GoldieBlox did exactly what you’d expect an entitled and well-lawyered Silicon Valley startup to do, which is pick a fight. It’s the way of the Valley — you can’t be winning unless some household-name dinosaur is losing.
5Pointz in Photos: Remembering New York’s Street Art Mecca
New Yorkers — and street art enthusiasts around the globe — woke up to a harsh (if inevitable) surprise Tuesday: 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center, the 200,000-square-foot space in Long Island City that showcased the work of the world’s most talented graffiti artists, had been painted white overnight. A coworker who rode the elevated 7 train yesterday morning reports passengers audibly gasping as it passed 5Pointz. Speaking to The New York Times, the buildings’ owner, Jerry Wolkoff, claimed the abrupt whitewashing was not only an attempt to avoid confrontation but also an act of mercy preferable to destroying the artwork little by little. “I am telling you, I did not like what they did — I loved what they did,” he told the paper. “I cried this morning, I swear to you.”
Google’s Machine Learning Algorithms Outpacing Engineers’ Ability to Understand How they Work
“Google no longer understands how its “deep learning” decision-making computer systems have made themselves so good at recognizing things in photos.
What stunned [Google Software Engineer] Quoc V. Le is that the software has learned to pick out features in things like paper shredders that people can’t easily spot – you’ve seen one shredder, you’ve seen them all, practically. But not so for Google’s monster.
Many of Quoc’s pals had trouble identifying paper shredders when he showed them pictures of the machines, he said. The computer system has a greater success rate, and he isn’t quite sure how he could write a program to do this.
Google researchers can no longer explain exactly how the system has learned to spot certain objects, because the programming appears to think independently from its creators, and its complex cognitive processes are inscrutable. "