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AI, bots and robots
- AI today and tomorrow is mostly about curve fitting, not intelligence
Important academic discussions around the ‘intelligence’ in AI are emerging. They help level set the reality of what’s possible now and into the future. Here’s your guide as to what is real and what’s imagined.
- DeepFovea: Neural Reconstruction for Foveated Rendering and Video Compression
- AI Winter
- Possible explanations for the slow progress of AI research
- How machine learning is revolutionising market intelligence
- Adobe Photoshop AI Detector
- Building an ID card reader from scratch with deep learning
- Japan wants foreign entrepreneurs, but what’s missing?
- Massachusetts state police have been testing out Boston Dynamics’ robot dog
Massachusetts State Police is the first law enforcement agency in the country to use Boston Dynamics’ dog-like robot, called Spot. That’s raising questions from civil rights advocates about how much oversight there should be over police robotics programs.
- SinGAN: Learning a Generative Model from a Single Natural Image
We introduce SinGAN, an unconditional generative model that can be learned
from a single natural image. Our model is trained to capture the internal
distribution of patches within the image, and is then able to generate high
quality, diverse samples that carry the same visual content as the image.
SinGAN contains a pyramid of fully convolutional GANs, each responsible for
learning the patch distribution at a different scale of the image. This allows
generating new samples of arbitrary size and aspect ratio, that have
significant variability, yet maintain both the global structure and the fine
textures of the training image. In contrast to pre
- Machine Learning on Encrypted Data Without Decrypting It
Let’s figure out what digit is shown in an encrypted image without ever decrypting it.
- Applying machine learning and deep learning methods to audio analysis
- Understanding the generalization of ‘lottery tickets’ in neural networks
The lottery ticket hypothesis suggests that by training DNNs from “lucky” initializations, we can train networks which are 10-100x smaller with minimal performance losses. In new work, we extend our understanding of this phenomenon in several ways.
- Go master Lee Se-dol says he quits, unable to win over AI Go players
SEOUL, Nov. 27 (Yonhap) — South Korean Go master Lee Se-dol, who retired from professiona…
- Building websites from Sketch using deep learning – public launch
- A list of papers on deep learning with anime style images
- Matrix Calculus for Deep Learning
Most of us last saw calculus in school, but derivatives are a critical part of machine learning, particularly deep neural networks, which are trained by optimizing a loss function. This article is an attempt to explain all the matrix calculus you need in order to understand the training of deep neural networks. We assume no math knowledge beyond what you learned in calculus 1, and provide links to help you refresh the necessary math where needed.
- Almond: An Open, Privacy-Preserving Virtual Assistant
- Cards Against Humanity’s Black Friday AI Challenge
- Neural Annealing: Toward a Neural Theory of Everything
- Disc rot is a challenge for both archivists and collectors
CDs and DVDs were sold to consumers as these virtually indestructible platters, but the truth, as exemplified by the “disc rot” phenomenon, is more complicated.
Blockchain and decentralization
- Hard Problems in Cryptocurrency: Five Years Later
- Dkeras: Distributed Keras Engine
- Distributed GSM / Multicast MS Lookup – Open Source Mobile Communications
- German parliament passes bill allowing banks to sell and store cryptocurrencies
- HSBC to shift $20B worth of assets to blockchain-based Digital Vault
Woman computer scientist of the week
Cloud and architecture
- Computer Architecture – ETH Zürich – Fall 2019
- Cloudmacs: access your Emacs in browser
- Bare Metal Solution: Enabling Specialized Workloads in Google Cloud
- Gross margins and SaaS companies
- Alexa Voice Service Integration for AWS IoT Core
- patchbay.pub – Poor man’s ngrok/IFTTT/serverless
- Wide Neural Networks of Any Architecture Are Gaussian Processes
- After WeWork, SoftBank’s Startup Bookkeeping Draws Scrutiny
- Managed OpenFaaS for Teams
- DeepPCB: Pure AI-Powered, Cloud-Native Printed Circuit Board Routing
Development and languages
- Programming with Effects
- Counting Flops and Other CPU Counters in Python
- Convert a physical chessboard into a digital one
- Numba: a JIT compiler for Python that works best on code that uses NumPy
- GitHub satanically messing with Markdown – changes 666 to DCLXVI
100% ESM. A new kind of package registry that does more for you. Write once, run on any platform.
- Legit: A CLI tool to make Git more accessible
- Lisp-Flavored Programming Languages
- Git-subtrac: all your Git submodules in one place
Long ago, I wrote git-subtree
to work around some of my annoyances with git submodules. I’ve learned a lot
since then, and the development e…
- Building a language server for the Muon programming language
I’m a big fan of interactive tool support for programming. I often use features like “go to definition”, “find symbol”, compile error underlining, etc. Also, earlier this year, I launched Muon, a new low-level programming language. As no tooling existed beyond the compiler, writing the initial Muon programs (such as a self hosted compiler) turned out to be a pretty interesting experience – for the first time in years I found myself writing code using nothing more than a text editor.
- Firefox browser will block the IAB’s DigiTrust universal ID
- JSONCrush on GitHub – Compress JSON into URI Friendly Strings
- Pgsh – branch Postgres like Git
- ElectronCGI – A Solution to Cross-Platform GUIs for .NET Core
- RoughViz: JS library for creating sketchy/hand-drawn style charts in the browser
- RMS: GitHub has done terrible harm to our community
- Interactive Programming for Artificial Intelligence
- Digital Tools I Wish Existed
- A Pythonic Object-Oriented Web Framework Built on Flask
- Making Git and Jupyter Notebooks play nice
- The Programmers’ Stone
- D. Richard Hipp’s GitHub Trip Report
Quote of the week
- Q: What is the difference between an object methodologist and a terrorist?
- A: You can negotiate with the terrorist.
- The Hidden Life of an Amazon User
- Three of Apple and Google’s former star chip designers launch NUVIA
- Three of Apple and Google’s former star chip designers launch NUVIA
- Amazon Go Cashierless Supermarkets, Pop-Up Stores Coming Soon
- Tesla Tripp Police Report Released
- I ditched Google for DuckDuckGo
- Edge vs. Chrome: Microsoft’s Tracking Prevention Hits Google the Hardest
- I am no longer able to use Google with Lynx
- The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and 3970X Review: 24 and 32 Cores on 7nm
- AMD Threadripper 3990X’s 64 cores promise monster rendering
- Bye Bye Microsoft Office. Hello LibreOffice
- Google Fires Four Workers, Including Staffer Tied to Protest
- Tesla Cybertruck vs. a Ford F-150: It’s All About Friction
- The Lego Group Acquires BrickLink
LEGO has today announced its acquisition of BrickLink . Read the full press release and our interview on this subject with Julia Goldin, Global Chief Marketing Officer at The LEGO Group, here:
- Can You Copyright Work Made by an Artificial Intelligence?
- Indiana manipulated report on Amazon worker’s death, investigation says
- Twitter prepares for cull of inactive users
Accounts inactive for more than six months will be deleted – including those of people who have died.
- This Is How Google Will Collapse
- Federal safety agency launches probe of Tesla battery fires
- Intel’s Behavior Is Pathetic – Core i9 10980XE Linus Tech Tips Review
- Twitter CEO Endorses DuckDuckGo
“I love @DuckDuckGo. My default search engine for a while now. The app is even better!”
- Something Changed at Tesla
- Twitter account deletions on ‘pause’ after outcry
Twitter apologises and admits a “miss on our part” when announcing it would start deleting inactive accounts.
- Tensorflow 2.0 AMD Support
I would be curious if Tensorflow 2.0 works with AMD Radeon VII? Also, if it is available, are there any benchmark comparison with 2080Ti on some standard network to see if we should invest in Radeo…
- Burned-Out Flash Trips Up Older Teslas
- Aubrey de Grey, PhD: “The Science of Curing Aging” (Talks at Google)
- AMD’s Ryzen Gang Is Currently Clobbering Intel on Salea
- Tesla Cybertruck may be unsafe for other road users, says ANCAP chief
ANCAP chief James Goodwin says angular design and steel construction of Tesla Cybertruck electric ute may pose safety risks to other road users such as pedestrians.
- AMD is dominating Intel in Amazon’s best-selling CPUs list
- Google AdWords charged me for clicks in Istanbul while location-targeting the US
Three months ago, I quit my job at Google to start my own company. This past week, I decided that I wanted to get a feel for how much it…
- An Introduction to Data Science on the Linux Command Line
- Buying a Knockoff of My Own Dress: An Educated Roast
- Tracking Pollen with Quantum Dots
- In Serbia, School Shooter with AK47 Got Beaten Up by PE Teacher
Nov 22, 2019. Velika Plana, Serbia. A shooting in Serbian high school saw a PE teacher confront and disarm a person carrying AK47, hand grenades and explosives, allowing the students to escape. Wit…
- What I have learned from my suicidal patients
The long read: A GP has minutes to try to convince a person that life is worth living. No wonder they always wonder what more they could have done
- Cryptoqueen: A woman scammed the world, then vanished
How did Ruja Ignatova make $4bn selling her fake cryptocurrency to the world – and where did she go?
- KiCad Joins Linux Foundation to Advance Electronic Design Automation
- Stop Teaching Code, Solicit Predictions Instead
- A Century of “Shrill”: How Bias in Technology Has Hurt Women’s Voices
- Learn Coq in Y Minutes
- Threadripper 3960X Compiles Linux Kernel in Under 30 Seconds
- Teacher Effects on Student Achievement and Height: A Cautionary Tale
- CS 007: Personal Finance for Engineers – Stanford University 2017-20
Stanford University 2017-20
- In defense of ‘flicks’ (or how I learned to stop worrying and love 705600000)
- The Vienna Bank Job
A storied bank helped Eastern European bankers loot their own institutions.
- Jor1k: Run Linux in the browser with multicore and network support
- Hours Worked by Women Age 55 to 61 Confound Labor Market Analysis
- Everything I know about Kubernetes I learned from a cluster of Raspberry Pis
- Lessons learned building an ML trading system
One of my recent side projects was building an automated trading system for the crypto markets. To be fair, I probably spent more time on this than on my full-time job, so calling it a side project may not be completely accurate. The internet is full of people ready to teach you about trading. Most are trying to sell you something, and many are mistaking random chance for skill. Coming from a technical background in scientific research and software engineering, I tried to ignore anything with little scientific validity, like technical analysis, or anything that looked like marketing BS.
- Hokkaido University historian arrested in China for possessing “forbidden book”
- The Rice University Neologisms Database
- McMindfulness: Capitalism hijacked the Buddhist teaching of mindfulness
- Adding MRI to screening reduces interval cancers in women with dense breasts
- To reduce energy consumption, give up GDP growth
- Many elementary teachers don’t understand math, and it makes them anxious
Many elementary school teachers are anxious about teaching math, and studies show their students learn less from them. Math should be taught by specialists starting in kindergarten.