[NetBehaviour] Fwd: Modeling the unseen, dodging, using your high school math, and more

Alan Sondheim sondheim at gmail.com
Wed Jun 19 23:18:00 CEST 2019

Apologies if you already have this - Alan

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Subject: Modeling the unseen, dodging, using your high school math, and more
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When algorithms mess up, the nearest human gets the blame.
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1. Accelerating Uber’s self-driving vehicle development with data

Interaction with pedestrians is a pretty important piece of the
self-driving car puzzle. Here, Uber’s engineering team describes how
analyzing people walking can speed the development of driving technology

2. Modeling the unseen

How Instacart uses machine learning to spot lost demand
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4. Artful dodgers

Researchers from the University of Maryland and the University of Zurich
have taught drones how to dodge rapidly moving objects
<http://link.oreilly.com/lCMie000Wjax0S0ry0Q0g0F>, moving toward building
semiautonomous, adaptive small-scale aircraft.

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6. How to learn the math of data science...

...using only the math you learned in high school

7. Testing statistical software

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whether a package is worth using. If you write statistical software, this
post will help you confirm the correctness of the code that you write.”

8. Have the public clouds killed Hadoop?

MapR Technologies recently announced that, without a buyer or major funder,
the company was weeks away from having to shut down operations and lay off
more than 120 employees. (They may have found a buyer
<http://link.oreilly.com/ilCF0QMjxnW00r000ai0S0y>.) Cloudera, which in
January closed a $5.2 billion merger with Hortonworks, recently announced a
poor quarter (and the retirement of its CEO). The announcement was rapidly
followed by a 40% drop in stock prices. Is this the demise of Hadoop or
just a bump in the road? <http://link.oreilly.com/n0Fx0om00iQW0SM0aj00rCy>

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9. Towards multiverse databases

“The central idea behind multiverse databases is to push the data access
and privacy rules into the database itself
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responsibility for authorization and transformation, and the application
retains responsibility only for authentication and correct delegation of
the authenticated principal on a database call. Such a design rules out an
entire class of application errors, protecting private data from
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10. I spy, you spy, they all spy

WeChat got zero out of 100 from Amnesty International for its lack of
freedom-of-speech protection and lack of end-to-end encryption (for
comparison, Facebook scored a 73). “WeChat is watching
<http://link.oreilly.com/XrW0xqM0Q000SCyai00jFs0>” explains how WeChat’s
ability to tie apps together with social media and payments created a data
centralization tool that has “metastasized into every aspect of people’s
lives in China.”

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