstraction unit used today, and PLCs are programmed as though they were a network of 24-volt electromechanical relays. Still. Some of the direct wires have been replaced by Ethernet cables. But they are not part of an open network. Instead they are individual cables, run point to point, physically embodying the control flow—the order in which steps get executed—in these brand-new ancient automation controllers.

The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions

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Aurimas Račas

40 days ago

But code, Lamport argues, was never meant to be a medium for thought. “It really does constrain your ability to think when you’re thinking in terms of a programming language,” he says. Code makes you miss the forest for the trees: It draws your attention to the working of individual pieces, rather than to the bigger picture of how your program fits together, or what it’s supposed to do—and whether it actually does what you think.

The Coming Software Apocalypse

theatlantic.com

Aurimas Račas

40 days ago

The danger is that it is already too late.

The thawing Arctic threatens an environmental catastrophe

economist.com

Aurimas Račas

40 days ago

It is intriguing that shortly after the introduction of the first dating websites in 1995, like Match.com, the percentage of new marriages created by interracial couples increased rapidly

First Evidence That Online Dating Is Changing the Nature of Society

technologyreview.com

Aurimas Račas

60 days ago

An adult sleeping only 6.75 hours a night would be predicted to live only to their early 60s without medical intervention.

'Sleep should be prescribed': what those late nights out could be costing you

theguardian.com

Aurimas Račas

61 days ago

Pagalvokite, ar įmanoma muziką nutapyti? Atrodo, kad iš principo neįmanoma. Bet Čiurlionis pamėgino. Ir tai padarė vienintelis pasaulyje.

Garbinamas, bet nepažintas: kodėl būtent M.K.Čiurlionis laikomas lietuvių tautos genijumi?

15min.lt

Aurimas Račas

68 days ago

When you have three terrorists in a city, one uses a laptop and gets hit by a drone, the other uses a cell phone and gets hit by a drone. The guy who only sends messages via his cousin as a courier on a motorbike that are written on paper never gets hit by a drone. They can put two and two together really quickly. They don't need DER SPIEGEL, they don't need me to tell them what works and what doesn't.

Interview with Edward Snowden

spiegel.de

Aurimas Račas

68 days ago

The results, as he collected them, all seemed to point in the same direction: The junk-food effect he had learned about in that Arizona lab also appeared to be occurring in fields and forests around the world. “Every leaf and every grass blade on earth makes more and more sugars as CO2 levels keep rising,” Loladze said. “We are witnessing the greatest injection of carbohydrates into the biosphere in human history―[an] injection that dilutes other nutrients in our food supply.”

The great nutrient collapse

politico.com

Aurimas Račas

68 days ago

IBM pitched Watson as a revolution in cancer care. It's nowhere close

statnews.com

Aurimas Račas

74 days ago

On Kickstarter becoming a PBC. A legal way of being more that "maximizing shareholder value".

Why Kickstarter Decided To Radically Transform Its Business Model

fastcompany.com

Aurimas Račas

74 days ago

China's crazy weird marriage market.

With a high salary and her own flat, the daughter thought many men of her age were not up to her standards, and those she was interested in often preferred younger girls, Fan said.

“Usually she was set up with older men and she would complain why bother to marry, at all?” Fan said. “She also insists her boyfriends must be very handsome. I told her to watch less television.”

First the diploma, then the date: how China’s educated elites find love

scmp.com

Aurimas Račas

76 days ago

In many cases, the change-management challenges of incorporating AI into employee processes and decision making far outweigh technical AI implementation challenges. As leaders determine the tasks machines should handle, versus those that humans perform, both new and traditional, it will be critical to implement programs that allow for constant reskilling of the workforce.

A Survey of 3,000 Executives Reveals How Businesses Succeed with AI

hbr.org

Aurimas Račas

78 days ago

Bohemian Rhapsody's long legacy

economist.com

Aurimas Račas

93 days ago

Photos: Inside one of the world’s largest bitcoin mines

qz.com

Aurimas Račas

93 days ago

It wasn’t until I moved to Paris in 1997 to become Finance Manager for Disney Consumer Products Europe, Middle East, and Africa that I experienced someone setting a non-negotiable boundary for herself.

We received a request from Disney headquarters in Burbank, California, for a financial analysis. I told our controller she needed to work late that night.

“No.”

Stunned by her immediate response, I didn’t recall posing it as a question, nor did I even know that this response was an option.

She was a single parent who needed to pick up her child at daycare. She was also French; when she told me, she’d just shrugged her shoulders, seemingly not feeling any sense of conflict like her American colleagues might in the same situation.

I remember feeling both tremendous respect and envy for the boundary my colleague had set. She gave me the data I needed to complete the task, and the world didn’t fall apart when she left at 6 p.m.

Help Your Team Achieve Work-Life Balance — Even When You Can’t

hbr.org

Aurimas Račas

102 days ago

You made it. You’re instrumented. Your ETL is humming. Your data is organized & cleaned. You have dashboards, labels and good features. You’re measuring the right things. You can experiment daily. You have a baseline algorithm that’s debugged end-to-end and is running in production — and you’ve changed it a dozen times. You’re ready. Go ahead and try all the latest and greatest out there — from rolling your own to using companies that specialize in machine learning.

The AI Hierarchy of Needs

hackernoon.com

Aurimas Račas

103 days ago

This is where things get a little weird.

Colloca has conducted many studies where for several days, a patient will be on a drug to combat pain or deal with the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Then one day, she’ll surreptitiously switch the patient over to a placebo. And lo and behold, they still feel healing effects.

The weird power of the placebo effect, explained

vox.com

Aurimas Račas

104 days ago

With this in mind, we spoke to more than 300 top executives of major companies. Here we offer nine insights based on these conversations, and suggest actions for business leaders to take.

Advanced analytics: Nine insights from the C-suite

mckinsey.com

Aurimas Račas

109 days ago

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The ghostly radio station that no one claims to run

bbc.com

Aurimas Račas

109 days ago

These numbers do not show that the labour market is free of sex discrimination. However, they do suggest that the main problem today is not unequal pay for equal work, but whatever it is that leads women to be in lower-ranking jobs at lower-paying organisations.

Are women paid less than men for the same work?

economist.com

Aurimas Račas

110 days ago

top tip: stay in your seat until the fuselage has flooded and turned upside down, then slip out at the last minute to avoid getting caught in the still-turning rotor blades

What not to do in a disaster

bbc.com

Aurimas Račas

110 days ago

Advocates say the first step is to start demanding that the institutions using these tools make deliberate choices about the moral decisions embedded in their systems, rather than shifting responsibility to the faux neutrality of data and technology.

“It can’t be a technological solution alone,” Ajunwa said. “It all goes back to having an element of human discretion and not thinking that all tough questions can be answered by technology.”

Others suggest that human decision-making is so prone to cognitive bias that data-driven tools might be the only way to counteract it, assuming we can learn to build them better: by being conscientious, by being transparent and by candidly facing the biases of the past and present in hopes of not coding them into our future.

Technology Is Biased Too. How Do We Fix It?

fivethirtyeight.com

Aurimas Račas

110 days ago

“We had people sitting in the park after 10 p.m. at night and we were trying to figure out what they were doing — they’re not drinking,” she said. It turns out a company next to the park had recently opened and its Wi-Fi wasn’t password protected. The city told the company to password protect its connection, but it made Mobley think about whether that’s something the town of Center might someday provide to its residents. “There are people here that are looking for that free service.”

The Worst Internet In America

fivethirtyeight.com

Aurimas Račas

110 days ago

yes, our world is getting better. but our world is also getting more complex and interdependent. what if that means its self-destructive capabilities are getting stronger, too?

Then again, of course it does: if a civilisation-ending catastrophe had in fact occurred, you presumably wouldn’t be reading this now. People who predict imminent catastrophes are usually wrong. On the other hand, they need only be right once.

Is the world really better than ever?

theguardian.com

Aurimas Račas

116 days ago

Time is critical, very critical," Marco Streng, chief executive of Genesis Mining, told Quartz. "For example, we are renting entire airplanes, Boeing 747s, to ship on time. Anything else, like shipping by sea, loses so much opportunity.

Cryptocurrency miners are renting Boeing 747s to ship graphics cards

pcgamer.com

Aurimas Račas

117 days ago

The product has a serious flaw that is causing customers to fail and causing you to lose deals. If your employees learn this, they may wonder why they are working for the number 2 company and not the company that’s beating you.
The valuation on the last round was too high and you are looking at a down round. Your managers sold new hires on the promise of the old, higher stock price going even higher.
It seems like telling the truth is like committing corporate suicide. How do you ever tell the truth given what’s at stake? This is indeed the key: You must tell the truth without destroying the company.

How to Tell the Truth

a16z.com

Aurimas Račas

117 days ago

Recognizing the vast economic and racial inequalities his students faced, he chose what some might consider a radical approach for his writing and social-studies classes, weaving in concepts such as racism, classism, oppression, and prejudice. Barrett said it was vital to reject the oft-perpetuated narrative that society is fair and equal to address students’ questions and concerns about their current conditions. And Brighton Elementary’s seventh- and eighth-graders quickly put the lessons to work—confronting the school board over inequitable funding, fighting to install a playground, and creating a classroom library focused on black and Latino authors.

Why the Myth of Meritocracy Hurts Kids of Color

theatlantic.com

Aurimas Račas

117 days ago

Learning with xkcd!

Hill for the data scientist: an xkcd story

livefreeordichotomize.com

Aurimas Račas

145 days ago

The advent of self-driving cars will give people more free time while in the vehicle. And that will create new opportunities for car makers and others to make money.

The End of Car Ownership

wsj.com

Aurimas Račas

150 days ago

In 1812, Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry signed a bill that redrew some voting districts to benefit his party. One odd-looking district wrapped around the city of Boston in the shape of a salamander. Political satirists dubbed the new district the 'Gerry-mander'. Since then, this strategy has become a staple of US politics as state legislators redraw voting blocs with tortuous creativity.

The mathematicians who want to save democracy

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Aurimas Račas

150 days ago

Right now, it might seem magical to tell Siri, “Show me photos of celebrities in orange dresses,” and see a photo of Taylor Swift pop up on a smartphone less than a second later. But it’s clearly not magic. People design AI systems by carefully decomposing a problem into lots of small problems, and enabling the solutions to the small problems to communicate with each other. In this example, the AI program divides the audio into chunks, sends them into the cloud, analyzes them to determine their probable meaning and translates the result into a set of search queries. Then millions of possible answers to those queries are sorted and ranked. Thanks to the scalability of the cloud, this takes just a few dozen milliseconds.

How to Prepare the Next Generation for Jobs in the AI Economy

hbr.org

Aurimas Račas

150 days ago

But while Porzingis has untapped potential on offense, he’s already one of the best defensive players in the league

The Knicks Would Be Crazy To Trade Kristaps Porzingis

fivethirtyeight.com

Aurimas Račas

154 days ago

“It’s not like they find a little bit of lipstick on a collar or a receipt in a pocket. They find the digital archive of a relationship,” Perel said. People go to bed with their screens, in all senses of the phrase. “The last thing they stroke is their phone. The first thing they stroke is their phone.”

Esther Perel Lets Us Listen In on Couples’ Secrets

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Aurimas Račas

154 days ago

And with this, I now leave you. You have wandered through a series of ridiculous stories about imaginary islands, Sheep-Tyrants, mudslides, and the like; but what you just learned isn’t a baby version of computer science at all, but the actual real thing, what professionals spend their time on every day. So I hope that, even if you’re not a computer scientist yourself and never plan to be, you now have a better understanding of what’s involved in modern computing — or at least, the part which involves sheep.

How Your Data is Stored, or, The Laws of the Imaginary Greeks

hackernoon.com

Aurimas Račas

157 days ago

And what happens to your buying choices when machine learning means a pair of glasses can look at your living room and suggest a lamp based on your taste, and then show what it would look like in situ?

Ten Year Futures

ben-evans.com

Aurimas Račas

157 days ago

And what happens to your buying choices when machine learning means a pair of glasses can look at your living room and suggest a lamp based on your taste, and then show what it would look like in situ?

Ten Year Futures

ben-evans.com

Aurimas Račas

157 days ago

This is the key to understanding the purchase of Whole Foods: to the outside it may seem that Amazon is buying a retailer. The truth, though, is that Amazon is buying a customer — the first-and-best customer that will instantly bring its grocery efforts to scale.

Amazon’s New Customer

stratechery.com

Aurimas Račas

157 days ago

Despite their troubled past and negative portrayal in popular fiction, tontines—or a modern variant—may just make a comeback. A small but increasingly voluble group of academics, as well as some asset managers and actuaries, think that an adapted form of tontine might be just the product to provide insurance against the risk of outliving one’s savings, an issue with which retirement planners, corporations and governments around the world are struggling to cope.

economist.com

Aurimas Račas

158 days ago

The 46 subjects in her study, all suffering from Type 2 diabetes, were asked to play computer games for 90 minutes. On their desk was a clock. They were asked to switch games every 15 minutes. The twist in the study was that for one-third of the subjects, the clock was ticking slower than real time, for one-third it was going faster, and for the last third, the clock was keeping real time.

Why You Can’t Help But Act Your Age

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Aurimas Račas

166 days ago

Take one of my favorite shows, Game of Thrones. Its appeal is heavily clustered in deep-blue coastal cities, something that’s completely unsurprising to this rural Tennessee resident. I have a hard time finding anyone who watches the show, much less someone who cares enough to do a deep dive into Westerosi lore. If you watch Game of Thrones, you’re also generally watching The Daily Show and Modern Family. Do you reject George R. R. Martin’s epic series? Then Duck Dynasty is the most likely show for you.

We’re Not in a Civil War, but We Are Drifting Toward Divorce

nationalreview.com

Aurimas Račas

166 days ago

This isn’t rocket science. But it requires a lot of components – waveform analysis to interpret the audio, machine learning to teach a machine how to recognize a dress, encryption to protect the information, etc. While many are standard components that are used and re-used in any number of applications, it’s not something a solitary genius cooks up in a garage. People who create this type of technology must be able to build teams, work in teams, and integrate solutions created by other teams. These are the skills that we need to be teaching the next generation.

How to Prepare the Next Generation for Jobs in the AI Economy

hbr.org

Aurimas Račas

167 days ago

Not only did their CR monkeys look remarkably younger – with more hair, less sag, and brown instead of grey – than monkeys that were fed a standard diet, they were healthier on the inside too, free from pathology.

The secret to a long and healthy life? Eat less

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