Bookmarks for July 17th from 10:53 to 11:51

by danhon

This is an auto-posted collection of my public links posted to Pinboard.in for July 17th from 10:53 to 11:51:

  • Nintendo Labo™ Creators Contest – Winners – These are fantastic. And they also make me think: you could *kind* of do some of these if you could pair a bunch of Apple remotes (gyros, accelerometers – but without the light sensing) with an iPad and connect them up to Swift Playgrounds. Nintendo have got something very nice here.
  • Internet Speed Test | Fast.com – If not a better speedtest than Ookla's speedtest, at least an alternate one from Netflix
  • Charting the Great Twitter Bot Purge of 2018 / Observable – "Here are 32 charts showing follower counts over the past year for a mix of Twitter accounts, some which had been caught with fake followers by the Times investigation in January, along with a dozen other celebrities." Are these sparklines? Not quite?
  • Making Amazon Alexa respond to Sign Language using AI – YouTube – "If voice is the future of computing what about those who cannot speak or hear? I used deep learning with TensorFlow.js to make Amazon Echo respond to sign language."
  • Our three levers – The ODI – "[Our strategy needs] to address the motivation, opportunity and capability of those actors. We have found three sets of activities that, in our experience, are most likely to lead to that sustainable change. 1) Sector programmes – coordinating organisations to tackle a social or economic problem with data and an open approach. 2) Practical advocacy – working as a critical friend with businesses and government, and creating products they can use to support change.
    3) Peer networks – bringing together peers in similar situations to learn together."
  • Our theory of change – The ODI – "Three activities create impact from data: 1) stewarding data – collecting it, maintaining it and sharing it; 2) creating information from that data – in the form of products and services, analyses and insights, or stories and visualisations; 3) deciding what to do – informed by information from multiple sources along with experience and understanding"
  • A generic mechanism for perceptual organization in the parietal cortex. – PubMed – NCBI – "SIGNFICANCE STATEMENT Making sense of cluttered visual scenes is crucial for every-day perception. An important cue to scene segmentation is visual motion: slight movements of scene elements give away which elements belong to the fore- or background or to the same object. We used three distinct stimuli that engage visual scene segmentation mechanisms based on motion. They involved perceptual grouping, transparent motion and depth perception. Brain activity associated with all three mechanisms converged in the same parietal region with concurrent deactivation of early visual areas. The results suggest that posterior parietal cortex is a hub involved in structuring visual scenes based on different motion cues, and that feedback modulates early cortical processing in accord with predictive coding theory."
  • Reachnow – FAQ – "Portland: Our current fleet consists of 360 vehicles: The BMW 3 Series, electric BMW i3, BMW X1 Sports Activity Vehicle, the MINI Cooper 2-door hardtop and the MINI Clubman"