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Sunday Morning 2018-09-16

Lectures potser remarcables d’aquesta setmana.

The world’s most prolific writer is a Chinese algorithm

Alibaba claims that its program can produce 20,000 lines of ad copy a second, and that it is being used nearly a million times a day by companies.

Beer inspired ancient farmers to grow cereals

…a research team of archaeologists… stumbled across evidence of a massive brewery from many millennia before the dawn of agriculture. “This accounts for the oldest record of man-made alcohol in the world.”

Article 13 makes it official. It’s time to embrace decentralization

Upload filters are orwellian and perform poorly. But this doesn’t target small communities or people independently hosting their content. “Ultimately, this directive targets an era of the web that is already beginning to wane.”

Sperm donor #2757 sired at least 45 kids—now they’re connecting online

The modern family ties and genetic sleuthing are making it easier for donor-conceived children to learn about their backgrounds—and harder for anonymous donors to maintain anonymity.

Automation has totally eliminated just one job since 1950

Automation often replaces human labor, but very rarely in the last sixty years has it eliminated an entire occupation. Only one of the 270 detailed occupations listed in the 1950 US Census has since been eliminated by automation […]: elevator operator.

The best note-taking apps to use in 2018

“…we looked for the simplest, easiest-to-use note-taking app that’s relatively affordable.” Best one: Google Keep. Good alternative: iA Writer.

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