Big Tech &
Facebook is rolling out the new design for its website (1 minute read)
Facebook has been working on a redesign since before May last year, when screenshots of the new design appeared on the internet. Users are now being invited to test the new design. The invitations appear to be completely random. Facebook's new design changes the overall look of the site and makes it appear much more modern. It also includes a dark mode. Screenshots of the new design are available. There is no official release schedule for the update.
3 crashes, 3 deaths raise questions about Tesla's Autopilot (5 minute read)
Three recent crashes have caused increase scrutiny of Tesla's Autopilot driving system just months before fully self-driving Tesla cars were planned to be deployed on the streets. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking into some of these incidents but has yet to determine whether Tesla's Autopilot system was being used during the accidents. Tesla says that its Autopilot system is only designed to assist drivers, and still requires drivers to pay attention and be ready to intervene. While the system may make driving safer, it does not mitigate all risks. The NHTSA has yet to issue any regulations on advanced driver assist systems.
Upcoming SpaceX launch to be first supported by U.S. Space Force (2 minute read)
The new US Space Force was created as the sixth branch of the military in December. SpaceX is planning to launch its third round of Starlink internet satellites early this week. The launch will be the first official launch supported by the US Space Force. It will be supporting the launch by providing tracking, security, safety, and other logistics. The Air Force was responsible for conducting a majority of the military's space-based programs, and the Space Force will expand the role as part of the Air Force. Its main command is currently at the Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado.
This Robot Will Look For Signs Of Life On Jupiter’s Satellite Europa (2 minute read)
The Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration (BRUIE) is a robot that was designed to explore Europa's glaciers. It successfully passed tests in the cold waters of Antarctica and will look for evidence of life under the frozen ice on Jupiter's satellite. The Europa Clipper is scheduled for launch in 2025, and it will scan Europa from different angles to map the satellite. Europa is one of the best candidates for extraterrestrial life in our solar system.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Dive into Deep Learning (Website)
Dive into Deep Learning is a book about deep learning using the NumPy interface. Each section of the book is an executable Jupyter notebook. It offers an interactive learning experience with maths, figures, code, text, and discussions. There is an active community for support.
Excalidraw (GitHub Repo)
Excalidraw is a whiteboard tool that allows you to sketch diagrams that have a hand-drawn feel to them. A web version is available to use. It is built using React and Rough.js.
Ask HN: I've been slacking off at Google for 6 years. How can I stop this? (Hacker News Thread)
A career at Google as a software engineer can cause some people to become complacent. Leaving the company would mean grinding at other startups or companies, some of which have much higher standards for work and hiring than Google. While working at Google might be less stimulating, there are many benefits, such as the pay. There is no need to hustle, so your free time can be spent however you want. It may be boring, but it is a safe and profitable option.
Finnish PM calls for a 4-day-week and 6-hour-day (2 minute read)
Sanna Marin is Finland's new prime minister and the youngest female head of government worldwide at 34. The Finnish government is a coalition of five parties, all with female leaders. Marin is calling for shorter work hours, saying that the Finns should have to work for only four days a week, for six hours per day. A five day a week, eight hour per day schedule is currently normal in Finland. A city in Sweden reduced working time to six hours a day in old people's homes and at the municipal hospital in 2015, and it resulted in happier, healthier, and more productive employees. Six-hour workdays are normal in Sweden's tech industry, where the schedule has proven to increase productivity, efficiency, and as a result, profitability.