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Ward Plunet

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Occupation: Neuroscientist (Neuroscientist : Neuroeconomist : eating entropy each day)

Location: Palo Alto, California, USA

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Google+13,170,264The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033617  
Sarah Hill2,874,048Calling all inhabitants of the Ghost Town.   Let's #HIRL in Austin, TX!!!   (Hangout In Real Life). Hear how ★ Plusketeers are using the +Google+  platform to create their own #humanmedia posse and how 2013 could be the year for + Google +.  Our venue only holds 100 so you *must RVSP* early and email googleplus@vu.com if you'd like to join us for lunch. +Veterans United is picking up the tab for free food and drinks but you're ghosts...so you don't eat much right?  ♥♥♥   #SXSWHIRL  HIRL in Austin, TX2013-03-09 12:00:00245  
Blythe Metz292,924This is a Hangout On Air, 4pm PST or 7pm EST, with +Marc Stevens and +Bradford Lowry . Dr. Marc Stevens will be discussing  ways to stay healthy this holiday. Please feel free to post your questions on this events page, We will be answering those questions during the HOA (hangout On Air). Staying Healthy This Holiday with Nutrition2012-12-18 01:00:0066  
Fraser Cain992,132To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004843  

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2016-08-19 15:58:59 (18 comments; 21 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

Revolutionary method to map the brain at single-neuron resolution is successfully demonstrated

Neuroscientists today publish in Neuron details of a revolutionary new way of mapping the brain at the resolution of individual neurons, which they have successfully demonstrated in the mouse brain. The new method, called MAPseq (Multiplexed Analysis of Projections by Sequencing), makes it possible in a single experiment to trace the long-range projections of large numbers of individual neurons from a specific region or regions to wherever they lead in the brain—in experiments that are many times less expensive, labor-intensive and time-consuming than current mapping technologies allow.

Most reshares: 33

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2016-08-23 01:33:34 (2 comments; 33 reshares; 54 +1s; )Open 

What’s the Difference Between Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning?

The easiest way to think of their relationship is to visualize them as concentric circles with AI — the idea that came first — the largest, then machine learning — which blossomed later, and finally deep learning — which is driving today’s AI explosion — fitting inside both.

Most plusones: 170

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2016-08-20 23:51:51 (2 comments; 15 reshares; 170 +1s; )Open 

Standing up for beliefs in face of group opposition is worth the effort, study shows

A new study that assessed bodily responses suggests that standing up for your beliefs, expressing your opinions and demonstrating your core values can be a positive psychological experience, report researchers.

link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160819162352.htm

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2016-08-24 16:11:44 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

One of the poorest countries in the EU could be its next tech-startup hub

When listing the world’s most promising places for tech and startups, you could be forgiven for overlooking Romania. During the almost three decades since a revolution lifted the nation out of communism the country has maintained a low profile internationally. Nonetheless, a quieter type of revolution has been percolating behind the scenes. Thanks to its unique culture, history, education system, and infrastructure, its capital city of Bucharest has bred a new generation of tech entrepreneurs who are hoping to put it on the startup map. Once known as the “Little Paris in the East” because of its wide boulevards and Belle Époque architecture, Bucharest’s modern-day moniker could just as fittingly include the word “Silicon”.

One of the poorest countries in the EU could be its next tech-startup hub

When listing the world’s most promising places for tech and startups, you could be forgiven for overlooking Romania. During the almost three decades since a revolution lifted the nation out of communism the country has maintained a low profile internationally. Nonetheless, a quieter type of revolution has been percolating behind the scenes. Thanks to its unique culture, history, education system, and infrastructure, its capital city of Bucharest has bred a new generation of tech entrepreneurs who are hoping to put it on the startup map. Once known as the “Little Paris in the East” because of its wide boulevards and Belle Époque architecture, Bucharest’s modern-day moniker could just as fittingly include the word “Silicon”.___

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2016-08-24 16:09:36 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Posh pods: Inside Tokyo's swankiest capsule hotels

Often located in the popular bar areas, the coffin-sized sleep spaces are notoriously frequented by Japanese salarymen in a drunken stupor who missed their last train home. Most are men-only. Now, a new kind of stylish capsule hotel is popping up across the country. With a blend of function and style, they attract both local business people and foreign hipsters in search of fashionable accommodation.

Posh pods: Inside Tokyo's swankiest capsule hotels

Often located in the popular bar areas, the coffin-sized sleep spaces are notoriously frequented by Japanese salarymen in a drunken stupor who missed their last train home. Most are men-only. Now, a new kind of stylish capsule hotel is popping up across the country. With a blend of function and style, they attract both local business people and foreign hipsters in search of fashionable accommodation.___

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2016-08-24 16:06:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Google's Antiaging company Calico will use Computational Biology and Machine Learning

Calico, a company focused on aging research and therapeutics, today announced that Daphne Koller, Ph.D., is joining the company as Chief Computing Officer. In this newly created position, Dr. Koller will lead the company’s computational biology efforts. She will build a team focused on developing powerful computational and machine learning tools for analyzing biological and medical data sets. She and her team will work closely with the biological scientists at Calico to design experiments and construct data sets that could provide a deeper understanding into the science of longevity and support the development of new interventions to extend healthy lifespan.

Google's Antiaging company Calico will use Computational Biology and Machine Learning

Calico, a company focused on aging research and therapeutics, today announced that Daphne Koller, Ph.D., is joining the company as Chief Computing Officer. In this newly created position, Dr. Koller will lead the company’s computational biology efforts. She will build a team focused on developing powerful computational and machine learning tools for analyzing biological and medical data sets. She and her team will work closely with the biological scientists at Calico to design experiments and construct data sets that could provide a deeper understanding into the science of longevity and support the development of new interventions to extend healthy lifespan.___

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2016-08-24 16:04:30 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

The immune system-body weight connection

A primary role of the immune system is fighting off harmful bacteria and viruses. However, recent studies have revealed additional roles of immune cells in other important host functions, such as controlling body weight.

The immune system-body weight connection

A primary role of the immune system is fighting off harmful bacteria and viruses. However, recent studies have revealed additional roles of immune cells in other important host functions, such as controlling body weight.___

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2016-08-24 15:59:40 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Videos from Deep Learning Summer School (Montreal 2016) are now up

Deep neural networks that learn to represent data in multiple layers of increasing abstraction have dramatically improved the state-of-the-art for speech recognition, object recognition, object detection, predicting the activity of drug molecules, and many other tasks. Deep learning discovers intricate structure in large datasets by building distributed representations, either via supervised, unsupervised or reinforcement learning. The Deep Learning Summer School 2016 is aimed at graduate students and industrial engineers and researchers who already have some basic knowledge of machine learning (and possibly but not necessarily of deep learning) and wish to learn more about this rapidly growing field of research.

Videos from Deep Learning Summer School (Montreal 2016) are now up

Deep neural networks that learn to represent data in multiple layers of increasing abstraction have dramatically improved the state-of-the-art for speech recognition, object recognition, object detection, predicting the activity of drug molecules, and many other tasks. Deep learning discovers intricate structure in large datasets by building distributed representations, either via supervised, unsupervised or reinforcement learning. The Deep Learning Summer School 2016 is aimed at graduate students and industrial engineers and researchers who already have some basic knowledge of machine learning (and possibly but not necessarily of deep learning) and wish to learn more about this rapidly growing field of research.___

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2016-08-24 14:57:03 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

An exclusive inside look at how artificial intelligence and machine learning work at Apple

No technical details, but people still might find it interesting for general background.



An exclusive inside look at how artificial intelligence and machine learning work at Apple

No technical details, but people still might find it interesting for general background.

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2016-08-24 01:05:36 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

World's largest vertical farm grows without soil, sunlight or water in Newark

An ambitious, almost fantastical, manifestation of agricultural technology is expected to come to fruition this fall. From the remains of an abandoned steel mill in Newark, New Jersey, the creators of AeroFarms are building what they say will be the largest vertical farm, producing two million pounds of leafy greens a year. Whether it even qualifies as a “farm” is a matter of taste. The greens will be manufactured using a technology called aeroponics, a technique in which crops are grown in vertical stacks of plant beds, without soil, sunlight or water.

World's largest vertical farm grows without soil, sunlight or water in Newark

An ambitious, almost fantastical, manifestation of agricultural technology is expected to come to fruition this fall. From the remains of an abandoned steel mill in Newark, New Jersey, the creators of AeroFarms are building what they say will be the largest vertical farm, producing two million pounds of leafy greens a year. Whether it even qualifies as a “farm” is a matter of taste. The greens will be manufactured using a technology called aeroponics, a technique in which crops are grown in vertical stacks of plant beds, without soil, sunlight or water.___

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2016-08-24 00:49:25 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Microsoft reveals secret HoloLens processor specs

At the Hot Chips conference in California this week, Microsoft devices engineer Nick Baker provided a presentation on exactly what's inside the HPU and how powerful it is. The Register reports that Microsoft's special custom-designed HPU is a TSMC-fabricated 28nm coprocessor that has 24 Tensilica DSP cores. It has around 65 million logic gates, 8MB of SRAM, and an additional layer of 1GB of low-power DDR3 RAM. That RAM is separate to the 1GB that's available for the Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor, and the HPU itself can handle around a trillion calculations per second.

Microsoft reveals secret HoloLens processor specs

At the Hot Chips conference in California this week, Microsoft devices engineer Nick Baker provided a presentation on exactly what's inside the HPU and how powerful it is. The Register reports that Microsoft's special custom-designed HPU is a TSMC-fabricated 28nm coprocessor that has 24 Tensilica DSP cores. It has around 65 million logic gates, 8MB of SRAM, and an additional layer of 1GB of low-power DDR3 RAM. That RAM is separate to the 1GB that's available for the Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor, and the HPU itself can handle around a trillion calculations per second.___

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2016-08-24 00:46:13 (1 comments; 8 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

A bad night’s sleep messes with your brain’s memory connections

This is why you feel so awful after a bad night’s sleep – your brain is jammed with yesterday’s news. Christoph Nissen at the University Medical Center in Freiburg, Germany, and his team examined the brains of 20 people after they’d slept well, and after a night of disruption. As well as performing worse in a memory test, they found that, after a bad night’s sleep, people had higher levels of theta brainwaves, and it was easier to stimulate their brains using magnetic pulses. These are both signs of stronger connectivity between neurons. As we form new memories, the connections between our neurons – called synapses – strengthen, building up over the course of a day. “The overall strength of connections between neurons increases with time awake, and eventually reaches a level of saturation after prolongedwakefulness or slee... more »

A bad night’s sleep messes with your brain’s memory connections

This is why you feel so awful after a bad night’s sleep – your brain is jammed with yesterday’s news. Christoph Nissen at the University Medical Center in Freiburg, Germany, and his team examined the brains of 20 people after they’d slept well, and after a night of disruption. As well as performing worse in a memory test, they found that, after a bad night’s sleep, people had higher levels of theta brainwaves, and it was easier to stimulate their brains using magnetic pulses. These are both signs of stronger connectivity between neurons. As we form new memories, the connections between our neurons – called synapses – strengthen, building up over the course of a day. “The overall strength of connections between neurons increases with time awake, and eventually reaches a level of saturation after prolonged wakefulness or sleep deprivation,” says Nissen. His team’s findings support the theory that sleep serves to weaken memory connections, making way for new ones. “Without this synaptic downscaling, the brain loses the capacity to form novel connections, impairing the encoding of novel memories,” says Nissen.___

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2016-08-23 18:41:47 (0 comments; 12 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Big data and hidden cameras are emerging as dangerous weapons in the gentrification wars

The gentrification wars have a dangerous new weapon: invasive surveillance technology. Earlier this summer, the Washington Post wrote about a disturbing tenant-screening software service called Tenant Assured. The service, provided by London startup Score Assured, scans the LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts of prospective tenants to create a “comprehensive” personality profile and risk score. The software tracks prospective tenants’ use of keywords like “poor” or “loan,” as well as activities such as frequent check-ins at bars. Using such information, the company boasts that it can highlight the top five personality traits of a potential tenant as well as any risks, offering features such as a “new to country alert.” It’s easy to see why Tenant Assured is gettingso much bad press. ... more »

Big data and hidden cameras are emerging as dangerous weapons in the gentrification wars

The gentrification wars have a dangerous new weapon: invasive surveillance technology. Earlier this summer, the Washington Post wrote about a disturbing tenant-screening software service called Tenant Assured. The service, provided by London startup Score Assured, scans the LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts of prospective tenants to create a “comprehensive” personality profile and risk score. The software tracks prospective tenants’ use of keywords like “poor” or “loan,” as well as activities such as frequent check-ins at bars. Using such information, the company boasts that it can highlight the top five personality traits of a potential tenant as well as any risks, offering features such as a “new to country alert.” It’s easy to see why Tenant Assured is getting so much bad press. It’s invasive, misleading, and potentially discriminatory. The “new to country” alert, for example, seems tailor-made to facilitate discrimination against immigrants. But Tenant Assured is actually only one of an impressive array of surveillance options available to today’s landlords. These high-tech tools raise important questions about how such technology could wind up promoting gentrification.___

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2016-08-23 18:35:02 (0 comments; 8 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Under the Hood of the Variational Autoencoder (in Prose and Code)

The Variational Autoencoder (VAE) neatly synthesizes unsupervised deep learning and variational Bayesian methods into one sleek package. In Part I of this series, we introduced the theory and intuition behind the VAE, an exciting development in machine learning for combined generative modeling and inference—“machines that imagine and reason.”

Under the Hood of the Variational Autoencoder (in Prose and Code)

The Variational Autoencoder (VAE) neatly synthesizes unsupervised deep learning and variational Bayesian methods into one sleek package. In Part I of this series, we introduced the theory and intuition behind the VAE, an exciting development in machine learning for combined generative modeling and inference—“machines that imagine and reason.”___

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2016-08-23 16:42:52 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Google Daydream VR will reportedly launch in ‘weeks'

Google is recruiting YouTube stars and other creators to build a catalog of exclusive material for its Daydream virtual reality platform, which will launch in "the coming weeks," says a Bloomberg report. Sources have told Bloomberg that Google is funding 360-degree videos from YouTube celebrities like Justine Ezarik, known as iJustine, and is spending "hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece" on various VR content and apps.

Google Daydream VR will reportedly launch in ‘weeks'

Google is recruiting YouTube stars and other creators to build a catalog of exclusive material for its Daydream virtual reality platform, which will launch in "the coming weeks," says a Bloomberg report. Sources have told Bloomberg that Google is funding 360-degree videos from YouTube celebrities like Justine Ezarik, known as iJustine, and is spending "hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece" on various VR content and apps.___

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2016-08-23 15:44:23 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

How a Curious Condition Solved a Neuroscientific Mystery

A stroke patient, neuroimaging—and Colombian guerrillas—helped settle a decades-long debate on how the brain understands words

h/t @primal on twitter 

How a Curious Condition Solved a Neuroscientific Mystery

A stroke patient, neuroimaging—and Colombian guerrillas—helped settle a decades-long debate on how the brain understands words

h/t @primal on twitter ___

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2016-08-23 15:25:35 (11 comments; 4 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

‘Mythica VR’ Looks Like a Dream Come True for ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Fans

And in order to make sure as many people can play this game as possible, Mythica VR is actually coming to a surprising number of platforms. Primarily, the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift with Touch will both be supported. But surprisingly, Arrowstorm is also developing the game for Cardboard and Google Daydream headsets. By networking two extra smartphones that you hold in your hands, they’re able to simulate what you need for motion controllers. “With this Kickstarter, we’ve tried to make it compatible with Cardboard and Daydream, so hopefully that increases the audience quite a bit,” Griffin explained.” Even if someone isn’t a VR fan already, they could see this and think it’s cool and not be required to drop thousands of dollars on all this new technology. Most people have retired, old smartphonesat home that can stil... more »

‘Mythica VR’ Looks Like a Dream Come True for ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Fans

And in order to make sure as many people can play this game as possible, Mythica VR is actually coming to a surprising number of platforms. Primarily, the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift with Touch will both be supported. But surprisingly, Arrowstorm is also developing the game for Cardboard and Google Daydream headsets. By networking two extra smartphones that you hold in your hands, they’re able to simulate what you need for motion controllers. “With this Kickstarter, we’ve tried to make it compatible with Cardboard and Daydream, so hopefully that increases the audience quite a bit,” Griffin explained.” Even if someone isn’t a VR fan already, they could see this and think it’s cool and not be required to drop thousands of dollars on all this new technology. Most people have retired, old smartphones at home that can still work on WiFi. That’s when we thought, well, we could just network the phones together and that’s an easy way to do it. The orientation is actually accurate enough that way. You don’t have positional tracking, but it’s a lot better than nothing.”

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2016-08-23 01:33:34 (2 comments; 33 reshares; 54 +1s; )Open 

What’s the Difference Between Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning?

The easiest way to think of their relationship is to visualize them as concentric circles with AI — the idea that came first — the largest, then machine learning — which blossomed later, and finally deep learning — which is driving today’s AI explosion — fitting inside both.

What’s the Difference Between Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning?

The easiest way to think of their relationship is to visualize them as concentric circles with AI — the idea that came first — the largest, then machine learning — which blossomed later, and finally deep learning — which is driving today’s AI explosion — fitting inside both.___

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2016-08-23 01:26:16 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

The MIT Lab That's Teaching Phones To Build Themselves

It looks exceedingly simple—and it is much simpler that most automated assembly techniques—but there are a number of complex ingredients involved that make it possible. First, the speed that the tumbler rotates has to be fast enough so that the components are tossed around, but not so fast that they break. The components also have a series of lock-and-key mechanisms that allows the proper connection between parts, and blocks the wrong ones. Lastly, there needs to be something that makes the parts "stick" once they connect, like adhesive or Velcro. In this case, Tibbits and team used magnets of varying polarity, so that only the parts that are meant to connect are strongly attracted to each other.

The MIT Lab That's Teaching Phones To Build Themselves

It looks exceedingly simple—and it is much simpler that most automated assembly techniques—but there are a number of complex ingredients involved that make it possible. First, the speed that the tumbler rotates has to be fast enough so that the components are tossed around, but not so fast that they break. The components also have a series of lock-and-key mechanisms that allows the proper connection between parts, and blocks the wrong ones. Lastly, there needs to be something that makes the parts "stick" once they connect, like adhesive or Velcro. In this case, Tibbits and team used magnets of varying polarity, so that only the parts that are meant to connect are strongly attracted to each other.___

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2016-08-23 00:55:27 (2 comments; 7 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

Body made entirely transparent to reveal nervous system

Body made entirely transparent to reveal nervous system___

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2016-08-23 00:54:22 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Rights groups decry plan to inspect social media of US-bound tourists

Calling it "highly invasive" and "ineffective," more than two dozen rights groups urged the US Department of Homeland Security on Monday to scrap a proposal asking the millions of tourists entering the country each year to reveal their "online presence," such as social media identities. The government announced in June that it wanted to implement the plan to give the DHS "clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity and connections." A coalition of 28 groups are not in favor. "This program would invade individual privacy and imperil freedom of expression while being ineffective and prohibitively expensive to implement and maintain," the organizations, led by the Center for Democracy & Technology, wrote the government.

Rights groups decry plan to inspect social media of US-bound tourists

Calling it "highly invasive" and "ineffective," more than two dozen rights groups urged the US Department of Homeland Security on Monday to scrap a proposal asking the millions of tourists entering the country each year to reveal their "online presence," such as social media identities. The government announced in June that it wanted to implement the plan to give the DHS "clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity and connections." A coalition of 28 groups are not in favor. "This program would invade individual privacy and imperil freedom of expression while being ineffective and prohibitively expensive to implement and maintain," the organizations, led by the Center for Democracy & Technology, wrote the government.___

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2016-08-22 18:46:35 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Former NSA Staffers: Rogue Insider Could Be Behind NSA Data Dump

There are a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the shocking dump of a slew of hacking tools used by an NSA-linked group earlier this week. But perhaps the biggest one is: who’s behind the leak? Who is behind the mysterious moniker “The Shadow Brokers”? So far, there’s no clear evidence pointing in any direction, but given the timing of the leak, and the simple fact that very few would have the capabilities and the motives to hack and shame the NSA publicly, some posited The Shadow Brokers could be Russian. But there’s another possibility. An insider could have stolen them directly from the NSA, in a similar fashion to how former NSA contractor Edward Snowden stole an untold number of the spy agency’s top secret documents. And this theory is being pushed by someone who claims to be, himself, a former NSAinsider. “M... more »

Former NSA Staffers: Rogue Insider Could Be Behind NSA Data Dump

There are a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the shocking dump of a slew of hacking tools used by an NSA-linked group earlier this week. But perhaps the biggest one is: who’s behind the leak? Who is behind the mysterious moniker “The Shadow Brokers”? So far, there’s no clear evidence pointing in any direction, but given the timing of the leak, and the simple fact that very few would have the capabilities and the motives to hack and shame the NSA publicly, some posited The Shadow Brokers could be Russian. But there’s another possibility. An insider could have stolen them directly from the NSA, in a similar fashion to how former NSA contractor Edward Snowden stole an untold number of the spy agency’s top secret documents. And this theory is being pushed by someone who claims to be, himself, a former NSA insider. “My colleagues and I are fairly certain that this was no hack, or group for that matter,” the former NSA employee told Motherboard. “This ‘Shadow Brokers’ character is one guy, an insider employee.”___

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2016-08-22 15:47:29 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

How to Build Confidence as an Machine Learning Developer

Good podcast with helpful tips to get started in machine learning. 

How to Build Confidence as an Machine Learning Developer

Good podcast with helpful tips to get started in machine learning. ___

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2016-08-22 15:43:55 (7 comments; 18 reshares; 94 +1s; )Open 

Sleep makes relearning faster and longer-lasting

Getting some sleep in between study sessions may make it easier to recall what you studied and relearn what you've forgotten, even six months later, according to new findings.

"Our results suggest that interleaving sleep between practice sessions leads to a twofold advantage, reducing the time spent relearning and ensuring a much better long-term retention than practice alone," explains psychological scientist Stephanie Mazza of the University of Lyon. "Previous research suggested that sleeping after learning is definitely a good strategy, but now we show that sleeping between two learning sessions greatly improves such a strategy." While studies have shown that both repeated practice and sleep can help improve memory, there is little research investigating how repetition and sleep influence memory when... more »

Sleep makes relearning faster and longer-lasting

Getting some sleep in between study sessions may make it easier to recall what you studied and relearn what you've forgotten, even six months later, according to new findings.

"Our results suggest that interleaving sleep between practice sessions leads to a twofold advantage, reducing the time spent relearning and ensuring a much better long-term retention than practice alone," explains psychological scientist Stephanie Mazza of the University of Lyon. "Previous research suggested that sleeping after learning is definitely a good strategy, but now we show that sleeping between two learning sessions greatly improves such a strategy." While studies have shown that both repeated practice and sleep can help improve memory, there is little research investigating how repetition and sleep influence memory when they are combined. Mazza and colleagues hypothesized that sleeping in between study sessions might make the relearning process more efficient, reducing the effort needed to commit information to memory.___

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2016-08-22 15:40:32 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Email and file encryption service Virtru, built by ex-NSA engineer, raises $29 million

Launched back in 2014, Virtru was founded by brothers John and Will Ackerly, both with a tech background in the government sector. Will, in fact, was a cloud security engineer with the NSA while John advised the White House on technology issues, including digital privacy, before leaving for private equity. The two had the idea to bring security and privacy to the applications people use every day – but in a way that made it easier to implement for the everyday user. The first product to debut was a Chrome and Firefox extension that integrated with popular email services like Gmail, which allowed users to secure their email with end-to-end encryption and specify how long the email could remain in someone’s inbox before being automatically deleted, or whether email forwarding was permitted. Since then,the... more »

Email and file encryption service Virtru, built by ex-NSA engineer, raises $29 million

Launched back in 2014, Virtru was founded by brothers John and Will Ackerly, both with a tech background in the government sector. Will, in fact, was a cloud security engineer with the NSA while John advised the White House on technology issues, including digital privacy, before leaving for private equity. The two had the idea to bring security and privacy to the applications people use every day – but in a way that made it easier to implement for the everyday user. The first product to debut was a Chrome and Firefox extension that integrated with popular email services like Gmail, which allowed users to secure their email with end-to-end encryption and specify how long the email could remain in someone’s inbox before being automatically deleted, or whether email forwarding was permitted. Since then, the company has brought its encryption, access control and data loss prevention (DLP) tools to services like Gmail, Google Drive, Yahoo, and Outlook (2010, 2013, 2016). It also has its own, standalone email apps available on Google Play and the iTunes App Store With the funding, it will work on expanding to other cloud platforms, such as Microsoft Office 365. It will also further develop its SDKs and APIs so software developers can integrate Virtru into their own applications.___

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2016-08-22 00:40:29 (0 comments; 8 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

How the NSA snooped on encrypted Internet traffic for a decade

In a revelation that shows how the National Security Agency was able to systematically spy on many Cisco Systems customers for the better part of a decade, researchers have uncovered an attack that remotely extracts decryption keys from the company's now-decommissioned line of PIX firewalls. The discovery is significant because the attack code, dubbed BenignCertain, worked on PIX versions Cisco released in 2002 and supported through 2009. Even after Cisco stopped providing PIX bug fixes in July 2009, the company continued offering limited service and support for the product for an additional four years. Unless PIX customers took special precautions, virtually all of them were vulnerable to attacks that surreptitiously eavesdropped on their VPN traffic. Beyond allowing attackers to snoop on encrypted VPN traffic, the key... more »

How the NSA snooped on encrypted Internet traffic for a decade

In a revelation that shows how the National Security Agency was able to systematically spy on many Cisco Systems customers for the better part of a decade, researchers have uncovered an attack that remotely extracts decryption keys from the company's now-decommissioned line of PIX firewalls. The discovery is significant because the attack code, dubbed BenignCertain, worked on PIX versions Cisco released in 2002 and supported through 2009. Even after Cisco stopped providing PIX bug fixes in July 2009, the company continued offering limited service and support for the product for an additional four years. Unless PIX customers took special precautions, virtually all of them were vulnerable to attacks that surreptitiously eavesdropped on their VPN traffic. Beyond allowing attackers to snoop on encrypted VPN traffic, the key extraction also makes it possible to gain full access to a vulnerable network by posing as a remote user.___

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2016-08-22 00:35:34 (2 comments; 12 reshares; 58 +1s; )Open 

Machine Learning is Fun Part 5: Language Translation with Deep Learning and the Magic of Sequences

It turns out that over the past two years, deep learning has totally rewritten our approach to machine translation. Deep learning researchers who know almost nothing about language translation are throwing together relatively simple machine learning solutions that are beating the best expert-built language translation systems in the world. The technology behind this breakthrough is called sequence-to-sequence learning. It’s very powerful technique that be used to solve many kinds problems. After we see how it is used for translation, we’ll also learn how the exact same algorithm can be used to write AI chat bots and describe pictures.

Machine Learning is Fun Part 5: Language Translation with Deep Learning and the Magic of Sequences

It turns out that over the past two years, deep learning has totally rewritten our approach to machine translation. Deep learning researchers who know almost nothing about language translation are throwing together relatively simple machine learning solutions that are beating the best expert-built language translation systems in the world. The technology behind this breakthrough is called sequence-to-sequence learning. It’s very powerful technique that be used to solve many kinds problems. After we see how it is used for translation, we’ll also learn how the exact same algorithm can be used to write AI chat bots and describe pictures.___

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2016-08-22 00:00:32 (10 comments; 11 reshares; 50 +1s; )Open 

A new AI is detecting depression using Instagram

A new AI programme has been developed to attempt to accurately detect signs of depression using Instagram photos. The study, carried out by researchers from Harvard University and the University of Vermont, used machine learning tools to identify markers of depression. It was found that the programme was 70 per cent accurate in detecting signs of depression, which was better than previous studies looking at the success rate of GPs diagnosing patients – normally around 42 per cent accurate.

A new AI is detecting depression using Instagram

A new AI programme has been developed to attempt to accurately detect signs of depression using Instagram photos. The study, carried out by researchers from Harvard University and the University of Vermont, used machine learning tools to identify markers of depression. It was found that the programme was 70 per cent accurate in detecting signs of depression, which was better than previous studies looking at the success rate of GPs diagnosing patients – normally around 42 per cent accurate.___

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2016-08-21 18:52:36 (14 comments; 7 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Why Feyisa Lilesa is the bravest athlete at the Olympics

Speaking at a press conference after the marathon, the runner revealed just how much he risked with the gesture. "If I go back to Ethiopia maybe they will kill me," he said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. "If I am not killed maybe they will put me in prison. [If ] they [do] not put me in prison they will block me at airport. I have got a decision. Maybe I move to another country."

Why Feyisa Lilesa is the bravest athlete at the Olympics

Speaking at a press conference after the marathon, the runner revealed just how much he risked with the gesture. "If I go back to Ethiopia maybe they will kill me," he said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. "If I am not killed maybe they will put me in prison. [If ] they [do] not put me in prison they will block me at airport. I have got a decision. Maybe I move to another country."___

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2016-08-21 18:20:32 (16 comments; 29 reshares; 94 +1s; )Open 

The stuff we really need is getting more expensive. Other stuff is getting cheaper.

For many Americans, in other words, that shiny new flat-screen TV is now more within reach financially than it’s ever been. But it has become harder to afford the house to put it in, food to eat in front of it, or the medical care to ensure you’ll outlive its extended warranty.

The stuff we really need is getting more expensive. Other stuff is getting cheaper.

For many Americans, in other words, that shiny new flat-screen TV is now more within reach financially than it’s ever been. But it has become harder to afford the house to put it in, food to eat in front of it, or the medical care to ensure you’ll outlive its extended warranty.___

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2016-08-21 16:10:19 (6 comments; 6 reshares; 72 +1s; )Open 

Most adults know more than 42,000 words

How many words do we know? It turns out that even language experts and researchers have a tough time estimating this. Armed with a new list of words and using the power of social media, a new study published in Frontiers in Psychology, has found that by the age of twenty, a native English speaking American knows 42 thousand dictionary words.

Most adults know more than 42,000 words

How many words do we know? It turns out that even language experts and researchers have a tough time estimating this. Armed with a new list of words and using the power of social media, a new study published in Frontiers in Psychology, has found that by the age of twenty, a native English speaking American knows 42 thousand dictionary words.___

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2016-08-20 23:51:51 (2 comments; 15 reshares; 170 +1s; )Open 

Standing up for beliefs in face of group opposition is worth the effort, study shows

A new study that assessed bodily responses suggests that standing up for your beliefs, expressing your opinions and demonstrating your core values can be a positive psychological experience, report researchers.

link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160819162352.htm

Standing up for beliefs in face of group opposition is worth the effort, study shows

A new study that assessed bodily responses suggests that standing up for your beliefs, expressing your opinions and demonstrating your core values can be a positive psychological experience, report researchers.

link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160819162352.htm___

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2016-08-20 19:42:16 (3 comments; 6 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-20 19:26:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

The reasons why Olympians have developed extreme body types

Darwinian “survival of the fittest” means that the bodies of Olympic athletes are becoming more specialized, more differentiated—and much more extreme. The gold medal shot-putter from the 1896 Games, American Robert Garrett, weighed 81 kilograms (179 lb); the 2008 and 2012 champion, Poland’s Tomasz Majewski, weighed in at 142 kg.

The reasons why Olympians have developed extreme body types

Darwinian “survival of the fittest” means that the bodies of Olympic athletes are becoming more specialized, more differentiated—and much more extreme. The gold medal shot-putter from the 1896 Games, American Robert Garrett, weighed 81 kilograms (179 lb); the 2008 and 2012 champion, Poland’s Tomasz Majewski, weighed in at 142 kg.___

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2016-08-19 21:48:28 (5 comments; 7 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Combining satellite imagery and machine learning to predict poverty

Measuring consumption and wealth remotely. Nighttime lighting is a rough proxy for economic wealth, and nighttime maps of the world show that many developing countries are sparsely illuminated. Jean et al. combined nighttime maps with high-resolution daytime satellite images (see the Perspective by Blumenstock). With a bit of machine-learning wizardry, the combined images can be converted into accurate estimates of household consumption and assets, both of which are hard to measure in poorer countries. Furthermore, the night- and day-time data are publicly available and nonproprietary.

Combining satellite imagery and machine learning to predict poverty

Measuring consumption and wealth remotely. Nighttime lighting is a rough proxy for economic wealth, and nighttime maps of the world show that many developing countries are sparsely illuminated. Jean et al. combined nighttime maps with high-resolution daytime satellite images (see the Perspective by Blumenstock). With a bit of machine-learning wizardry, the combined images can be converted into accurate estimates of household consumption and assets, both of which are hard to measure in poorer countries. Furthermore, the night- and day-time data are publicly available and nonproprietary.___

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2016-08-19 19:20:13 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

New lithium metal tech can create ultralight car batteries and thinner phones

Soon cars, drones, phones, and almost anything with a battery are about to get a boost from a new MIT spin-out, SolidEnergy Systems. The company promises to double the battery life of basic lithium ion batteries and will also offer smaller batteries with the power of bigger cells. Why is this technology important? Because it is better than current battery tech and can maintain a energy density of 400 Wh/kg, it’s non-flammable, and it can be manufactured inside existing factories. In short, it’s Li-ion 2.0.

New lithium metal tech can create ultralight car batteries and thinner phones

Soon cars, drones, phones, and almost anything with a battery are about to get a boost from a new MIT spin-out, SolidEnergy Systems. The company promises to double the battery life of basic lithium ion batteries and will also offer smaller batteries with the power of bigger cells. Why is this technology important? Because it is better than current battery tech and can maintain a energy density of 400 Wh/kg, it’s non-flammable, and it can be manufactured inside existing factories. In short, it’s Li-ion 2.0.___

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2016-08-19 18:41:14 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

VR Market In China Is "Crazy, Like Really Crazy

If you think you’ve been hearing a lot about virtual reality these days, it’s nothing compared to what’s going on in China. Here in the U.S., VR is very much in the news as hardware like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung’s Gear VR, and others have become mainstream products. But to people who know what’s going on in China, the VR ecosystem there has probably already surpassed that of the U.S. and Europe. And that’s to say nothing of the potential for further explosive growth that’s expected to come soon.

VR Market In China Is "Crazy, Like Really Crazy

If you think you’ve been hearing a lot about virtual reality these days, it’s nothing compared to what’s going on in China. Here in the U.S., VR is very much in the news as hardware like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung’s Gear VR, and others have become mainstream products. But to people who know what’s going on in China, the VR ecosystem there has probably already surpassed that of the U.S. and Europe. And that’s to say nothing of the potential for further explosive growth that’s expected to come soon.___

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2016-08-19 15:58:59 (18 comments; 21 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

Revolutionary method to map the brain at single-neuron resolution is successfully demonstrated

Neuroscientists today publish in Neuron details of a revolutionary new way of mapping the brain at the resolution of individual neurons, which they have successfully demonstrated in the mouse brain. The new method, called MAPseq (Multiplexed Analysis of Projections by Sequencing), makes it possible in a single experiment to trace the long-range projections of large numbers of individual neurons from a specific region or regions to wherever they lead in the brain—in experiments that are many times less expensive, labor-intensive and time-consuming than current mapping technologies allow.

Revolutionary method to map the brain at single-neuron resolution is successfully demonstrated

Neuroscientists today publish in Neuron details of a revolutionary new way of mapping the brain at the resolution of individual neurons, which they have successfully demonstrated in the mouse brain. The new method, called MAPseq (Multiplexed Analysis of Projections by Sequencing), makes it possible in a single experiment to trace the long-range projections of large numbers of individual neurons from a specific region or regions to wherever they lead in the brain—in experiments that are many times less expensive, labor-intensive and time-consuming than current mapping technologies allow.___

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2016-08-19 15:41:22 (0 comments; 20 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Hackers Trick Facial-Recognition Logins With Photos From Facebook (What Else?)

FACIAL RECOGNITION MAKES sense as a method for your computer to recognize you. After all, humans already use a powerful version of it to tell each other apart. But people can be fooled (disguises! twins!), so it’s no surprise that even as computer vision evolves, new attacks will trick facial recognition systems, too. Now researchers have demonstrated a particularly disturbing new method of stealing a face: one that’s based on 3-D rendering and some light Internet stalking. Earlier this month at the Usenix security conference, security and computer vision specialists from the University of North Carolina presented a system that uses digital 3-D facial models based on publicly available photos and displayed with mobile virtual reality technology to defeat facial recognition systems. A VR-style face, renderedin ... more »

Hackers Trick Facial-Recognition Logins With Photos From Facebook (What Else?)

FACIAL RECOGNITION MAKES sense as a method for your computer to recognize you. After all, humans already use a powerful version of it to tell each other apart. But people can be fooled (disguises! twins!), so it’s no surprise that even as computer vision evolves, new attacks will trick facial recognition systems, too. Now researchers have demonstrated a particularly disturbing new method of stealing a face: one that’s based on 3-D rendering and some light Internet stalking. Earlier this month at the Usenix security conference, security and computer vision specialists from the University of North Carolina presented a system that uses digital 3-D facial models based on publicly available photos and displayed with mobile virtual reality technology to defeat facial recognition systems. A VR-style face, rendered in three dimensions, gives the motion and depth cues that a security system is generally checking for. The researchers used a VR system shown on a smartphone’s screen for its accessibility and portability.___

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2016-08-19 14:29:15 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Mother Jones shows investigative journalism matters — and needs a new model

Mother Jones shows investigative journalism matters — and needs a new model___

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2016-08-19 00:20:50 (0 comments; 7 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

Similar brain connectivity during rest and tasks linked to better mental performance

A brain on task differs from a brain at rest. But, how much it differs could depend on the cognitive ability of the person whose brain is being studied. New research published August 17 in The Journal of Neuroscience suggests greater similarity between brain connectivity at rest and on task may be associated with better mental performance. The study suggests that general cognitive ability may be the result of well-tuned brain network updates, said study author Michael Cole of Rutgers University. "The results also suggest that if we can figure out how to better tune these networks, we can possibly influence cognitive ability generally."

Similar brain connectivity during rest and tasks linked to better mental performance

A brain on task differs from a brain at rest. But, how much it differs could depend on the cognitive ability of the person whose brain is being studied. New research published August 17 in The Journal of Neuroscience suggests greater similarity between brain connectivity at rest and on task may be associated with better mental performance. The study suggests that general cognitive ability may be the result of well-tuned brain network updates, said study author Michael Cole of Rutgers University. "The results also suggest that if we can figure out how to better tune these networks, we can possibly influence cognitive ability generally."___

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2016-08-18 20:42:34 (11 comments; 19 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

Study confirms long-term effects of 'chemobrain' in mice

Women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer have long complained of lingering cognitive impairments after treatment. These effects are referred to as "chemobrain," a feeling of mental fogginess. A new study from the University of Illinois reports long-lasting cognitive impairments in mice when they are administered a chemotherapy regimen used to treat breast cancer in humans.

Study confirms long-term effects of 'chemobrain' in mice

Women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer have long complained of lingering cognitive impairments after treatment. These effects are referred to as "chemobrain," a feeling of mental fogginess. A new study from the University of Illinois reports long-lasting cognitive impairments in mice when they are administered a chemotherapy regimen used to treat breast cancer in humans.___

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2016-08-18 18:06:29 (3 comments; 11 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Image Completion with Deep Learning in TensorFlow

Content-aware fill is a powerful tool designers and photographers use to fill in unwanted or missing parts of images. Image completion and inpainting are closely related technologies used to fill in missing or corrupted parts of images. There are many ways to do content-aware fill, image completion, and inpainting. In this blog post, I present Raymond Yeh and Chen Chen et al.’s paper “Semantic Image Inpainting with Perceptual and Contextual Losses,” which was just posted on arXiv on July 26, 2016. This paper shows how to use deep learning for image completion with a DCGAN. This blog post is meant for a general technical audience with some deeper portions for people with a machine learning background. I’ve added [ML-Heavy] tags to sections to indicate that the section can be skipped if you don’t want too many details. We will onlylook at t... more »

Image Completion with Deep Learning in TensorFlow

Content-aware fill is a powerful tool designers and photographers use to fill in unwanted or missing parts of images. Image completion and inpainting are closely related technologies used to fill in missing or corrupted parts of images. There are many ways to do content-aware fill, image completion, and inpainting. In this blog post, I present Raymond Yeh and Chen Chen et al.’s paper “Semantic Image Inpainting with Perceptual and Contextual Losses,” which was just posted on arXiv on July 26, 2016. This paper shows how to use deep learning for image completion with a DCGAN. This blog post is meant for a general technical audience with some deeper portions for people with a machine learning background. I’ve added [ML-Heavy] tags to sections to indicate that the section can be skipped if you don’t want too many details. We will only look at the constrained case of completing missing pixels from images of faces. I have released all of the TensorFlow source code behind this post on GitHub at bamos/dcgan-completion.tensorflow.

We’ll approach image completion in three steps.

1) We’ll first interpret images as being samples from a probability distribution.
2) This interpretation lets us learn how to generate fake images.
3) Then we’ll find the best fake image for completion.___

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2016-08-18 17:58:01 (0 comments; 11 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research lab releases open source fastText on GitHub

Not to brag but Facebook says that the new open source technology can be “trained on more than 1 billion words in less than 10 minutes using a standard multicore CPU. fastText can also classify a half-million sentences among more than 300,000 categories in less than five minutes.”

Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research lab releases open source fastText on GitHub

Not to brag but Facebook says that the new open source technology can be “trained on more than 1 billion words in less than 10 minutes using a standard multicore CPU. fastText can also classify a half-million sentences among more than 300,000 categories in less than five minutes.”___

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2016-08-18 16:12:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Project Alloy And Other Intel VR Prototypes Up Close

Intel’s Project Alloy is an all in one VR headset with inside out positional tracking, hand tracking and mixed reality integration with the people and objects in front of you. Intel plans to offer the technology to partners in late 2017 so we could see headsets available to consumers based on the technology likely sometime in 2018.

Project Alloy And Other Intel VR Prototypes Up Close

Intel’s Project Alloy is an all in one VR headset with inside out positional tracking, hand tracking and mixed reality integration with the people and objects in front of you. Intel plans to offer the technology to partners in late 2017 so we could see headsets available to consumers based on the technology likely sometime in 2018.___

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2016-08-18 16:07:03 (1 comments; 9 reshares; 46 +1s; )Open 

Studies find that manipulating gut microbes may reverse the negative effect of a high fat

Did you know that your gut sends neural messages to the brain to tell it when it is full? Researchers at the University of Georgia, Binghamton University, and Pennsylvania State University have now found that chronic consumption of high fat foods disturbs these neural messages in rats by shifting the populations of bacteria that ordinarily reside inside the gut. Delaying the fullness message can lead to overeating and eventual weight gain. Dr. Claire de La Serre and colleagues found that this negative effect may be reversed by manipulating the gut microbes. This research is to be presented this week at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB), the foremost society for research into all aspects of eating and drinking behavior.

Studies find that manipulating gut microbes may reverse the negative effect of a high fat

Did you know that your gut sends neural messages to the brain to tell it when it is full? Researchers at the University of Georgia, Binghamton University, and Pennsylvania State University have now found that chronic consumption of high fat foods disturbs these neural messages in rats by shifting the populations of bacteria that ordinarily reside inside the gut. Delaying the fullness message can lead to overeating and eventual weight gain. Dr. Claire de La Serre and colleagues found that this negative effect may be reversed by manipulating the gut microbes. This research is to be presented this week at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB), the foremost society for research into all aspects of eating and drinking behavior.___

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2016-08-18 16:05:23 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Stealing bitcoins with badges: How Silk Road’s dirty cops got caught

DEA Special Agent Carl Force wanted his money—real cash, not just numbers on a screen—and he wanted it fast. It was October 2013, and Force had spent the past couple of years working on a Baltimore-based task force investigating the darknet's biggest drug site, Silk Road. During that time, he had also carefully cultivated several lucrative side projects all connected to Bitcoin, the digital currency Force was convinced would make him rich. One of those schemes had been ripping off the man who ran Silk Road, "Dread Pirate Roberts." That plan was now falling apart. As it turns out, the largest online drug market in history had been run by a 29-year-old named Ross Ulbricht, who wasn’t as safe behind his screen as he imagined he was. Ulbricht had been arrested earlier that month in the San FranciscoPublic ... more »

Stealing bitcoins with badges: How Silk Road’s dirty cops got caught

DEA Special Agent Carl Force wanted his money—real cash, not just numbers on a screen—and he wanted it fast. It was October 2013, and Force had spent the past couple of years working on a Baltimore-based task force investigating the darknet's biggest drug site, Silk Road. During that time, he had also carefully cultivated several lucrative side projects all connected to Bitcoin, the digital currency Force was convinced would make him rich. One of those schemes had been ripping off the man who ran Silk Road, "Dread Pirate Roberts." That plan was now falling apart. As it turns out, the largest online drug market in history had been run by a 29-year-old named Ross Ulbricht, who wasn’t as safe behind his screen as he imagined he was. Ulbricht had been arrested earlier that month in the San Francisco Public Library by federal agents with their guns drawn.___

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2016-08-18 16:01:45 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Uber’s first self-driving cars will start picking up passengers this month

It’s been a while since news broke in early 2015 that Uber was working on self-driving cars. Earlier this year, the company openly admitted it was testing cars in Pittsburgh, but we haven’t heard much more over the last 18 months. With Google, the self-driving car leader, slowly making progress with its autonomous cars, you’d be forgiven for thinking Uber’s efforts are far behind and barely visible in its frenemy‘s rearview mirror. Well think again! It turns out Uber has been making very rapid progress on its plan to replace its one million-plus drivers with computers. Bad news if you’re an Uber driver…In an interview with Bloomberg, CEO Travis Kalanick revealed that the company is preparing to add self-driving cars to its fleet of active drivers in Pittsburgh as soon as this month.

Uber’s first self-driving cars will start picking up passengers this month

It’s been a while since news broke in early 2015 that Uber was working on self-driving cars. Earlier this year, the company openly admitted it was testing cars in Pittsburgh, but we haven’t heard much more over the last 18 months. With Google, the self-driving car leader, slowly making progress with its autonomous cars, you’d be forgiven for thinking Uber’s efforts are far behind and barely visible in its frenemy‘s rearview mirror. Well think again! It turns out Uber has been making very rapid progress on its plan to replace its one million-plus drivers with computers. Bad news if you’re an Uber driver…In an interview with Bloomberg, CEO Travis Kalanick revealed that the company is preparing to add self-driving cars to its fleet of active drivers in Pittsburgh as soon as this month.___

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2016-08-18 00:52:29 (17 comments; 8 reshares; 66 +1s; )Open 

Neuroprosthesis to mimic, repair and improve cognition

I don't think this will be happening in the near future - but interesting potential.

Kernel is a startup that has a mission to dramatically increase quality of life as we increasingly extend healthy lifespans. They have developed a ready-for-the-clinic brain prosthetic to help people with memory problems. The broad target market includes people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, as well as those who have suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury. Surgeons will one day implant Kernel’s tiny device in their patients’ brains—specifically in the brain region called the hippocampus. There, the device’s electrodes will electrically stimulate certain neurons to help them do their job—turning incoming information about the world into long-term memories. In Berger’s approach, electrodes in thehippocampus f... more »

Neuroprosthesis to mimic, repair and improve cognition

I don't think this will be happening in the near future - but interesting potential.

Kernel is a startup that has a mission to dramatically increase quality of life as we increasingly extend healthy lifespans. They have developed a ready-for-the-clinic brain prosthetic to help people with memory problems. The broad target market includes people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, as well as those who have suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury. Surgeons will one day implant Kernel’s tiny device in their patients’ brains—specifically in the brain region called the hippocampus. There, the device’s electrodes will electrically stimulate certain neurons to help them do their job—turning incoming information about the world into long-term memories. In Berger’s approach, electrodes in the hippocampus first record electrical signals from certain neurons as they learn something new and encode the memory. These electrical signals are the result of neurons “firing” in specific patterns. Berger studied how electrical signals associated with learning are translated into signals associated with storing that information in long-term memory. Then his lab built mathematical models that take any input (learning) signal, and produce the proper output (memory) signal.___

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2016-08-17 22:36:23 (0 comments; 7 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Watch The Microsoft HoloLens Project a 360-Video Into the Real World

Admittedly, at first glance the HoloLens video featured above might not look like mind-blowing stuff, but this isn’t about the quality of the visuals. Instead, this is about where the images are coming from, how they were generated, and where they’re being projected. Jim Reichert, a Senior Creative Technologist at Microsoft, flagged this up to me as he’s a huge fan of Second Life, an online, multiplayer social virtual world, and was excited when last week the first 360 video footage was recorded in the SL Metaverse, featuring Jo Yardley’s authentic rebuild of 1920s Berlin. Since Jim’s role at Microsoft involves overseeing ‘next gen experiences’ (one of the coolest job titles I have ever heard of) he wanted to check out how this footage would look when projected onto HoloLens. As this was a quick pilot, hedecided to lo... more »

Watch The Microsoft HoloLens Project a 360-Video Into the Real World

Admittedly, at first glance the HoloLens video featured above might not look like mind-blowing stuff, but this isn’t about the quality of the visuals. Instead, this is about where the images are coming from, how they were generated, and where they’re being projected. Jim Reichert, a Senior Creative Technologist at Microsoft, flagged this up to me as he’s a huge fan of Second Life, an online, multiplayer social virtual world, and was excited when last week the first 360 video footage was recorded in the SL Metaverse, featuring Jo Yardley’s authentic rebuild of 1920s Berlin. Since Jim’s role at Microsoft involves overseeing ‘next gen experiences’ (one of the coolest job titles I have ever heard of) he wanted to check out how this footage would look when projected onto HoloLens. As this was a quick pilot, he decided to lower the resolution and frame rate so he could iterate it faster, hence the rough-and-ready look.___

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2016-08-17 22:06:08 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

The Internet’s Safe Harbor Just Got a Little Less Safe

ONE OF THE most important laws protecting online speech is also one of the worst. You’ve probably heard of it. In 1998, President Bill Clinton passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA. It’s the law that, for example, makes it all too easy for companies to have embarrassing content removed from sites like YouTube by issuing bogus takedown requests, claiming that the content violates their copyright—no presumption of innocence required. But the DMCA also contains one incredibly important section: the so-called safe harbor provision. Thanks to safe harbor, companies can’t be held liable for copyright violations committed by their users, so long as the companies take reasonable steps to ensure that repeat offenders are banned from their services. Post a pirated copy of Ghostbusters to YouTube via your Comcast Internetconnectio... more »

The Internet’s Safe Harbor Just Got a Little Less Safe

ONE OF THE most important laws protecting online speech is also one of the worst. You’ve probably heard of it. In 1998, President Bill Clinton passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA. It’s the law that, for example, makes it all too easy for companies to have embarrassing content removed from sites like YouTube by issuing bogus takedown requests, claiming that the content violates their copyright—no presumption of innocence required. But the DMCA also contains one incredibly important section: the so-called safe harbor provision. Thanks to safe harbor, companies can’t be held liable for copyright violations committed by their users, so long as the companies take reasonable steps to ensure that repeat offenders are banned from their services. Post a pirated copy of Ghostbusters to YouTube via your Comcast Internet connection? That’s on you, the DMCA says, not on YouTube or Comcast. But after a recent court decision, that safe harbor doesn’t look so safe anymore.___

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2016-08-17 16:05:37 (12 comments; 10 reshares; 82 +1s; )Open 

Replacing just one sugary drink with water could significantly improve health

If people replace just one calorie-laden drink with water, they can reduce body weight and improve overall health, according to a Virginia Tech researcher. "Regardless of how many servings of sugar-sweetened beverages you consume, replacing even just one serving can be of benefit," said Kiyah J. Duffey, an adjunct faculty member of human nutrition, foods, and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and independent nutrition consultant. Consuming additional calories from sugary beverages like soda, energy drinks, and sweetened coffee can increase risk of weight gain and obesity, as well as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Replacing just one sugary drink with water could significantly improve health

If people replace just one calorie-laden drink with water, they can reduce body weight and improve overall health, according to a Virginia Tech researcher. "Regardless of how many servings of sugar-sweetened beverages you consume, replacing even just one serving can be of benefit," said Kiyah J. Duffey, an adjunct faculty member of human nutrition, foods, and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and independent nutrition consultant. Consuming additional calories from sugary beverages like soda, energy drinks, and sweetened coffee can increase risk of weight gain and obesity, as well as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.___

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2016-08-16 23:48:59 (10 comments; 21 reshares; 130 +1s; )Open 

Diet and exercise can reduce protein build-ups linked to Alzheimer's

A study by researchers at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior has found that a healthy diet, regular physical activity and a normal body mass index can reduce the incidence of protein build-ups that are associated with the onset of Alzheimer's disease. In the study, 44 adults ranging in age from 40 to 85 (mean age: 62.6) with mild memory changes but no dementia underwent an experimental type of PET scan to measure the level of plaque and tangles in the brain. Researchers also collected information on participants' body mass index, levels of physical activity, diet and other lifestyle factors. Plaque, deposits of a toxic protein called beta-amyloid in the spaces between nerve cells in the brain; and tangles, knotted threads of the tau protein found within brain cells, are considered... more »

Diet and exercise can reduce protein build-ups linked to Alzheimer's

A study by researchers at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior has found that a healthy diet, regular physical activity and a normal body mass index can reduce the incidence of protein build-ups that are associated with the onset of Alzheimer's disease. In the study, 44 adults ranging in age from 40 to 85 (mean age: 62.6) with mild memory changes but no dementia underwent an experimental type of PET scan to measure the level of plaque and tangles in the brain. Researchers also collected information on participants' body mass index, levels of physical activity, diet and other lifestyle factors. Plaque, deposits of a toxic protein called beta-amyloid in the spaces between nerve cells in the brain; and tangles, knotted threads of the tau protein found within brain cells, are considered the key indicators of Alzheimer's. The study found that each one of several lifestyle factors—a healthy body mass index, physical activity and a Mediterranean diet—were linked to lower levels of plaques and tangles on the brain scans. (The Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, cereals and fish and low in meat and dairy, and characterized by a high ratio of monounsaturated to saturated fats, and mild to moderate alcohol consumption.)

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