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Things I read last week… (WB 25 October 2021)
Financial innovation is actually happening, esp in the US.
"…Bitcoin mining capacity is highly concentrated and has been for the last five years. The top 10% of miners control 90% and just 0.1% (about 50 miners) control close to 50% of mining capacity … individual holdings are still highly concentrated: the top 1000 investors control about 3 million BTC and the top 10,000 investors own around 5 million bitcoins."
National Bureau of Economic Research releases report on “Blockchain Analysis of the Bitcoin Market”. [PDF]
Google Research introduces Pathways, a way to generalise ML models.
OpenAI trained a system that solves about 90% as many grade school math problems as real kids.
What’s next for transistors and chiplets.
Disney research on ‘Adaptive convolutions; a generic extension of AdaIN’, which allows transferring the style of one image to another.
Stratechery interview with March Zuckerberg about the metaverse.
A prototype original iPod.
Project SPHINX, The USSR’s vision of computing future.
“We investigated sex differences in 473,260 adolescents’ aspirations to work in things-oriented (e.g., mechanic), people-oriented (e.g., nurse), and STEM (e.g., mathematician) careers across 80 countries and economic regions…
Differences in adolescents’ occupational aspirations.
The untold story of the world’s biggest nuclear bomb.