Joel Farrar

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Fantasy worlds that break history's back

For example, the Star Wars wiki says <i>Knights of the Old Republic</i>’s Admiral Dodonna is one of the few women serving at such a high rank in the Republic …

RPGs

10 Batman Stories Which Need To Be in a Movie

Despite the fact that it has not yet been officially announced (just mentioned in the press release announcing their DC Comics slate), Warner Bros. …

Some Government Statistics You Can Believe And Others You Really Shouldn't

Paul Krugman has a short piece looking at some of the wilder predictions of economic disaster that have followed various of the policy decisions of recent times. And he’s correct in his point that the people who go off and declare that the statistics must be lying as those disasters have not …

Economics

America's High-Risk, High-Reward Higher Education System

Last month, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) added to a familiar refrain, releasing a new report on how American Millennials lag behind their peers in other countries on measures of literacy, numeracy, and “problem-solving in technology rich environments.” Using data from the Program for the …

Higher Education

Education Is Answer To Income Inequality: Part Deux

In the first part of this essay, I looked at how a better understanding of what we mean by “skills” helps us ascertain how critical they are in closing the income gap. However, let’s table advanced skills for a second. The U.S. Census Bureau revealed that merely earning a college degree – any …

College & University

This could be the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch yet

It looks like Huawei is taking smartwatches very seriously. As spotted by <i>Droid Life</i>, two official promo videos for the "Huawei Watch" have accidentally been set live on YouTube ahead of the device's likely announcement tomorrow at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Before the videos were …

Wear OS

6 Things To Consider Before Building Your Next Gaming PC

Believe it or not, the act of physically building your first PC is relatively simple. It’s the research beforehand and process of choosing your parts that can be daunting. Will X component be compatible with Y component? Is this case future proof? How large a power supply do I need? What should I …

Computer Hardware

Deep learning in neural networks: an overview.

2015 Jan;61:85-117. Epub 2014 Oct 13.<p>1Swiss AI Lab IDSIA, Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull'Intelligenza Artificiale, University of Lugano & SUPSI, …

Machine Learning

Why 2015 is the year of encryption

Image copyright Brian A Jackson/Shutterstock.During a visit to Silicon Valley earlier this month, President Obama described himself as “a strong …

Privacy

What's The Future Of Cognitive Computing? IBM Watson

We are entering a new period of computing history — the cognitive computing era.<p>Cognitive computing offers fundamental differences in how systems are built and interact with humans. Cognitive-based systems, such as IBM Watson, are able to build knowledge and learn, understand natural language, and …

Cognitive Computing