Ian Mulvany

August 12, 2022

some experiments with DALL.E and AI generated images

("Robots painting an imagined future" - https://labs.openai.com/s/DVLdRxX1ttkpr02Y3E0GmHon). This month I got access to DALL.E - the AI tool for generating images from text prompts. It's astonishing. It feels odd using it, almost an amplification of the blank canvas problem. I spent a lot of time looking at images that were created by ...
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July 27, 2022

Book review - “The Storm before the Storm” by Mike Duncan.

#blog/posted#book/review When the Republic began to break down in the late second century it was not the letter of Roman law that eroded, but respect for the mutually accepted bonds of mos maiorum - Mike Duncan I’ve just finished reading The Storm before the Storm by Mike Duncan, and I can't recommend it highly enough. The book covers ...
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June 22, 2022

Book review - leviathan falls, the 10th book of the expanse series.

#book/review Leviathan Falls - Wikipedia I’ve just finished reading leviathan falls. It ends the expanse book series, I can’t properly review the book without giving away spoilers, but what I will say, this has been a most satisfying sci fi series to read through. Each book has delivered on a pacy story. The finale manages to hold up e...
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June 22, 2022

We don’t know ourselves - book review

#book/review#blog/draft I’ve just finished reading this book by Fintan O’Toole. We Don't Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Ireland Since 1958 eBook : O'Toole, Fintan: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store The book charts the dramatic changes that Irish society went through from the 1950s through to the present day. I learnt so much about my h...
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May 28, 2022

Recent reading from across the web — late may edition 2022

#blog/draft#blog/weekly-read Here are some things from across the web that I found interesting over the past few weeks Git tables. Home | GitTables - is an effort to collect many examples of tables, to support the creation of machine learning models of tables. From the paper https://arxiv.org/pdf/2106.07258.pdf : GitTables can be lever...
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April 29, 2022

a breath of fresh air, a deeper perspective

In case you missed it, and you want to take a moment for some perspective - the James Webb space telescope has completed it’s alignment of it’s mirrors, and you can see some of the test images here - https://blogs.nasa.gov/webb/wp-content/uploads/sites/326/2022/04/webb_img_sharpness_details_v2.png. The vast majority of the dots in thes...
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March 29, 2022

A modern take on research communication - an emerging set of principles

#blog#publihsing#open-science I recently joined the board of Dryad. My old friend Jennifer Gibson is now leading the organisation, I'm excited for it's future. A few months ago she wrote a few posts covering thoughts on the future of research communication. They are well worth reading. You can catch them: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Th...
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March 29, 2022

Recent reads from across the web - week 13

#blog/posted#blog/weekly-reads Here are some of the more interesting things I've looked at over the last few weeks. Posting and reading volume has dropped. Things are busy, there are many distractions. 1. https://webdevlaw.uk/2022/03/25/russian-plugin-go-fuck-yourself/ This is the most important link I have posted on this blog this yea...
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March 2, 2022

remix vs, well, vs lots of other things

Looking at the remix framework - https://remix.run/docs- we are experimenting with this right now at work. I am well past deeply understanding how many of these frameworks operate, and anything much beyond MVC is a bit beyond me, but we have very good people working on this right now. We have been using Vercel for a while with static s...
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March 2, 2022

reading list - week eight

Here is my reading list over the last week: 1. Giuseppe Sollazzo has one of the best jobs, and best newsletters. He is head of AI skunkworks at the NHS and has a newsletter 'a quantum of sollazzo' https://buttondown.email/puntofisso/archive/451-quantum-of-sollazzo/. In this piece he is interviewed about whether the NHS can do AI? Giuse...
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March 2, 2022

open letter asking for more support for Ukrainian refugees

Yesterday I wrote to my MP to ask them to continue to advocate for improved support for Ukrainian refugees. I am publicly posting this in the hope that it encourages others to write to their MPs. Dear Meg, As your constituent, I am writing to ask you to continue to advocate for relaxed visa requirements for asylum seekers from Ukraine....
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February 20, 2022

Weekly reading - weeks 4 through to six

Well, that was a swish of activity over the last few weeks, with an intense session at work, and juggling school half term, so I’ve not read around as much as usual. Here are some links of interest from the last few weeks. 1. A brief article by the ever amazing Gina Neff (https://twitter.com/ginasue) — [We need a radical new approach t...
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January 26, 2022

What questions might we ask of AI systems in scholarly publishing?

Today I chaired a small panel discussion for the Friends of the NLM group on the topic of AI and NLP tooling in the scholarly literature. You can see the outline of the workshop here: https://www.fnlm.org/product/lessons-from-covid-19-finding-synthesizing-and-communicating-research-that-matters/ and on the panel I chaired were Lucy Wan...
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January 26, 2022

Some brief pointers about misinformation and the pandemic.

This news piece in Fortune by Gina Neff is worth reading - https://fortune.com/2022/01/25/we-need-a-radical-new-approach-to-tackle-scientific-misinformation-online-covid-vaccine-hesitancy-gina-neff/. It's a quick overview on the Royal Society report about the online information environment (https://royalsociety.org/topics-policy/projec...
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January 22, 2022

Week 3 links of interest - more on AI, and a saxophone playing toilet!

Oh internet, you do have so so many things to read! Here are some of the things that piqued my interest in week 3 (and still so so many unread open browser tabs). 1. A nice twitter thread that builds towards a takedown of the strong Sapir whorf hypothesis - that language shaped our behaviour in fundamentally important social aspects. T...
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January 21, 2022

How might we champion integrity?

When we think about the architecture of the scholarly publishing landscape an interesting aspect is that we have a diverse scale of publishers, many journals, and the ability to scale up in areas of new research by simply launching new journals. In addition we have de-facto standards similar metadata standards, an idea of what peer rev...
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January 15, 2022

AI - oh my, interesting links from week 2 of 2022

# 2022 week2 - interesting links #blog Welcome to week two of 2022, here are some things across the web that caught my attention. 1. Congratulations to Tasha Mellins-Cohen who has been appointed project director for project counter, what a great appointment!! https://twitter.com/TashaMellCoh/status/1480907285866192896?s=20 2. There are...
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January 9, 2022

easy reading to make writing easy - book review - the agile comms handbook

I've just finished reading The agile comms handbooks by Giles Turnbull (https://gilest.org/index.html). It is an easy read filled with wisdom about how to make communication both genuine, and if not easy, at least not painful. I grew up in product managment in London in the early aughties, and so a lot of my experiences were formed by ...
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January 9, 2022

Brief links - 2022 week 1!

Welcome to 2022! At the end of week 1 here are some things across the web that caught my attention this week. 1. Invest in Open launched their catalog of open infrastructure services. Announcing the Catalog of Open Infrastructure Services (COIs) From their website: IOI was founded to help increase adoption and investment in the open in...
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December 30, 2021

Book review - The duty of genius.

#book/review#wittgenstein Earlier this year I finished Ray Monk’s outstanding Ludwig Wittgenstein - the duty of genius - the comprehensive biography of the philosopher. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ludwig-Wittgenstein-Genius-Ray-Monk/dp/0099883708. The below review was written at the time, and I clearly ran out of time to complete the revi...
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December 18, 2021

my climbing year in review.

2021 ended up being a good year for me, in terms of climbing, in spite of some headwinds that I had to navigate. 2020 was obviously heavily disrupted due to the lockdowns in the UK, but I signed up for the lattice home training program, and that worked really well in terms of increasing my finger strength. I wrote up my experiences of ...
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December 16, 2021

remember the reproducibility project?

This editorial came out in eLife last week - https://elifesciences.org/articles/75830, giving a overview of the completion of the reproducibility project - in which a select set of key findings in cancer biology would be reproduced, with external funding. It has taken seven years to complete. Seven years! I was at eLife when this initi...
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December 15, 2021

I have missed the conference circuit for the last few years

I've just been browsing through the agenda for Force2021 - https://force2021.sched.com. I have missed a lot of great conferences over the last few years. I managed to make ConTech live in person this year, but I missed Charleston, I missed being able to attend really any of AWS re-invent - even virtually. I don't think PIDAPALOOZA took...
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December 10, 2021

operative representation and the scholarly literature

This tweet https://twitter.com/RiederB/status/1469234889593696256?s=20 has a nice quote from this 2005 paper on the histories of computing: https://www.princeton.edu/~hos/Mahoney/articles/histories/ISR119.pdf The quote is: “But in the end, computation is about rewriting strings of symbols. The transformations themselves are strictly sy...
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December 2, 2021

what is going on with all the fake papers?

The following paper - https://app.dimensions.ai/details/publication/pub.1139702911https://arxiv.org/abs/2107.06751 (by the way, as an aside FU dimensions, for basically hiding the outbound link to ArXiV on your webpage (grey, no hyperlink indication, and the thing that looks like a link just links to another dimensions page - super sha...
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December 1, 2021

Is AI Magic already here for conference posters?

https://mindthegraph.com/ is an interesting service. It has a web app that allows you to create infographics based on a library of about 40,000 scientific graphics (they have created something to represent the most common concepts in science, so you plug them in to your visualisation, saving you time, and removing the need for you to p...
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December 1, 2021

I take this as a sign that the pre-print world is maturing

EU-PMC has posted some information on how it is going to display notices of withdrawals of preprints - http://blog.europepmc.org/2021/12/transparency-for-preprints.html. The metadata is carried under the "PUB_TYPE" tag (though one might argue that the state change is more to do with an action on a particularly type of publication, rath...
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November 23, 2021

A new NLP Challenge for mining biomedical literature

#NLP #future-of-knowledge #STEM #publishing There are too many papers, there are too many researchers, for any one person, group, or small network, to keep abreast of, so the future must be one where machines are doing a significant amount of the reading for us. That will require so many things, and amongst them are available high qual...
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November 16, 2021

ConteTech Live 2021 - day one - what lies in the future?

#conference/contechlive/2021/11/London "after content, the emerging world of information and intelligence" - David Worlock I am at ConTech Live - the first time that I've been to an in-person conference for the first time since the pandemic. The opening session is a peek into the future by David Warlock. It's a good session. In a nutsh...
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October 29, 2021

as employers what are our obligations to to millions of micro workers?

The following article on the guardian: (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/27/big-techs-push-for-automation-hides-the-grim-reality-of-microwork) shines a light on the wage precarity of those who take on digital tasks on platforms such as Mechanical Turk. I do think that the article brings together two different kinds of...
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