• We release just enough of these pre-printed labels to the factory to run our authorized production quantities. This allows us to trace a bitmark back to a given production lot. It also prevents “ghost shifting” – that is, authorized factories producing extra bootleg units on a midnight shift that are sold into the market at deep discounts. Bitmark created a website for us where customers can then claim their bitmarks, thus registering their product and making it eligible for warranty service. In the event of an exchange or return, the product’s bitmark is updated to record this event. Then if a product fails to be returned to the factory, it can’t be re-claimed as defective because the blockchain ledger would evidence that bitmark as being mapped to a previously returned product. This allows us to defer the repatriation of the product to the factory. It also enables us to use unverified third parties to handle returned goods, giving us a large range of options to reduce reverse logistics costs.


  • These technologies make it possible for all kinds of organizations, schools, universities and companies in all industries to leverage the power of computers to manage their inventories. In many countries, almost every item now purchased in a retail store has a UPC printed on it, and is scanned. UPC led to the retirement of the manual and electro-mechanical cash registers which, as a technology, had been around since the 1880s. By the early 2000s, bar code technologies had become a $17 billion business, scanned billions of times each day.

  • Still, it seems to make way more sense to me to control these from the switch.

  • Google live speech translation.

  • Umm. Not agreed.

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    Tags: AppleDesignGoogle


  • This is an awesome combination of the “go f-ck yourself” approach to responsibility and “the buck stops there” mentality.

  • This is a very good read on the state of ML.

  • The Echo Spot has a small circular screen and was designed by a person who was a fan of early 70s science fiction movies, or perhaps just the look of the Nest. Also a lot more things to connect the things to other things.


  • …in the aggregate we find that robots raise average productivity and total output net of the wage bill, but not average wages. In other words, our analysis suggests that robots have contributed to the decline of the labour income share (Autor et al. 2017, Kehrig and Vincent 2017). Most rents from this new technology seem to be captured by profit claimants and capital owners. For them, as well as for skilled workers with high levels of human capital, robots have been friends in the labour market. But for the bulk of low- and medium-skilled workers, the relationship is more difficult.

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    Tags: AIMLMicrosoft

    2017: HOT: hiring tons of AI people because reasons
    2019: HOT: firing tons of AI people because hoarding people isn’t a business model


  • Put another way, there’s a risk of AIs learning to achieve their assigned task better by preventing humans from shutting them down. This problem is also explored in two papers, “The off switch game” and “Concrete problems in AI safety”.