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August 27, 2020
Motoko, a programming language for building directly on the internet

Motoko, a programming language for building directly on the internet

At Dfinity, we’re building the Internet Computer, a decentralized cloud computing platform that we conceive as a seamless software universe in which developers can deploy applications and services directly on the Internet. To realize this vision, we decided on WebAssembly as the lingua franca of the platform’s execution environment, so that developers can program it…
August 27, 2020
Differentiable Control Problems

Differentiable Control Problems

We’ve discussed the idea of differentiable programming, where we incorporate existing programs into deep learning models. This article shows what ∂P can bring to some simple but classic control problems, where we would normally use black-box Reinforcement Learning (RL). ∂P-based models not only learn far more effective control strategies, but also train orders of magnitude…
August 27, 2020
D3 6.0

D3 6.0

Released August 26, 2020. This document covers only major changes. For minor and patch changes, please see the release notes. D3 6.0 introduces several non-backwards-compatible changes. d3-array now uses native collections (Map and Set) instead of object dictionaries, and accepts any iterable (for-of) not just arrays. d3.group and d3.rollup are powerful new aggregation functions that…
August 27, 2020
Discovery of scholar’s notes shine light on race to decipher Rosetta Stone

Discovery of scholar’s notes shine light on race to decipher Rosetta Stone

Nobody knew how to read hieroglyphs when two 19th-century scholars set out to decipher the inscribed texts on the ancient Egyptian Rosetta Stone, one of the British Museum’s most famous treasures.Now notes have been discovered among one of the scholars’ papers in the British Library that reveal the extent to which the translation was treated…
August 27, 2020
TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer to leave the company

TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer to leave the company

Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer & International division of The Walt Disney Company Kevin Mayer took part today in the Disney+ Showcase at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2019 in Anaheim, Calif., August 23, 2019.Jesse GrantTikTok CEO Kevin Mayer has quit the company just months after his appointment.  "In recent weeks, as the political environment has sharply changed, I have…
August 27, 2020
Building a Home Lab Beginners Guide

Building a Home Lab Beginners Guide

March 10, 2020 by Hayden James, in Blog LinuxUntil recently, and for well over the past decade, my wife and I have been nomads. Moving from the Caribbean to Miami, New York, Las Vegas, Vancouver, and now back home. This has meant that for many of those years, my home office basically comprised of a few…
August 27, 2020
A fleet of computers helps settle a 90-year-old math problem

A fleet of computers helps settle a 90-year-old math problem

A team of mathematicians has finally finished off Keller’s conjecture, but not by working it out themselves. Instead, they taught a fleet of computers to do it for them. Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by…
August 27, 2020
Anime-to-Real Clothing: Cosplay Costume Generation

Anime-to-Real Clothing: Cosplay Costume Generation

[Submitted on 26 Aug 2020] Download PDF Abstract: Cosplay has grown from its origins at fan conventions into a billion-dollar global dress phenomenon. To facilitate imagination and reinterpretation from animated images to real garments, this paper presents an automatic costume
August 27, 2020
A mysterious radio burst that keeps repeating

A mysterious radio burst that keeps repeating

Earlier this year, astronomers announced a dazzling discovery. A fast radio burst called FRB 121102 wasn't just repeating - it was repeating on a discernible cycle.For around 67 days, the source is silent. Then, for around 90 days, it wakes up again, spitting out repeated millisecond radio flares before falling silent, and the whole 157-day…
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