Four short links: 19 May 2016

Jobloss Prediction, Transparent Displays, Friendly Machine Learning, and Rethinking Knowledge

By Nat Torkington
May 19, 2016
  1. OECD: Automation Unlikely to Destroy Large Numbers of JobsIn contrast to other studies, we take into account the heterogeneity of workers’ tasks within occupations. Overall, we find that, on average across the 21 OECD countries, 9% of jobs are automatable. The threat from technological advances thus seems much less pronounced.
  2. Transparent Monitors AvailableThough transparent OLED displays are much beloved of sci-fi movie directors, the main reason for this seems to be that it allows the camera to interact better with actors in a situation that is notoriously hard to film. Both Samsung and Planar seem to be struggling for practical applications of see-through displays that have no touch capability, outside of the exhibition sector. (via Slashdot)
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  4. Aerosolve — AirBnB open source a machine learning library designed from the ground up to be human friendly. This library is meant to be used with sparse, interpretable features such as those that commonly occur in search (search keywords, filters) or pricing (number of rooms, location, price). It is not as interpretable with problems with very dense non-human interpretable features such as raw pixels or audio samples.
  5. Rethinking Knowledge in the Internet Age (David Weinberger) — That wouldn’t mean that we have given up on the project of knowing our world. Instead, it would mean that that project has changed shape—from content to networks that mix ideas and sociality. That’s already happening. Knowledge is becoming what happens when links connect differences and people.
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