This is the August 2016 edition of the Gwern.net newsletter; previous, July 2016. This is a collation of links and summary of major changes, overlapping with Changelog; brought to you by my donors on Patreon.
- Fortune’s Formula, Poundstone 2005 (review)
- The Future of Machine Intelligence: Perspectives from Leading Practitioners, ed Beyer 2016 (short 80pg ebook of interviews with ML experts; some are notable, like Ilya Sutskever, some much less so (an evolutionary computation guy? what has that field done in years?) but all interviews are so short, ~5 pages, that they hardly get into any depth, and it’s a waste of time.)
- The Wind Rises (review)
- The Dog of Flanders (a classic anime children’s movie; aside from the unusual Belgian setting, not too much to recommend it for adults—cardboard characters and almost excruciatingly slow, with a few missteps like failing to establish chronology so the main character’s eviction “by Christmas” comes as a total surprise because the viewer still thinks it’s autumn)