Human-Computer interaction

Jeam Buchert writes: As the human-computer interaction field keeps growing, it has already shown how human psychology can deeply influence user experience. Taking the opposite perspective, Clifford Nass, a communication researcher, has dedicated his last researches to the feelings that users attribute to computers. I won’t go into the specifics of the psychological triggers or the experiments […]

Academic corruption by Juul

David Dayen writes: Juul is spending millions in lobbying and persuasion to get the FDA’s green light to continue operations. But a Tuesday New York Times article on the subject contained a fascinating nugget midway through, which could be described as a buried lede (journalese for putting the most explosive part of a story in the middle […]

Open Source hardware (OpenPower Foundation)

Christopher Sullivan (blog post) writes: Many times, these ML/DL frameworks, such as TensorFlow can be very difficult to install with GPU capability for individual users and system administrators. Because technologies such as general purpose GPU (GPGPU) require these frameworks to be compiled correctly to enable the hardware not having easy access to pre-compiled versions limits […]

The new world of venture capital

Richard Waters for Financial Times: In short, a new private finance system has emerged from the old VC model, and a new and more diverse group of financiers has the whip hand over what has become an important engine for the future of business. Extremely large rounds of capital raising for companies with well-proven businesses […]

Academic Publishing: What is the role of funding by corporate entities?

David Dayen for Salon (2015): From the beginning of the FTC investigation through the end of 2013, Google gave George Mason University’s Law and Economics Center (LEC) $762,000 in donations, confirmed by cancelled checks obtained in a public records request. In exchange, the LEC issued numerous studies supporting Google’s position that they committed no legal […]