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Great Reads - 02

My list of “must reads” for this week(s).

  • Experiments in Handwriting with a Neural Network - Carter, et al., Distill, 2016. [link]

  • How Russia Wins An Election - Politico [link]

    The Kremlin ran a sophisticated, multilayered operation that aimed to sow chaos in the U.S. political system, if not to elect Trump outright. But you don’t need a security clearance or a background in spycraft to come to that conclusion. All you need to do is open your eyes.

    A concise but terrifying look into Russia’s hand in the election.

  • Here’s What America Needs to Know About Trump and Russia - Politico [link]

    Nothing like this level of foreign interference in American democracy has even been imagined in modern political history. So before we even get to interagency debates on Russia, before the president-elect takes the oath, the American people deserve to know what the intelligence community knows about his business history and entanglements with Russians and Russia.

    Another related Politico piece, calling for the release of the information used by the intelligence community to reach its conclusion on Russia’s involvement. This morning, NPR had a piece with retired General Michael Hayden, a former director with the CIA and NSA, about the CIA’s claims of Russian influence on the U.S. election, and Donald Trump’s rejection of that where he also called for the same. [link]

  • Spikey Spheres - Colin Wright [link]

    So the surface of a high-dimensional sphere is simultaneously smooth, spikey and symmetrical.

    A very nice little thought experiment, about how our intuition fails as we move away from 2 and 3 dimensions. The post of this article on Hacker News has some nice additional comments. [link]

  • “The Talk” - SMBC Comic [link]

    If you don’t talk to your kids about quantum computing, someone else will…

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