Awful AI – a curated list of the current scary usages of AI

Awful AI :

Awful AI is a curated list to track current scary usages of AI – hoping to raise awareness to its misuses in society

Artificial intelligence in its current state is unfaireasily susceptible to attacks and notoriously difficult to control. Nevertheless, more and more concerning the uses of AI technology are appearing in the wild. This list aims to track all of them. We hope that Awful AI can be a platform to spur discussion for the development of possible contestational technology (to fight back!).

It’s great that someone is working on raising awareness!

200 universities just launched 560 free online courses

200 universities just launched 560 free online courses – this is a somewhat dated blog post – from a few months back, but I’m pretty sure the number of universities and courses is only increases with time.

If you haven’t heard, universities around the world offering their courses online for free (or at-least partially free). These courses are collectively called as MOOCS or Massive Open Online Courses.

In the past six years or so, close to 800 universities have created more than 8,000 of these MOOCs. And I’ve been keeping track of these MOOCs the entire time over at Class Central, ever since they rose to prominence.


TOP 10 MySQL 8.0 features for DBAs & OPS

Here’s a list of the TOP 10 MySQL 8.0 features for DBAs and OPS, with some detailed explanations of what they are and links to more information.  The features covered are:

  1. Temporary Tables Improvements
  2. Persistent global variables
  3. No more InnoDB System Tables
  4. Reclaim UNDO space from large transactions
  5. UTF8 performance
  6. Removing Query Cache
  7. Atomic DDLs
  8. Faster & More Complete Performance Schema (Histograms, Indexes, …) and Information Schema
  9. ROLES
  10. REDO & UNDO logs encrypted if tablespace is encrypted

Database Popularity Index

Have a look at Red9’s Database Popularity Index, which is updated now on a monthly basis.  Last year I blogged about a similar study.

One thing that is still mind-boggling to me is the total number of different database engines – over 300!  I know there is a constant need for better and more powerful databases, but 300?  Sounds like too much to choose from.

One other thing that I find slightly surprising is the popularity of the Microsoft Access.  Really?  With so much to choose from, people still stay with Access?  What am I not getting here?