(Digital) Humanities

By Gertjan Filarski | Books, museums, arts & the humanities with steps into archeology. Classic and digital methods. Twitter: @GertjanF

Nations pledge millions to protect cultural heritage

A donor conference in Paris committed millions to the protection of cultural heritage sites after meeting in the wake of the destruction of ancient Palmyra, Syria by IS.<p>A UNESCO-backed donor conference at the Louvre museum in Paris pledged 75 million dollars (around 70 million Euros) on Monday for …

Middle East

These AI bots created their own language to talk to each other

A next step in the development of artificial intelligence.<p>It is now table stakes for artificial intelligence algorithms to “learn” about the world around them. The next level: For AI bots to learn how to talk to each other — and develop their own shared language.<p>New research released last week by …

Artificial Intelligence

Long Lost Van Gogh Paintings Go On View in Amsterdam Amid Controversial New Documentary

On View<p>Convicted burglar offers detailed account of the 2002 theft<p>,<p>Tomorrow morning in Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum is planning a press conference …

Van Gogh Museum

Saving Syria's heritage: Archaeologists discover invisible solution

<b>The recent plundering of priceless artefacts from Syria and Iraq by both terrorists and criminal gangs has taken place on an unprecedented scale.</b><p>Stolen items have been turning up in Europe and the US, where they have then been offered to private collectors.<p>The UN heritage body Unesco says the …

Archaeology

The Haunting Face of a Man Who Lived 700 Years Ago

This may look like a photograph, but the highly realistic face staring back at you belongs to a man who died over 700 years ago. The researchers who …

Archaeology

Crusader Shipwreck Tells a Golden Knights’ Tale

The ship that marine archaeologists recently discovered in the Bay of Haifa appears to have been damaged by the dredging that occurred when Acre’s …

Ancient History

The lost townscape of sixteenth-century Edinburgh has been brought back to life

The new digital reconstruction is the first to be created of the period, and is based on a drawing from 1544, thought to be the earliest accurate …

I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it

It has taken all of us to build the web we have, and now it is up to all of us to build the web we want – for everyone<p>Today marks 28 years since I submitted my original proposal for the worldwide web. I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, …

Net Neutrality

These Bookstore Employees Found The Most Genius Way To Waste Time At Work

Ah, France. Things are just cooler there. French girl fashion is a bonafide thing. Baguettes are French. So are croissants. And idle time? Let's say the French have mastered that, too. Just take a peek at the Instagram account for Librairie Mollat, a Bordeaux bookstore where the cheeky employees …

French History

Charlemagne: creating the myth

When historical figures are able to captivate the imagination of later generations, resonating with contemporary ideals, values, concerns, or …

History

16th century 'zoological goldmine' discovered – in pictures

It was one of those moments historians dream of. In 2012, Florike Egmond discovered an enthralling collection of 16th-century drawings and watercolours of animals collected by the founding father of zoology Conrad Gessner and his fellow Swiss successor Felix Platter hidden away in the Amsterdam …

Ancient History

How we’ve destroyed user stories

Psst! Hey…You know there’s a simple way to get engineers to build what you want, and as a bonus you can call it “agile”…Shh! Try to keep this …

Product Management

Alternative history: the dangerous byproduct of fake facts

From Ben Carson claiming slaves came over as ‘immigrants’ to Betsy DeVos ignoring Jim Crow – history is a new frontline in the battle for truth<p>Fake news has morphed into something far more egregious, fake history. Donald Trump routinely lies about himself, his accomplishments, his businesses and …

History

What Happens When an Archaeologist Challenges Mainstream Scientific Thinking?

<i>This article is from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at</i> …

Anthropology

The tangled tale of two Italian literary giants

This is the story of two Italian literary giants writing back-and-forth novels about a broken family. And there may well be a deeper story about the …

Literature

Rome if you want to: university offers free virtual tour of ancient city

University of Reading launches online course allowing students to explore the Rome of 315AD using an immersive 3D panoramic model<p>Students from all over the world who sign up to a new free online course on ancient Rome from the University of Reading will be invited to explore its temples, monuments, …

Rome

Pollen adds to intrigue over Bronze Age woman 'Ava'

<b>Analysis of pollen found on pottery buried with a young woman more than 4,100 years ago has identified plants used for medicinal purposes.</b><p>The woman's bones, including a skull and teeth, were discovered at Achavanich in Caithness 30 years ago.<p>Known as "Ava", an abbreviation of Achavanich, she is the …

Archaeology

'Robot lawyer' that overturned 160,000 parking tickets now helping refugees

A chat bot that helped overturn 160,000 parking tickets is now giving free legal aid to asylum-seeking refugees through Facebook.<p>DoNotPay, which has been dubbed the world’s first robot lawyer, was created by London-born Stanford University student Joshua Browder.<p>The 20-year-old, who has made …

Robots

Google Translate rolling out neural machine translation improvements in more languages

After first rolling out neural machine translation for certain languages back in November, Google Translate is now adding the feature to improve translations for even more languages.<p>Best iPhone, iPad, & Apple TV game controllers<p>The feature, which Google notes introduces improvements to the service …

Google

Remembering Gabriel Garcia Marquez, icon of magic realism

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, one of Latin America's most widely acclaimed authors, died in 2014. He would have turned 90 on March 6 this year.<p>Already a legend in his lifetime, Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez was seen as not only one of the most significant writers of the 20th …

Literature

This Crazy Gorgeous Font Evolves As You Type With It

Oh, and it's inspired by cockroaches.<p>This being a digital age, our lives are suffused with fonts. Just about every word we read is set in a font crafted by an artist, a team of them, or even multiple generations of designers. But for the non-graphic designers among us, who mostly interact with font …

Typography

Exhibition reveals hidden history of Colosseum after the fall of Rome, from medieval fortresses to slaughterhouses

Archaeologists in Rome have discovered the remains of a timber walkway used by soldiers guarding a fortress built into the remains of the Colosseum during the Middle Ages.<p>Gladiatorial contests and other spectacles held in the massive amphitheatre ground to a halt by the sixth century AD with the …

Ancient History

The machine learning in Microsoft Word's new Editor is scarily good

Microsoft Word, you suck.<p>I mean, you <i>really</i> suck. That’s what I wanted to write, but a new feature in the Office 365 version of Word called Editor made an interesting suggestion. The “machine” noted how the word “really” is superfluous, and it’s true. The extra word doesn’t add anything to the …

Machine Learning

The Masada mystery

Have archaeologists proven the ancient tale of mass suicide in the Judaean desert or twisted science for political end?<i>By Eric H Cline</i>Read at Aeon

Archaeology

'We were nine round the table, now I am the only one'

<b>If you think of the Imperial War Museum as a place full of tanks, interactive displays and a Spitfire hanging above an exhibition hall - its beginnings were very different. As the museum marks its centenary, it is making public the very personal mementoes in its first collection.</b><p>"Dear sir, I have …

History

Google Search is now better at technical queries about programming languages

Google Search is getting a minor update that improves its ability to answer technical questions related to programing languages. Aimed at improving computer science-related queries, the search engine is now better at recognizing special characters and delivering contextual results.<p>Specifically, …

Programming Languages

13 books Ernest Hemingway thought every young writer should read

In 1934, a young man named Arnold Samuelson was fresh out of journalism school at the University of Minnesota when he read "One Way Across," a short story by Ernest Hemingway.<p>The story later became part of Hemingway's fourth novel "To Have and Have Not."<p>Samuelson admired the story so much that he …

Literature

Watch Umberto Eco Walk Through His Immense Private Library: It Goes On, and On, and On!

When Umberto Eco died last year at the age of 84, he left behind a sizable body of work and a vast collection of books. He wrote such hefty and …

Literature

Oldest-known Image of Confucius Found in Tomb of Disgraced Emperor

Liu He, a Chinese emperor who was deposed after just 27 days on the throne, is branded in the historical record as an embarrassing blight on the …

Ancient History