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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

Introduction of TensorFlow with Python

Machine learning is the most popular part of our technology world. TensorFlow is also a popular open source and it is a framework of deep learning. …

Deep Learning

Theaster Gates and the art of the Black Madonna

THREE young black women—one with a perfect Afro, the others all mid-century glamour in their bathing caps—lark about at the steps of a swimming pool, …

University of Chicago

African Instagrammers documenting rare, hidden hotspots on the continent are disrupting tourism – Quartz

Traveling around Africa was once considered unsafe, costly, and lacking in variety.<p>There were the usual places to visit and the usual things to do: safari in Kenya, pyramids in Egypt, and river rafting in Zambia or Zimbabwe (depending on which side of Victoria Falls you live on).<p>But young African …

Social Media

Researchers have released the largest self-driving-car data set yet

The BDD100K data set, made up of 100,000 videos recorded onboard autonomous cars, is now available for download from the University of California, …

University of California

How a 20-year old mobile technology protocol is revolutionizing Africa

Every time you dial *XYZ# to check the airtime balance on your phone, you are using a decades old technology standard called USSD. For a very long time, that’s pretty much all it was used for, but now the game has changed.<p>USSD stands for Unstructured Supplementary Service Data and I suppose it …

Mobile

25 Best Free Animation Libraries for Web Developers

Upgrade your CSS animations with some Javascript! These free animation libraries will help web developers save time, create more with less code and …

Web Design

4 Top Small Business Dashboards That Will Help You Succeed

As an SME, you need all the help you can get. The resources available to you are never enough, and time is limited, so you need to be able to make …

An Opioid Popularized by a Nazi Doctor Is Ravaging Africa

The former director of the drug enforcement agency in Nigeria estimated in 2016 that seven in ten boys were abusing drugs like tramadol.<p>The opioid crisis continues to devastate the United States and Canada, the coverage of which can be seen in copious headlines and on the news on a near daily …

Drug Addiction

19 Data Science Tools for people who aren't so good at programming

We use cookies on Analytics Vidhya websites to deliver our services, analyze web traffic, and improve your experience on the site. By using Analytics …

Fender's excellent desktop app for learning to play songs is now free

Fender’s $35 Riffstation desktop app, which helps you break down songs to learn its chords and riffs at your own pace, is now available for free on macOS and Windows.<p>Fire it up, open an MP3 or CD track, and Riffstation will break it down to show you the chords for the entire song. You can also slow …

Why Adobe is giving designers its UX design software for free

Starting today, Adobe is making its interface design software free to anyone in the world. The XD CC Starter kit includes desktop and mobile versions of Adobe XD, a program that enables designers to create and share prototypes of websites, apps, and other user interfaces.<p>Since moving to a …

UX Design

Elon Musk Just Outlined How He'll Merge The Human Brain and AI

by Sarah Marquart April 20, 2017 Artificial Intelligence 63974<p>Musk’s History of AI Concerns<p>Elon Musk has made it clear that he is concerned about the …

Singularity

Google makes its Material Design system easier to customize

Since 2014, Material Design has been Google’s design language for its apps. Now, the company is greatly expanding its services around its design system by offering a set of new tools around theming and working on design iterations, as well as new open-source components that developers can implement …

Announcing PyTorch 1.0 for both research and production

The path for taking AI development from research to production has historically involved multiple steps and tools, making it time-intensive and …

Colab: An easy way to learn and use TensorFlow

Colaboratory is a hosted Jupyter notebook environment that is free to use and requires no setup. You may have already seen it in Machine Learning …

Smart Gesture Recognition in iOS 11 with Core ML and TensorFlow

In part 1, I showed how one can use deep learning to recognize complex gestures like heart shapes, check marks or happy faces on mobile devices. I …

Free Tools Students Can Use to Produce Animated Videos

Creating an animated video can be a great extension to many writing projects. Students can use video creation tools to animate short stories that …

The easiest way (by far!) to build a real React + Firebase web app

Both React and Firebase are technologies that have been around for a while. 2018 has seen some exciting new developments that bring the two together …

“A torture for the eyes”: Chinese moviegoers think Black Panther is just too black

Marvel’s first black superhero film <i>Black Panther</i> made a strong debut in China, taking in more than $63 million this weekend and helping it cross the billion-dollar mark globally. And while the film filled seats in China, it didn’t exactly bring in rave reviews from Chinese audiences—in fact, online …

Black Panther

Greek Lemon Chicken and Potato Bake Recipe

"I love one-pan meals, especially when no measuring and exact ingredients are involved. I made this one Sunday when I didn't want to babysit my food …

The story behind the viral photo of a teacher in Ghana showing students Windows on a blackboard

There has been global applause for a teacher in Ghana who posted photos of himself drawing on a blackboard with multi-colored chalk, the features of a Microsoft Word processing window. The students in his class can also be seen drawing it into their notebooks.<p>Social media exploded in admiration and …

Social Media

Meet the world's richest black billionaires of 2018

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Jeff Bezos may be the richest men in the world, but they aren't the only billionaires.<p>There are 2,043 people across the globe with three commas in their net worths, according to the 2017 Forbes Billionaires list. The 23 wealthiest have $1 trillion collectively.<p>In …

I Didn't Think There Were Many African Women Scientists. Then I Checked Twitter

Recently, an online survey asked me to name African women scientists I admired. I found myself struggling — even though I'm a Kenyan entomologist, researching sustainable ways to feed our expanding population amid a changing climate. I thought to myself, why are there so few of us?<p>I was wrong: We …

From Cobbler to Mofongo: A Recipe For Every Day of Black History Month

My family was their most affectionate around the dinner table. It was the most consistently positive emotional exchange that I remember, which might be the source of my passion for cooking for others. How could you not want to shower love on one another while eating soulful dishes like crispy fried …

4 Ways to Learn Anything in 20 Hours

<i>“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”</i> — Mahatma Gandhi<p>What if you could learn anything in 20 hours, what would …

'Class-passing': how do you learn the rules of being rich?

America is built on rags-to-riches tales. But how does ‘class-passing’ actually work – and how to navigate your new life and your old?<p>On an October night in 2003, a flat tire changed Muhammad Faridi’s life forever.<p>Faridi was 20. An immigrant who’d moved from a small village in Pakistan to Brighton …

faridi

Twitter is opening up its full archive to the broader developer community

Twitter today is launching a new premium product for developers that will provide access to the full Twitter archive – going all the way back to the first tweet from Twitter CEO @Jack (Jack Dorsey) in 2006. Previously, this level of access was only available to enterprise API customers, but it’s …

Why pay for Office and Photoshop when you can get these alternatives for free?

Top-quality software that costs nothing.<p>We rely on expensive computer programs to edit photos and video, deal with office work, and protect our computers from malware. But they're not our only options. Often, commercial studios will offer the most basic versions of their products free of charge. In …