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Project 3: Reinforcement Learning<p>Version 1.001. Last Updated: 08/26/2014.<p>Table of Contents<p>Introduction<br>• Welcome<br>• Q1: Value Iteration<br>• Q2: Bridge Crossing …

Google’s AI scientists showed that you can get better image recognition results by feeding machines a whole lot more data

Google released a new paper last week outlining the principles behind the experiment.<p>Machine learning algorithms learn to better perform a particular task by munching through enormous quantities of data, but so far the amount of data the major AI experiments have been conducted with has remain …

Machine Learning

'It takes literally one second': A former Google engineer just gave me the best meditation advice I've ever heard

The tip, which originally comes from Tibetan Buddhist master Mingyur Rinpoche, appears in Chade-Meng Tan's 2012 book, "Search Inside Yourself."<p>Tan summarizes the advice for his readers:<p>What Tan's really telling readers: Don't get too ambitious when it comes to meditation.<p>It doesn't make you lazy — …

Mindfulness

Amazon's next retail outlets are drive-up grocery stores

Seattle residents might be able to order groceries from AmazonFresh online and pick them up from a brick-and-mortar outlet in the near future. The city has given the company permission to install "AmazonFresh Pickup" signs in Seattle's Ballard and SoDo neighborhoods. <i>GeekWire</i> captured some photos of …

eCommerce

My experience with Clojurescript and React Native

Edit:<p>I’ve released Lymchat as open source, https://github.com/tiensonqin/lymchat<p>IOS app …

JavaScript

Introduction to TensorFX

TensorFX is an end to end application framework to simplifies machine learning with TensorFlow - both training models and using them for prediction. …

Sitting All Day Makes Your Body Age Faster

The antidote is really simple, though: Be active for just 30 minutes a day.<p>If you stand up right now, you’ll be extending your life. Scientists have discovered that sitting down not only causes all kinds of health problems, but it might actually also make you age quicker.<p>“Our study found cells age …

Apple Watch will soon let you talk to Siri to use your apps

The next version of Apple Watch’s software will let you talk to Siri via your smartwatch in order to interact with third-party applications, according to new developer documentation from Apple released on Tuesday. This will let you do things like order an Uber, send a message through a chat …

Smartwatches

Isaac Asimov wrote almost 500 books in his lifetime—these are the six ways he did it

If there’s one word to describe Isaac Asimov, it’s “prolific.”<p>To match the number of novels, letters, essays, and other scribblings Asimov produced in his lifetime, you would have to write a full-length novel every two weeks for <i>25 years</i>.<p>Why was Asimov able to have so many good ideas when the rest …

Isaac Asimov

Introduction to Psychology: A Free Course from Yale University

Taught by Yale professor Paul Bloom, this course presents an Introduction to Psychology and tries to explain what makes us tick:<p>What do your dreams …

The best iPhone and iOS apps to download right now

Fern Wifi Cracker – Wireless Security Auditing Tool

Fern Wifi Cracker is a Wireless security auditing and attack software program written using the Python Programming Language and the Python Qt GUI …

Linux

The best free software for writers

Writing is a terrible job, and if you’re considering it a viable career path, you’re making a huge mistake. Just kidding. Writing is the best! Unlike …

Writing

Meet Hyper.is – the terminal written in HTML, JS and CSS

Run Bash on Windows and perform other feats of command line magicZeit, a San Francisco-based software startup, has released the 1.0 version of Hyper, …

Linux

Here's your first look at the Fisker EMotion's rear end

There's a bit of Karma in there, but not much.<p>Henrik Fisker finally gave the world a look at his upcoming electric car on Halloween, but we only got a glimpse of its front end. Now, we're getting a peek at what's 'round back.<p>Fisker Inc., the legendary car designer's eponymous company, released one …

Electric Vehicles

THE IMPRINTED BRAIN THEORY

The Imprinted Brain Theory<p>What causes mental illnesses like schizophrenia and autism? We have long known that both tend to run in families and that …

Autism

[Exclusive] Draw in 3D with the ‘Mental Canvas’ Illustration App

The new app combines traditional illustration with 3D computer-aided design software.<p>There are apps like uMake that rather easily turn 2D sketching into useful 3D models for prototyping, but the new app Mental Canvas takes a different approach. It fuses the illustrator’s need for aesthetics and …

Digital Art

Vanadium-Flow Batteries: The Energy Storage Breakthrough We've Needed

The latest, greatest utility-scale battery storage technology to emerge on the commercial market is the vanadium redox battery, also known as the vanadium flow battery.<p>V-flow batteries are fully containerized, nonflammable, compact, reusable over semi-infinite cycles, discharge 100% of the stored …

Clean Energy

Computer Learns to Recognize Sounds By Watching Video

<i>Summary: New system does not require costly hand-annotated data during training.</i><p>Source: MIT.<p><b>Machine-learning system doesn’t require costly</b> …

Machine Learning

You can shop many stores entirely in Facebook Messenger

You've had the option of chatting with stores in Facebook Messenger for a while. Wouldn't it be nice if you could complete the entire sale without leaving chat? Shopify thinks it can help on that front: it's trotting out a feature that lets you browse and buy from stores using its platform while …

Here's How Quantum Computing Will Change The World

When the world’s first digital computer was completed in 1946 it opened up new vast new worlds of possibility. Still, early computers were only used for limited applications because they could only be programmed in machine code. It took so long to set up problems that they were only practical for …

Quantum Computing

GoTenna Mesh keeps people connected even when they’re miles apart and off-grid

Today, goTenna is taking pre-orders for their new product, a device called the goTenna Mesh that lets smartphone users text and share their GPS locations, off-grid and across miles of terrain.<p>The new device works like goTenna’s flagship product did in that it can be used where normal cellular, …

Off-grid

Tracking The Unexpected Mechanisms of Memory

<i>Summary: A new study sheds light on the unexpected molecular mechanisms in place for memories to form.</i><p>Source: Duke.<p><b>Mouse study delves into surprising</b> …

Neuroscience

An air purifier the size of a building is sucking up China’s smog and turning it into jewelry

Anti-pollution technology is receiving a breath of fresh air in China.<p>Yesterday (Sept. 29) Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde and his team erected a seven-meter-tall air purifier in Beijing. The so-called Smog Free Tower purportedly treats 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour, collecting more than 75% of …

Pollution

Most Active Data Scientists, Free Books, Notebooks Tutorials on Github

Introduction<p>“Who’s your favorite data scientist?” asked the recruiter. None of the candidates could give a satisfactory answer. May be, they thought …

Our IQs have never been higher – but it hasn’t made us smart

We tend to assume that our intelligence is simply a matter of nature and nurture – but as the celebrated psychologist James Flynn explains to BBC Future, many other factors can stunt or boost your IQ, right down to the person you choose to marry.<p>James Flynn is worried about leaving the world to …

University of Oxford

Self-driving Tesla crashes into a bus while using 'autopilot' feature, but car apparently not at fault

A Tesla using its autopilot mode collided with a bus on the German motorway, according to police.<p>It is the latest problem to hit Tesla’s self-driving …

Tesla

iPhone 7 explodes on its way from Apple, Reddit user claims

An iPhone has exploded on its way to its owner, in a grim echo of the problems afflicting Samsung’s new Note 7.<p>Pictures of the phone – which appears …

Mobile Technology