Links for 2016-03-15

  • DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis on how AI will shape the future | The Verge

    Good interview with Demis Hassabis on DeepMind, AlphaGo and AI:

    I’d like to see AI-assisted science where you have effectively AI research assistants that do a lot of the drudgery work and surface interesting articles, find structure in vast amounts of data, and then surface that to the human experts and scientists who can make quicker breakthroughs. I was giving a talk at CERN a few months ago; obviously they create more data than pretty much anyone on the planet, and for all we know there could be new particles sitting on their massive hard drives somewhere and no-one’s got around to analyzing that because there’s just so much data. So I think it’d be cool if one day an AI was involved in finding a new particle.

    (tags: ai deepmind google alphago demis-hassabis cern future machine-learning)

  • Before the Split

    Good post on Dublin City Council’s atrociously revisionist 1916-commemoration banner, celebrating Henry Grattan, Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell and John Redmond:

    The banner is not showing parliamentary nationalists who might be included in a history of 1916 (Redmond might have been joined by John Dillon and Tom Kettle, for instance), but displaying the parliamentarian tradition in Irish political history. The people chosen all worked for change via political means, whether obtaining an independent Irish parliament from 1782-1801 (Grattan), working for Catholic Emancipation (Grattan and O’Connell), land reform (Parnell), or trying to repeal the Act of Union and obtain Home Rule (O’Connell, Parnell, Redmond). All were MPs in Westminster at some point. None openly espoused physical force. None aimed at establishing an independent Irish Republic. Putting the history of parliamentarianism on a banner labelled 1916 suggests that 1916 was in the parliamentarian tradition. That suggestion is very far from the truth.

    (tags: parliamentarianism 1916 history revisionism dcc dublin politics)

  • Flow

    a static type checker for Javascript, from Facebook

    (tags: javascript code-analysis coding facebook types strong-types)

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