The "father of the Internet" explains why the Congressional posturing and global freakout about the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration stepping back from management of the Internet domain name system is misplaced.
As Cerf tells it, the NTIA's role in ICANN (the body that oversees domains and IP addresses) was both an historical accident and largely ceremonial. What's more, the nominal US government role in Internet governance gives cover to efforts of less-democratic countries (especially Russia and China) who advocate for moving network governance to the ITU, an extremely corrupt UN agency that has a track record of advocating for building surveillance and censorship into the network layer.
While the US government has undertaken similar project overtly (through lawful interception rules like CALEA) and covertly (through the NSA), these projects have not been a part of its minimal network governance role, where US bureaucrats have had a good track record of doing pretty much nothing, with a vaguely benign flavor.
In short, getting the USG out of ICANN helps neutralize the argument to put the Internet under the ITU's thumb, and that's a net (heh) positive.
Cards Against Humanity asked Spencer Kelly to teach a computer to write mean, funny joke-cards for a new, AI-based expansion pack to the game; Kelly trained the popular GPT-2 generative language model (previously) on existing cards, and now the company is livestreaming a 16-hour competition between its AI and its human joke-writers, with a voting […]
149 families' home movies are archived on Open Memory Box, a massive archive of 415 hours of footage from the former East German, shot from 1947-1990. The video is indexed and searchable by 2700 search-terms, and makes for fascinating browsing as well. (via Kottke)
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The bummers of adulthood are too many to count, but one of our least favorites is the inability to sit down and enjoy a nice bowl of cereal. When you’ve got a long commute ahead, let’s face it: That extra time it takes to pour the milk and chow down is too precious to spare. […]
Who are these people that have time for a job, social life, and actual healthy meals? With a nutrition segment on seemingly every talk show and entire networks devoted to food, it can sometimes seem like we’ve never left our mother’s house and her constant admonitions to “eat your vegetables!” And okay, she was right. […]
Every Christmas list has names you dread buying for. But hold up: Before you wave the white flag and get them yet another gift card, scroll down a few. We’ve got 15 items that run the gamut from stylish old-school lighters to cutting-edge audio tech, enough variety to please any Scrooge. And the best part? […]