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AI expert Nick Bostrom: Machine super intelligence will have no off switch

One solution would be to contain any advanced AI within a virtual reality simulation from which it cannot escape<p>The first artificial intelligence …

Prof. Sussman's Reading List

aurellem <i>☉</i><p>read the blog »<p>Serving as a TA for Professor Sussman will get you three things: great advice, spectacular reading recommendations, and lots …

Artificial Intelligence

Out of the Tar Pit

Out of the Tar Pit – Moseley & Marks 2006<p>This is the final Desert Island Paper choice from Jonas Bonér, and a great way to round out the week. ‘Out …

Software Development

Removing User Interface Complexity, or Why React is Awesome

I've been studying frameworks and libraries like Ember, Angular, and React the past several months, and given Web Components a lot of thought. These …

JavaScript

Quotes

"The less confident you are, the more serious you have to act."<p>- Tara Ploughman<p>"The condition of man is already close to satiety and arrogance, and …

Warren Buffett On Goals: If It’s Not The Most Important Thing, Avoid It At All Costs - Study Hacks

Study Hacks Blog Decoding Patterns of Success<p>Warren Buffett On Goals: If It’s Not The Most Important Thing, Avoid It At All Costs<p>November 11th, 2014 …

牛排还是沙拉,面对艰难选择,选哪一种都不爽!

本文作者:Chris Weller<p>(秦鹏/编译)想象一下正在努力节食减肥的你在餐厅点餐,不得不在餐厅的菜单上寻找着那些清淡而健康的菜。你忽略掉了汉堡、牛排和意大利面,最终将目光锁定在或许靠谱的沙拉上。但是在你脑袋里的某个角落里仍然有着对那些高脂肪高热量食物的渴求。就在这个时候,服务员已经来到你的桌旁等待你的点餐。你该怎么做?<p>克制还是放纵?做选择可不容易<p>对于那些一出去吃就要面临如此窘境的人来说,可能选择很简单。要么你不管三七二十一,先满足一下自己的食欲,但是吃饱后会因为没能控制住自己而有些自责。要么你就努力战胜自己的欲望,忽略味道给自己带来的满足,同时也不会事后难过。新的研究表明其实你还有第三个 …

DSLs and Towers of Abstraction with Gershom Bazerman

Defect-Driven Process Improvement

Defects can tell you a lot about your team. And not just what the problems are in the code. The Team Software Process uses a very simple method of …

Emergent Design

Then and now<p>In a recent email, Martin Alaimo asks:<p>There's a very interesting discussion on the latin america agile community going on. It's about the …

The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net

A recent paper with an innocent sounding title is probably the biggest news in neural networks since the invention of the backpropagation algorithm. …

How a Google X engineer thinks about problem-solving

Developers are known for their ability to solve the problems plaguing their code. But maybe, they should look to solve bigger problems beyond their …

Property tests don't have to be generative

Now and then, a property test can be easier than an example test. Today, Tanya and I benefited.<p>There's this web service. It returns a whole tree of …

O-expressions

An alternative to s-expressions for extensible syntax<p><b>Why do people like Lisp?</b> I mean, it looks weird, doesn't it? Countless backronyms were designed …

Why I write tests

In a recent survey over 700 German web workers were asked if they write automated tests. Only 28% answered this question with “yes”. This mirrors my …

How Immutable State Helped Facebook to Improve Its iOS App Architecture

Facebook has been working in the last two years to evolve the architecture of its iOS app with the goal of improving performance, abstractions, and …

Refactoring Is Dead (Hard) - Software People Inspiring

Refactoring Is Dead (Hard) Jason Yip tweets jokingly that he's waiting for someone to write "Refactoring Is Dead".<p>Well, here it is.<p>The "TDD is Dead" …

Paul Chiusano: The problematic culture of "Worse is Better"

The problematic culture of "Worse is Better"<p>Our industry has been infected by a dangerous meme, and it’s one that hasn’t been given its proper …

阿西莫夫:当我谈创造力时,我谈些什么

本文作者:Isaac Asimov<p>编者按:艾萨克·阿西莫夫(Isaac Asimov)是20世纪最伟大的科幻作家之一。1959年,ARPA(<b>高等研究计划署</b>,现为DARPA,国防高等研究计划署)接触了阿西莫夫,在当时,“太空时代”的曙光初现,军方希望“借用”他的大脑,去思考一些“超出常规”的事情。他为ARPA的工作内容从未被公开——直到几天前,阿西莫夫的好友之一,亚瑟·奥贝马耶(Arthur Obermayer)整理了他的旧文件,随即意识到他的朋友五十多年前的想法如何照耀进了现实。<p>亚瑟说:“1959年时,我是麻省理工学院的分支机构AIAA的科学家,这个机构专门研究核武器对飞机结构的影响。我们从A …

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