December 2020 Links
A list of some of the things I found interesting in December.
Low-Tech Magazine: “Low-tech Magazine questions the blind belief in technological progress, and talks about the potential of past and often forgotten knowledge and technologies when it comes to designing a sustainable society. Interesting possibilities arise when you combine old technology with new knowledge and new materials, or when you apply old concepts and traditional knowledge to modern technology”. Sample articles: The Curse of the Modern Office, Well-tended fires outperform modern cooking stoves, Why we need a speed limit for the internet.
Evangelia Aleiferi: Cartesian Double Categories with an Emphasis on Characterizing Spans.
Owen Lynch: Haskell’s Children (Owen’s whole blog is worth reading).
I’ve been rereading Bayesian Updates Compose Optically by Toby St Clere Smithe.
Michael Nielsen: Principles of Effective Research.
Applied Divinity Studies: Isolated Demands for Rigor in New Optimism. “More likely, solar power has been making great strides on a pretty consistent basis for decades, and the only recent break is in how high-status it is to say that out loud.”
Jules Hedges: Compositional Game Theory Reading List
Jason Collins: Principles for the application of Human Intelligence
George on LessWrong: Machine Learning May Be Fundamentally Unexplainable. “When we say that we “understand” physics what we really mean is that there are a few dozen of thousands of blokes that spent half their lives turning their brains into hyper-optimized physics-thinking machines and they assure us that they “understand” it.”
Amanda Askell: In AI Ethics, “Bad” Isn’t Good Enough.
A map of properties of logical theories: https://forkinganddividing.com/