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‘ Darth Vader’ Marvel comic books: Go inside the’ Star Wars’ tales

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VoiceOps launches to put insights in the hands of administrators coaching sales reps

The enterprise voice space grows hotter today as VoiceOps announces its seed round led byAccelwith participation fromFounders Fund and Lowercase Capital. The YC-backed startup aims to support marketings teams by offering managers clear insights into what tactics are being usedon the front lines.

Founders, DariaEvdokimova, Ethan Barhydt and Nate Becker designed a machine learning-powered system that monitors calls make use of enterprise marketings teams. Utilizing their own metrics for success, directors can then compare the performance of their sales rep on adashboard. VoiceOps can surface the use of specific marketings tactics likeupsell attempts and time spent explaining the benefits of a devoted product or service.

Daria Evdokimova, CEO of VoiceOps

Evdokimova, CEO of VoiceOps, explained to me thatmanylarge marketings squads, that operate transactionally, still have manual quality assurance teams listening to and flagging sales calls. Its tough for directors, playing the role of blindfolded coaches, to provide actionable feedback to reps on the ground.This was the case with Weebly, one of the startups early customers.

Weebly used to have a QA team that would just listen to calls 24/7 and manually fill out score cards, Evdokimova said.

That kind of inefficiency is easily automatable with todays automatic speech recognition and natural language processing. Enterprise tools likeVoiceOps hold an advantage over assistants like Siri and Alexa because theyre designed for singular use instances. The creators of VoiceOps spent extra timefine tuning to increase accuracy for things like recognizing the sales vocabulary.

VoiceOps distinguishes itself within the already mobbed enterprise voice space by targetingPMs rather than individual marketings users.Tools like Chorus.ai are designed to support individual members of a sales team. Chorus is optimized fortranscribing calls, much like VoiceOps, but its sweet spot is flagging action items and sharing best practices. In contrast, VoiceOps helps directors understand exactly whats happening on their squads sales calls. The platform is a good checks and balances system to augment coaching.

An SEC Form Dfiled by VoiceOpsin December 2016 under its old name, Clover Intelligence, indicates that it was in the process of creating a$ 2 million round, of which it had procured $1.975 million. The startup has chosen not to discloseits total fundraising so itsnot immediately clear what transpired in the months since.

Evdokimova says that VoiceOps intends to scale its own internal marketings team over the next few months and that the company is prioritizing deployment.

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Worried face: the fight for emoji, the world’s fastest-growing language

It started with 176 icons. Now its grown to 1,800. But who decides what becomes an emoji? We lift the lid on the California coders who live and breathe smiling cats and banned aubergines

Had Shigetaka Kurita realised when he sat down to design the first emoji that he was laying the foundation for what would become the worlds fastest-growing kind of communication, he might have chosen his icons a little more carefully. Kuritas original 176 designs, which launched in February 1999 for Japanese mobile phones, were weirdly specific, including no fewer than five phases of the moon, three timepieces( watch, clock, sand-timer) and two states of umbrella( open, shut ).

Shigetaka Kurita, the discoverer of emojis

Unmoderated by any panel, Kuritas selections reflected his priorities and predilections, producing a singular suite of icons that, against the odds, proved universally handy. Today, there are now more than 1,800 emojis, which are estimated to be used by more than 90% of the worlds online population. As Satoe Haile, an emoji designer at Google, puts it, these pictograms communicate beyond speech, transcending tongues and borders.

For some, these brainless little icons( as Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones described them last year) represent not an adjunct but a regression for our species. Their precursor, hieroglyphics, Jones argues, never made an Iliad or an Odyssey because, put simply, the written word is endlessly more adaptable. But, for most, emojis offer not a substitute for the written word, but a complement, giving brevity or witticism, irony or joy, to a text message.

The people who use emojis are certainly demonstrating detractors wrong, at the least in terms of the forms adaptability. For example, denied a pictorial penis, millions have come to rely on the aubergine emoji purple, engorged, topped with a pubic shock of green leaves. This abusage is now so widespread that, in 2015, Instagram banned search results for photographs tagged with an aubergine emoji, dreading it could be used as a signifier of nudity. The double meaning was formalised last month when an American woman launched a vibrator constructed in the eggplants image.( Be thankful, perhaps, that the hive intellect settled on the vegetable as a genital stand-in, rather than the umbrella, in either nation .)

The emojis success has attracted scrutiny. Just as English has adapted to remove signifiers of sex in professions hoping to induce obsolete words such as actress and male nurse, words coined at a time when certain occupations were dominated by one gender so the custodians of emojis are having to adapt to compensate for Silicon Valleys bias.

In 2015 Unicode, the California-based consortium that standardises the use of these pictographs across the internet, added modifiers to enable us to alter the scalp tone of our emoji( according to the Fitzpatrick Scale for humen , no less ). A forthcoming update will add scores of gender-swap icons for existing professions, including a third, androgynous alternative. In this way, emojis present a rare possibility. Many terms smuggle quiet atrocities at an etymological level. Women who cannot have children are known as barren. Disabled children are known as invalids. Pictorial writing systems are no different. The Japanese kanji for noisy, for example, consists of three kanji for women squished together. The kanji for wife is comprised of the symbols for house and inside.

When sexism is mired with language at such an elemental level, reforging words takes a great deal of time and education. Emojis work differently. Unicode assigns an object a numerical text code, to which companies add a relevant image according to their whim or aesthetic. U +1 F63B, for example, is the code for SMILING CAT FACE WITH HEART-SHAPED EYES. Apple interprets this as a yellow cat with its mouth agape. Android translates the arcane script into a black cat with its mouth shut. Fixing problematic imagery, hence, is as simple as redrawing the image associated with the code.

Googles Mark Davis. Photograph: Alamy

Mark Davis, who is 63 and works at Google, helped originate Unicode in the late 80 s while working at Apple in Japan, where he was trying to find a way to encode kanji so they would showing correctly across computers and operating system. His elegant solution of designating images to immovable codes demonstrated popular. Today, every operating system, laptop, smartphone and even the internet itself is based on Unicode. For its first decade, the Unicode Consortium, which is made up of unpaid volunteers, many of whom work at Apple, Google and other tech giants, dealt principally with characters unique to specific written languages, current, classical and historic. The latest version of Unicode contains more than 128,000 characters encompassing 135 modern and historic scripts, and emojis are accounting for a greater number of additions every year.

New emojis can be proposed by companies, such as Durex condoms, and by private citizens. Additions cannot be bought, but are rather considered by an impartial panel, which votes on their inclusion based on a variety of factors including distinctiveness( is there really a need for stew when we already have soup ?), whether it feels a meaningful gap in the vocabulary and the emojis expected high levels of utilization( a microphone versus a gramophone, for example ).

While less than one percent of the 7,500 characters added to the latest version this summer are emoji, some argue that too much effort is being directed at the script.

For Everson, this focus has distracted effort and resources away from minority and historic writing systems, such as medieval Cornish. However, Mark Davis, chairwoman and co-founder of the Unicode Consortium, denies this is the case. Emoji is still only a small part of what we do, he tells, pointing out that “members attention” emojis have brought has helped the consortium to farther its goals for support of speeches by allowing people to Adopt a Character for between $100 and $5,000 to raise money.

Theres surely an impression that new emojis get approved faster than writing system proposals or additional characters for historical scripts, says John Hudson, another prominent typographer within Unicode. For Hudson, this is partly due to the fact that the questions that arise from emoji utilize are relatively straightforward( Is the dumpling emoji just for East Asian dumplings, or can it be used for perogies ?) while historical speeches involve experts, who often disagree on finer points.

A greater issue, according to Hudson, and one that they are able to deepen as the script continues to grow in popularity, is the use of Unicode to handle emojis in the first place. It was the incorrect technological answer, he tells. The decide of little paintings that people might want to send between mobile devices is boundless; therefore, it needs a technology that is endlessly extensible, which Unicode is not. In other terms, if emoji continues to evolve at its current rate, Hudson believes that will need much more flexible technology, capable of sending images between devices in a more efficient and flexible route. Davis, understandably perhaps, disagrees although he wont to be withdrawn on the question of emojis future. Its very hard to say, he wrote. I dont have a U +1 F52E. Thats emoji code for a crystal ball.

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What it takes to secure the elections

Jon Ronson: aEUR~ Time and again on Twitter we act like the thing we purport to hateaEUR( tm)

The journalist and broadcaster talks about shame, bullying and his disenchantment with social media

Jon Ronsons latest volume, So Youve Been Publicly Shamed , looks at how some peoples lives have been ruined by the reaction to an ill-judged social-media confession or a clumsy tweet. A new chapter for the paperback edition reports on how he too became a victim of aggressive censure for is recommended that the shaming of people like Rachel Dolezal( the white civil-rights campaigner who identified herself as black) was a form of vicious mob rule.

The phrase that maintained cropping up in my intellect as I read your book was the way a News of the World journalist described his chore: This is what we do: we go out and destroy other people lives. It used to be the most out-of-control tabloid journalists doing that is it now anonymous socialmedia trolls ?
Ive noticed all year this weird psychological thing going on that people who love procuring flaws in others for abuses of power respond with a fury when it is pointed out that they are abusing the power of social media themselves. Time and again on TwitterA we act like the thing we purport to hate.

At least with conventional media there is some protection from dishonor in the law. Max Mosley got his day in tribunal
Yes. But there is a toxic relationship between mainstream media and social media, I think. To begin with old media only dismissed Twitter; then it tried to emasculate it by doing the 50 best tweeters pieces, trying to control it. I recollect feeling frustrated about that because the whole point of Twitter was that it was egalitarian, person with a hundred Twitter followers can be just as entertaining as somebody with a hundred thousand. And then what happened was that mainstream media began to bow to Twitters agenda setting.

Obviously you were quite seduced by it to start with, and not above a bit of naming and shaming yourself. Didnt alarm bells go over ?
Not to start with. I thought it offered a chance to do things better, to right certain incorrects. But what rapidly started to happen was this kind of mobA mentality. You talk in the book about being bullied as a teenager. I guess that is one of the reasons you became a journalist, to stand up for people without power and to hold to account or ridicule those who abuse it. Is that what also described you to thisA subject ?
Yes. When I insured what happened to Justine Sacco[ who assured her life ruined after she tweeted a joke in poor taste about the racial politics of Aids in Africa] I definitely responded to that in part because of the experience of being bullied at school. That kind of self-righteous bullyingA that was happening to Justine. Bullying in the name ofA compassion.

It seems to me that the harshness of the tone of social media is having a direct effect on politics and public life, increasingA polarities?
I really liked Barbara Ellens line in the Observer : When did being moderate become an insult ?~ ATAGEND I concur things have become more extreme. I think it is in part because social media is a stage for constant artificial high drama. Everyone is either a magnificent hero or a sickening scoundrel. That is the toxic gift that Twitter has given: grey areas have become unfashionable.

Germaine Greer appeared at the University of Cardiff last month despite a campaign to avoid her speaking. Photo: Michael Hall
Because nuance and empathy and fact-checking become seen as a sign ofA weakness ?
Yes, in the first talk I gave about the book I compared Twitter to the Stasi and the audience kind of aloud tutted and I thought: The only reason you are tutting is that you havent thought this through. We have created this surveillance society where we are always looking for clues to our neighbours secret inner evil

The obvious argument against the Stasi comparison is that people dont have to participate, though increasingly I suppose young people in particular find it hard notA to
Yes. And of course the Stasi were stealing peoples secrets, where the people I am talking about give theirs up voluntarily. But then Justine Sacco had 170 Twitter adherents she sent her joke to. She could not have expected that by the time she got off her aircraft that tweet would be the number one trending story around the world. I believe people can reasonably assume that when they send a message to a hundred followers nothing awfully bad is going to happen. I dont believe the analogy is nuts.

Has the reaction to the book been different in America ?
The book became very talked about in America. I have felt like Ive spent all year explaining it. The problem was that almost no one who attacked the book had read it. It was seen as an attack on social justice. Do you find yourself self-censoring theseA days ?
I do totally online. Not in my writing. Im hardly every attacked for stuff I write in a book. I think everyone with a loading of Twitter adherents now feels like they are in a minefield, like a bomb disposal expert working out which wire to cut. You used to be a 20 -tweet-a-day man. Do you miss that ?
I do miss the old days. Sharing gags with strangers truly helped my mental health. To begin with people would admit little things about themselves and other people would say: Oh my God, Im exactly the same. There was this shared destigmatising thing. That is at risk of running. Its now often about hunting for people sins and shameful secrets.

This censorious attitude filters out into the real world, it seems. We have the absurd situation where, tell, Germaine Greer cant talk at universities because of social-media pressure
I went to college in the 80 s in London. We are always social-justice people but there was always one person who was route more social justice than everybody else. It can seem like that fucker from the 80 s is now in charge, and no one is allowed to say anything. I mean I still consider myself a politically correct person, and we dont want to go back to racism and sexism and homophobia, of course. But it has got to the point where a lot of comedians over here[ Ronson now lives in New York] wont play colleges in case person sets something online out of context.

As you argue in the book, there are financial imperatives for Twitter and Google and Facebook and the rest to maintain this attitude
Yes. The firms dont want blandness or intricacy. They want spikes of outrage. Journalism was always about speaking truth to power. But increasingly people are wary of trying to speak truth to social media IA think.

The paperback edition of So Youve Been Publicly Shamed is published on 31 December( Picador APS8. 99 ). Click here to preorder it for APS7. 19. The Jon Ronson Mysteries is at Leicester Square theatre , London, 26 -3 0 January 2016

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Compras na Better World Books | Better World Books( shopping) – English subtitles

Video curto mostrando a compra de um livro no site da Better World Books. Livro enviado em 21/04/ 2017 e entregue em 21/06/ 2017, ou seja, 2 MESES!

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[ D] A Super Harsh Guide to Machine Learning

First, read fucking Hastie, Tibshirani, and whoever. Chapters 1-4 and 7. If you don’t understand it, maintain read it until you do.

You can read the rest of the book if you want. You probably should, but I’ll assume you know all of it.

Take Andrew Ng’s Coursera. Do all the exercises in Matlab and python and R. Make sure you get the same answers with all of them.

Now forget all of that and read the deep learning volume. Put tensorflow or torch on a Linux box and operate instances until you get it. Do stuff with CNNs and RNNs and only feed forward NNs.

Once you do all of that, go on arXiv and read the most recent useful newspapers. The literature changes every few months, so keep up.

There. Now you can probably be hired most places. If you need resume filler, so some Kaggle competitors. If you have debugging topics, use StackOverflow. If you have math topics, read more. If you have life questions, I have no idea.

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