Weekend Reading CLXXI

by uber

Writing For Half-Life

I’d still like to know what the thinking was in respect to the Xen levels. The first-person platforming experience and the move from intelligent, tactical enemies to stupid aliens was, at best, controversial.

http://www.marclaidlaw.com/writing-half-life/


Breaking Convnets

Androids do dream of electric sheep.

http://karpathy.github.io/2015/03/30/breaking-convnets/


Bringing Pokémon Go to the Google Cloud

Scaling wildly successful products has become extraordinarily effective since companies like Amazon and Google have become the world’s devops teams.

https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2016/09/bringing-Pokemon-GO-to-life-on-Google-Cloud.html


How Deep Learning has Changed our Lives

The biggest effects will probably be very subtle, with things like automatic email reply features and

http://fortune.com/ai-artificial-intelligence-deep-machine-learning/


Goldman’s Libya Salesman was a little too Good

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-09-29/goldman-s-libya-salesman-was-a-little-too-good


The Man who brought you BrExit

This paints Hannan as a modern Powell. I feel like there’s a vision for a (English-led, of course) Anglosphere, but I think it is fantasy.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/sep/29/daniel-hannan-the-man-who-brought-you-brexit


Remembering Joe Postel

There are still some remarkable folks at the heart of the internet, despite how commercial and established it has become,

https://www.wired.com/2012/10/joe-postel/