Four short links: 31 May 2016

Indie.vc v2, Robot Stumbles, Checking Research, and Digital Humanities-in-a-Box

By Nat Torkington
May 31, 2016
For Short Links
  1. Indie.vc v2 Release Notes (Bryce Roberts) — first round was a success, second round has clearer filters, higher investment possibilities, and we’ve raised a dedicated pool of capital to fund and support Indie.vc style companies. This may be a small paragraph, but it is a meaningful shift in how we spend our time and where we see the investment opportunities for our firm for the foreseeable future. (that firm is OATV, O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures)
  2. How are Robots Doing?However the emotion recognition aspects of Pepper didn’t appear to be important in both videos even though that is supposed to be Pepper’s strength. […] in China where restaurants began using rudimentary robots as mobile servers and busbots. In the last few months, however, there have been reports of those robots being retired because their entertainment value wore off and their inflexibility as real servers became evident.
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  4. The GRIM Test for Evaluating Published Research (James Heathers) — 1 in 2 papers that we checked reported at least one impossible value. 1 in 5 papers that we checked reported multiple impossible values. For the math nerds, see “On statistical methods to test if sampling in trials is genuinely random,” which James linked to as inspiration.
  5. dhboxA push-button Digital Humanities laboratory. Ships with iPython, nltk, MALLET, RStudio, Omeka, and some corpora.
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