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I’m dismayed by the amount of post-election reporting that focuses on tactics (blunders, maneuvering, infighting), to explain the “surprising,” “improbable” Democratic success. The “surprise” framing absolves the political press from guilt for swallowing a red wave propaganda campaign from GOP operatives and pollers.

And what if Republicans did badly because voters don’t want what they’re selling? Maybe policy choices matter.

@EJDionne does much better:

for a small fee i’ll attend your funeral from a distance wearing a black leather catsuit while standing in the rain and crying, no umbrella, so your family thinks you could have been batman.

I really liked the way the Sears Tower reflected off the Wolf Point tower at this angle.

Friendly reminder that my department, the Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing, is hiring Tenure Track faculty:

▶︎ AI and ML
▷ Theory
▷ Computer vision
▷ Natural language processing
▶︎ Social computing
▶︎ Social justice, ethics, fairness
▶︎ Data visualization
▶︎ Sustainability
▶︎ Augmented and Virtual Reality

Deadline: December 1

Happy to talk about why I love my department. DMs are open.

#AI #ML #NLP #NLProc #jobs

Truth vs. Opinion 

“People’s opinions are mainly designed to make them feel comfortable; truth, for most people is a secondary consideration.”
― Bertrand Russell, The Art of Philosophizing and other Essays (1942)

Whether or not this is a good thing, it's certainly a good thing to know.

Not many newsstands left in . This one, just west of the Chopin Theatre on Division, is run by a blind man who shows up, as I believe he puts it, because it's "better than sitting at home like a cabbage".

Why is there no part number stamped on the sprayer of my kitchen faucet? Because design too often trumps utility. I'm so tired of and frustrated by "less is more".

To Regulate General Purpose AI, Make the Model Move

Encouraging the transfer of GPAI models to downstream developers does, perhaps dramatically, enable their safer commercial application, while simplifying government oversight, says @alexcengler:

“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin

News from #Kherson, #Ukraine about Russia-appointed official Stremousov 

In #Ukraine's #Kherson region the Russian-appointed deputy governor #Stremousov has been 'killed in car crash'

Hi, I'm Carey. I live in , where I'm a and a . I on the with Clamor & Lace Noise Brigade, and I'm a and player, too. I have an album called Someone Else's Wings and a novel called Forward March. I for mental health, I keep a and collect , and I know more about and (among other things) than any normal person should. It's nice to be here.

So @Raspberry_Pi just spun up a @Mastodon instance. I talk about why we're doing it, and (the fun bit) how we did it. Because it's running on a Pi in the Sky☁️ on a #RaspberryPi 4 with #IPv6 only networking hosted at @beasts. #RaspberryPi is now part of the #TwitterMigration.

Isn't it kinda weird that #Mastodon gets described as 'left-leaning' because we handle more strickt rules and don't tolerate things like bullying.. It could be me but I perceive this as 'normal'.

I mean you don't call people all kinds of names in a conversation on the street or in the store right? Even if you don't agree🤔

Somehow it feels the (online) standards for treating each other have declined so much over the past few years :sad_cat:

Let them talk, we are a loving and happy community!

This is pretty amazing news for both biology and AI. "Google DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis explains how its AlphaFold AI program predicted the 3-D structure of every known protein."

USPol - Trust in democracy 

"More than 210 Republicans who questioned the 2020 election have won seats in the U.S. House and Senate and in state races for governor, secretary of state and attorney general, according to results as of 7 a.m. on Wednesday."

I keep hoping the Big Lie turns into a poison pill for the GOP. That doesn't appear to be happening.

France just mandated that all large parking lots (at least 80 spaces) have to be covered with solar panels. It's estimated this could generate the equivalent of 10 nuclear reactors, powering millions of homes. (!)

We're hiring a senior editor at Scientific American to help run our opinion, commentary & analysis coverage. Thanks for applying or recommending the job to people you think would be good candidates.

My work was recently recognized with #MichiganAI, #UMichCSE as #AI #RisingStar.

I put forth an agenda of #CollaborativeHumanAISystems - #IntelligentSystems that are designed to model, reason, and learn about their human partners -supporting them in their goals and pursuits.

It is #AI, #ML research but extremely #HumanCentered. We start with studying what is the human trying to do and what intelligent support do they need.

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Show older is a Mastodon instance for Chicagoans current, former, and future. Its name comes from Carl Sandburg, who once compared ships pulling out to “mastodons, arising from lethargic sleep.” Our goal for is to build a community of friends and neighbors across the Windy City. Toot your pho place recommendations, meet-up ideas, pothole gripes, creative dibs, and cross-town baseball taunts—whatever you want, as long it abides by our short and sweet content policy.