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Julien Amelot has been at 3 events

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NASA2,457,914The most advanced robot ever sent to another world is set to land on Aug. 5, 2012 (PDT). Will you be watching? Mars Science Laboratory will deliver the Curiosity rover to the surface of Mars at approximately 10:31 p.m. PDT on Aug. 5 (1:31 a.m. EDT and 5:31 a.m. UTC on Aug. 6). Curiosity, carrying laboratory instruments to analyze samples of rocks, soil and atmosphere, will investigate whether Mars has ever offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life. NASA TV will broadcast live from mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., during Curiosity’s critical entry, descent and landing phase. Two live feeds of video during key landing activities from mission control rooms at JPL will be carried on NASA TV, NASA TV online http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html and Ustream http://www.ustream.tv/ between 8:30 and 11:00 p.m. PDT on Aug. 5 (11:30 p.m. Aug. 5 to 2:00 a.m. Aug. 6 EDT), and between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. PDT on Aug. 6 (3:30 to 4:30 a.m. EDT). The NASA TV Public Channel and http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl will carry a feed including commentary and interviews. The NASA TV Media Channel and http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2 will carry an uninterrupted, clean feed. Follow the mission on Facebook and on Twitter at http://www.facebook.com/marscuriosity and http://www.twitter.com/marscuriosity.NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Landing2012-08-06 02:00:002192  
London 20121,459,107The Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games is almost here!  We can’t wait for the celebrations to begin. But the Olympics isn’t just for those inside the Olympic Stadium in London – it’s for everyone to enjoy wherever you are in the world. We want you to join in and show us how you’re celebrating the start of the Olympic Games. We’ve created this Event on Google+ to bring the pictures of your Opening Ceremony parties (and some from the Stadium too!) together in one place. Wherever you are in the world, simply join this Event and upload your pictures via Android, iPhone or the web. // What you need to do now Tell us you’re ‘going’ to the event by clicking the blue 'Are you going' button above and selecting 'Yes'. Then download the Google+ App to your Android or iPhone and sign in with your Google Account details. Share this event with others who you’ll be celebrating with! // What you need to do on Friday from 7.30pm On the evening of the Opening Ceremony you'll be able to add photos and comments. Android: Open the Google+ App, select Events, then click the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony Event. Check in, and enable Party Mode (http://goo.gl/ziNdk). Then use the camera as usual to take photos of your celebration. These will upload to the Event page. iPhone: Open the Google+ App, select Events, then click the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony Event. From there, click the Camera icon in the bottom right hand corner and take photos of your celebration. These will upload to the Event page. Web: Click the red “Add Photos” button at the top of this page, and upload photos manually to the Event page through the interface.   Please note: This is a family-friendly event. Inappropriate photos or comments will be removed. For more information, please refer to our Moderation Policy (http://goo.gl/s7LvC).London 2012 Opening Ceremony: The Worldwide Watch Party!2012-07-27 20:30:004692  
Google Science Fair2,805,041The winners of Google Science Fair 2012 will be announced on July 23, 2012. This year’s 15 finalists, all 13-18 years of age, join us from seven countries, and their projects explore topics as varied as adapting hydroponic solutions for poor subsistence farmers to developing cell-phone compatible electrocardiograph machines.  This year our winners will win once-in-a-lifetime experiences like a scientific trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions, unique scholarships and real-life work opportunities in iconic science centers of excellence like CERN in Switzerland. Who will they be? Watch the awards gala live stream next Monday, July 23 at 7 p.m. PST at http://google.com/sciencefair. Google Science Fair 2012 Award Ceremony Live Stream2012-07-24 04:00:00294  

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Top posts in the last 50 posts

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2013-10-31 23:20:28 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Google: New device, new platform
The Nexus 5 just landed in the play store!
Google is releasing as well the latest version of Android: 4.4 (KitKat), which will be gradually rolled out on the Nexus Family.

Full Specs and more on the play store.
More: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/android-for-all-and-new-nexus-5.html

#playstore   #android   #androidkitkat #nexus   #nexus5   

Most reshares: 9

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2014-08-02 13:58:16 (4 comments, 9 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Charting culture and its history

The animation maps the birth places and death beds of notable people over hundreds of years.
Witness cities and countries grow over the years as their influence increases.

Most plusones: 24

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2014-02-17 15:11:26 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

The 1st half of the trip to Hawaii, mostly hiking/exploring Kauai. Amazing!

Latest 50 posts

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2015-06-20 09:42:28 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Who said computers can't do art? #deeplearning #ANN #impressionism
Some of those are quite amazing! Check out the gallery here: https://goo.gl/photos/fFcivHZ2CDhqCkZdA

Artificial Neural Networks have spurred remarkable recent progress in image classification and speech recognition. But even though these are very useful tools based on well-known mathematical methods, we actually understand surprisingly little of why certain models work and others don’t.

Over on the Google Research blog, we take a look at some simple techniques for peeking inside these networks, yielding a qualitative sense of the level of abstraction that particular layers of neural networks have achieved in their understanding of images. This helps us visualize how neural networks are able to carry out difficult classification tasks, improve network architecture, and check what the network has learned during training. 

It also makes us wonder whether neural networks could become a tool for artists—a new way to remix visual concepts—or perhaps even shed a little light on the roots of the creative process in general.___Who said computers can't do art? #deeplearning #ANN #impressionism
Some of those are quite amazing! Check out the gallery here: https://goo.gl/photos/fFcivHZ2CDhqCkZdA

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2015-06-15 18:39:47 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Full house at #SparkSummit2015

Full house at #SparkSummit2015___

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2015-06-08 23:47:33 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Congrats to team KAIST for winning the DARPA Robotics challenge and taking home the $2m dollars price.

The challenge was the first where robots performed without being tethered and there were plenty of hard falls, soliciting groans and laughter from the crowds at the contest in Pomona, California.
The other tasks the robots were set included getting out of a car, opening a door, drilling a hole in a wall, turning a valve and crossing rubble either by clearing a path or walking over it.

More details: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33038914
Video of the winner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_yfvlplJe0

Congrats to team KAIST for winning the DARPA Robotics challenge and taking home the $2m dollars price.

The challenge was the first where robots performed without being tethered and there were plenty of hard falls, soliciting groans and laughter from the crowds at the contest in Pomona, California.
The other tasks the robots were set included getting out of a car, opening a door, drilling a hole in a wall, turning a valve and crossing rubble either by clearing a path or walking over it.

More details: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33038914
Video of the winner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_yfvlplJe0___

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2015-05-16 14:47:06 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Here come the self driving cars!

The +Google Self-Driving Car Project has announced the next step of their project: this summer, a few prototype vehicles will leave the test track and hit the familiar roads of Mountain View, Calif., with safety drivers aboard. Learn more on the Official Google blog, linked below.___Here come the self driving cars!

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2015-04-27 12:10:51 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Wow. The avalanche that hit a Mont Everest base camp, following the devastating 7.8 earthquake in Nepal.

Wow. The avalanche that hit a Mont Everest base camp, following the devastating 7.8 earthquake in Nepal.___

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2015-04-13 11:04:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Good luck to +SpaceX​ for the controlled reentry attempt later today!

Just Read the Instructions now on location in the Atlantic in advance of tomorrow's launch, targeted for 4:33pm ET. Since our last landing attempt, the drone ship has been upgraded to tolerate more powerful ocean swells, however weather at the landing site is looking significantly better this time.
 
After Dragon and Falcon 9’s second stage are on their way to orbit, the first stage will execute a controlled reentry through Earth’s atmosphere, targeting touchdown on an autonomous spaceport drone ship approximately nine minutes after launch.
 
www.spacex.com/webcast___Good luck to +SpaceX​ for the controlled reentry attempt later today!

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2015-04-07 12:28:05 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

John Oliver interviews Edward Snowden on government surveillance. #nsa #lastweektonight

There are very few government checks on what America’s sweeping surveillance programs are capable of doing. John Oliver sits down with Edward Snowden to discuss the NSA, the balance between privacy and security, and dick-pics.

John Oliver interviews Edward Snowden on government surveillance. #nsa #lastweektonight

There are very few government checks on what America’s sweeping surveillance programs are capable of doing. John Oliver sits down with Edward Snowden to discuss the NSA, the balance between privacy and security, and dick-pics.___

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2015-04-01 11:20:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

May the Force be with you. +CERN​​ confirms its existence! :P

CERN researchers confirm existence of the Force

Physicists at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics announced today that an invisible Force permeates the universe and binds the galaxy together

http://cern.ch/go/c7dB

Image shows research in the CERN Beams department

(Image credit: Maximilien Brice and Daniel Dominguez © CERN - for terms of use see http://cern.ch/copyright )___May the Force be with you. +CERN​​ confirms its existence! :P

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2015-04-01 01:29:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Great post about fooling convolution networks and linear classifiers on ImageNet

Fooling Linear Classifiers on ImageNet
http://karpathy.github.io/2015/03/30/breaking-convnets/
new blog post with a few interpretations of the fooling ConvNets papers, along with some experiments with fooling linear classifiers. I tried to structure parts of it in ways that laymen could understand because I've been seeing quite a few misconceptions surround the topic online.

(sorry to ppl seeing this twice)___Great post about fooling convolution networks and linear classifiers on ImageNet

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2015-02-20 11:57:09 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This week has been... Freaking cold!

Record-breaking cold in US East
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31538987

This week has been... Freaking cold!

Record-breaking cold in US East
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31538987___

2015-02-12 11:11:58 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

There are several new ImageNet results floating around that beat my 5.1% accuracy on ImageNet. Most recently an interesting paper from Google that uses "batch normalization". I wanted to make a few comments regarding "surpassing human-level accuracy":

Optimistic human performance is ~3%
I reported 5.1%, but it is interesting to try to estimate an optimistic human performance on ILSVRC by removing what I call "silly errors":

1. Note that I trained myself with 500 images, and as I documented in my blog post and our ILSVRC paper, 18 of my errors (24% - a quarter) were due to what I consider to be "class unawareness". That means that when I look at my mistake I felt that the answer was relatively evident if I had thought of that class. If I had trained longer, it's reasonable to suppose that I would have eliminated a large chunk of... more »

There are several new ImageNet results floating around that beat my 5.1% accuracy on ImageNet. Most recently an interesting paper from Google that uses "batch normalization". I wanted to make a few comments regarding "surpassing human-level accuracy":

Optimistic human performance is ~3%
I reported 5.1%, but it is interesting to try to estimate an optimistic human performance on ILSVRC by removing what I call "silly errors":

1. Note that I trained myself with 500 images, and as I documented in my blog post and our ILSVRC paper, 18 of my errors (24% - a quarter) were due to what I consider to be "class unawareness". That means that when I look at my mistake I felt that the answer was relatively evident if I had thought of that class. If I had trained longer, it's reasonable to suppose that I would have eliminated a large chunk of these, making my error ~3.9%.
2. The other issue that I call "insufficient training data" (since I was only shown 13 images / class) is also an error that falls into this category. Without this error type, the accuracy would be ~3.6%
3. The next error I'd be willing to argue I could have prevented was the fine-grained error. In the optimistic estimate, if I was willing to spend 15 minutes / terrier instead of ~5 minutes / terrier, the error would become 3.2%.

The remainder of the errors were "multiple objects" and "incorrect annotations", which I consider to be near insurmountable to some degree.

TLDR:
- 5.1% is an error rate for a human who trained for 500 images and then spent up to ~5 minutes per image.
- About ~3% is an optimistic estimate without my "silly errors".

Human ensemble experiments
This ~3% conclusion is also consistent with our "optimistic human" experiments that were based on ~250 images (and reported on in the ILSVRC paper). We had two labelers and considered an image correct if at least one of us got it. Our optimistic human performance was 2.4%, but this is a bit noisy result due to insufficient data. Moreover, we expect that an actual human ensemble would be slightly higher error than the "optimistic human", so ~3% seems relatively consistent with this interpretation.

Top5/Top1 error
As a second point, I do think we should start to look at the top-1 accuracy a bit more. I understand that there are problems with it but I do believe that there is some signal there. For example, there are only 5 snake species, so when I saw a snake image I just lazily labeled all 5 snake types and knew I got it right somewhere in top 5. In other words, the top5 error does not test differentiating between snake types. A few other categories share this property (few fishes and car types, for example).

I don't at all intend this post to somehow take away from any of the recent results: I'm very impressed with how quickly multiple groups have improved from 6.6% down to ~5% and now also below! I did not expect to see such rapid progress. 

It seems that we're now surpassing a dedicated human labeler. And imo, when we are down to 3%, we'd matching the performance of a hypothetical super-dedicated fine-grained expert human ensemble of labelers.

My blog: 
http://karpathy.github.io/2014/09/02/what-i-learned-from-competing-against-a-convnet-on-imagenet/
The ILSVRC paper that has more details on human optimistic results:
http://arxiv.org/abs/1409.0575___

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2015-02-10 02:16:48 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Boston Dynamics continues to improve upon previous models, Spot looks really stable, agile and quite silent compared to BigDog. A lot lighter too at 160 lbs (80 lbs diet).

Boston Dynamics continues to improve upon previous models, Spot looks really stable, agile and quite silent compared to BigDog. A lot lighter too at 160 lbs (80 lbs diet).___

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2015-02-07 19:15:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Nineteen days after they set out to achieve one of climbing's most difficult challenges, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson reached the summit of the 3,000-foot rock known as El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, marking the first free ascent of a notoriously difficult section called the Dawn Wall.

Check out the video and full article by national geographics:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/01/150114-climbing-yosemite-caldwell-jorgeson-capitan/

Nineteen days after they set out to achieve one of climbing's most difficult challenges, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson reached the summit of the 3,000-foot rock known as El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, marking the first free ascent of a notoriously difficult section called the Dawn Wall.

Check out the video and full article by national geographics:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/01/150114-climbing-yosemite-caldwell-jorgeson-capitan/___

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2015-02-07 19:14:46 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are the first to free-climb the 3,000-foot Dawn Wall on El Capitan, in Yosemite.
This is a nice interactive visualisation of the route

The route up the mostly smooth granite face is widely considered to be the most difficult free-climb in the world.

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are the first to free-climb the 3,000-foot Dawn Wall on El Capitan, in Yosemite.
This is a nice interactive visualisation of the route

The route up the mostly smooth granite face is widely considered to be the most difficult free-climb in the world.___

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2015-01-21 02:14:50 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The 2015 State of the Union is starting now.
Watch Obama deliver his 6th  #SOTU  

The 2015 State of the Union is starting now.
Watch Obama deliver his 6th  #SOTU  ___

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2015-01-07 22:05:28 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

#JeSuisCharlie  
#CharlieHebdo  

#JeSuisCharlie  
#CharlieHebdo  ___

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2015-01-07 21:43:26 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

protests that are taking place in Paris #CharlieHebdo  #JeSuisCharlie
7.1.2015.

protests that are taking place in Paris #CharlieHebdo  #JeSuisCharlie
7.1.2015.___

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2014-11-12 19:30:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Successful comet landing! Go ESA!

ESA’s Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Touchdown!_Rosetta_s_Philae_probe_lands_on_comet

#CometLanding   #Philae   #Rosetta   #67P  ___Successful comet landing! Go ESA!

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2014-11-10 23:13:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Ted Cruz making the headline again, this time showing his ignorance about Net Neutrality and comparing it to Obamacare ... Enjoy

#netneutrality   #theoatmeal    #crabtacos

Ted Cruz making the headline again, this time showing his ignorance about Net Neutrality and comparing it to Obamacare ... Enjoy

#netneutrality   #theoatmeal    #crabtacos___

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2014-11-06 22:34:23 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The latest tech gadget is coming from Amazon: Echo.
Powered by a service similar to Google Now, it is a voice controlled assistant for the family to enjoy.

#AmazonEcho  #googlenow  

The latest tech gadget is coming from Amazon: Echo.
Powered by a service similar to Google Now, it is a voice controlled assistant for the family to enjoy.

#AmazonEcho  #googlenow  ___

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2014-10-29 02:30:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Google is working on a cancer detection device.
The team, led by Andrew Conrad, is hoping to use magnetic nano-particles to detect subtle changes in biochemistry and diagnose cancer early.
#GoogleX

Google is working on a cancer detection device.
The team, led by Andrew Conrad, is hoping to use magnetic nano-particles to detect subtle changes in biochemistry and diagnose cancer early.
#GoogleX___

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2014-10-10 18:41:00 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Here is Musk announcing Autopilot and Dual Motor.

#innovation   #dreamcar  

Here is Musk announcing Autopilot and Dual Motor.

#innovation   #dreamcar  ___

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2014-10-09 14:17:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Google Now VS Siri VS Cortana
Each platform was asked 3086 questions.
>> Google Now wins hands down.
Full details in the article linked.

#knowledgegraph  

Google Now VS Siri VS Cortana
Each platform was asked 3086 questions.
>> Google Now wins hands down.
Full details in the article linked.

#knowledgegraph  ___

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2014-10-02 20:21:53 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

CGI at its finest!
Impecfections make him perfect

CGI at its finest!
Impecfections make him perfect___

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2014-09-15 15:34:08 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Leash-free cheetah learns to jump over obstacles [2 minutes]

Leash-free cheetah learns to jump over obstacles [2 minutes]___

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2014-09-06 15:34:38 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

In the category Extreme Experiences  [2 minutes]

In the category Extreme Experiences  [2 minutes]___

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2014-09-05 18:21:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Building a deeper understanding of images

A few weeks ago we shared the results of the 2014 ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge, in which a team of Googlers, GoogLeNet, used a deep learning training system to automatically classify images and detect objects from Internet sources (http://goo.gl/mrCLCH).

Today on the Google Research Blog, GoogLeNet team member +Christian Szegedy offers a deeper look at the techniques the team used to place first in the classification and detection tasks of the competition, including the use of the DistBelief infrastructure (http://goo.gl/28ufU5), which makes it possible to train neural networks in a distributed manner.

Head over to the Research blog, linked below, to learn more about the techniques that will enable even better image understanding any place where it is useful to understand what is in an image as well asw... more »

Building a deeper understanding of images

A few weeks ago we shared the results of the 2014 ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge, in which a team of Googlers, GoogLeNet, used a deep learning training system to automatically classify images and detect objects from Internet sources (http://goo.gl/mrCLCH).

Today on the Google Research Blog, GoogLeNet team member +Christian Szegedy offers a deeper look at the techniques the team used to place first in the classification and detection tasks of the competition, including the use of the DistBelief infrastructure (http://goo.gl/28ufU5), which makes it possible to train neural networks in a distributed manner.

Head over to the Research blog, linked below, to learn more about the techniques that will enable even better image understanding any place where it is useful to understand what is in an image as well as where things are.___

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2014-09-05 18:20:34 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The gap between humans and AI is shrinking.

It is clear that humans will soon only by able to outperform state of the art image classification models by use of significant effort, expertise, and time.

#deeplearning  #ILSVRC 

I should probably link to this on my G+ as well (Sorry to people who are seeing this multiple times)
New blog post: What I learned from competing against a ConvNet on ImageNet

#computervision   #deeplearning

http://karpathy.github.io/2014/09/02/what-i-learned-from-competing-against-a-convnet-on-imagenet/___The gap between humans and AI is shrinking.

It is clear that humans will soon only by able to outperform state of the art image classification models by use of significant effort, expertise, and time.

#deeplearning  #ILSVRC 

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2014-08-29 01:35:17 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

More cool research from Google.

Project Wing is a Google[x] project that is developing a delivery system that uses self-flying vehicles.

Watch the video (2 mins) or read the article:
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/08/inside-googles-secret-drone-delivery-program/379306/?single_page=true

More cool research from Google.

Project Wing is a Google[x] project that is developing a delivery system that uses self-flying vehicles.

Watch the video (2 mins) or read the article:
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/08/inside-googles-secret-drone-delivery-program/379306/?single_page=true___

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2014-08-02 13:58:16 (4 comments, 9 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Charting culture and its history

The animation maps the birth places and death beds of notable people over hundreds of years.
Witness cities and countries grow over the years as their influence increases.

Charting culture and its history

The animation maps the birth places and death beds of notable people over hundreds of years.
Witness cities and countries grow over the years as their influence increases.___

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2014-07-31 17:07:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Faster-than-light darkness and the speed of ignorance! (it goes faaast :P)

+Vsauce  #FTL #science  

Faster-than-light darkness and the speed of ignorance! (it goes faaast :P)

+Vsauce  #FTL #science  ___

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2014-07-22 18:38:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Hillary Clinton chats with +Eric Schmidt about her new book "Hard Choices".

She discusses Afghanistan/Pakistan/China/Syria/Israel/Palestine, the role of women, the NSA, polarization of politics and other matters (such as synchronous/asynchronous programming thanks to +Yonatan Zunger).

Hillary Clinton chats with +Eric Schmidt about her new book "Hard Choices".

She discusses Afghanistan/Pakistan/China/Syria/Israel/Palestine, the role of women, the NSA, polarization of politics and other matters (such as synchronous/asynchronous programming thanks to +Yonatan Zunger).___

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2014-07-22 18:36:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

[Back to] The Future of Programming or... what have we (not) learnt in the last 40 years?

"The most dangerous thought you can have as a creative person is to think you know what you're doing."

coding  ->  direct manipulation of data
procedures  ->  goals and constraints
text dump  ->  spatial representations
sequential  ->  concurrent

[Back to] The Future of Programming or... what have we (not) learnt in the last 40 years?

"The most dangerous thought you can have as a creative person is to think you know what you're doing."

coding  ->  direct manipulation of data
procedures  ->  goals and constraints
text dump  ->  spatial representations
sequential  ->  concurrent___

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2014-07-07 14:52:25 (1 comments, 9 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

The NIST Net-Zero House produced more energy than it used over the course of a year, despite harsh winter.

The net-zero energy test house at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in suburban Washington, D.C., not only absorbed winter's best shot, it came out on top, reaching its one-year anniversary on July 1 with enough surplus energy to power an electric car for about 1,440 miles.

More: http://www.nist.gov/el/building_environment/netzero-070114.cfm

The NIST Net-Zero House produced more energy than it used over the course of a year, despite harsh winter.

The net-zero energy test house at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in suburban Washington, D.C., not only absorbed winter's best shot, it came out on top, reaching its one-year anniversary on July 1 with enough surplus energy to power an electric car for about 1,440 miles.

More: http://www.nist.gov/el/building_environment/netzero-070114.cfm___

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2014-04-29 13:21:21 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Google self driving cars continue to make progress and focus on city street driving

More details: http://goo.gl/VOq7Gf

Google self driving cars continue to make progress and focus on city street driving

More details: http://goo.gl/VOq7Gf___

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2014-04-19 13:35:40 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Cool World Airports Voronoi

2,980 airports partition this map.
Which one is closest to you? -> check out the interactive visualization !
https://www.jasondavies.com/maps/voronoi/airports/

Cool World Airports Voronoi

2,980 airports partition this map.
Which one is closest to you? -> check out the interactive visualization !
https://www.jasondavies.com/maps/voronoi/airports/___

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2014-04-10 14:03:47 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Should you change your password?

Following the #heartbleed    internet-wide OpenSSL vulnerability, you may want to change a few passwords... better safe than sorry!
Also, use 2 two-factor authentication wherever possible.

Should you change your password?

Following the #heartbleed    internet-wide OpenSSL vulnerability, you may want to change a few passwords... better safe than sorry!
Also, use 2 two-factor authentication wherever possible.___

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2014-04-06 13:11:23 (1 comments, 9 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

First ascent of La Dura (5.15c / 9b+), possibly the world's hardest climb

In this short documentary, we follow Chris Sharma and Adam Ondra, who spent two years working together to climb La Dura Dura (5.15c / 9b+). This film tells the story of their unique collaboration and shows Adam's historic first ascent and Chris' second ascent.
#climbing   #bouldering  

First ascent of La Dura (5.15c / 9b+), possibly the world's hardest climb

In this short documentary, we follow Chris Sharma and Adam Ondra, who spent two years working together to climb La Dura Dura (5.15c / 9b+). This film tells the story of their unique collaboration and shows Adam's historic first ascent and Chris' second ascent.
#climbing   #bouldering  ___

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2014-03-28 16:41:00 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

3D printing and First full-skull replacement
After a 23 hours operation, a 22-year-old dutch woman successfully received a skull transfer.
The skull was 3D printed, to perfectly fit the patient and is... transparent! 
She suffered from a rare disorder that caused the bone in her skull to thicken abnormally, from the normal 1.5cm to 5cm thick.

The (graphic) video showing the operation [dutch, subtitled english]: http://youtu.be/IXcz3OdHSHk

3D printing and First full-skull replacement
After a 23 hours operation, a 22-year-old dutch woman successfully received a skull transfer.
The skull was 3D printed, to perfectly fit the patient and is... transparent! 
She suffered from a rare disorder that caused the bone in her skull to thicken abnormally, from the normal 1.5cm to 5cm thick.

The (graphic) video showing the operation [dutch, subtitled english]: http://youtu.be/IXcz3OdHSHk___

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2014-02-17 15:11:26 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

The 1st half of the trip to Hawaii, mostly hiking/exploring Kauai. Amazing!

The 1st half of the trip to Hawaii, mostly hiking/exploring Kauai. Amazing!___

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2014-01-29 02:08:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The State of the Union is about to start (9:00pm EST)    #sotu  

The State of the Union is about to start (9:00pm EST)    #sotu  ___

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2014-01-04 15:02:13 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

3D levitation of matter using sound waves.

It works with all kind of materials (pastic, metal, water, ...).

Demonstration and explanation [2 minutes]
> http://youtu.be/odJxJRAxdFU

Acoustic levitation is not new, but this improvement of the technique allows to control the objects' motion in 3D.

More from from +WIRED : http://goo.gl/K5dpfZ

#science   #sciencesaturday   #levitation  

3D levitation of matter using sound waves.

It works with all kind of materials (pastic, metal, water, ...).

Demonstration and explanation [2 minutes]
> http://youtu.be/odJxJRAxdFU

Acoustic levitation is not new, but this improvement of the technique allows to control the objects' motion in 3D.

More from from +WIRED : http://goo.gl/K5dpfZ

#science   #sciencesaturday   #levitation  ___

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2013-12-19 21:03:41 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Van Damme's epic split was... epic.
But then there is Chuck Norris

#epicsplit   #merrychristmas   #cgi  

Van Damme: http://youtu.be/M7FIvfx5J10

Van Damme's epic split was... epic.
But then there is Chuck Norris

#epicsplit   #merrychristmas   #cgi  

Van Damme: http://youtu.be/M7FIvfx5J10___

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2013-12-14 16:10:35 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Google acquires Boston Dynamics !!
Over the last few years, they have shown fantastic innovation in creating agile robots. En route for the next Moonshot.

+ Cheetah    http://goo.gl/N4327c
+ Wild cat    http://goo.gl/dOwYuc
+ Petman    http://goo.gl/u4zpZy
+ Atlas    http://goo.gl/Jg7Jph
+ LS3    http://goo.gl/jeENw0
+ Sand flea    http://goo.gl/WKCz6l

#robotics #bostondynamics #google

Google acquires Boston Dynamics !!
Over the last few years, they have shown fantastic innovation in creating agile robots. En route for the next Moonshot.

+ Cheetah    http://goo.gl/N4327c
+ Wild cat    http://goo.gl/dOwYuc
+ Petman    http://goo.gl/u4zpZy
+ Atlas    http://goo.gl/Jg7Jph
+ LS3    http://goo.gl/jeENw0
+ Sand flea    http://goo.gl/WKCz6l

#robotics #bostondynamics #google___

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2013-12-13 20:33:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

20 months ago, Google was launching +Google Drive

Awesome tool. But Linux users are still waiting for a native client.
Sign the petition to show your interest: Only 800 more signatures to reach 25,000 supporters!

In the meantime, alternatives such as Grive, Insync, google-drive-ocamlfuse, etc can help if you trust them with your data.

#drive4linux  

20 months ago, Google was launching +Google Drive

Awesome tool. But Linux users are still waiting for a native client.
Sign the petition to show your interest: Only 800 more signatures to reach 25,000 supporters!

In the meantime, alternatives such as Grive, Insync, google-drive-ocamlfuse, etc can help if you trust them with your data.

#drive4linux  ___

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2013-11-10 17:26:50 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Icy Finger of Death [2 minutes]

This is quite an interesting phenomenon that takes place when supercold water (i.e. below freezing point but still liquid) meets with the ocean. The water is supercold due to its high salinity. As it gets poured in the ocean water, less saline, the water freezes and creates a pipe of ice, called a brinicle which can extends down to the sea floor!

More on Brinicle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brinicle
More on Supercooling: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercooling

#sciencesunday   #brinicle   #supercooling   #discovery  

Icy Finger of Death [2 minutes]

This is quite an interesting phenomenon that takes place when supercold water (i.e. below freezing point but still liquid) meets with the ocean. The water is supercold due to its high salinity. As it gets poured in the ocean water, less saline, the water freezes and creates a pipe of ice, called a brinicle which can extends down to the sea floor!

More on Brinicle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brinicle
More on Supercooling: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercooling

#sciencesunday   #brinicle   #supercooling   #discovery  ___

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2013-11-06 03:39:59 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

#halloween  2013

#halloween  2013___

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2013-10-31 23:20:28 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Google: New device, new platform
The Nexus 5 just landed in the play store!
Google is releasing as well the latest version of Android: 4.4 (KitKat), which will be gradually rolled out on the Nexus Family.

Full Specs and more on the play store.
More: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/android-for-all-and-new-nexus-5.html

#playstore   #android   #androidkitkat #nexus   #nexus5   

Google: New device, new platform
The Nexus 5 just landed in the play store!
Google is releasing as well the latest version of Android: 4.4 (KitKat), which will be gradually rolled out on the Nexus Family.

Full Specs and more on the play store.
More: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/android-for-all-and-new-nexus-5.html

#playstore   #android   #androidkitkat #nexus   #nexus5   ___

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2013-10-17 03:59:56 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The fight is over... for now.
Timeline of a shutdown, by +Jeremy Nixon

So, what was it all for?

Nothing. Two weeks of government shutdown, the country brought to the brink of disaster, an estimated $24 billion wasted, for nothing.

”If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.” —Jim DeMint, in 2009

It was supposed to be about Obamacare. Republicans, at long last, would give President Obama his Waterloo. The plan was months in the making: threaten to destroy the country unless the president’s signature health care plan is defunded.

Timing can be a real bastard, though. Government funding expired the same day the Affordable Care Act exchange opened for business – and funding for the ACA is already in place, so it went forward despite the shutdown. First point on the board: Republicans hate Obamacare so much, they shut down everything except Obamacare.

The rollout, of course, was a flaming disaster. The masses descended on healthcare.gov and found a broken mess instead of the health care they’d been promised. It would have been the top story – Obamacare is broken! – but it was buried by the shutdown, and the people who noticed thought it wasn’t working because the Republicans had shut down the government.

“There are not the votes in the House to pass a clean CR.” —John Boehner

Senator Ted Cruz had kicked things off the way so many of these fights begin, with a reading of Green Eggs And Ham on the Senate floor. But it all came down to one man: House Speaker John Boehner. Republicans and their running dogs tried with all their might to blame President Obama – he won’t negotiate! He won’t compromise! – but he had done both. He had totally caved, in fact, agreeing to the Republican budget level, not even trying to settle on a middle-ground, but that wasn’t enough for the Republicans. It wasn’t Waterloo. It wouldn’t break him. So Mr. Boehner blocked the Senate resolution from coming to the floor, even though it had enough support to pass. And people noticed.

All the House Democrats and enough Republicans stood ready to vote for the Senate CR, and people noticed. They noticed that John Boehner, individually, personally, could end the shutdown any time he wanted, by simply letting democracy work the way it’s supposed to. The clean CR can’t pass, he insisted, all evidence to the contrary.

Mr. Boehner had a dilemma. The radical Tea Party members of his caucus could, if they didn’t get what they wanted, start a coup and have him removed as speaker. It wouldn’t take many lost votes to deprive him of his majority, and relying on Democrats to save him would be equally humiliating. But if he let the government default, the ensuing disaster could end his speakership anyway. A narrow path to tread.

“The Park Service should be ashamed of themselves.” —Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)

Republicans accused the president of political games, for closing the parks and memorials they’d voted to close. They lambasted park rangers. They helped people bypass barricades. They protested their own government shutdown. Mr. Boehner tried passing narrow measures to open the popular parts of the government, but no one fell for the “shut it down except the parts we like” ploy.

They tried to pin it on Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader. “He won’t pass the perfectly good House bills!” they cried, despite Boehner’s own refusal to allow a vote on the Senate CR. Hypocrisy at its finest, and the polls were looking grim for the Republicans.

“We’re on a fool’s errand when we say we’re going to defund Obamacare.” —Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

It soon became clear that the president and the Senate weren’t going to throw Obamacare on the scrap heap of history, and so the goalposts began to move. What if we just delay it for a year? No?

Then came the individual mandate. How about delaying that for a year? But the president was having none of it. Threatening damage to the country to get a law repealed that you can’t repeal the right way? No, you don’t get to do that. It wasn’t long before Obamacare was off the table.

“We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.” —Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN)

Next on the table: repealing a medical device tax, something many Democrats were willing to entertain – but not with a gun to their heads. Repealing a tax no one outside the medical device industry cares about would be hard to sell as a victory, but it would be something, right? They had to get something. It didn’t much matter what. A shorter debt limit extension, so we can do this again at Christmas, perhaps? A longer commitment to sequestration?

Something other than total concession to the Republican budget level, that is: something they could have sold as a major victory if only they’d tried.

“I said earlier that I felt you had lost your minds. I no longer feel it. I know it. You all have lost it.” —Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)

The deadline looming, victory slipping away, their poll numbers at record lows, the Republicans begin desperately looking around for someone, anyone, to take health care away from. They found, sitting just across the room, their own staffers.

“Oi! You lot! What have you ever done to deserve health care?”

And so came the Vitter Amendment, stripping members of Congress and their staff, along with the president and his staff, of their employer contribution for health insurance. A big pay cut, especially for junior staffers making $30-40k a year.

Bizarrely, that was now what it was about: Republicans would blow up the country unless they were allowed to screw over their own staff. But the president said he would veto any such bill.

Finally, Mr. Boehner and his team had a bill they could get behind: reopen the government for six months at sequestration funding levels, delay the medical device tax, demand income verification for health care subsidies, and call for a budget conference. But wait: the bill would also forbid Treasury from using so-called “extraordinary measures” to avoid a debt default. That’s right: they wanted to make it easier to have a default in the future. This was it! The president had to cave! Boehner had his path to victory! 

But no. The bill was pulled at the last minute because he couldn’t find the votes in his own caucus to pass the damn thing. It wasn’t good enough for the radicals, and wouldn’t pass muster with the Democrats, either. Boehner’s hopes were dashed. Even Heritage Action and the Koch brothers had abandoned ship.

“This is a terrible deal.” —Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

And so it was back to the Senate. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, sat down and came up with a bill to fund the government through January 15, and suspend the debt limit until February 7. What do the Republicans get? A promise that the administration will look at income verification for health care subsidies, which is already part of Obamacare, and a promise of a budget conference, which the Democrats want anyway. That’s it.

It was enchilada night at Tortilla Coast, a restaurant on the Hill, and Ted Cruz convened a meeting of his wingnut caucus there to discuss their next move. Filibuster the deal? Try to amend it to dismantle Obamacare?

Nothing came of the Tortilla Coast Revolution. Mr. Cruz may have started all this, but he wouldn’t be finishing it. In the end, nothing remained of the Republican demands – they didn’t even get their coup against Speaker John Boehner, who, after all, fought to the bitter end.

“We fought the good fight, we just didn’t win.” —John Boehner

When it was all over, Mr. Boehner gathered the boys, the loyalists, in the lounge. He asked his assistant to fetch some Lagavulin, glasses, and ice – the same assistant whose health benefits he’d just tried to take away. She brought him a jug of Jim Beam and a stack of Dixie cups. The Lagavulin would flow in the staff lounges that night.

“Cheer up,” he said, choking down a swig of cheap bourbon. “I won. I’m still the Speaker.”

Eric Cantor stared awkwardly at his Dixie cup. That’s what it was all for?___The fight is over... for now.
Timeline of a shutdown, by +Jeremy Nixon

2013-10-16 01:42:06 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

More Boehner drama as the speaker of the House cancels the vote, caving once again to the tea party obstructionists . #enoughalready  
H-50 before debt ceiling deadline. Default would follow shortly after.

On the other side, the Senate is working on a bill to fund the government till January and raise the debt ceiling till February.

#shutdown   #governmentshutdown   #debtceiling   #default    #gopshutdown  

More Boehner drama as the speaker of the House cancels the vote, caving once again to the tea party obstructionists . #enoughalready  
H-50 before debt ceiling deadline. Default would follow shortly after.

On the other side, the Senate is working on a bill to fund the government till January and raise the debt ceiling till February.

#shutdown   #governmentshutdown   #debtceiling   #default    #gopshutdown  ___

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