Four short links: 14 June 2018

Four Short Links
Four Short Links
  1. Back to the Future of Handwriting Recognition — a very readable explanation of how RAND’s GRAIL system could read handwriting in 1966. (via Avi Bryant)
  2. The Surprising Security Benefits of End-to-End Formal Proofs — talking up formal methods in software engineering, whereby you can prove your system’s correctness.
  3. Software Foundations — book series that is a broad introduction to the mathematical underpinnings of reliable software.
  4. Dank Learning: Generating Memes Using Deep Neural Networksboth models generalize relatively well to unseen images. The average meme produced from both is difficult to differentiate from a real meme and both variants scored close to the same hilarity rating as real memes, though this is a fairly subjective metric. I wish “hilarity” were a metric that more things were judged by.
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