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CH “Why We Sleep” Is Riddled with Scientific and Factual Errors

created: 2019-11-15; modified: 2020-02-25 See discussion of this essay on the forum, Hacker News (a), Marginal Revolution (a), Andrew Gelman’s blog 1 (a), 2 (a), 3 (a), 4 (a), /r/slatestarcodex (a), Twitter (a), listen to BBC interviewing me and Walker himself about it or listen to my interview with Smart People Podcast discussing it. Note:…

CH Smithsonian Releases 2.8M Images into Public Domain

Culture connoisseurs, rejoice: The Smithsonian Institution is inviting the world to engage with its vast repository of resources like never before. For the first time in its 174-year history, the Smithsonian has released 2.8 million high-resolution two- and three-dimensional images from across its collections onto an open access online platform for patrons to peruse and…

CH An Intuitive Guide to Linear Algebra (2012)

Despite two linear algebra classes, my knowledge consisted of “Matrices, determinants, eigen something something”. Why? Well, let’s try this course format: Name the course Linear Algebra but focus on things called matrices and vectors Teach concepts like Row/Column order with mnemonics instead of explaining the reasoning Favor abstract examples (2d vectors! 3d vectors!) and avoid…

CH Brave Browser and the Wayback Machine: Working Together

The Web just got a little bit more reliable. Available today, starting with version 1.4 of its desktop browser, Brave has added a 404 detection system, with an automated Wayback Machine lookup process to its desktop browser. By default, it now offers users one-click access to archived versions of Web pages that might otherwise not…

CH Max Weber Invented the Crisis of the Humanities

By Paul Reitter and Chad Wellmon By Paul Reitter and Chad Wellmon More than 100 years old, his landmark essay is more relevant than ever.

CH To get good, go after the metagame

I have a friend who’s currently doing a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. Last year, when he was back in Singapore, he went over to the Nanyang Technological University to give an hour-long talk on his recent work. NTU is located far in the west of Singapore, tucked into a bit of no-man’s land; my friend…

CH Disney CEO Bob Iger immediately steps down from CEO position

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CH Walmart Gets Into Health Care

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CH FastMRI leverages adversarial training to remove image artifacts

What it is: As part of the fastMRI project to speed MRI scans by up to 10x, Facebook AI and NYU Langone Health researchers have developed a new way to use deep learning to address the problem of image artifacts in AI-accelerated MRIs. This technique, known as an orientation adversary, also significantly improves overall image…

CH Easy as A, B, Chromebook

Art: The Country School, Winslow Homer, 1871With my daughter quickly approaching school age, I’ve been doing some research on the current state of the American public school system.  Of course, the biggest headlines have been school shootings and how their aftermath has turned schools onto surveillance.  And then, there are the more mundane, but still…

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