Google’s Machine Learning Algorithms Outpacing Engineers’ Ability to Understand How they Work
“Google no longer understands how its “deep learning” decision-making computer systems have made themselves so good at recognizing things in photos.
What stunned [Google Software Engineer] Quoc V. Le is that the software has learned to pick out features in things like paper shredders that people can’t easily spot – you’ve seen one shredder, you’ve seen them all, practically. But not so for Google’s monster.
Many of Quoc’s pals had trouble identifying paper shredders when he showed them pictures of the machines, he said. The computer system has a greater success rate, and he isn’t quite sure how he could write a program to do this.
Google researchers can no longer explain exactly how the system has learned to spot certain objects, because the programming appears to think independently from its creators, and its complex cognitive processes are inscrutable. "
Unnecesary Drawing process yey
the legend of korra does women so dirty.
desna and eska have a mother and the fact that she’s so inconsequential is treated like a joke
asami is a prop who is disrespected by everyone around her and no one cares
ginger is assaulted by bolin but he still gets rewarded by her affection at the end
katara has every last drop of personality sucked away from her and shows up to i don’t know make atla fans feel sad
lin’s competence and characterization is fucked with just to prop up mako as the greatest cop ever in the history of everdom
women aren’t the majority movers and shakers in the plot the men are
women don’t have strong relationships to one another and if they do they aren’t given any importance in the plot
korra herself has a decent arc but that’s not enough for me
i don’t want to see one well developed female character i want to see numerous well developed female characters and this show can’t even do the minimum
Everything here I agree with. But what if that’s how the time period is? The world is becoming modern and it’s sort of close to ours. Even here was had a time where women were treated with disrespect and being objectified, somewhat close to that time, even today.
I know these types of things wasn’t shown much in atla, in fact, the women of atla were dignified and broke all stereotypes to show how strong women can by their own will, but I don’t know.
The “what if that’s how the time period is?” argument needs to be thoroughly debunked. Not because this is a fictional world and the creators can choose to create whatever characters they want and give those characters whatever significant roles they want, but because it’s completely “off” as an argument, anyway.
As you note, even today and in the past women have been treated with disrespect and objectified. But that doesn’t mean women didn’t play important roles in history. Women continued to work with what agency and social capital they had and played proactive roles in determining their fates. It’s history makers who have done us all the disservice of pretending that women don’t do anything important when they are marginalized. This is something that Avatar: The Last Airbender actively subverted by showing characters like Katara, Toph, Yue, and Ursa making decisions even if they had more limited options than the men in their world.
While writing Avatar: The Last Airbender the writing team was able to take a close look at their story and rewrite two character concepts so that Katara was not the only woman character in the series. They changed the concepts of Toph and Azula from boys to girls and added characters like Ty Lee and Mai. The writers could have been just as thoughtful with The Legend of Korra - Spirits.
For example, they could have revised the story so that Senna was the heir to the Northern Water Tribe, and Unulaq her younger brother. In Spirits, we never understood why Unulaq wanted to depose Tonraq. If Unulaq’s older sibling had been Senna, a callback could have been made to the consequences of Katara’s actions at the North Pole in A:TLA. The regressive gender politics of the historical Northern Water Tribe would have been a believable motivation for Unulaq stealing the right to rule from an older sister and first woman heir to the water tribe. Senna fleeing to the South and the South’s desire for independence would have paralleled how Kanna fled to the South in A:TLA. Senna could have been engaged in the rebellion storyline as a powerful waterbender. Instead, we see Tonraq leading an all-male Southern Water Tribe rebellion while Senna stays out of the way, and the conflict between Unulaq and Tonraq echoes the Water Tribe brother conflict that we saw play out in Book 1 with Tarlokk and Amon.
Another option the showrunners could have taken, but did not, was to make President Raiko a woman instead of a man. This could have illustrated an interesting change in leadership and gender politics in Republic City (going from a Council that only had one woman on it to a woman president.) The role this character played could just as easily have been filled by a woman character. Instead, we get President Raiko and his First Lady, Buttercup, who is depicted as easily charmed by Varrick in contrast to her wiser husband. After being kidnapped, Buttercup doesn’t show up again when Raiko is doing his tactical surveillance (when Bolin brags about his heroic antics, it’s about saving the President and not the President and the First Lady. At least Joo Lee does a thing.)
It doesn’t make sense that Katara would not be deeply engaged in negotiating the political situation between the two Water Tribes. And why not let her be proactive in the fight. Master Waterbender Katara trained two Avatars in waterbending and was likely instrumental in helping Aang negotiate diplomatic situations as partner to the Avatar. The argument that she is an “older adult who is retired” doesn’t make sense— King Bumi was 100 years old and still a diplomat and fighter. Actually, it would have been easy to substitute Katara in any of Tonraq’s scenes without greatly impacting the plot. (Katara even has an established history of fomenting rebellions!)
It’s not the “time period.” It’s the writers’ choices and decisions. There were a lot of options available to them.
Coelacanths might be monogamous, to the surprise of researchers
by Cynthia McKelvey
They evaded humans for millions of years and live very private lives. The hulking, fleshy-finned fish known as the coelacanth has beguiled scientists for generations. But the coelacanth mystique that enchants researchers also makes it difficult to study. Researchers recently revealed in Nature Communications one startling aspect of the coelacanth lifestyle: they might be monogamous.
Presumed extinct for over 60 million years, the coelacanth (SEE-lah-kanth) was known only in fossil form until a fisherman caught a live one in 1938 near South Africa. Recently, scientists have found populations of dozens of coelacanths nestled in caves hundreds of meters deep in the Indian Ocean near Kenya, Tanzania and the Comoros Islands.
Monogamy poses a risk to coelacanths in part because of the onerous three-year-long pregnancies in females. The babies are fully developed when they’re born, but the mother sacrifices a lot of energy and is more vulnerable to predators while she carries her young. If one male with a bad set of genes sires the brood, all the offspring can suffer—and those three years might be wasted…
(read more: MongaBay)
photos: Hans Fricke and Mark V. Erdmann
I have a headcanon that the Queen from Tangled is a huge bookworm like her daughter Rapunzel and that books are (or were) her escape. For eighteen years, her books distracted her from the pain of losing her only child.
One step further:
What if she also read stories to the children at orphanages because she wanted the feeling of reading to a child? Then one day a little boy said how much he loved the Tales of Flynnigan Rider. And she gave him that book because he was so sweet. He was so grateful that he promised that one day he would pay her back. And he did.
^^^^ I ACCEPT THIS HEADCANON AND THAT HEADCANON TO THE FULL EXTENT OF MY BRAIN’S CAPABILITY
Lapras - This intellectually advanced Pokémon is able to understand human speech. With its mild temperament, Lapras prefers to carry humans on its back, rather than engage Pokémon in battles.
I am reblogging this only because my friends and I had a conversation about that very Lapras just a few short weeks ago.
"you look like your parents"
yeah i have this theory called genetics
Anonymous asked you:
Hey, is it okay if you like do a tutorial on trees and shrubs? PS: I looooooove your art and tutorial they are just soooooo wonderful, inspiratonal, amazing.
aww thank you so much!! ;v; haha well I don’t know a lot of trees so here’s two I actually know lmao, oak tree and pine tree I will go study more tree names when I have the time ohgosh _(:3 7 hope it helps!
"Zodico has 12 evolutions; it evolves depending on the month+day and must be leveled up to lvl.40 while holding (item)."
so far: gemini, virgo, libra, and sagittarius.
Once upon a time, I decided that it was my solemn obligation to prank my friends before we graduated.
So…I made Hogwarts Acceptance letters. A lot of them. Because who isn’t still waiting for their freaking letter to arrive?
My hand hated me so much. Also, cursive G is the worst.
Letters were posted. All was well.
Until this happened…
This is literally the best thing I have ever seen in my entire life.
A year ago today my family said our final goodbyes to our beloved little dog, Lily. It’s hard to believe it’s been so long already.
It’s equally hard to believe she was a part of our lives for more than sixteen years. She was the most adaptable and resilient little dog I have ever known - she had to be, to survive life with a military family.
I miss you, little dog.
(I especially miss your magical ability to turn your head at the last possible second so almost every picture I have of you is a profile shot.)