The Quiet, Extinct Australians #SS4C
Trudeau being an offensive idiot Show more
Pretty big crowds at the School Strike for Climate in Sydney. I’m not good at estimating crowds but I must have been at least 70,000 people, and probably quite a lot more than that. #SS4C
Fascinating paper suggesting that by babbling, infants may be shaping their language-learning environment https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-child-language/article/ecology-of-prelinguistic-vocal-learning-parents-simplify-the-structure-of-their-speech-in-response-to-babbling/FA82E5857B22DDD5480E864E980029ED/core-reader
California just passed a landmark law to regulate Uber and Lyft https://www.vox.com/2019/9/11/20850878/california-passes-ab5-bill-uber-lyft
Genetically modified mosquitoes are now breeding in Brazil, thanks to a biotech firm trial https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/09/genetically-modified-mosquitoes-are-breeding-in-brazil-despite-biotech-firms-assurances-to-the-contrary/ Nature article https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-49660-6 via @roseveleth
When you live with a five year old bowerbird https://flic.kr/p/2hg839X
#CoveringClimateNow – healthcare sector urged to step up https://croakey.org/coveringclimatenow-healthcare-sector-urged-to-step-up/
The Royal Cricketers Arms, my favourite pub in Sydney https://flic.kr/p/2hfxsGf
A space elevator is possible with today’s technology (we just need to dangle it off the moon) https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614276/a-space-elevator-is-possible-with-todays-technology-researchers-say-we-just-need-to-dangle/
Facing the Great Reckoning Head-On - Dana Boyd https://medium.com/@zephoria/facing-the-great-reckoning-head-on-8fe434e10630
If Computers Are So Smart, How Come They Can’t Read? https://www.wired.com/story/adaptation-if-computers-are-so-smart-how-come-they-cant-read/ A significant issue is that recurrent neural networks and “deep learning” models treat learning as an optimisation problem. We don’t 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 understand how human learning works but it’s not that.
I don’t know if any other quinquagenarians out there remember Dr Katz, but the new-ish audio series they made last year is an absolute delight https://www.audible.com.au/pd/Dr-Katz-The-Audiobook-Audiobook/B07FM98Q1L
This story about the 2017 extraction of a highly-placed C.I.A. Spy in Russia is fascinating. NYT https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/09/us/politics/cia-informant-russia.html and CNN’s original report https://edition-m.cnn.com/2019/09/09/politics/russia-us-spy-extracted/index.html
Primary health care, inequalities, and the climate emergency. He/him.
Scratch my pessimistic coating to reveal my optimistic core.
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