But “Alexandra from Anaheim” did not buy the dress. She does not exist. Instead, the website’s code pulled combinations from a preprogrammed list of names, locations and items and presented them as actual recent purchases.
What happens when you mix Swedish pop music, Japanese visual kei culture, and probably a few too many Anne Rice novels? This — totally this.
By the end of the song, you’ll be a dwarf digging a hole…diggy diggy hole…
Coming out a year ahead of schedule, the new Raspberry Pi 4 was released today:
You can’t argue about 3x performance gains and more features, all for the same price. Gamers will be eagerly awaiting what rewards can be reaped from a GPU two generations newer on much better silicon — maybe even usable N64 emulation on RetroPie?
In reality, Uber’s platform does not include any technological breakthroughs, and Uber has done nothing to “disrupt” the economics of providing urban car services. What Uber has disrupted is the idea that competitive consumer and capital markets will maximize overall economic welfare by rewarding companies with superior efficiency.
Personal finance is the prosperity gospel of cable news, happy to claim that you’ll end up with all the money if you listen to its experts, take their advice, buy their book. Not buying coffee won’t magically get you a house. Not buying avocado toast isn’t a retirement plan.
Tom Hulme is a venture capitalist who says schools should focus on creativity and empathy instead of simple tasks soon to be dominated by computers. He wrote in a recent Wired UK opinion piece:
Any job that involves repetition, and no creativity, is at risk of disruption — from performing calculations to reviewing forms to sorting machine parts, and eventually driving. Such roles are the easiest for machines to do far more efficiently than us. We should prepare kids for roles that are tougher to automate — roles like artists, caregivers, entrepreneurs or theoretical physicists at the edge of science.
He even suggests the trendy teaching of coding skills may be the wrong approach:
Deep machine learning will likely automate the writing of code relatively quickly. While it’s useful to know what comprises languages or algorithms, I suspect most of the latter will be written by machine against a specific human (or eventually machine) query. Creativity is going to be far more important in a future where software can code better than we can.
I think Tom is unfortunately correct with his assessment. While there will always be a need for computer programmers, even that field is vulnerable to the imperial march of automation. The fast progress of technology will destroy so many jobs that we must change how our societies and economies function in the future.