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  • COMMUNISM collapsed nearly 30 years ago, but the influence of Karl Marx lives on. Marxist approaches are found in some of the most interesting history and sociology being published today. Marx’s works, including “The Communist Manifesto”, written with Friedrich Engels in 1848, may have had more impact on the modern world than many suppose. Of the manifesto’s ten principal demands, perhaps four have been met in many rich countries, including “free education for all children in public schools” and a “progressive or graduated income tax”.

     

    • Twenty-five years ago, an attempted coup rattled the Soviet Union. David Remnick and Masha Lipman recall reporting from Moscow during the August coup and discuss how its aftermath shaped Vladimir Putin’s path to power. Jake Sullivan, Hillary Clinton’s top policy adviser, discusses how Russian hacking has affected Clinton’s campaign. And the New Yorker staff editor Andrew Marantz talks with a high-school grad who’s putting Harvard on hold to break big in pop music.

       

           
        
       
         

  • I pulled two amazing privilege cards from the deck of life straight from the get-go: I was born in Sweden in 1986, a country that enjoyed early market adoption of personal computers, and I was raised by software entrepreneurs.

      
     

  • Under the Howey test, an instrument is a security if it A) involves an investment of money or other tangible or definable consideration used in B) a common enterprise with C) a reasonable expectation of profits to be D) derived primarily from the entrepreneurial or managerial efforts of others.

     

  • In March, Lee Sedol, one of the world’s highest-ranked Go players, lost to the computer program AlphaGo in a series of games covered widely in international media. It was the first time a human ranked as high as Lee had lost to artificial intelligence. AlphaGo’s win makes it the only non-male player in the top 75 world rankings. Yu, the first woman, is number 79, as of Friday.

      

  • Today we will. WIRED sees only one person running for president who can do the job: Hillary Clinton.

     

  • Lead author Dr Benjamin Storm commented, “Memory is changing. Our research shows that as we use the Internet to support and extend our memory we become more reliant on it. Whereas before we might have tried to recall something on our own, now we don’t bother. As more information becomes available via smartphones and other devices, we become progressively more reliant on it in our daily lives.”

     

  • Smart contracts are an important part of the blockchain evolution. Phil Barry, who worked on Thom Yorke's BitTorrent-released Tomorrow's Modern Boxes last year as a consultant on user experience, business model and media strategy, is collaborating with a group of around 20 technologists based in New York, Europe and South Africa to build an "open and free, decentralized platform, on which anybody performing a role in any creative industry will be able to interact free of intermediaries to do business. Above that, people will be able to build new business models that have never been imagined before, because the costs will be lower and the data is open", to use Barry's own words.

  • The music industry's last attempt at cataloging songs and their creators, the Global Repertoire Database (GRD), failed. To be sure, getting the industry-at-large to jump on the blockchain will take a long time. "People have their own vested interests in keeping data private," Barry says, "and all the existing systems are outdated and don't match up. [But] if we wait for all the music publishers and all the collecting societies and everybody to organize themselves, sit around a table and reach an agreement about creating this central database we'll be waiting until the end of the next century."

  • Instead, Barry hopes that, bit by bit, his will replace those outdated systems. "It will save a lot of money," he claims. "On average, about 12.7 percent of royalties that go through performing rights societies are used for operating costs. That money would be available instead to artists and record companies. Secondly, the music industry absolutely needs new revenue and business models, new ways of consuming music and simplify the way music is managed and licensed."

  • Many sports at the Olympics feature athletes who were born outside the country they represent. The United States, for example, has dozens of athletes born outside the country, across more than 20 sports. But table tennis is an outlier: About a third of its participants this summer were born outside the nation they are representing. All other sports are far behind.

         
     

  • A few weeks ago we started a Kindle program at Janwaar Castle. It was triggered by my dear friend Isaac Mao who instantly donated five Kindles. Some of the kids really fell in love with it – some didn’t. They were actually annoyed that the Kindle doesn’t play videos – so they stuck with their tablets. The ones who love the Kindle not only find now time for themselves to read but also pass on the stories to those who cannot read. So reading on the Kindle became a community event – which is wonderful.

     

  • The team began by building libraries of more than 1.6 million candidate molecules. Then, to narrow the field, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), led by Ryan Adams, assistant professor of computer science, developed new machine-learning algorithms to predict which molecules were likely to have good outcomes, and prioritize those to be virtually tested. This effectively reduced the computational cost of the search by at least a factor of 10.

     

  • “We facilitated the social aspect of the science in a very deliberate way,” said Hirzel.

     

  • Language remains a very tricky problem for artificial intelligence, but in recent years researchers have made progress in applying deep learning to the problem (see “AI’s Language Problem”). Researchers at Google, for instance, fed movie dialogue to a deep-learning system originally designed to perform translation and then showed that it could answer some questions remarkably well.

  • Hundreds of thousands are being moved from regions made unsafe from coal companies.

     

     

  • But by the time Mr. Wu, 79, died in April, his legacy had become tarnished. He provided just $1.2 million to dissidents’ families, while spending more than $13 million of the Yahoo money to operate his own foundation, which runs a website and a small museum, according to financial disclosures, court documents and interviews with former employees, foundation board members and human rights advocates.

  • Rob’s philosophy: “Spend money on what makes you truly happy and on what you enjoy. ... The thing that people need to understand is that we don’t feel deprived or poor. ... We pick and choose carefully.”

  • And yet, as David Cole put it in a piece in the New York Review of Books, the film presents a classic dilemma — should you kill a small number to potentially save the lives of many others — and it does not pretend that drone technology can “solve the moral and ethical issues; it only casts them into sharper relief.”

     

  • "My father was overseas and couldn't get back. I had a younger brother and sister, and needed to support them. I'd played the trumpet in a band at school, so I started a band and went to play in nightclubs," Zheng says.

  • How does school help you achieve your dreams?

     

    "It teaches me new things that I can use to get into college and eventually get a job I want."             -Zachary, 13

     

  • “The Public Domain” was created with input from search-engine auto-complete, and will be performed by volunteer singers.

     
     
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