Four short links: 21 January 2019

Programming Spreadsheets, Star Emulator, AI for Social Good, Participatory Democracy

By Nat Torkington
January 21, 2019
  1. Applying Programming Language Research Ideas to Transform Spreadsheets (Microsoft) — an Excel cell can now contain a first-class record, linked to external data sources. And ordinary Excel formulas can now compute array values, that “spill” into adjacent cells (dynamic arrays). There is more to come: we have a working version of full, higher-order, lexically scoped lambdas (and let-expressions) in Excel’s formula language and we are prototyping sheet-defined functions and full nesting of array values.
  2. Darkstar: A Xerox Star Emulator — this blog post describes the journey of building the emulator for this historic system. From the good folks at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle.
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  4. AI for Social Good Impact Challenge — $25M pool, $500K-$2M for 1-3 years. If you are selected to receive a grant, the standard grant agreement will require any intellectual property created with grant funding from Google be made available for free to the public under a permissive open source license.
  5. Decidimfree open source participatory democracy for cities and organizations.
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