TextWorld – Microsoft Research Microsoft TextWorld is an open-source, extensible engine that both generates and simulates text games. You can use it to train reinforcement learning (RL) agents to learn skills such as language understanding and grounding, combined with sequential decision making.
The powerful hacker culture ~ Stephen Downes If you want progress, Lemire argues, “you need people who thrive when they solve hard practical problems.” Hackers thrive by getting something done. “And once it is done, academics will take the credit.” – h/t Downes Harvard. I Mean, Really. | HESA The largest ever university capital campaign was concluded in 2011 at Stanford University, which raised $6.2 billion. Naturally, when Harvard launched its campaign in 2013, it set a target of $6.5 billion ($8.1 billion Canadian), of which it raised $2.8 billion during the “quiet” phase. Last week the Crimson broke the story that the $6.5 billion target had been reached. The University declined to comment, noting that it only announces updates every October, but if true this means that with two years to go, the campaign is on track to raise something on the order of $10 billion by the time it finishes in 2018. elnuevomuseo.org | MUSEUM Nuevo Museo de Arte Contempora?neo (NuMu) is the first and only contemporary art museum in Guatemala, dedicated exclusively to supporting, exhibiting, and documenting contemporary art. Founded in 2012, NuMu is an artist-run space, co- founded and directed by artists Jessica Kaire? and Stefan Benchoam.
The Sound of Data (a gentle introduction to sonification for historians) | Programming HistorianSonification is the practice of mapping aspects of the data to produce sound signals. The North Face used Wikipedia to climb to the top of Google search results | AdAgeThe brand and agency took pictures of athletes wearing the brand while trekking to famous locations around the world, including Brazil’s Guarita State Park and Farol do Mampimptuba, Cuillin in Scotland and Peru’s Huayna Picchu. They then updated the Wikipedia images in the articles for those locations so that now, the brand would appear in the top of Google image search results when consumers researched any of those locations—all done for a budget of zero dollars.
The New Aesthetic — uncommonbish:…Uber uses battery life as part of charge calculation? <> Zdog · Round, flat, designer-friendly pseudo-3D engine for canvas and SVGCould use this for a number of simple 3d interactive creations – cells, atoms, brains maybe etc. Time to check in again on the Atari retro console… dear God, it’s actually got worse • The RegisterAtari responded by… deleting the post. On a Reddit forum that it didn’t run but had been invited to serve as a moderator. That also did not go over well. In fact, it’s safe to say that people went into somewhat of a rage. So Atari responded by… deleting all the subsequent angry comments. At which point its representatives had their moderator rights removed. So Atari responded by… setting up its own subreddit where it has continued to delete posts and comments it doesn’t like. p5-demos Des Moines Register on Twitter: “The Register is aware of reports of inappropriate social media posts by one of our staffers, and an investigation has begun.” / Twitter Anheuser-Busch to have ‘no further association’ with Carson King over social media posts“Eight years ago, when I was a sophomore in high school, I made some social media posts with my friends that quoted and referenced the show ‘Tosh.0,’ King said. “One of those posts was brought […]