The Eyes Have It

Another case where AI does things we can’t explain: apparently male and female retinas are different enough that a computer can guess your gender just by looking at your eyes.

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From Darkness to Light

After 20 years in the Marine Corps, including tours of duty in Afghanistan, Mac returned home with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and a deep seated hatred toward all Muslims. That’s all he knew, all he’d ever been taught.

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The Human Side of AI

This is the best thing I watched this week. It looks like a film about technology, but it’s actually a story about people, our egos and frailty, and how we collectively navigate this brave new world.

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DeKalb Elementary

This short video is not something you watch as much as something you experience. It’s a journey into a world none of us wants to visit, but one that’s become part of our collective reality.

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Breaking 108 Bones

The best thing I read this week was this gripping and beautifully written story about a building engineer who, in 2013, fell five stories from a church attic, shattered half the bones in his body, and somehow managed to survive.

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Chain Gang 2

The answer to each clue is the name of a well known person, where the last name of each answer gives the first name of the next answer (give or take a slight variation). The resulting sequence of answers forms a circular chain, where the bottom of the list connects to the first entry in the same fashion.

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In what should surprise no one, human gender identity is more complex and nuanced than the conceptual frameworks on which most of us were raised. Expressing a preferred pronoun helps, but there’s a problem with that approach.

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Card Detective

You and two of your friends (not facebook friends, real world friends, remember those?) are playing a game. The other players in the game are known to be perfectly logical people.

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If you had to guess, how many people would you estimate you could reasonably call friends? Of course, this will vary person to person and also depends on how we define “friend”. Think about it, take a guess, and read on to see how close you came to Dunbar’s Number.

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Stop what you’re doing. Go get a cup of coffee or tea. Sit down in a comfortable chair. Okay, now take a few minutes out of your day to watch this beautiful animated short film. You’re welcome.

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Your Curly Hair

Do you remember when you first fell in love? Check out this dream-like, beautifully made short film about an intense romance between two American expats in Germany.

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San Francisco Then and Now

This creative video reshoots several short vignettes from the classic Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo and shows us the originally filmed locations side-by-side with the current (circa 2019) views.

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Ten Stories for 2022

Looking for something to take you away from your phone but tend to get bogged down by long novels? Try a short story! This article from one of my favorite literary sites, Longreads.com, features ten recommended short stories.

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Marc Cohen

Computing and data nerd. More about me.

Engineer@Google

London, UK