It's been a week already, a few longer articles I found interesting on my online explorations: A Renegade Trawler, Hunted for 10,000 Miles by Vigilantes For 110 days and across two seas and three oceans, crews stalked a fugitive fishing ship considered the world’s most notorious poacher. Lessons From The Last Time Civilization Collapsed Consider this, if you would: a network of far-flung, powerful, high-tech civilizations closely tied by trade and diplomatic embassies; an accelerating threat of climate change and its pressure on food production; a rising wave of displaced populations ready to sweep across and overwhelm developed…

It seems to be that time of the week again, here's some fuel for your weekend reading: The end of capitalism has begun Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian Bye, Bye Capitalism. We’re Entering the Age of Abundance. The old model of unwieldy behemoths is giving way to a new one of collaboration. Welcome to the world of Peers. Britain's…

And another week is over and a few more long reads have found their way into my list. Here they are for your potential week-end reading session: The Really Big One An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when. Echo chamber of outrage: Ars attends a climate skeptics’ summit A political buffet offering everything but science. Hard to Swallow The gourmet’s ongoing failure to think in moral terms Unhealthy Fixation The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud. Labeling them will not make you safer.…

A few long-form articles I came across this week that are worth putting some time aside to dive into. This week-end for example… The Mob's IT Department How two technology consultants helped drug traffickers hack the Port of Antwerp When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job Among many climate scientists, gloom has set in. Things are worse than we think, but they can't really talk about it. The Silent Monkey Victims Of The War On Terror Thousands of animals have been exposed to deadly pathogens, chemicals, and radiation so that scientists can develop medicines to protect Americans…

You may have noticed a whole bunch of content pertaining to neural networks "dreaming" making the rounds recently. This is a variation based on image recognition. The author explains it this way: when the network is fed a new unknown image (e.g. me), it tries to make sense of (i.e. recognise) this new image in context of what it already knows, i.e. what it's already been trained on. This can be thought of as asking the network "Based on what you've seen / what you know, what do you think this is?", and is analogous to you recognising…