Mike C.

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A 4-Day Workweek? A Test Run Shows a Surprising Result

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A New Zealand firm that let its employees work four days a week while being paid for five says the experiment was so successful that it hoped to make the change permanent.<p>The firm, Perpetual Guardian, which manages trusts, wills and estates, found the change actually …

New Zealand

Tokyo's spectacular digital art museum makes visitors part of the art

An innovative and quite incredible new attraction has opened its doors in Tokyo, with the Mori Building in the Japanese capital hosting what is …

Digital Art

Amazon Orders Sci-Fi Series ‘Tales From the Loop’

Amazon has given a series order to “Tales From the Loop,” a science fiction drama from “Legion” writer Nathaniel Halpern. The project is a …

Amazon Studios

Artificial Intelligence (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

1. The History of AI<p>The field of artificial intelligence (AI) officially started in 1956, launched by a small but now-famous DARPA-sponsored summer …

Artificial Intelligence

Hierarchical Clustering with Python and Scikit-Learn

Hierarchical clustering is a type of unsupervised machine learning algorithm used to cluster unlabeled data points. Like K-means clustering, …

Data Science

This sun-chasing robot looks after the plant on its head

Good robot<p>Back in school, I remember learning that plants are “heliotropic,” meaning they grow toward light. I always found this oddly touching, as if those green tendrils stretching out to the sun proved the plant was yearning to live. And why not? That is why they do it.<p>But what if plants could …

Robotics

Netflix's Extinction Has Everything You Need From a Big Sci-Fi Blockbuster

Netflix's Extinction, directed by Ben Young, is an alien invasion movie with a prominent leading cast, starring Michael Pena (Ant-Man and the Wasp) …

Science Fiction

'Dirty money' is destroying Vancouver's civic fabric—and causing lasting damage

Opinion: Illicit funds, a useless city council and dysfunction ignored by the feds. Vancouver’s damage will take years to mend, writes Terry …

Vancouver Real Estate

How to fix reinforcement learning

<i>This piece is the second in a two-part series, starting with</i> Why Reinforcement Learning is Flawed.<p>In part 1, we have already set up our board game …

Machine Learning

NLP's ImageNet moment has arrived

Big changes are underway in the world of Natural Language Processing (NLP).<p>The long reign of word vectors as NLP’s core representation technique has …

Natural Language Processing

Best Sci-Fi Books Of 2018 (So Far)

Reading escapist fiction has never been so necessary<p>There's never been a better time to take some time off from reality and escape into some much-needed sci-fi. 2018 has been a great year for great reads, and luckily we still have 6 more months to go. Here are the 10 books that we've already loved …

Science Fiction

A tutorial on the free-energy framework for modelling perception and learning

Based on K. Friston and following R. Bogacz I shortly summarise the former, and solve the programming exercises given in the paper. This motives …

Data Science

Capture the Flag: the emergence of complex cooperative agents

<b>Mastering the strategy, tactical understanding, and team play involved in multiplayer video games represents a critical challenge for AI research.</b> …

Artificial Intelligence

The unreasonable effectiveness of Deep Learning Representations

What’s our plan?<p>A break to chat about optimization<p>In machine learning, just like in software engineering, there are many ways to tackle a problem, …

Deep Learning

Given a satellite image, machine learning creates the view on the ground - MIT Technology Review

Leonardo da Vinci famously created drawings and paintings that showed a bird’s eye view of certain areas of Italy with a level of detail that was not …

Machine Learning

AdamW and Super-convergence is now the fastest way to train neural nets

Written: 02 Jul 2018 by <i>Sylvain Gugger and Jeremy Howard</i><p><i>Note from Jeremy:</i> Welcome to fast.ai’s first scholar-in-residence, Sylvain Gugger. What better …

Deep Learning

First confirmed image of a newborn planet revealed

It is a moment of birth that has previously proved elusive, but astronomers say they now have the first confirmed image of the formation of a planet.<p>The startling snapshot shows a bright blob – the nascent planet – travelling through the dust and gas surrounding a young star, known as PDS70, …

Universe

Python Outlier Detection (PyOD)

PyOD is a comprehensive <b>Python toolkit</b> to <b>identify outlying objects</b> in multivariate data with both unsupervised and supervised approaches. This …

Data Science

OpenAI Five

<b>Watch Video</b> Our team of five neural networks, OpenAI Five, has started to defeat amateur human teams at Dota 2. While today we play with …

Artificial Intelligence

The Rosetta Image Archive Is Now Complete and Freely Available, so You Can See a Comet Like Never Before

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was one for the ages, providing an unprecedented look at this …

Space

A Beginner’s Guide to Data Engineering — The Series Finale

From ETL Pipelines To Data Engineering Frameworks<p>At Last, The Finale<p>From <b>Part I</b>of this series, we learned that a robust data foundation is an …

Engineering

The Legend of Nintendo

For anyone who’s ever marveled at Nintendo’s vivid, phantasmagoric, zoologically ornate video games, visiting the company’s understated home in …

Gaming

'Born Independent,' Taiwan's Defiant New Generation Is Coming Of Age

Taiwanese identity differs across generations<p><b>Listen · 4:20</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b><p>It was on a family trip to Japan when Jui-Ting Hsi's patience with her father Kuo-Jen Hsi reached its limit.<p>The family, on vacation from Taiwan, had filed into a characteristically silent and crowded subway car in …

China

The most important skill nobody taught you

Before dying at the age of 39, Blaise Pascal made huge contributions to both physics and mathematics, notably in fluids, geometry, and probability.<p>This work, however, would influence more than just the realm of the natural sciences. Many fields that we now classify under the heading of social …

Consciousness

Salesforce develops natural language processing model that performs 10 tasks at once

Modern techniques in natural language processing (NLP), a branch of artificial intelligence that helps computers interpret human language, are capable of surprising nuance. One example is Facebook’s new NLP integration for Pages, which can automatically ingest the text from a business’ Facebook …

Natural Language Processing

GraphQL for databases: A layer for universal database access?

GraphQL is a query language mostly used to streamline access to REST APIs. Now, a new breed of GraphQL implementations wants to build an abstraction …

Databases

Choosing the Right Machine Learning Algorithm

Machine learning is part art and part science. When you look at machine learning algorithms, there is no one solution or one approach that fits all. …

Machine Learning

How It Works

Amazon SageMaker is a fully managed service that enables you to quickly and easily integrate machine learning-based models into your applications. …

CryptoKitties, Which Is Like Beanie Babies on the Blockchain, Seems to Be Crashing

Axiom Zen’s CryptoKitties, which is essentially a digital version of Beanie Babies based on the Ethereum blockchain, sucked in a massive amount of …

Exactly-once Semantics is Possible: Here's How Apache Kafka Does it

I’m thrilled that we have hit an exciting milestone the Kafka community has long been waiting for: we have  introduced exactly-once semantics in …