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Richard Lipton’s Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP is the best blog you and I will never read. (Sample sentence: “The structure of a univariate polynomial is strongly determined by its Galois Group.”) Lipton is a computer scientist at Georgia Tech, and the dean of bloggers writing about P=NP. The P=NP question, ridiculously simplified, is that some problems are easy for computers to handle (these are called P), while others are hard (NP), but no one knows if NP problems are fundamentally different from P problems or not. Thought Leaders with Clay Shirky Thought Leaders with Clay Shirky
The recent “ Women in Tech ” (disaster) panel at Techcrunch reminded me of a long overdue post I’ve been wanting to write on the absence-of- women-in-tech debate that’s being doing the rounds over the last few months. Part of it revolves around the far too common prevalence of all (white) male panels/speakers at top tech conferences…a phenomenon I’m all too familiar with (as the pinch-hitter diversity rescuer I seem to be morphing into)… and part of it is around low numbers female-founded start-ups & tech companies. I’m happy to see that the conversation is moving away from “this is the sorry state of things” to “what practical things can we do.” Kenyan Pundit Kenyan Pundit
Fetus Business. No, It's Not A Pun Anymore. This Is A Blog For Fetuses. DEAL. Fetus Business. No, It's Not A Pun Anymore. This Is A Blog For Fetuses. DEAL. Cooking was never a very high priority in my household. Until my brother got married and met his wife, the only thing any of us knew how to cook well was my Dad’s celebrated spaghetti sauce, and not very well. When I moved in with my Mee Mee to take care of her after she had a fall, I had to learn a whole lot. I watched demonstrations of the oxygen tubes she needed so she could breathe — the bubbler that kept her sinuses from drying out, the machine that pulled in air and turned it into pure O2 — I swept her porch just like when I was a little boy, and I cooked her breakfast every single day. She was my Mee Mee, I thought cooking for her would be impossible. She was the best cook in the world; that’s a tough act to follow.
“Oh, outcast of all outcasts most abandoned! —to the earth art thou not for ever dead?” Returning to the Smashing Facebook meme — a meme of my own imagining, I acknowledge — it struck me that Edgar Alan Poe might shed light on the matter. Poe understood the psychology of social media when Mark Zuckerberg’s great-great-great-grandfather was still in short pants. Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog
Marginal Revolution Marginal Revolution The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.The changes are intended to improve the accuracy of the survey, being conducted this month in interviews with tens of thousands of households around the country. But the new questions are so different that the findings will not be comparable, the officials said.An internal Census Bureau document said that the new questionnaire included a “total revision to health insurance questions” and, in a test last year, produced lower estimates of the uninsured. Thus, officials said, it will be difficult to say how much of any change is attributable to the Affordable Care Act and how much to the use of a new survey instrument.
Whimsley Dear Tim Wu, Has something happened to your brain? Can your short article in the New York Times, Apps to Regulate Apps, be the product of the same grey matter that produced the excellent "Who Controls the Internet?" and the admirable "The Master Switch"? What's going on? Whimsley
Hyman Bass is a professor of both mathematics and mathematics education at the University of Michigan, after a long and storied career at Columbia University. He was one of the first generation of mathematicians to investigate K-theory, and gave what is now the recognized definition of the first generation of K-groups, that is for a ring Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP
The biographical story is periodically punctuated by satirical "lessons learned" chapters such as "How To Be The Black Friend," "How To Speak For All Black People," and "How To Be The (Next) Black President." Finally, the book includes interviews with a panel of black experts, which is to say, black people (plus one white Canadian male as a scientific control group). The book is written for anyone who can read, possesses intelligence, loves to laugh, and has ever felt a distance between who they know themselves to be and what the world expects. Blog - Blog -
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Susan Benesch is one of the leading thinkers on countering hate speech online. She’s a fellow at the Berkman Center this year, and I’m terribly sorry to be missing her talk at Berkman this afternoon. (Instead, I’m watching from home so I can be primary caretaker for my son for a couple of weeks while Rachel gets to travel.) She teaches international human rights at American University and is the founder of the Dangerous Speech Project, which tries to understand the spread of speech that incites people to violence. Susan’s talk is available online and I’ve tried to blog it remotely while cursing my inability to teleport across the state. …My heart’s in Accra …My heart’s in Accra
danah boyd | apophenia Last week, I wrote a provocative opinion piece for Quartz called “Is the Oculus Rift sexist?” I’m reposting it on my blog for posterity, but also because I want to address some of the critiques that I received. First, the piece itself: Is the Oculus Rift sexist? danah boyd | apophenia