Before Silicon Valley got nasty, the Pirates of…

A patent drawing for the Range Keeper, Hannibal Ford's analog fire control computer.The history of information technology has a way of repeating itself. Every era's corporate competitors elbow each other for success, try to better…

emacs-elsa/Elsa

(Your favourite princess now in Emacs!) Elsa is a tool that analyses your code without loading or running it. It can track types and provide helpful hints when things don't match up before you even…

King -Man +Woman = King ?

Some of the best known examples used to explain the power of prominent Natural Language Processing tools (like Word2Vec) only seem to work with some cheating. One of the most important fields for applying modern…

Listen up: why we cant get enough of…

Are audiobooks the new… books? It was recently revealed that audiobook sales rocketed by 43% in 2018, while those of print books declined (by 5%) for the first time in five years. Can people no…

This is unprecedented: Alert, Nunavut, is warmer than…

Weather watchers are focused on the world's most northerly community, which is in the middle of a record-breaking heat wave. "It's really quite spectacular," said David Phillips, Environment Canada's chief climatologist. "This is unprecedented." The…

Who Is This “Licklider” Guy? (2008)

Who are they talking about? Why haven’t I ever heard of him? I was at SRI, a research institute by the Stanford campus. Around me was a lively group of some of the best minds…