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DPL Reading List – December 11, 2020


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Each Friday, we share a curated list of articles we found during the past week. Here’s the list of the new and interesting ones we found this week. If there’s an article you think we should read, let us know in the comments below.


Meet GPT-3. It Has Learned to Code (and Blog and Argue) – A look at OpenAI’s new natural language system that learned all it knows from vast amounts of information across the internet. It can mimic other writers, summarize emails, translate languages, and answer trivia questions. But it has major flaws as well.


Microsoft May Soon Score How Bored You Are in Meetings – A patent recently filed by Microsoft hints at how the company may introduce a type of scoring that measures the effectiveness of meetings by analyzing a participant’s behavior and their daily schedules.


Facial recognition systems are getting better at recognizing masked faces – According to data published by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), recognition of faces with masks is improving. Because vendors voluntarily submit their facial recognition algorithms to NIST for testing, the organization is able to assess the state of the technology. Their report also suggests that masks may not be as much of a problem for facial recognition as was initially believed.


In-Shoe Sensors and Mobile Robots Keep Seniors Active – Researchers at Stevens and Columbia team up on an assistive device to help seniors with balance and motion.


5 good books for a lousy year – Bill Gates releases his list of books to read as we wrap up the year.


Cloudflare and Apple design a new privacy-friendly internet protocol – Called Oblivious DNS-over-HTTPS, or ODoH for short, the new protocol makes it far more difficult for ISPs to know which websites you visit. In short, ODoH decouples DNS queries from the internet user, which prevents DNS resolvers from seeing your browsing habits.


Hitting the Books: An analog computer ushered in the video game era – In his latest book, journalist Daniel Noah Halpern examines the career of gaming titan Tom Cadwell. Through interviews with Cadwell and other industry figures, he provides a snapshot for aspiring designers into the business of video games.

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