How-To Geek: What Is Roblox? Meet the Game Over Half of U.S. Kids Play. “With more players than Fortnite, you have probably heard about Roblox—the game half the kids in the U.S. are playing. But what makes this online video game so popular? Here’s what you need to know about Roblox.”
Washington Post: What is an NFT, and how did an artist called Beeple sell one for $69 million at Christie’s?
Washington Post: What is an NFT, and how did an artist called Beeple sell one for $69 million at Christie’s?. “Using the same principles behind cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, NFTs allow people to claim ownership over specific digital files, be they songs, videos or static images. Beeple, whose real name is Mike Winkelmann, is the latest beneficiary of a rush into NFTs that’s a side effect of the fast-growing interest in digital currencies and the technology behind them.”
Poynter: What you need to know about Section 230, the ‘most important law protecting internet speech’
Poynter: What you need to know about Section 230, the ‘most important law protecting internet speech’ . “How did Section 230 come to be, and how could potential reforms affect the internet? We consulted the law and its experts to find out. ” A good explainer with lots of background.
Techdirt: The Best Summary Of Australia’s News Link Tax / ‘Bargaining Code’ Legal Issues . “The Juice Media, an Australian outfit that is famous for making hilarious ‘Honest Government Ads’, usually for the Australian government (but sometimes for elsewhere) has put out a new ‘ad’ about the link tax in which they explain how it was a fight to take money from one set of giant rich companies, and give it to another set of giant rich companies, and not to do anything useful in between.” Includes several obscenities. Hysterically funny and also enraging.
TNW Neural: A beginner’s guide to AI: Ethics in artificial intelligence. “The most obvious solution for a given problem isn’t always the best solution. For example: it’d be much easier for us to dump all of our trash on our neighbors lawn and let them deal with it. But, for a variety of reasons, it’s probably not the optimal solution. At its core, such an action would be unethical because it forces someone else to assume your burdens in addition to their own. Basically: It’s unethical to pass your garbage along to the next person. And that’s pretty much what we need to focus on when we’re trying to understand ethics in the field of artificial intelligence.”
Covid-19 vaccine basics: Why the rollout is so slow, who can get doses, and what about side effects (STAT News)
STAT News: Covid-19 vaccine basics: Why the rollout is so slow, who can get doses, and what about side effects. “When can we get it? How can we find out? How well will the vaccines work? How close will they get us back to the life we see in TV shows and movies filmed in the before times, when only health workers and trick-or-treaters wore masks and social distancing wasn’t part of anyone’s vernacular. We all have questions; Heck, we’re waiting for our chance to be vaccinated, too. While we wait, we figured we’d try to find some answers to the questions we’re hearing and asking ourselves. Here goes.”
MakeUseOf: Torrent Defined: What’s a Torrent and How Do You Use It?. “You’ve probably downloaded something via a torrent at some point. Many internet users have. But do you know what a torrent is? Like, what is a torrent, other than a magic link to a file you want to download? Let’s look at what torrent files are and how you use them.”
The Next Web: An explanation of machine learning models even you could understand . “If you are new to data science, this title is not intended to insult you. It is my second post on the theme of a popular interview question that goes something like: ‘explain [insert technical topic] to me as though I were a five-year-old.’ Turns out, hitting the five-year-old comprehension level is pretty tough. So, while this article may not be perfectly clear to a kindergartener, it should be clear to someone with little to no background in data science (and if it isn’t by the end, please let me know in the comments).”