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Ever wanted to teach yourself AI? Here's 19 online classes from Stanford to MIT

For some us, AI is kind of an iffy proposition. To many, it is nebulous enough to seem like it might replace us or our jobs. And the harbingers of …

Artificial Intelligence

LTFN 1: Intro to TensorFlow

<i>Part of the series Learn TensorFlow Now</i><p>Over the next few posts, we’ll build a neural network that accurately reads handwritten digits. We’ll go …

The Most Impressive Things A.I. Accomplished This Year

2017 has been a booming year for the field of artificial intelligence. While A.I. and data-focused machine learning have been around for decades, the …

Open Neural Network Exchange Project Aims To Bring Interoperability Among Deep Learning Frameworks

AWS, Facebook and Microsoft have collaborated to build Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX), which makes it possible to reuse trained neural network models across multiple frameworks. Since its announcement in September 2017, various players including AMD, ARM, IBM, Intel, Huawei, NVIDIA and …

Deep Learning

My Favorite Deep Learning Papers of 2017

Even with so many deep learning papers coming out this year, there were a few publications I felt managed to rise above the rest. Here are the five …

A Nobel Prize-winning economist thinks we’re asking all the wrong questions about inequality

America is trying to come to terms with its economic inequality. Does inequality spur growth or kill it? Is it a necessary evil—or necessarily bad? Angus Deaton, an economics professor at Princeton, and the recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in economics, is asked questions like these all the …

Alchemy, Rigour and Engineering

Like many of you, I thoroughly enjoyed Ali Rahimi's NIPS talk in response to winning the test-of time award for their work on random kitchen sinks. I …

Optimization for Deep Learning Highlights in 2017

Table of contents:• Improving Adam• Decoupling weight decay<br>• Fixing the exponential moving average<br>• Tuning the learning rate<br>• Warm restarts• SGD with …

Machine Learning with C++

The C++ code in this repository is a hopefully accurate port of the python code in Michael Nielsen's book Neural Networks and Deep Learning. I …

Machine Learning

Apple just gave us all a look inside the AI of its secretive self-driving car project

Apple is beginning to show the world that it’s undertaking real, competitive research for its secretive autonomous car project.<p>The company is working on a new approach to make self-driving cars understand where other cars, cyclists, and pedestrians are located nearby, by reading data from a LiDAR …

Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough & Billie Jean King on Tennis, Equality & the Battle of the Sexes

One of the most important sporting events of the 20th century took place at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas, on September 20, 1973. It starred the …

1967 war: Six days that changed the Middle East

<b>Fifty years ago, war broke out between Israel and its neighbours. The conflict lasted just six days but its effect would last to the present day.</b><p>At the end of 1948, Israel's Arab neighbours had invaded to try to destroy the new state, and failed. The Egyptian army had been beaten, but a force …

Philistines sailed with their pigs to ancient Israel

The Sea Peoples who came to the southern Levantine coast from the Aegean and elsewhere 3,200 years ago sailed with pigs on board, says a new …

Wars are not won by military genius or decisive battles

War is the most complex, physically and morally demanding enterprise we undertake. No great art or music, no cathedral or temple or mosque, no …

What was the Korean War? The 1950s-era conflict is why North Korea still hates us today.

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea continue to escalate — but for North Koreans, feelings of aggression and anger toward America are nothing …

How Did the Nazis Really Lose World War II?

Of the countless history books, TV documentaries and feature films made about World War II, many accept a similar narrative of the war in the West: …

From Wristwatches To Radio, How World War I Ushered In The Modern World

Imagine you're a military officer in World War I. Armies have grown so large, you can no longer communicate just by the sound of your voice or the wave of your hand. You need to synchronize movements of troops and artillery, far and wide.<p>You need a wristwatch.<p>"The entire process of using artillery …

Watches

I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it | Tim Berners-Lee

It has taken all of us to build the web we have, and now it is up to all of us to build the web we want – for everyone<p>Today marks 28 years since I submitted my original proposal for the worldwide web. I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, …

Tim Berners Lee

Middlebury Reckons With a Protest Gone Wrong

Professors and students—many of whom emphatically disagree with Charles Murray—are concerned about attacks on his right to speak on their campus.<p>Last week, Middlebury College, a Vermont liberal arts school with about 2,500 students, became the latest campus to make national headlines due to …

The brutal brilliance of Genghis Khan

Yes, he was a ruthless killer, but the Mongol leader was also one of the most gifted military innovators of any age...<p><i>This article was first</i> …

World History

No Peak Oil For America Or The World

Oil is more plentiful than you can imagine. And we keep figuring out easier and more economical ways to get it out of the ground.<p>In 1938, the famous geologist M. King Hubbert came up with the concept of peak oil, which is defined as having extracted half of the recoverable, conventional oil …

Peak Oil

Native Americans Invented Our Gun Culture—and Yes, We Stole That, Too

Conventional wisdom locates the origins of America’s bizarre gun culture in the experiences of frontiersmen on the fault lines of civilization, and …

Native Americans

NASA Released Its Software for Free. Here's What You Need to Download.

Who Doesn’t Like Free Stuff?<p>NASA has just released its 2017-2018 software catalog, and everything is available for free download, without any royalty …

We used to have six more letters in the English alphabet

Along quaint New England streets, you’ll probably spot a sign or two declaring itself “Ye Olde Tavern” or “Ye Old Soda Shoppe.” But before you adopt a British accent and order a pint of ale inside, there’s a bit of history you should know.<p>Phrases like <i>ye olde</i> are actually just some of the late 19th …

Mission unaccomplished, 15 years later: The misuse of American military power, the Middle East in chaos

<b>(AP Photo/Krzysztof Zatycki)</b><p>The United States has already lost — its war for the Middle East, that is<p>Danny Sjursen<p>February 25, 2017 10:58am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>The United States has already lost — its war for the Middle East, that is. Having taken my own crack at …

Five myths about treason

By Carlton F.W. Larson<p><i>Carlton F.W. Larson is a professor of law at the University of California at Davis and is writing a book about treason and the American Revolution.</i><p>President Trump promised to do things differently, but the resignation of a national security adviser under a cloud of suspicion …

National Security

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 55 – Personal Memoirs by Ulysses S Grant (1885)

The civil war general turned president was a reluctant author, but set the gold standard for presidential memoirs<p>According to Mark Twain, these are “the best [memoirs] of any general’s since Caesar”, but we have to take that verdict with a pinch of salt: Twain was also Grant’s publisher. As a …

Literature

Reluctant First Lady? Melania Trump Wouldn’t Be the First to Claim That Title

Being first lady is technically a job without any official responsibilities, if you don’t count the expectations of the president, his staff, American voters and a few thousand journalists.<p>But, like her husband, Melania Trump has shown that she is willing to defy what is expected of her.<p>This week, …

Armchair archaeology: find lost civilisations using your laptop

Ever fancied making like Indiana Jones and searching for ancient treasures? Now you can do it in your pyjamas<p>Indiana Jones had to eat chilled monkey brains, escape from snake pits and punch Nazis. I’m at home in my pyjamas, looking at blurry bits of ground and using 90 seconds of training to click …