The brewing replication crisis

Christine Clark writes: Papers in leading psychology, economic and science journals that fail to replicate and therefore are less likely to be true are often the most cited papers in academic research, according to a new study by the University of California San Diego’s Rady School of Management. The link between interesting findings and nonreplicable […]

Vivaldi Browser: A platform hiding in plain sight

I have a browser first work-flow. As such, I depend little on applications (which only increase the privacy-attack surface). Like everyone, I like to pursue write-ups on “increasing efficiency”. Unlike everyone, I stick to unconventional platforms. Vivaldi is a browser-platform hiding in plain sight. It took me a little time to understand what they might […]

AI makes inroads in higher education

Derek Newton writes: Now, simple AI-driven tools like these chatbots, plagiarism-detecting software and apps to check spelling and grammar are being joined by new, more powerful — and controversial — applications that answer academic questions, grade assignments, recommend classes and even teach. The newest can evaluate and score applicants’ personality traits and perceived motivation, and […]

Differential versions of privacy

Siddharth V writes: For example, a 2019 pilot scheme in the UK, run by the Open Data Institute in collaboration with the Greater London Authority and Royal Borough of Greenwich, studied how sharing city data — such as the energy efficiency of social housing — could improve the south London community. And, in a report last December, […]

Consumer based “supercomputers”

Richard Waters writes: Google’s specially designed chips, called TPUs, process the signals inside the most advanced deep learning systems. The goal is not precision of each operation but the overall picture they can assemble, as billions of electronic “neurons” in these electronic brains search for the patterns in mountains of data.But the term obscures what […]