It’s just the beginning of December and the lists of the best books of the year are already starting to stack up like so many clichés about nightstand book piles. Here’s what book editors, voracious readers, and retailers have to say about the year’s top books.
Under the banner of a startup called Numerai, Craib and his team have built technology that masks the fund’s trading data before sharing it with a vast community of anonymous data scientists. Using a method similar to homomorphic encryption, this tech works to ensure that the scientists can’t see the details of the company’s proprietary trades, but also organizes the data so that these scientists can build machine learning models that analyze it and, in theory, learn better ways of trading financial securities.
What is the concept underlying the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device? The video, produced from various CADs, illustrates how the device is configured and what objectives are being pursued by the fusion research conducted at the Greifswald branch of Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics with Wendelstein 7-X.
I do feel lucky. The problem with luck is that I really care about what I do and it is really hard to accept that it’s based on luck. It takes a certain humility to sit there and try your best, and accept that there’s such big element that is beyond your control.
I read books. Yeah. I know. Weird. Books. Those old things. But ideas are developed more slowly and thoroughly in books. That’s something that’s desperately lacking in the steady stream of information flow online.
Marques Brownlee has become an internet celebrity and earned the label of “best technology reviewer on the planet,” but the 22-year-old’s video creations haven’t just shaped his own image: They’ve helped legitimize the entire tech community on YouTube and redefine what life on the platform can be.
Fortunato Depero’s 1927 monograph Depero Futurista, which means “Depero the Futurist,” is also known as The Bolted Book, because it is famously bound together by two large industrial aluminum bolts. Acknowledged as the first modern-day artist’s book, it is universally recognized as a tour de force of avant-garde book-making.
These are the 40 best free web fonts available on Google Fonts, in my humble opinion. They are all open-source and 100% free for commercial use. This collection focuses on typeface families from reputable type designers and foundries that contain multiple weights and styles. I’m purposefully avoiding single-weight display faces as they have limited usefulness in real-world design projects.
Late in his career, when he had won the Nobel Prize for Physics and had clocked light’s speed with an accuracy no one had thought possible, the American physicist Albert Michelson was asked why he studied light. Michelson did not hesitate. “Because it’s so much fun,” he said.
In 1966 Norman Rockwell really needed a spacesuit — and NASA didn’t want to give him one. The space agency had hired the artist to visualize the Moon landing long before it would actually happen. To do that Rockwell needed to know what the astronauts would be wearing. He needed details.
I am going to make the argument that the predominant form of the social web — that amalgam of blogging, Twitter, Facebook, forums, Reddit, Instagram — is an impoverished model for learning and research and that our survival as a species depends on us getting past the sweet, salty fat of “the web as conversation” and on to something more timeless, integrative, iterative, something less personal and less self-assertive, something more solitary yet more connected.
Russell had come to suspect that facial recognition might not be simply a faculty that was either present or absent. What if it was on a spectrum? If most people are pretty good at recognizing faces and prosopagnosics are terrible at it, Russell recalls thinking, shouldn’t there be “some people on the high end”?
On the 11th of January 1982, twenty two computer scientists met to discuss an issue with ‘computer mail’. The problem was simple: there were 455 hosts on the ARPANET and the situation was getting out of control.
This was not, of course, the first time that outlandish claims were published on the basis of flimsy evidence, but this was an unusually brazen defence. It seemed that journalists were no longer required to believe their own stories to be true, nor, apparently, did they need to provide evidence. Instead it was up to the reader – who does not even know the identity of the source – to make up their own mind.
The creator of DeepMind is working to build an AI agent as smart as a rat this year. Demis Hassabis draws on his experiences as an AI researcher, neuroscientist and video games designer to discuss what is happening at the cutting edge of AI research.
I’ve decided to come back to computational design and to define it in relation to classical design (i.e. the way that art and design schools teach design today) and design thinking (i.e. the way that business schools teach design today).
Companies introduce what Kowitz calls an “artificial waiting” pattern into their interfaces. These are status bars, maybe a few update messages, to construct a facade of slow, hard, thoughtful work, even though the computer is done calculating your query.
Data visualization was rare because data was rare. That began to change rapidly in the early 19th century, because countries began to collect and publish reams of information about their weather, economic activity and population.
Every time a commercial airplane crashes, news outlets detail the search for the “black box,” the data recorder that often holds the best evidence of what happened to the plane. But how do they work? And why are they called “black boxes” when they are decidedly orange?
The human brain contains 86 billion neurons, underlies all of humanity’s scientific and artistic endeavours, and has been repeatedly described as the most complex object in the known universe. By contrast, the MOS 6502 microchip contains 3510 transistors, runs Space Invaders, and wouldn’t even be the most complex object in my pocket. We know very little about how the brain works, but we understand the chip completely.
We scour the most important outlets of literary journalism in America each day and assign their book reviews a letter grade. When a book is reviewed at least three times, those reviews are averaged into a result.
You actually do see that the people who wait until the last minute are so busy goofing off that they don’t have any new ideas. And on the flip side, the people who race in are in such a frenzy of anxiety that they don’t have original thoughts either. There’s a sweet spot where originals seem to live. Why is this?
Advances in technology are now so visibly exponential in nature that we can expect to see a lot more milestones being crossed long before we would otherwise expect. These exponential advances, most notably in forms of artificial intelligence limited to specific tasks, we are entirely unprepared for as long as we continue to insist upon employment as our primary source of income.
The goal is to put tracks and electromagnets inside a tube and vacuum the air out. Ultimately, capsules will scream through the center of such a tube at 700 miles per hour on a cushion of air—a way to get from A to B faster and more efficiently than planes or trains.
If you create a world on paper, you create a window. Usually, you just break the surface with your mind, but you always have the feeling of: What if you could step into that world or if something could come out of it?
He usually got the eight-digit strings right, but nine digits was hit or miss, and he had never managed to remember a 10-digit string at all. And at this point, given his frustrating experience over the first few sessions, he was pretty sure that he wasn’t going to get any better.
Chat bots tap into two very current preoccupations. On one hand, the hope that they can actually work is a reflection of the ongoing explosion of AI, and on the other, they offer a way to reach users without having to get them to install an app.
What is the evolutionary benefit or purpose of having periods? Why can’t women just get pregnant without the menstrual cycle? I’m so glad you asked. Seriously. The answer to this question is one of the most illuminating and disturbing stories in human evolutionary biology, and almost nobody knows about it.
The glass holding it together, shaped like a curious chalice, is strong enough to protect both the entire apparatus from imploding, and viewers from being bombarded with too much radiation. Yes, radiation: it employs a small gun that shoots particles at a very high speed, surrounded by a set of coils controlling their direction.
This is how we learn most things. Whether you want to be a writer or a musician or a painter or a baker or an accountant, the way to get there is fairly clear. Not everyone’s going to be as good as he or she would like to be, but at least you know where to start.
The people who invented the link saw it as a tool for relating ideas in illuminating ways — for making conceptual leaps and connecting disparate thoughts. If these visionaries had achieved their aim, the kind of tech-cultural amnesia represented by the recycling of the term “deep links” shouldn’t have been possible, two decades into the Web era. The links with true depth that they envisioned would have made sure of that.
This has become an increasingly difficult question to answer. Yet it’s a crucial one. Ubiquitous computing and automation are occurring in tandem. Self-operating machines are permeating every dimension of society, so that humans find themselves interacting more frequently with robots than ever before—often without even realizing it.
Here’s a demo of a new thing I made in my spare time called the Brain. It’s an easy to use neural network built entirely in Quartz Composer. You teach it things and it can learn how to solve pretty complicated problems on its own.
Imagine you’re in a cafeteria, finishing up a bag of chips and chatting with some friends. You’re beginning to think about getting up to throw away your wrapper, when —suddenly— the nearest trash barrel approaches you instead.
According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.
At first, Fan Hui thought the move was rather odd. But then he saw its beauty. “It’s not a human move. I’ve never seen a human play this move,” he says. “So beautiful.” It’s a word he keeps repeating. Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful.
As of Thursday morning, it appears that average temperatures across the Northern Hemisphere have breached the 2 degrees Celsius above “normal” mark for the first time in recorded history, and likely the first time since human civilization began thousands of years ago.
Ralph Ginzburg, convicted and sentenced to five years in prison for publishing transgressions less than a year ago, refuses to be silenced. His reaction to the conviction—besides the logical legal appeal—was to create another controversial magazine.
Einstein became particularly enamored of the Pythagorean theorem and—“after much effort,” he noted in the Saturday Review—he wrote his own mathematical proof of it. It is my intention to lead you through that proof, step by logical step.
The pen tool as we know it today was originally introduced in 1987 and has remained largely unchanged since then. We decided to try something new when we set out to build the vector editing toolset for Figma. Instead of using paths like other tools, Figma is built on something we’re calling vector networks which are backwards-compatible with paths but which offer much more flexibility and control.
Yoshiyuki Morioka had worked as a bookstore clerk for eight years, then went independent. Morioka opened his own store and run a number of exhibitions. This experience eventuwally led him to an idea of “a bookstore with a single book”. He believed that a single book will offer deeper understanding, closer relationship with the reader and essential pleasure of book reading.
The days chart blows my mind as much as the weeks chart. Each of those dots is only a single Tuesday or Friday or Sunday, but even a lucky person who lives to 90 will have no problem fitting every day in their life on one sheet of paper.
I can’t code. What that really means is I can’t make my designs come to life. I’ve spent hours and hours explaining what happens when you push that button. I needed a better way to explain how interactions work, so I decided to start animating.
We don’t want to be asked to do good work with bad tools. We don’t want to have to overcome unnecessary hurdles. And I think our instinct is wrong. I think we need to gain a bit more appreciation for the unexpected advantages of having to cope with a little mess.
A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author —in other words, anyone producing works of art— needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living.