Links – May 10, 2018

Occasionally, I’ll post an eclectic assortment of links (new and old) to worthwhile material that you may have missed (i.e. content not likely to be widely covered in popular news media). º Google Duplex: An AI System for Accomplishing Real-World Tasks Over the Phone The most impressive version of task-oriented, naturalistic human speech I’ve heard (because the scope…

On autophagy

Autophagy (from the Greek “auto” and “phagy,” literally meaning “self-eating”) is an intracellular process in eukaryotes that involves the breakdown and recycling of organelles, proteins, and other molecules. Cellular components targeted for degradation are typically dysfunctional or inefficient (i.e. such degradation may represent a diversion of resources), and are enveloped by an autophagosome (a double-membraned…