Found This Week #43

Photo of The Week

Dave “Killer” Kilcoyne’s 78th minute try

Last weekend I was pitchside for the MRSC taking photos of the Ospreys V Munster match. Ospreys were dominant out the gate with successive tries early in the first half, but Munster made a great comeback to secure a win with a great Dave Kilcoyne try in the last few mins. Check out all my photos of the match here.


In this week’s post: The Burren, SHA-1, Google toxic comments, Pinterest Lens, talking elevators, new planets and walking robots.

Each Friday I share some of the best things I encounter, from the internet mostly but also from real life! Hopefully what I find interesting will also be interesting to you :-)


Video Of The Week: The Burren

This beautiful video by The Perennial Plate showcases the beauty and origins of The Burren in Co.Clare. Having lived in Clare for 13 years, I’m ashamed to say I didn’t know about the Winter grazing system and the key role it plays in the ecosystem of the Burren.


SHA-1 Hash Function Compromised

Image from the Infographic released at https://shattered.it/static/infographic.pdf

The national research institute in The Netherlands together with Google researches have demonstrated a successful collision attach on SHA-1. This attack makes it possible to spoof a valid SHA-1 has value for a corrupted copy of the original source value. The attack would take 110 years on 1 GPU to compute.


Google Perspective API

Google have released an API that allows moderators to score and filter comments based on their toxicity level within the conversation.

The API uses machine learning models to categorise the comments, and can show feedback as you write a post, allowing you to be censored in real-time, I mean, more aware of the potential toxicity of your comments.


Pinterest’s Lens Image Search

Pinterest used machine learning on GPU’s to build their Lens image search. This TechCrunch article describes how Pinterest aimed to deliver a clustered object search with Lens, not just standard image recognition. This results in related objects being returned to the user when they search, allowing for a more explorative and engaging Pinterest experience.


Talking Elevators

Kone and IBM have teamed up to showcase the use of Watson in analysing the usage and maintenance requirements of Kone eleveators, by translating the data into human voice conversations. While the tech behind the scenes is cool, I don’t think this is the most compelling showcase unfortunately.


TRAPPIST-1

One of the posters from http://www.trappist.one/#posters

NASA announced the discovery of a new star system 39 light years (or 12 parsecs, less than the Kessel run) away with 7 planets. At least 3 of these planets are in the system’s habitable zone. This fancy website tells you everything you need to know.


CASSIE

Agility Robotics in Oregan have released Cassie, a bipedal dynamic walker robot with hip joints that model human walking.

ED-209 from Robocop, also a bipedal robot.

Met Public Images

A photograph of Caswell Bay in Swansea, 1853–56 by John Dillwyn Llewelyn

The Metropolitan Museum of Art have released 375,000 images into the public domain, allowing them to be used without restrictions. Start your image search here.


Cool Thing Of The Week: Action Figures!

Japanese artist Hot.kenobi makes cool scenes with superhero action figures. See more here.


See you next week :-)

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About Me

I’m a web consultant, contract web developer, technical project manager & photographer originally from Cork, now based in Swansea. I offer my clients strategy, planning & technical delivery services, remotely & in person. I also offer freelance CTO services to companies in need of technical bootstrapping or reinvention. If you think I can help you in your business, check out my details on http://darylfeehely.com.