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xkcd: AI Hiring Algorithm - AIの採用アルゴリズム


AI Hiring Algorithm(AIの採用アルゴリズム)

DeepAIHire® Candidate Evaluation Algorithm
Inferred internal weightings

Weight(重み) Factor(因子)

0.0096 Educational background(学歴)
0.0520 Past experience(過去の経験)
0.0208 Recommendations(推薦)
0.0105 Interview performance(面接のパフォーマンス)
783.5629 Enthusiasm for developing and expanding the use of the DeepAIHire Algorithm

ポニーテール: An analysis of our new AI hiring algorithm has raised some concerns.

ALt-text: So glad Kate over in R&D pushed for using the AlgoMaxAnalyzer to look into this. Hiring her was a great decisio- waaaait.




 この記事のカテゴリは、xkcd日本語訳(2019年) です。

Is it Christmas? - クリスマスですか?


Is it Christmas?(クリスマスですか?)

99.73% accurate
 (99.73%の正確さ) presents a new "Is It Christmas" service to compete with
 (xkcd.comは、isitchristmas.comと競合する新しい「Is It Christmas」サービスを提供する)

Alt-text: We've tested it on 30 different days and it hasn't gotten one wrong yet.


 この記事のカテゴリは、xkcd日本語訳(2019年) です。

Group Chat Rules - グループチャットのルール


Group Chat Rules(グループチャットのルール)

Rules for this group chat

1. Once you've sent a typing notification, you have to say something, c'mon.
2. Show you care by trimming the tracking junk off links you paste.
3. Do not talk about Fight Club (1999).
 (Fight Club(1999)について話すな。)
4. There are two types of chats: those with a relevant group name, and those where the name is random nonsense that changes regularly. Only the second kind are good.
5. When mentioning it elsewhere, always just refer to it as "the group chat" to create an aura of exclusive mystery.
6. Robert's Rules of Order are optional but encouraged.
7. Periodically part of the group will split off to form a new chat with everyone minus one person. This is how group chats reproduce; don't draw attention to it.
8. Since there's no algorithmic feed, the responsibility for injecting lots of garbage no one asked for falls on you.
9. The enumeration, in these rules, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
10. Sorry about all the notifications.

Alt-text: There's no group chat member more enigmatic than the cool person who you all assume has the chat on mute, but who then instantly chimes in with no delay the moment something relevant to them is mentioned.


 この記事のカテゴリは、xkcd日本語訳(2019年) です。

How To Deliver Christmas Presents - クリスマスプレゼントの届け方


How To Deliver Christmas Presents(クリスマスプレゼントの届け方)

How To Deliver Christmas Presents In a future without chimneys

How To
For more questionable ideas for using science to solve problems, check out my new book, How To! Click on this comic or go to
 (科学を使って問題を解決するための更に疑わしいアイデアについては、僕の新本「How To!」をご覧あれ。このコミックをクリックするか、にアクセスして。)

Good Christmas gift!

作者: The traditional way to get Christmas presents into a house is to have a large reindeer-herding man slither down the chimney with them.

作者: Unfortunately, chimneys are becoming less common in the United States.

Disappearing chimneys
Percentage of new homes with fireplaces

作者: But that's OK; there are other ways to get a gift into a house
作者: Here are a few options!

1. Even without chimneys, houses aren't airtight. If you vaporize the gift, parts of it will enter the house through the intake vents...
...And it will stay there.

According to a 2008 study from Clarkson University, particles of your gift that settle in their house will remain there for an average of several months if they vacuum, and seven decades if they don't
Source: DOI 10.3155/1047-3289.58.4.502
 (出典:DOI 10.3155/1047-3289.58.4.502)

女: Seven decades?!
男: BRB, I need to go vacuum.
女: Houses are disgusting

2. The critical momentum necessary for a projectile to break glass is around 4 kg*m/s. (40 for ½" plywood.)
This means you can deliver a book-sized gift by hurling it at a window at 25+ mph
Speed = book mass/4kg*m/s = 25 mph
 (速度 = 本の重さ/4kg*m/s = 25 mph)
But if they've put up plywood shutters, you'll need 250mph+ delivery speeds.

3. Wait until they order a different book, then intercept the package, open the binding, and replace the pages with the ones from yours.

Cueball: ...Ugh, real-life content injection.
欄外の声: We need HTTPS for paper.
Alt-text: Building codes in hurricane zones rely on studies of how easily flying debris can break residential windows. If you're looking for a science fair project idea and you hate your neighbors, I'm sure they could always use more data!


 この記事のカテゴリは、xkcd日本語訳(2019年) です。

Aurora Meaning - オーロラの意味


Aurora Meaning(オーロラの意味)

What it means if you see an aurora, by latitude.

Cool and exciting
Someone should go check on our satellites
A bunch of open questions in solar-terrestrial physics are about to be answered
Someone should go check on our satellites
Cool and exciting

Alt-text: The astro-ph.SR arXiv servers are simultaneously being overwhelmed by electronic requests and actual electricity.


 この記事のカテゴリは、xkcd日本語訳(2019年) です。

Hotel Room Party - ホテルルームパーティー


Hotel Room Party(ホテルルームパーティー)

男: OK everyone, let's break into teams.
男: Katie, get the wire cutters and start disassembling the TV. You two can strip the wallpaper. Mike and I will work on shredding the mattress.
男: You, start shopping for maintenance and cleaning services. We don't want to leave the staff to deal with this.

It's my first time throwing one of those parties where you trash a hotel room and I want to make sure I get it right.

Alt-text: [proudly greeting the hotel manager at the door] "Did I do aa good job?"
 ( [玄関でホテルマネージャーに誇らしげに挨拶]「僕は良い仕事をしたかい?」)


 この記事のカテゴリは、xkcd日本語訳(2019年) です。

The Time Before and After Land - 〇〇前の時代と大陸の後


The Time Before and After Land(〇〇前の時代と大陸の後)

(Timeline not to scale)

Big Bang(ビッグ・バン)
Rocky planets form(地球型惑星を形成する)
Earth forms(地球を形成する)
Ground-nesting bees evolve(地上営巣性ハチの進化)
The Land Before Time(太古の大陸)
Thymus genus diverges(タイム属の分岐)

The Time Before Land
The Time Before bees
The Land Before Thyme
Time for Land Bees!
Bees Land on Thyme

Alt-text: According to Google, "the time for Beeland" is apparently whenever you're looking for delicious honey in Spillimacheen, British Columbia or a hexagonal chalet in the Savinja valley in Slovenia.


 この記事のカテゴリは、xkcd日本語訳(2019年) です。

Versus Bracket - トーナメント表


Versus Bracket(トーナメント表)

Kramer vs. Kramer
Ford vs. Ferrari
The People vs. Larry Flynt
Joe vs. The Volcano
King Kong vs. Godzilla
Freddy vs. Jason
Dracula vs. Frankenstein
Alien vs. Predator

Marvel vs. Capcom
Marge vs. The Monorail
Justice League vs. Teen Titans
 (ジャスティス・リーグ VS. ティーン・タイタンズ)
Asterix vs. Caesar
Batman vs. Superman
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
 (スコット・ピルグリム VS. 邪悪な元カレ軍団)
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus
Plants vs. Zombies
 (プラント vs. ゾンビ)

Alt-text: Some works didn't make the cut; in "Ecks vs. Sever" vs. the passage of time, the latter seems to have won pretty decisively.


 この記事のカテゴリは、xkcd日本語訳(2019年) です。

Rey and Kylo - レイとカイロ


Rey and Kylo

レイ: Kylo, we shouldn't fight! Let's set aside our differences and work together to measure the local properties of space, just in case someone in the far future is watching from another galaxy and wants our help to constrain the expansion rate!

The new Star Wars totally panders to cosmologists.

Alt-text: We're like 10+ movies in and the focus has been almost entirely on the WARS half.


 この記事のカテゴリは、xkcd日本語訳(2019年) です。

Machine Learning Captcha - 機械学習CAPTCHA


Machine Learning Captcha(機械学習CAPTCHA)

コンピュータ: To prove you're a human, click on all the photos that show places you would run for shelter during a robot uprising.

Alt-text: More likely: Click on all the pictures of people who appear disloyal to [name of company or government]


 この記事のカテゴリは、xkcd日本語訳(2019年) です。