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The Logic of Risk Taking

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Time to explain ergodicity, ruin and (again) rationality. Recall from the previous chapter that to do science (and other nice things) requires survival t not the other way around? Consider the following thought experiment. First case, one hundred persons go to a Casino, to gamble a certain set amount each and have complimentary gin and tonic –as shown in the cartoon in Figure x. Some may lose, some may win, and we can infer at the end of the day what the "edge" is, that is, calculate the returns simply by counting the money left with the people who return. We can thus figure out if the casino is properly pricing the odds.


Could Artificial Intelligence Spell the End of Independent Filmmaking?

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Click here to read the full article. The following essay was produced as part of the 2019 Locarno Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the 72nd edition of the Locarno Film Festival. Artificial intelligence is everywhere: It can drive a car, chat with customers, or help patients with neuronal damage to recover their potential. But if data-assisted moviemaking can help predict a movie's outcome, what room is there left for artistic freedom? At this year's Locarno Film Festival, Sami Arpa, CEO and co-founder of Largo Films, a startup based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and creator of the LargoAI technology, shared his insight about the evolution of this maybe-not-so-unnatural union.


Could Artificial Intelligence Spell the End of Independent Filmmaking?

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The following essay was produced as part of the 2019 Locarno Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the 72nd edition of the Locarno Film Festival. Artificial intelligence is everywhere: It can drive a car, chat with customers, or help patients with neuronal damage to recover their potential. But if data-assisted moviemaking can help predict a movie's outcome, what room is there left for artistic freedom? At this year's Locarno Film Festival, Sami Arpa, CEO and co-founder of Largo Films, a startup based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and creator of the LargoAI technology, shared his insight about the evolution of this maybe-not-so-unnatural union. At Locarno last year to present sofy.tv, a VOD service for short films, Arpa recalled, "I was approached by industry professionals, mostly producers and distributors, who asked me if the AI developed for sofy could be used for their own purposes, to help them predict a movie's outcome. A few directors also approached me, although they were much more skeptical at first."


Virtual assistant spies, saving texts, burner phones, and more: Tech Q&A

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One of Google's Home smart speakers is seen above. Q: So, do YOU have an Amazon Echo or Google Home smart speaker in your house? I am freaked out that it's always listening. A: Yes, smart speakers are handy. Yes, they can be fabulous for people with physical challenges.


A Brief History of AI, From French Philosophy to Self-Driving Cars - Dell Technologies

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And yet, AI's current automated task-mastering was first posited by the French philosopher René Descartes almost 400 years ago. Descartes, who famously coined, "I think, therefore I am," pondered about the ability of machines to reason. While machines may be able to "do some things as well, or better, than humans, they would inevitably fail in others," whereas human reason can universally adapt to any task. Though Descartes' idea of machines differs from today's reality, some say he threw down the gauntlet for what we now refer to as general AI--or machines that can think like humans. Though Descartes' idea of machines differs from today's reality, some say he threw down the gauntlet for what we now refer to as general AI--or machines that can think like humans.


A Quick Guide to Object Tracking: MDNET, GOTURN, ROLO

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In today's article, we shall deep dive into video object tracking. Starting from the basics, we shall understand the need for object tracking, and then go through the challenges and algorithmic models to understand visual object tracking, finally, we shall cover the most popular deep learning based approaches to object tracking including MDNET, GOTURN, ROLO etc. This article expects that you are aware of object detection. Object tracking is the process of locating moving objects over time in videos. One can simply ask, why can't we use object detection in each frame in the whole video and we can track the object.


Machine Learning Translates Japanese Retro Games In Real Time - Geek.com

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If you want to experience the whole breadth of video game history, not just the narrow slice that publishers are willing to sell you on a given day, chances are you're using emulators. Retro consoles are cool and all, but emulators give you even more control as to what classic blasts for the past you can (legally) play on your PC. Emulators can even offer modern conveniences those old games lacked like online functionality or generous save states. And now a nifty new 1.7.8 update to RetroArch (coming soon to Steam) uses machine learning to translate Japanese console and arcade video games in real time. As reported by Kotaku, the feature is called AI Service and offers several different translation tools.


Cartoon: Unsupervised Machine Learning?

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New KDnuggets Cartoon looks at unsupervised Machine Learning, which is considered by many leading AI researchers to be the next frontier in AI. This cartoon looks at the situation when Machine Learning becomes too unsupervised. This cartoon was ably drawn by Jon Carter. See also other recent KDnuggets Cartoons: Cartoon: AI and March Madness Cartoon: Is this how you do the blockchain thing? Cartoon: Where AI achieves excellence Cartoon: Machine Learning takes a vacation Cartoon: Data Scientist was the sexiest job of the 21st century until ... Cartoon: How is Data Science Different From Religion?


Things get weird when a neural net is trained on text adventure games

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We've seen people turn neural networks to almost everything from drafting pickup lines to a new Harry Potter chapter, but it turns out classic text adventure games may be one of the best fits for AI yet. This latest glimpse into what artificial intelligence can do was created by a neuroscience student named Nathan. Nathan trained GPT-2, a neural net designed to create predictive text, on classic PC text adventure games. Inspired by the Mind Game in Ender's Game, his goal was to create a game that would react to the player. Since he uploaded the resulting game to a Google Colab notebook, people like research scientist Janelle Shane have had fun seeing what a text adventure created by an AI looks like.


Reinforcement Learning - The Value Function

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Codes and demo are available. This article explores what are states, actions and rewards in reinforcement learning, and how agent can learn through simulation to determine the best actions to take in any given state. After a long day at work, you are deciding between 2 choices: to head home and write an article or hang out with friends at a bar. If you choose to hang out with friends, your friends will make you feel happy; whereas heading home to write an article, you'll end up feeling tired after a long day at work. In this example, enjoying yourself is a reward and feeling tired is viewed as a negative reward, so why write articles?