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Machine learning is becoming extremely powerful, but it requires extreme amounts of data.
You can, for instance, train a deep-learning algorithm to recognize a cat with a cat-fancier’s level of expertise, but you’ll need to feed it tens or even hundreds of thousands of images of felines, capturing a huge amount of variation in size, shape, texture, lighting, and orientation. It would be lot more efficient if, a bit like a person, an algorithm could develop an idea about what makes a cat a cat from fewer examples.
So. You’re single, it’s the weekend, and you don’t want a rerun of last Saturday night’s chocolate chip pancakes a la mode and Gilmore Girls bingefest. You’ve already Instagrammed this morning’s latte, two gritty urban feet shots, one still life with #buyyourowndamnflowers … and it’s still only six o’clock. Is it too early to fire up Tinder? Nah. In the age of the app, you never have to be alone if you don’t want to be. And to make sure you don’t get more than you bargained for from your hook-up, a number of companies are now offering a way to share STD test results through your phone.
About a decade ago, a handful of Google’s most talented engineers started building a system that seems to defy logic.
Called Spanner, it was the first global database, a way of storing information across millions of machines in dozens of data centers spanning multiple continents, and it now underpins everything from Gmail to AdWords, the company’s primary moneymaker. But it’s not just the size of this creation that boggles the mind. The real trick is that, even though Spanner stretches across the globe, it behaves as if it’s in one place.
Jeffrey Tarrant is a Wall Street guy. He spent the last thirty years investing in new hedge funds. As the founder and CEO of a firm called Protege Partners, he compares himself to Sam Altman, the president of Y Combinator. What Altman does for Silicon Valley tech startups, Tarrant does for hedge funds. “I help seed them and incubate them,” he says.
Disney has dropped PewDiePie, the world’s highest-earning YouTube star, after a series of videos that featured anti-Semitic messages, according to The Wall Street Journal.
PewDiePie, a 27 year old from Sweden named Felix Kjellberg, whose foul-mouthed gaming videos have netted him 53 million subscribers, made $15 million in 2016, according to Forbes. Some of that was a result of a joint venture with Maker Studios, which Disney bought for $675 million in 2014. That joint venture is finished in the wake of these videos, Disney confirmed to The Journal.