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Lyft’s algorithm is trying to block people with names like ‘Dick,’ ‘Finger,’ and ‘Cummings’

Lyft’s algorithm is trying to block people with names like ‘Dick,’ ‘Finger,’ and ‘Cummings’

Lyft is flagging people with names its algorithm thinks are inappropriate, like “Dick,” “Finger,” and “Cummings.” The ride-hail company is sending messages to these users telling them their names don’t align with its community guidelines, and are being directed to change their name or get booted from the service. Naturally, this is creating some consternation…

Eller’s Algorithm

Eller's algorithm creates 'perfect' mazes, having only a single path between any two cells, one row at a time. The algorithm itself is incredibly fast, and far more memory efficient than other popular algorithms (such as Prim's and Kruskal's) requiring storage proportional to only a single row. This makes it possible to create mazes of…
NYC’s algorithm task force was ‘a waste,’ member says

NYC’s algorithm task force was ‘a waste,’ member says

New York City has released its long-awaited report on government algorithms, but not everyone is happy with the result. In 2017, the city passed a local law to national fanfare. The legislation, Local Law 49, established a task force with the goal of examining how hidden algorithms oversee life in the city. Local stakeholders and…
This Algorithm Can Remove the Water from Underwater Photos, and the Results are Incredible

This Algorithm Can Remove the Water from Underwater Photos, and the Results are Incredible

An engineer has developed a computer program that can, in her words, “remove the water” from an underwater photograph. The result is a “physically accurate” image with all of the vibrance, saturation and color of a regular landscape photo. The technology, called Sea-thru, was developed by oceanographer and engineer Derya Akkaynak while she was a…
This Algorithm Can ‘Remove’ The Water From Underwater Photos With Stunning Results – Ubergizmo

This Algorithm Can ‘Remove’ The Water From Underwater Photos With Stunning Results – Ubergizmo

We’re not sure how many of you take photos while underwater, but underwater photos is a pretty common thing, especially amongst those who enjoy diving and love documenting their dives and also capturing photos of sealife. However, one of the problems with underwater photography is that sometimes the water can add an unnecessary hue to…

Show HN: I created an algorithm to help me achieve Product-Market Fit

The Main() method is at the bottom of this post, and builds upon the preceding methods:synthesize.kssynthesize(topic){ var creativity = synthesizeNewResearchIntoKarma(topic); generateAndTestNewIdeas(creativity); }hasAchievedProductMarketFit.kshasAchievedProductMarketFit(){ return ( 40%+ of users would be highly disappointed if your product did not exist AND most users use your product daily AND the product is financially sustainable AND it feels like the…
A neural algorithm for a fundamental computing problem

A neural algorithm for a fundamental computing problem

Fly brain inspires computing algorithmFlies use an algorithmic neuronal strategy to sense and categorize odors. Dasgupta et al. applied insights from the fly system to come up with a solution to a computer science problem. On the basis of the algorithm that flies use to tag an odor and categorize similar ones, the authors generated…
A health care algorithm affecting millions is biased against black patients

A health care algorithm affecting millions is biased against black patients

A health care algorithm makes black patients substantially less likely than their white counterparts to receive important medical treatment. The major flaw affects millions of patients, and was just revealed in research published this week in the journal Science. The study does not name the makers of the algorithm, but Ziad Obermeyer, an acting associate…
How an Algorithm Favored Whites Over Blacks for Health Care

How an Algorithm Favored Whites Over Blacks for Health Care

Care for some of the sickest Americans is decided in part by algorithm. New research shows that software guiding care for tens of millions of people systematically privileges white patients over black patients. Analysis of records from a major US hospital revealed that the algorithm used effectively let whites cut in line for special programs…

The Paxos Algorithm, or How to Win a Turing Award

Leslie Lamport Last modified on 23 August 2019 In July 2019 I gave a pair of 1-1/2 hour lectures at a summer school on distributed computing in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  The lectures covered three topics: The Paxos consensus algorithm. TLA+ How to win a Turing award. If you are interested in any of those topics,…

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Rocket Report: Virgin Orbit targets Mars, SpaceX to launch rideshares on...

Live for launch — In which rideshare missions are compared to "herding cats." Eric Berger - Oct 11, 2019 11:00 am UTC Enlarge / The mighty Delta IV Heavy rocket takes to the skies.Welcome to Edition 2.18 of the Rocket Report! This week has produced a lot of news about medium-lift rockets, particularly around the…

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