Things I read last week … (WB 25 July 2022)
“… we assemble direct quantitative evidence of the impact that computing power has had on five domains: two computing bellwethers (Chess and Go), and three economically important applications (weather prediction, protein folding, and oil exploration). Computing power explains 49%-94% of the performance improvements in these domains. But whereas economic theory typically assumes a power law relationship between inputs and outputs, we find that an exponential increase in computing power is needed to get linear improvements in these outcomes.”
– The importance of (exponentially more) computing power. [PDF]
Scott Aaronson explains the Shor algorithm.
US regulators will certify first small nuclear reactor design.
“we’re now releasing predicted structures for nearly all catalogued proteins known to science, which will expand the AlphaFold DB by over 200x - from nearly 1 million structures to over 200 million structures”
Ben Evans on ways to think about e-commerce penetration.
A review of 34 ‘real wold’ crypto projects.
“…this is the first randomized field experiment that investigates the influence of legal sources on judicial behavior.”