Sustainability is Unsustainable – Jed Lea-Henry – Medium
The dangerous thing to do is to imagine that some solutions are beyond our reach. As Deutsch explains, any physical transformation not explicitly forbidden by the laws of nature, is achievable given the right knowledge. And there is just no reason to believe that cooling our atmosphere is a more intractable problem than that of developing without carbon emissions. What is certain is that “If we stop solving problems, we are doomed”.
14 hours ago
The Algorithms Translating Talmud – Tablet Magazine
As the translation goes forward, the Traduco software is turning into a precious source that can change the way we study the Talmud. The more translations that are stored in the system, the greater its level of fluency with the language, semantics, and structure of the text.
15 hours ago
The One Number You Need to Grow
the nps article, heed to it at your peril
16 hours ago
Is the NPS a trustworthy performance measure? | The TQM Journal | Vol 26, No 2
The NPS is found to be a very poor predictor of both customer loyalty and customer satisfaction. The measure is very sensitive to changes in the underlying distribution, and finally the precision of the NPS was found to be low compared to other measures of loyalty, and it is not possible to predict the NPS categorization and hence it is hard to say precisely, how organizations can influence corporate growth based on the NPS.
16 hours ago
Ryo Morimoto | Anthropology@Princeton
Through his ethnographic research, Morimoto aims to create a space for and language to think about nuclear things and other contaminants as part and parcel of what it means to live in the late industrial and post-fallout era, rather than as alien species that must and should be held at a distance from humans. Morimoto is currently working on a book project, tentatively titled The Nuclear Ghost: Atomic Livelihood in Fukushima’s Gray Zone. This book integrates environmental anthropology, recent Japanese history, and science and technology studies to understand the uses and applications of technologies in social processes whereby certain sensory-cognitive experiences are (im)materialized. Morimoto uses the term “nuclear ghost” to analyze the struggles of representing and experiencing low-dose radiation exposure in coastal Fukushima, where individual, social, political and scientific determinations of the threshold of exposure are often inconsistent. Against the government’s reliance on technoscientific measurements to regiment what it means to be exposed, his ethnography explores local experiences of radiation exposure, as well as situated ways of knowing and living with nuclear things in people’s shifting relationships with contaminated others such as wildlife, plants, and foodstuffs.
秦文琛 | 中国音乐学院
秦文琛是目前中国具有国际影响力的作曲家之一,他曾接受过包括柏林交响乐团、波恩贝多芬国际音乐节、华沙之秋国际音乐节、德国巴伐利亚广播电台、上海之春国际音乐节等大量国际音乐机构的委托创作。已有70多个国内外知名乐团曾经在世界范围广泛上演过他的作品,其中包括了法国Intercontemporain 乐团、德国Recherche现代乐团、法国L’Ensemble Itineraire、柏林交响乐团、维也纳广播交响乐团、意大利Antidogma欧洲现代乐团、日本东京都交响乐团、圣彼得堡爱乐乐团、荷兰新乐团、斯图加特室内交响乐团、奥地利Ensemble on Line、瑞士凤凰室内乐团、赫尔辛基爱乐乐团、韩国现代乐团以及波兰最优秀的Varsovia 交响乐团、波兰国家广播交响乐团和几乎所有中国最优秀的乐团。
Urbit / Primer
Your Urbit is a personal cloud server. A simple, private, general-purpose virtual computer on an encrypted P2P network.
Albrecht Koschorke | The MIT Press
An examination of the narrative strategies employed in the most dangerous book of the twentieth century and a reflection on totalitarian literature.

Hitler's Mein Kampf was banned in Germany for almost seventy years, kept from being reprinted by the accidental copyright holder, the Bavarian Ministry of Finance. In December 2015, the first German edition of Mein Kampf since 1946 appeared, with Hitler's text surrounded by scholarly commentary apparently meant to act as a kind of cordon sanitaire. And yet the dominant critical assessment (in Germany and elsewhere) of the most dangerous book of the twentieth century is that it is boring, unoriginal, jargon-laden, badly written, embarrassingly rabid, and altogether ludicrous. (Even in the 1920s, the consensus was that the author of such a book had no future in politics.) How did the unreadable Mein Kampf manage to become so historically significant? In this book, German literary scholar Albrecht Koschorke attempts to explain the power of Hitler's book by examining its narrative strategies.

Koschorke argues that Mein Kampf cannot be reduced to an ideological message directed to all readers. By examining the text and the signals that it sends, he shows that we can discover for whom Hitler strikes his propagandistic poses and who is excluded. Koschorke parses the borrowings from the right-wing press, the autobiographical details concocted to make political points, the attack on the Social Democrats that bleeds into an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, the contempt for science, and the conscious attempt to trigger outrage.

A close reading of National Socialism's definitive text, Koschorke concludes, can shed light on the dynamics of fanaticism. This lesson of Mein Kampf still needs to be learned.
2 days ago
Opinion | It’s Not Technology That’s Disrupting Our Jobs - The New York Times
The history of labor shows that technology does not usually drive social change. On the contrary, social change is typically driven by decisions we make about how to organize our world. Only later does technology swoop in, accelerating and consolidating those changes.
6 days ago
Weaving Marriages | The Voice Of Fashion
Annapurna Mamidipudi, an engineer in electronics and communications set up and worked for over 15 years in an NGO that supported vulnerable craft livelihoods in South India. Her doctoral thesis from the University of Maastricht is on innovation in handloom weaving. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and a trustee of the Handloom Futures Trust in Hyderabad. She continues to work with weavers.
6 days ago
The Beckman Report on Database Research
very few years a group of database researchers meets to discuss the state of database research, its impact on practice, and important new directions. This report summarizes the discussion and conclusions of the eighth such meeting, held October 14-15, 2013 in Irvine, California. It observes that Big Data has now become a defining challenge of our time, and that the database research community is uniquely positioned to address it, with enormous opportunities to make transformative impact. To do so, the report recommends significantly more attention to five research areas: scalable big/fast data infrastructures; coping with diversity in the data management landscape; end-to-end processing and understanding of data; cloud services; and managing the diverse roles of people in the data life cycle.
8 days ago
Éléments pour une théorie opérationnelle de l'écriture numérique | Cairn.info
The transition to digital writing is a reconfiguration that acts on the nature of knowledge. There is a scientific and operational challenge to studying this renewed writing, especially for systems design, practice analysis and digital writing instruction. This article contributes in the form of a theoretical study based on a three-level description of the digital: theoretic-ideal, techno-application and semio-rhetoric. This description is extended by a heuristic map of the functions of digital writing and a repertory of rhetorical figures and kinds of digital writings.
8 days ago
[1701.09007] Research Directions for Principles of Data Management (Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop 16151)
In April 2016, a community of researchers working in the area of Principles of Data Management (PDM) joined in a workshop at the Dagstuhl Castle in Germany. The workshop was organized jointly by the Executive Committee of the ACM Symposium on Principles of Database Systems (PODS) and the Council of the International Conference on Database Theory (ICDT). The mission of this workshop was to identify and explore some of the most important research directions that have high relevance to society and to Computer Science today, and where the PDM community has the potential to make significant contributions. This report describes the family of research directions that the workshop focused on from three perspectives: potential practical relevance, results already obtained, and research questions that appear surmountable in the short and medium term.
data_ethics  database 
8 days ago
Welcome to LFCS — LFCS
The Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science (LFCS) is one of seven research institutes in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. It was founded in 1987 and is a community of theoretical computer scientists with interests in concurrency, semantics, categories, algebra, types, logic, algorithms, complexity, databases and modelling.
8 days ago
Now available: The Dagstuhl Report on Research Directions for Principles of Data Management | PRINCIPLES of DATA MANAGEMENT -- databasetheory.org
In April, 2016, a Dagstuhl Perspectives workshop was held, with the goal of identifying and describing some of the most important research themes in data management where research on principles and foundational issues can play a central role. The first seed for this workshop was a letter sent in May, 2012, by Pablo Barceló to the PODS Executive Committee, suggesting that it was time to reflect on the successes of the database theory community (as led by the PODS and ICDT conferences), and to explore opportunities for continued impact and growth going forward. This led to the Reflections on PODS workshop in 2013 co-led by Pablo and Wim Martens, and to a deliberate broadening in scope of the PODS and ICDT conferences. The Dagstuhl workshop itself was suggested by the ICDT Council and its preparation was a joint initiative of the PODS Executive Committee and the ICDT Council. The workshop brought together a broad array of researchers from database theory and neighboring areas for a week of intensive discussions. The findings and recommendations of this group are now available in the report “Research Directions for Principles of Data Management”, published online in arXiv, and soon to be published in the archival Dagstuhl Manifestos journal series. An abridged version of the report is appearing in the December 2016 issue of SIGMOD Record.

The workshop report is focused on seven core themes, namely, Managing Data at Scale, Multi-model Data, Uncertain Information, Knowledge-enriched Data, Data Management and Machine Learning, Process and Data, and Ethics and Data Management. Since new challenges in Principles of Data Management arise all the time, this list of themes is not intended to be exclusive. For each theme, the report highlights central research challenges, and describes emerging results that are providing some of the starting points for addressing them. The report is intended for a broad audience, ranging from researchers and scientists who are exploring the many issues that arise in modern data management, to funding agencies fostering the next generation of Computer Science research, and even to policy makers, sociologists, and philosophers, who are considering the societal and ethical implications of ubiquitous data.
8 days ago
John J. Hopfield | Neuroscience
Now What?

That stark question has plagued me many times in my research and teaching career. Every scientist, every scholar, every writer, every artist... faces this vexing issue of what to work on each day. Most respond by working today to extend a little yesterday's line of thought, or line of measurement, or plot development or ... Most, if forced to ask "Now What" at a more fundamental level, or for a long-term commitment of effort, endeavor to not much change the sandbox in which they have been happily playing.

My 2019 Franklin Medal in Physics is:

For applying concepts of theoretical physics to provide new insights on important biological questions in a variety of areas, including genetics and neuroscience, with significant impact on machine learning, an area of computer science. (Franklin Institute 2018)
Those came about because I have often responded to the "Now What" question by a major change of direction.
8 days ago
First Year Math in Canada – First Year Math Course Repository -Prototype
The First Year Mathematics Courses Repository is a resource supporting an ongoing national dialogue about teaching first year mathematics at Canadian universities. This shareable dynamic online database contains extensive data collected from mathematics instructors across the country. Data includes course content, resource and technology used, learning outcomes, modes of delivery, connections with other courses, as well as informal descriptions of various practices in teaching these courses.

It is our hope that instructors (i.e., our contacts at all participating universities, or their colleagues) will keep the database up to date, as well as provide missing, and additional information.

The main purpose of the First Year Mathematics Courses Repository is to provide an open, organized and comprehensive resource of information about first-year mathematics courses at Canadian Universities. We hope to enrich the content as we move along.
8 days ago
2016.05.17 Werner Burger How China Lost A Century Ching Monetary Policy In The 19th Century : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
In the 18th century China was a proud and prosperous country with a strong central government. In the 19th century, however, China was weak, economically and militarily, ravaged by civil war, with a corrupt and inefficient government, said author Werner Burger, at an FCC lunch on May 17. What brought government records and new research into China’s numismatic history revealed some unexpected and shocking answers. Some of Burger’s findings actually contradict the official historiography of today’s China.

Numismatics, the study of coins, notes and money in general, as a subject is taught at 10 universities in the US alone but Chinese numismatics is not taught anywhere in the world, he said. Coins are an excellent mirror of the economic health of a country throughout history. And that is particularly true for China with its monetised economy

Dr Werner Burger, who studied sinology in Germany and received his doctorate in Chinese numismatics from Munich University, has lived in Hong Kong since 1965. His first book “Ch’ing Cash until 1735” was published in l976. The Hong Kong University Museum has just published his lifetime research, “Ch’ing Cash”.
history  numismatics  werner_burger 
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