Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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Ky Niem ... remember

On the eve as Gabbie flies out of Australia, to explore tangible history of Iron Curtain and Berlin Wall, Sydney gets a taste of Communism in Czechoslovakia... ( 100 years of Bauhaus: Berlin and beyond )

The Impact of Within-Group Conflict on Trust and Trustworthiness

On how life-and-death-level infighting has lasting effects on trust
East Side Gallery, Berlin, Germany (12)
Prague's and Berlin's combo of glamour and grit is bound to mesmerise Gabbie who is too keen to explore its vibrant culture, cutting-edge architecture, fabulous food, intense parties and her family history. Strange how the young people  want to experience our old countries these days ... and even try to move there on permanent basis 

Andrew Robb of Sunshine fame shared 5 minute youtube about Vietnamese Tofu Man named Duc at Czech & Slovak Film Festival  (Future Man by AR soars into sunshine film festival on documentary

How the Church Left Depoliticizes DSA Branches Benjamin Studebaker Depressing. They don’t want to get what the first women partner in M&A on Wall Street said at a Radcliffe meeting on work/life balance, where the panelists were discussing things like maternity leave: “Nothing will change until women own the means of production.”

Jan Palach Producer, Silvia Panakova, of Arena Film Production, shared with us few inside stories about the making of this powerful story...

Robert Sedláček reconstructs the final months of a Czechoslovak student’s life before he sets himself on fire in protest against the Soviet occupation
Review: Jan Palach
Viktor Zavadil in Jan Palach
On 16 January 1969, the Prague philosophy student Jan Palach set himself on fire in Wenceslas Square to protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. He died three days later. He was 21 years old. His actions aroused worldwide attention. 600,000 people attended his funeral on 25 January, coming from all over the country. Palach's tragic gesture was inspired by Thích Quảng Đùc, the first Vietnamese monk to sacrifice himself in Saigon square in 1963. The Prague student must have seen the world-famous photo by Malcolm Browne depicting the imperturbable Buddhist monk in flames. This is what we see in a scene from the film simply entitled Jan Palach [+] by the director Robert Sedláček, in Official Selection at Rome Film Fest. In addition to the film’s protagonist Viktor Zavadil, the cast also stars Zuzana Bydžovská, Denisa Barešová, Kristína Kanátová, Jan Vondrácek and Michael Balcar.

New Jan Palach Film to Premiere on 50th Anniversary of Soviet Invasion

Jan Palach (film) is in Sydney tonight

Review: Jan Palach - Cineuropa

Blue Ice (1992) How Media Dragon got nicknamed as Bouncing Czech at NSW Bear Pit by late Mark
Throwaway line from Michael Caine’s MI6 agent:
“A Czech agent broke the rules, he hurt the wife of one of my sources. They asked me to ignore it. I couldn’t.”
“What happened?”
“I took him up to the roof of my office building.”
“The Czech bounced.” (groan)

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Present with captions in Google Slides

Google Blog: “…The closed captions feature is available when presenting in Google Slides. It uses your computer’s microphone to detect your spoken presentation, then transcribes—in real time—what you say as captions on the slides you’re presenting. When you begin presenting, click the “CC” button in the navigation box (or use the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + c in Chrome OS / Windows or ⌘ + Shift + c in Mac).

How the NYPD is using machine learning to spot crime patterns

Statescoop: Civilian analysts and officers within the New York City Police Department are using a unique computational tool to spot patterns in crime data that is closing cases. A collection of machine-learning models, which the department calls Patternizr, was first deployed in December 2016, but the department only revealed the system last month when its developers published a research paper in the Informs Journal on Applied Analytics. Drawing on 10 years of historical data about burglary, robbery and grand larceny, the tool is the first of its kind to be used by law enforcement, the developers wrote.

The NYPD hired 100 civilian analysts in 2017 to use Patternizr. It’s also available to all officers through the department’s Domain Awareness System, a citywide network of sensors, databases, devices, software and other technical infrastructure. Researchers told StateScoop the tool has generated leads on several cases that traditionally would have stretched officers’ memories and traditional evidence-gathering abilities…”


How can computers help reporters? We’ve been asking the question for decades. Now, our deputy director is delving into the world of artificial intelligence. Alongside some extremely intelligent data scientists from Stanford University, she and some of the ICIJ team are starting to investigate together. Here are five things she’s learned so far.

Wired – 30 years on, SEO and social media silos have replaced pre-web visions of linking: “You might think of the hyperlink as a relatively recent invention, but, at least conceptually, it’s not. But more than 70 years later, it’s warped beyond all recognition from what was first proposed. In the 1960s Ted Nelson introduced the concepts of hypertext and hyperlinking between text and media, proclaiming “everything is deeply intertwingled” in 1974, and, to race through history, a succession of pioneering, local, collaborative systems including Doug Engelbart’s NLS, HyperTIES, Microcosm and Brown University’s Intermedia, followed….Researchers used eye-tracking tech on 30 participants to find out how hyperlinks affect human readers’ experience of a web page. Confirming pre-web research on signalling theory, they found that people reading passages of text containing blue, underlined hyperlinks, or simply blue words, were more likely to re-read sentences when uncommon words were linked and therefore highlighted. (Berners-Lee doesn’t remember who decided on the standard blue, underlined hyperlinks though early browsers like Mosaic undoubtedly popularised them.)…”

AI Needs Better Data, Not Just More Data - Center for Data Innovation: “AI has a data quality problem. In a survey of 179 data scientists, over half identified addressing issues related to data quality as the biggest bottleneck in successful AI projects. Big data is so often improperly formatted, lacking metadata, or “dirty,” meaning incomplete, incorrect, or inconsistent, that data scientists typically spend 80 percent of their time on cleaning and preparing data to make it usable, leaving them with just 20 percent of their time to focus on actually using data for analysis. This means organizations developing and using AI must devote huge amounts of resources to ensuring they have sufficient amounts of high-quality data so that their AI tools are not useless. As policymakers pursue national strategies to increase their competitiveness in AI, they should recognize that any country that wants to lead in AI must also lead in data quality.