ECMA proposal would bring records and tuples to JavaScript

JavaScript would gain record and tuple value types under a proposal before ECMA International, the standards body that oversees the popular programming language for web development. Records and tuples would introduce two deeply immutable data...

The field of natural language processing is chasing the wrong goal

At a typical annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), the program is a parade of titles like “A Structured Variational Autoencoder for Contextual Morphological Inflection.” The same technical flavor permeates the...

Big Tech Does Not Agree With That Characterization

Instead, this hearing was all about puncturing the aura of these CEOs and their companies, in the spirit of discontent with Big Tech. The committee chair, Representative David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island), made that clear...

Construction milestone at new Fusion Technology site in Yorkshire – Mirage News

External construction of the new Fusion Technology facility in South Yorkshire is complete, with the building being handed over to UKAEA in September to begin the second phase of fit-out. The £22m building in Rotherham...

The problems AI has today go back centuries

In the same way, the paper’s authors argue, this colonial history explains some of the most troubling characteristics and impacts of AI. They identify five manifestations of coloniality in the field: Algorithmic discrimination and oppression....

GitHub roadmap reveals feature plans and timelines

GitHub has published a public roadmap, offering users a glimpse of what to expect from the popular code-sharing platform in the coming months. New capabilities in the works range from code scanning to workflow...

COVID-19 leads to shocking cloud computing bills

It’s pretty significant when the Wall Street Journal talks about cloud issues, and this story (behind a paywall) is no different. The gist is that as enterprises support a mostly remote workforce with cloud computing,...

How an EU tax could slash climate emissions far beyond Europe

Last week, European Union leaders approved the most aggressive climate-change plan in history. The eye-catching part was the $600 billion dedicated to green measures, spread across a massive economic recovery package and the seven-year EU...

On Mars, an autonomous rover and helicopter will roam free

NASA’s Perseverance rover launched at 7:50 am ET on July 30, the first day of a flight that will take the fifth NASA rover to Mars. During its mission, the boxy, car-sized vehicle...

Netflix’s Fake-News Thriller ‘The Hater’ Is Way Too Real

The Polish crime thriller The Hater, which just hit Netflix, is simultaneously cartoonish and way too real. It follows disgraced ex-law student Tomasz, a hollow-eyed creep who looks like a cross between Michael Cera...

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