Bookmarks for August 9th through August 10th

by danhon

This is an auto-posted collection of public links I’ve either posted to, or favourites from Twitter, my Instapaper bookmarks and my public links posted to for August 9th from 20:59 to 16:48:

  • Kobayashi Maru Management – Rands in Repose
  • The Story Behind The Story That Created A Political Nightmare For Facebook
  • Opinion | Rules Won’t Save Twitter. Values Will. – The New York Times – "While principles and rules will help in an open platform, it is values that Mr. Dorsey should really be talking about. By values, I mean a code that requires making hard choices — curating your offerings, which was something Apple got made fun of for doing, back when it launched the App Store, by the open-is-best crowd. Let me say that I have nothing but admiration for the long-suffering trust and safety team at Twitter, which has been tasked with the Sisyphean job of controlling humanity and scaling civility, armed only with some easily gamed and capriciously enforced rules. How are these people supposed to do that when the company has provided them with no firm set of values?"
  • Finding Local Destinations with Siri’s Regionally Specific Language Models for Speech Recognition – Apple – This article describes how we met that challenge, improving Siri’s ability to recognize names of local POIs by incorporating knowledge of the user’s location into our speech recognition system. Customized language models that take the user’s location into account are known as geolocation-based language models (Geo-LMs). These models enable Siri to better estimate the user’s intended sequence of words by using not only the information provided by the acoustic model and a general LM (like in standard ASR) but also information about the POIs in the user’s surroundings.
  • BBC Ten Pieces – The Firebird | Nick Barnes Puppets – This giant firebird puppet was created for the BBC Ten Pieces prom at the Royal Albert Hall. It soared gracefully into the arena accompanied by the beautiful music of the Finale from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.