Tuesday, March 06, 2018

[Links of the Day] 06/03/2018 : #AI legal liability, Economists unhealthy obsession with the top 5 journals, Tulip Mania Wasn't

  • Tulip Mania wasn't : Apparently, the often referenced 1637 tulip mania event wasn't irrational.  The authors describe the mechanism behind the events and how the culture and society at the time explain the phenomenon. Moreover, it seems that the story was greatly misrepresented. Anyway, this is a great read and debunk the myth and explains parallels or lack of thereof with the recent bitcoins fade.
  • Top5ITIS :  Economist only considers that papers published in the top 5 journals have a value. Everything else is quickly dismissed. Naturally, this leads to a form of hyper-obsession and resentment between economist. Sadly this does not only happen in the economy field. Many other science fields felt or are falling prey to this "disease".
  • Artificial Intelligence and Legal Liability :  a look at legal liability for artificial intelligence. Criminal liability seems to the big one. However, negligence and warranty might be the real liability that might come back and haunt #AI system vendors. 




Thursday, February 15, 2018

[Links of the Day] 15/02/2018 : #a16z crypto readings, Unlocking network embedding black box, Pouch - Alibaba's OCI implementation


  • The Crypto Canon : a16z crypto readings resources. Really well organised and will bring you up to speed at a gradual pace. It covers a wide range of topics from foundations (& history); and key concepts and beginners’ guides — followed by specific topics such as governance; development, privacy, and security; scaling; consensus; cryptoeconomics and investing; fundraising and token distribution; decentralized exchanges; stablecoins; and cryptoeconomic primitives (crytocollectibles, curation markets, games & culture).
  • Unlocking the black box of network embedding : this can have a huge impact on network graph embedding ( word2vec , skipgraph , etc..). The authors claim that they can provide a theoretical explanation of popular methods used to automatically map the structure and characteristics of networks
  • Pouch : container technology open-source project created by Alibaba Group. Basically the 3000 pounds Asian gorilla decided to push Open container initiative and help make container tech a commodity. It's interesting that we are seeing history repeat itself in the container domain the same way it happened, to some extent, with the virtualization stack. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

[Links of the Day] 13/02/2018 : API aware network & security for containers with BPF, Machine Learning Data linter, Promise Theory & money

  • Cilium : layer 3/4 networking management stack offering API-aware Networking and Security for Containers based on BPF. BPF is becoming the de facto tool for any high performance networking software out there. 
  • data-linter : this is one of the must-have tool for ML. These show that the machine learning community is finally maturing out of the tinker age and into a more productivity age. This data linter offer a lightweight, automated sanity checking for ML datasets
  • Promise theoretical analysis of money : an interesting look at money from the network technology point of view. It shows that the classic economic model might need to be revisited as monetary flow edge more toward the operational research/graph theory. 


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

[Links of the Day] 30/01/2018 : Rule of Machine Learning, Dynamic structure of political corruption networks, Bitcoin Price Manipulation

  • Rules of Machine Learning:Best Practices for ML Engineering -This document is intended to help those with a basic knowledge of machine learning get the benefit of best practices in machine learning from around Google. It presents a style for machine learning, similar to the Google C++ Style Guide and other popular guides to practical programming. 
  • The dynamical structure of political corruption networks : this is a really fascinating paper presenting an analysis of corruption and the network of individuals participating in corruption. Interesting enough: corruption runs in small groups that rarely comprise more than eight people, in networks that have hubs and a modular structure that encompasses more than one corruption scandal.
  • Price Manipulation in the Bitcoin Ecosystem : A single actor likely drove the USD/BTC exchange rate from $150 to $1000 in 2 months.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

[Links of the Day] 25/01/2018 : VPS comparison, Scale free network are rare and Data mining OCR PDFs

  • VPS Comparison : this provides a very good overview of the different VPS provider out there. Obviously not complete, but hey, I would love to see a benchmark community driven website maintaining comparison for the different providers. Not just VPS, cloud / paas / lambda etc..
  • Scale-free networks are rare : the ideal scale-free network does not really happen that often in the wild ( of the internet). Maybe its time to go beyond this concept and explore other more realistic avenues for real-world networks ( I'm looking at your distributed network of microservice) 
  • Data Mining OCR PDFs : extracting info from PDF is a nightmare, it's even worse when you have to do OCR and I always considered that tabulation was a no go territory. But looks like somebody actually spent the effort to make it work and it's impressive.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

[Links of the Day] - 18/01/2018 : Stellar Cryptocurrency Consensus protocol, Optimizing linux server for high throughput and low latency, performance impact of meltdown patch on HPC Filesystem

  • Stellar Consensus Protocol : from ripple for to full-blown rewrite. Stellar looks like an impressive protocol addressing many of the shortcoming and risk of Ripple. Also, the authors seem to be smart enough to avoid jumping to fast onto the smart contract aspect as it is a really tough nut to crack. Maybe, with all the mayhem surrounding cryptocurrency, the stellar approach seems to be rather measured. Worth keeping an eye on. 
  • Optimizing web servers for high throughput and low latency : very good post on how to optimise your Linux system. A lot of it has already described many times, but it is never a bad thing to repeat them.
  • The performance impact of Meltdown patches on HPC FS (Lustre) : no surprise here, IO intensive applications are the one the most heavily impacted. However, I wasn't expecting 40% performance penalty and up to 45% for large folders. 



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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

[Links of the Day] 16/01/2018 : planetary scale DB - AntidoteDB, Benchmarks for Machine Learning and the hardware running the algorithms

  • AntidoteDB : large scale ( planet-scale ) distributed DB system. Competing with the like of cockroachDB or spanner. The core differentiator the architecture heavily rely on CRDT for its core functionality. It is a spin-off from the SyncFree EU research project. Sadly like a lot of EU or research-driven startup spin-off the documentation and website are slightly lacking polish. The architecture reference link is broken and a lot of stuff seems to be work in progress. Common guys! If you want to build a community and a product you really need to pick up the pace. This project has great potential, don't let it go to waste. 
  • Machine Learning Benchmarks - Hardware Provider : a very good survey of machine learning benchmark of the current cloud provider. What is even more useful from that benchmark is that you get a cost overview of running ML application. Which is often a big unknown at the moment. 
  • DeepMind Control Suite : benchmark suite for machine learning algorithms using a set of continuous control tasks with a standardised structure and interpretable rewards