The Next Web: How big biased datasets make social inequalities worse

The Next Web: How big biased datasets make social inequalities worse. “Despite huge databases of personal information, tech companies rarely have enough to make properly informed decisions, and this leads to products and technologies that can enhance social biases and inequality, rather than address them.”

International Labour Organization: Just 10 per cent of workers receive nearly half of global pay

International Labour Organization: Just 10 per cent of workers receive nearly half of global pay. “An ILO assessment gives the first global estimates of the distribution of labour income, and shows that pay inequality remains pervasive in the world of work. The findings are drawn from a new database which includes national, regional and global data.”

Analytics India: 5 Alternatives To Google Colab For Data Scientists

Analytics India: 5 Alternatives To Google Colab For Data Scientists. “Google Colaboratory is a cloud service that can be used for free of cost, provided by Google. It supports free GPU and is based on Google Jupyter Notebooks environment. It provides a platform for anyone to develop deep learning applications using commonly used libraries such as PyTorch, TensorFlow and Keras. It provides a way for your machine to not carry the load of heavy workout of your ML operations. It is one of the very popular platforms of the kind. But there are some others which form as efficient alternatives of Colab. These are the best alternatives available out there for Google colab.”

CNET: Startup packs all 16GB of Wikipedia onto DNA strands to demonstrate new storage tech

CNET: Startup packs all 16GB of Wikipedia onto DNA strands to demonstrate new storage tech. “Computer storage technology has moved from wires with magnets to hard disks to 3D stacks of memory chips. But the next storage technology might use an approach as old as life on earth: DNA. Startup Catalog announced Friday it’s crammed all of the text of Wikipedia’s English-language version onto the same genetic molecules our own bodies use.”

The Register: After years of listening, we’ve heard not a single peep out of any aliens, say boffins. You think you can do better? OK, here’s 1PB of signals

The Register: After years of listening, we’ve heard not a single peep out of any aliens, say boffins. You think you can do better? OK, here’s 1PB of signals. “After years of listening to the cosmos, scientists have failed to pick up any sign of alien civilizations. So, the experts have dumped online a petabyte of signals picked up from the Breakthrough Listen project so nerds like you and me can rifle through the readings and have a crack at finding E.T.”

NiemanLab: The New York Times has a course to teach its reporters data skills, and now they’ve open-sourced it

NiemanLab: The New York Times has a course to teach its reporters data skills, and now they’ve open-sourced it. “It’s unlikely a city hall reporter will ever have occasion to build an iPhone app in Swift, or construct a machine learning model on deadline. But there is definitely a more basic and straightforward set of technical skills — around data analysis — that can be of use to nearly anyone in a newsroom. It ain’t coding, but it’s also not a skillset every reporter has. The New York Times wants more of its journalists to have those basic data skills, and now it’s releasing the curriculum they’ve built in-house out into the world, where it can be of use to reporters, newsrooms, and lots of other people too.”