Science fiction gets criminal

Los Angeles Times

People live clustered in cities, protected from the outside world. Are Marta's husband's deeds catching up with her, or does someone else in the group have a secret? Locked-room mysteries go back to the earliest crime fiction (Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders In the Rue Morgue" was published in 1841) and this is an excellent addition to the sub-genre. In the future, when cloning is legal, people have additional bodies at the ready; their memories can be downloaded to their new hosts in a snap.

Seq2seq for NLP: encoder-decoder framework for Tensorflow


General Purpose: We initially built this framework for Machine Translation, but have since used it for a variety of other tasks, including Summarization, Conversational Modeling, and Image Captioning. Several types of input data are supported, including standard raw text. General Purpose: We initially built this framework for Machine Translation, but have since used it for a variety of other tasks, including Summarization, Conversational Modeling, and Image Captioning. Several types of input data are supported, including standard raw text.

Comprehensive Repository of Data Science and ML Resources


Here are 29 resources, mostly in the form of tutorials, covering most important topics in data science: This resource is part of a series on specific topics related to data science: regression, clustering, neural networks, deep learning, Hadoop, decision trees, ensembles, correlation, outliers, regression, Python, R, Tensorflow, SVM, data reduction, feature selection, experimental design, time series, cross-validation, model fitting, dataviz, AI and many more. To keep receiving these articles, sign up on DSC.

Autonomous Cars: The Level 5 Fallacy – Monday Note


Today, I'll offer the pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Hayes and Octavia in San Francisco: Understandably, the Google Street View picture was taken in the early morning. Can an SD car acknowledge a pedestrian's nod, or negotiate "turning rights" with a conventional vehicle? The messy "30-year transition", the many uncertain steps in sensor and software engineering, the poorly understood problems of coexistence between conventional and SD cars leave much room for competitors large and small. To take our minds off iPhone leaks and too-predictable comments following the September 12th event, I offer an ancient (September 2012) Monday Note titled Apple Never Invented Anything.

AI is the new electricity. - Andrew Ng (Coursera)


Much like the rise of electricity, which started about 100 years ago, AI will revolutionize every major industry. Andrew Ng explains how AI can transform your business, shares major technology trends and thoughts on where your biggest future opportunities may lie, and explores best practices for incorporating AI, machine learning, and deep learning into your organization. Follow O'Reilly on: Twitter:

31st AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, San Francisco 2017


The Thirty-First AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-17) was held February 4–9 in San Francisco, California. The purpose of the AAAI conference is to promote research in artificial intelligence (AI) and scientific exchange among AI researchers, practitioners, scientists, and engineers in affiliated disciplines.

Convex and Combinatorial Optimization for Dynamic Robots in the Real World


Humanoid robots walking across intermittent terrain, robotic arms grasping multifaceted objects, or UAVs darting left or right around a tree ... many of the dynamics and control problems we face today have both rich nonlinear dynamics and an inherently combinatorial structure. In this talk, Tedrake will review some recent work on planning and control methods which address these two challenges simultaneously.

Impulsivity and procrastination


Impulsivity and procrastination are highly correlated. Liu and Feng have discovered that these behaviors are both linked to an overlapping region of the brain called the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. During brain scanning, measures of impulsivity and procrastination were negatively correlated with gray matter volume in this region. The identification of this region confirms the close association between impulsivity and procrastination; however, a causal relationship has yet to be found.

Jailbreaking your connected coffee machine: The idiocy of things


Yes, that data is valuable to the device manufacturer, too, which runs cloud services in order to make that product work. But, increasingly, I am starting to see smart devices that not only rely on connectivity for basic functionality but use networking and sensors in order to prevent end-users from actually getting the most out of their devices. Well, the consumable supplies business for printers is huge. Newer-generation Keurig machines actually scan and validate the supplies using digital rights management (DRM) before brewing.

Baidu announces $1.5B autonomous driving fund


Called the Apollo Fund, named after its open-source autonomous driving platform, Baidu plans to invest the fund in 100 autonomous driving projects in the next three years, the company announced. Baidu also released the latest version of its autonomous driving platform, Apollo 1.5, with five new core capabilities: Its new obstacle perception capability enables vehicles to identify obstacles both during the day and at night. Several technology companies around the globe are competing with Baidu to gain a foothold in the automotive industry as autonomous driving technology advances. Alphabet-owned Waymo recently revealed that it's working with Intel to power its autonomous driving platform.