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10 Settings You Need To Change On Your Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus

10 Settings You Need To Change On Your Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Setting up your new Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus? There are a few settings you may want to change immediately, and we've got them all in one handy guide.
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How to build a personal landing page online

How to build a personal landing page online | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
What do people see when they search for you online? Here's how to set up a personal, one-page website to promote yourself or your work.
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Google thinks it’s close to “quantum supremacy.” Here’s what that really means.

Google thinks it’s close to “quantum supremacy.” Here’s what that really means. | Digital Culture | Scoop.it


Seventy-two may not be a large number, but in quantum computing terms, it’s massive. This week Google unveiled Bristlecone, a new quantum computing chip with 72 quantum bits, or qubits—the fundamental units of computation in a quantum machine. As our qubit counter and timeline show, the previous record holder is a mere 50-qubit processor announced by IBM last year.

John Martinis, who heads Google’s effort, says his team still needs to do more testing, but he thinks it’s “pretty likely” that this year, perhaps even in just a few months, the new chip can achieve “quantum supremacy.” That’s the point at which a quantum computer can do calculations beyond the reach of today’s fastest supercomputers.

When Google or another team finally declares success, expect a flood of headlines about the dawn of a new and exciting era. Quantum computers are supposed to help us discover new pharmaceuticals and create new materials, as well as turning cryptography on its head.

But the reality is more complicated. “You’ll struggle to find any [researcher] who likes the term ‘quantum supremacy,’” says Simon Benjamin, a quantum expert at Oxford University. “It’s very catchy, but it’s a bit confusing and oversells what quantum computers will be able to do.”


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Disarming the Weapons of Mass Distraction | by Madeleine Bunting | NYR Daily

Disarming the Weapons of Mass Distraction | by Madeleine Bunting | NYR Daily | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Attention is a limited resource: to pay attention to one thing requires us to withdraw it from others. But in today's pervasive digital culture, technologies are transforming our patterns of attention, pursuing “those slivers of our unharvested awareness,” as Tim Wu puts it. Digital technology has thus provided consumer capitalism with its most powerful tools yet. Given current political anxieties about social mobility and inequality, how do we foster this most crucial and basic skill: sustaining attention?
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The Meaning of Decentralization – Vitalik Buterin –

“Decentralization” is one of the words that is used in the cryptoeconomics space the most frequently, and is often even viewed as a blockchain’s entire raison d’être, but it is also one of the words…
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This third kind of decentralization, decentralization as undesired-coordination-avoidance, is thus perhaps the most difficult to achieve, and tradeoffs are unavoidable. Perhaps the best solution may be to rely heavily on the one group that is guaranteed to be fairly decentralized: the protocol’s users.
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 Multiliteracies  

 Multiliteracies   | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
A knowledge community, international conference, scholarly journal, and book series.

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StoryWeaver - Thousands of stories in hundreds of languages - available for FREE

StoryWeaver - Thousands of stories in hundreds of languages - available for FREE | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Since 2013, Google.org has given more than $4 million to Pratham Books to build and grow their StoryWeaver platform which today includes thousands of stories in over 100 languages.

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Why and how you should switch to Linux

Why and how you should switch to Linux | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
The Linux operating system boasts stronger security, bundled apps, and better performance on old hardware. Not sure how to switch? We've got you covered.
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You should at least become familiar with the OS; you can run it on Windows 10 with the push of two buttons :)
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A Turing Machine Handmade Out of Wood


It took Richard Ridel six months of tinkering in his workshop to create this contraption--a mechanical Turing machine made out of wood.
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Alibaba launches 11 qubit quantum computer with cloud computing access

Alibaba launches 11 qubit quantum computer with cloud computing access | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Alibaba launches 11 qubit quantum computer with cloud computing access
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Users can now access the superconducting quantum computing cloud through Alibaba Cloud’s quantum computing cloud platform to efficiently run and test custom-built quantum codes and download the results.
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Huge MIT Study of ‘Fake News’: Falsehoods Win on Twitter

Huge MIT Study of ‘Fake News’: Falsehoods Win on Twitter | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information.
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“It seems to be pretty clear [from our study] that false information outperforms true information,” said Soroush Vosoughi, a data scientist at MIT who has studied fake news since 2013 and who led this study. “And that is not just because of bots. It might have something to do with human nature.”

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Basecamp: Project Management & Team Communication Software

Basecamp: Project Management & Team Communication Software | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Trusted by millions, Basecamp puts everything you need to get work done in one place. It’s the calm, organized way to manage projects, work with clients, and communicate company-wide.

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A new tool helps us understand what an AI is actually thinking

A new tool helps us understand what an AI is actually thinking | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Google researchers developed a way to peer inside the minds of deep-learning systems, and the results are delightfully weird.
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Switch indie games get the spotlight during the Nindies Showcase on March 20

Switch indie games get the spotlight during the Nindies Showcase on March 20 | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
On the heels of an exciting Nintendo Direct, Nintendo will stream its third Nindies Showcase dedicated to upcoming Switch indie games.
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Warning: Snake Oil

Warning: Snake Oil | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
A marketing blurb this morning leverages learning myths to make it's point. Just for fun, I've taken it apart to point out the flaws.

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"‘Learn differently’ because of growing up digital. This is the ‘digital natives’ story and the ‘digital learning’ story. And both have been debunked.  Turns out that folks who’ve grown up with digital technology aren’t necessarily any better at it. They don’t do better searches, for instance.  They may be more comfortable, but that’s not what the claim is.  Again, this is sort of discrimination, categorizing people by their environment rather than their individual capability.

 

And, there’s the story that we’re now learning in fundamentally new ways.  Er, not. Our brains haven’t evolved that fast. We still need sustained and varied retrieval practice and feedback. No ‘knowledge downloads’ yet.  So here we have two, two, two myths in one! (Throwback: who recognizes the reference?)  Keeping count? We’re up to three.  Now how much would you pay?  But wait, there’s still more!

 

‘Learning styles’.  Ow!  The zombie that won’t die; kill it, kill it!  Back to the evidence: there’s no meaningful and reliable instrument to measure styles, so you couldn’t identify them.  And there’s no evidence that adapting to them helps either (which is implicit).  So really, this is two more myths!  Wow, 5 myths in one paragraph. You’d be hard pressed to do better on purpose!"

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VR is still a novelty, but Google’s light-field technology could make it serious art

VR is still a novelty, but Google’s light-field technology could make it serious art | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
A new VR app lets you explore worlds with surprising depth and detail.
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Cryptocurrency & Online Gaming – The Perfect Match

Cryptocurrency & Online Gaming – The Perfect Match | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Online gaming is evolving at an ever-increasing speed and cryptocurrency is the next stop. Here is why cryptocurrency and online gaming is a perfect match.
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With ingestible pill, you can track fart development in real time on your phone

With ingestible pill, you can track fart development in real time on your phone | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
First human trials reveal gut gas chambers and blustery effects of diet.

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Why Elon Musk's "People as Vectors" Analogy Resonates

Why Elon Musk's "People as Vectors" Analogy Resonates | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
In his keynote at INBOUND last year, Dharmesh Shah (Hubspot’s cofounder) shared a personal story of meeting Elon Musk and their short but powerful conversation about aligning people on a team as you would vectors in an equation.

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Tim Berners-Lee: we must regulate tech firms to prevent 'weaponised' web | Technology | The Guardian

Tim Berners-Lee: we must regulate tech firms to prevent 'weaponised' web | Technology | The Guardian | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
The inventor of the world wide web warns over concentration of power among a few companies ‘controlling which ideas are shared’
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Google now accounts for about 87% of online searches worldwide. Facebook has more than 2.2 billion monthly active users – more than 20 times more than MySpace at its peak. Together, the two companies (including their subsidiaries Instagram and YouTube) slurp up more than 60% of digital advertising spend worldwide.
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Turing Machines Explained - Computerphile

Turing Machines are the basis of modern computing, but what actually is a Turing Machine? Assistant Professor Mark Jago explains. Turing & The Haltin
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Perfectly faked video, voice and picture evidence is coming

Perfectly faked video, voice and picture evidence is coming | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Perfectly faked video, voice and picture evidence is coming
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After Alibaba, Baidu leaps into quantum computing ·

After Alibaba, Baidu leaps into quantum computing · | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Baidu announced today that it will launch its own institute for quantum computing dedicated to the application of quantum computing software and information technology. The Baidu Quantum Computing Institute will be headed by Professor Duan Runyao, director of the Centre for Quantum Software and Information at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Professor Duan said …
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Quantum computing has not yet reached a level where it can be used for real-world applications. However, both Alibaba and Baidu seem eager to compete with IBM, Google, Microsoft, and Intel in commercializing the technology.
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Social media is making you miserable. Here’s how to delete your accounts.

Social media is making you miserable. Here’s how to delete your accounts. | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
If you're tired of the social media whirlwind, you can opt out. Here's how to delete your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and other accounts.
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The Emergence of Consensus: A Primer

The Emergence of Consensus: A Primer | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
The origin of population-scale coordination has puzzled philosophers and scientists for centuries. Recently, game theory, evolutionary approaches and complex systems science have provided quantitative insights on the mechanisms of social consensus. However, the literature is vast and widely scattered across fields, making it hard for the single researcher to navigate it. This short review aims to provide a compact overview of the main dimensions over which the debate has unfolded and to discuss some representative examples. It focuses on those situations in which consensus emerges ‘spontaneously’ in the absence of centralized institutions and covers topics that include the macroscopic consequences of the different microscopic rules of behavioural contagion, the role of social networks and the mechanisms that prevent the formation of a consensus or alter it after it has emerged. Special attention is devoted to the recent wave of experiments on the emergence of consensus in social systems.

 

The emergence of consensus: a primer
Andrea Baronchelli

RS Open Science
Published 21 February 2018.DOI: 10.1098/rsos.172189


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