The Gateshead Millenium Bridge

Image: The Gateshead Millenium Bridge, this photo is available to licence on EyeEm.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

In This Edition:
KodakOne, 1995 Blockchain, The Lever, Supermemo & the spacing effect, NotPetya, Facebook field guide to machine learning, illustrations, AI slow mo, Croke Park hawks, Tech N9ne & a Super Metroid laser canon!

Phill Niblock, Tim Shaw & Rhodri Davies

This week NAWR welcomed Phill Niblock and Tim Shaw to Swansea, performing with our own Rhodri Davies. Check out some of my photos from the concert here.

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KODAK One & Lobster

Image: KODAK One

KODAK One have completed a trial with stock image service Lobster to monitor and report on the use of 10,000 images from the Lobster libarary across the web for a two week period. The trial demonstrates the successful implementation of three services from KODAK One's image rights management platform, their image recognition system, web crawlers and post-licencing services. They plan to continue the trial by reigstering all images in the Lobster library on the KODAK One blockchain.

1995 Blockchain

Image: Surety.com

Before Satoshi and Bitcoin, researchers Stuart Haber and Scott Stornetta invented the blockchain concept in a paper published in the Journal of Cryptography in 1991. They then went on to found a company called Surety which provided timestamping and digital seal services for digital documents. To satisfy the public ledger aspect of their blcokchain implementation, they published a hash of all their clients seals in the Lost and Found section of The New York Times once a week since 1995.

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Google's The Lever

Image: Google

Google have launched The Lever, a blog that presents the best practices in applying machine learning, including posts about how to approach adding machine learning to your product, and posts about how to gather or acquire data.

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SuperMemo & The Spacing Effect

Image: Wired

This is an interesting piece by Wired on Piotr Wozniak, a Polish scientist, experimenter and founder of SuperMemo. The spacing effect is a phenomenon discovered by Hermann Ebbinghaus circa 1885 which results in dramatically improved learning by correctly spacing practice sessions. Wozniak uses the spacing effect to power Supermemo, which reminds you of a piece of information that you are learning, just as you are about to forget it, which is the best time to revise it according to Ebbinghaus' and Wozniak's research.

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Maersk & NotPetya

Image: Maersk

This is a rivieting story by Wired on the NotPetya virus and how it wiped out the computer networks of companies worldwide in 2017 including Maersk. A fifth of the world's shipping capacity was shutdown for over 10 days. Shipping ports around the world had to revert to manual paper systems while Maersk IT workers flew in a sole unaffected DNS controller backup from a server in Ghana that happened to be knocked offline by a powercut before the infection. The attack is thought to have originated in Russia, aimed at crippling infrastructure in the Ukraine. A large bank in the Ukraine was taken down in 45 seconds by the malware which wipes the MBR of each PC after gaining admin credentials on the network. An update server of a popular accounting software package supplier was found to be the ground zero distribution point used to send NotPetya across the Ukraine and beyond. The moral of the story, segregate your networks and backups.

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Facebook Field Guide To Machine Learning

Image: Facebook Research

The Facebook Ads team have launched a field guide to machine learning video series. The six videos include work practices and tips at applying machine learning to real world problems.

UnDraw Illustrations

Image: UnDraw Illustrations

UnDraw Illustrations is a repository of MIT Licenced illustrations for every topic you can think of or would possibly need!

AI Slow Mo

Image: NVIDIA

Researchers at NVIDIA have used a trained deep learning model to take regular 30 frames per second (fps) video and generate from it smooth slow motion 240 fps or 480 fps video!

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Croke Park Hawks

Image: The Irish Times

The Irish Times has an interesting feature on the hawks used before, during and after events at Croke Park to deter seagulls from entering the ground and in particular to stop them from raiding the litter left by us filthy humans. They also use kites, acoustic systems and lasers to dis-incentivise the gulls. I can't wait to see phase 2, where they put the lasers on the hawks! :-p This reminds me of a scene from Will Smith's vlog where he encounters a similar practice in Australia.

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Tech N9ne Feat. Krizz Kaliko on Tiny Desk

Image: Youtube, NPR Tiny Desk

NPR's Tiny Desk on YouTube is amazing for discovering great music and recently the music diversity and quality has been top notch, from Yo-Yo Ma to Dermot Kennedy. This week though, Tiny Desk published their video of Tech N9ne featuring Krizz Kaliko. The video starts off great and escalates to amazing by the last track, definitely worth watching the full video!

Cool Thing Of The Week: Super Metroid Laser Canon

Image: YouTube, HyperIon

HyperIon has created a real life working laser arm canon form super metroid, compelete with instructions on instructables!

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Found This Week is a curated blog of interesting posts, articles, links and stories in the world of technology, science and life in general.
Each edition is curated by Daryl Feehely every Friday and highlights cool stuff found each week.
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Daryl Feehely

I’m a web consultant, contract web developer, technical project manager & photographer originally from Cork, now based in Swansea. I offer my clients strategy, planning & technical delivery services, remotely & in person. I also offer freelance CTO services to companies in need of technical bootstrapping or reinvention. If you think I can help you in your business, check out my details on http://darylfeehely.com