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Covid Pandemic Interesting

Why Kids Write Letters Backward

As the pandemic has closed schools and I’ve become an impromptu teacher. I have always wondered why kids write letters backwards. Vox explains in detail.

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Space

Why NASA Quarantined the Apollo 11 Astronauts

With quarantines back in the public consciousness, you’d be surprised to hear that the Apollo 11 astronauts were themselves quarantined upon returning to Earth. Vox explains: In this episode of History Club, Vox’s Phil Edwards and Coleman Lowndes chat with Amy Shira Teitel of The Vintage Space about the Apollo 11 quarantine. It was an […]

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Design Interesting

Deconstructing the 8-bit Arcade Font

Last week, I explained to my son how 8-bit graphics worked. I can’t tell you how many sheets of graph paper I went through designing sprites back in the day. Although it was possible, I never made my own on Font on the Commodore 64. In his book Arcade Game Typography, type designer Toshi Omagari […]

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Security

How and Why Coronavirus Scammers Can Send Fake Emails from the WHO

With the rise of a the Covid-19 pandemic, there’s also a sharp rise in scammers trying to profit on the situation. Unfortunately, WHO’s email servers are not helping with the situation. During the coronavirus pandemic, scammers have sent several emails using the domain of the World Health Organization. Some are addressed from Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, […]

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AI Natural Language Processing

Will Robot Writers Change the Internet?

Computers just got a lot better at mimicking human language. Researchers created computer programs that can write long passages of coherent, original text. Language models like GPT-2, Grover, and CTRL create text passages that seem written by someone fluent in the language, but not in the truth. That AI field, Natural Language Processing (NLP), didn’t […]

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Google

Google and Amazon are Now in the Oil Business

Data maybe be the new oil, but it’s not a one way trip. Big Tech is teaming up with Big Oil to squeeze more oil and gas out of the ground using machine learning technology.

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