世界遺産「軍艦島」の劣化が加速…近代化を物語る遺構 後世に残すための道筋は

強い波風の影響で劣化が加速

建物の崩落、そして護岸の崩壊。長年の波風にさらされ、劣化のスピードが着実に上がっているのだ。
2020年予定されていた世界遺産委員会では、軍艦島の保全についても審議されるはずだったが、新型コロナの感染拡大で2021年に延期されてしまった。

東京理科大学工学部建築学科・今本啓一さん:
(建物の)劣化には進展期、加速期というのがある。
建物の倒壊が最終系だとした時の進行で捉えると、今は「加速期」に入っていると思う

長崎市は2011年から、軍艦島にある建物の調査を専門家に依頼している。
また2018年度から30年間にわたって軍艦島を保全・整備するための事業を決めていて、総事業費は110億円にものぼる。

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WordPress Community Team Proposes Using a Decision Checklist to Restart Local Events

WordPress’ Community Team has been discussing the return to in-person events since early December 2020, and has landed on an idea that would allow local meetup organizers to determine readiness using a COVID-19 risk-assessment checklist. This would enable organizers to restart meetups when it is safe for their communities, instead of applying a blanket global policy.

Countries like Australia, New Zealand, The Bahamas, Iceland, and Vietnam, are a few examples of locations that are doing a decent job containing the virus. In contrast, the United States logged more than 4,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day this week, pushing the daily average to over 2,700. While the situation remains bleak for many areas of the world, vaccines are rolling out to vulnerable populations, albeit slowly and with a few snags.

In the previous discussion that happened in early December, WordPress lead developer Dion Hulse shared some feedback from Australian organizers who have been eager to restart their meetups…

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OpenAI’s DALL·E borrows from the GPT-3 and creates high-fidelity images from text

Last year, OpenAI released GPT-3, the largest transformer model to date with over 175 billion parameters. The model demonstrated great prowess in generating text from a given context and OpenAI licensed it exclusively to Microsoft for providing the computational backend required to host and run the model for its customers.

Building on this, OpenAI have announced a distilled, 12-billion parameter version of GPT-3 today. Dubbed DALL·E, the new transformer model borrows heavily from GPT-3 but combines its abilities with ImageGPT …

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AsahiLinux: Our website is finally ready!

Asahi Linux is a project and community with the goal of porting Linux to Apple Silicon Macs, starting with the 2020 M1 Mac Mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro.

Our goal is not just to make Linux run on these machines but to polish it to the point where it can be used as a daily OS. Doing this requires a tremendous amount of work, as Apple Silicon is an entirely undocumented platform. In particular, we will be reverse engineering the Apple GPU architecture and developing an open-source driver for it.

Asahi Linux was founded by Hector Martin “marcan” after the launch of the first M1 devices.

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