ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE is making its way into every aspect of life, including military conflict. We look at the thorny legal and ethical issues that the newest arms race raises. Three executives from Fukushima's melted-down nuclear-power plant were cleared of negligence today, but the disaster's aftermath is far from over. And, what a swish new Chinese restaurant in Havana says about China-Cuba relations.
Friends, this post is an extension of my previous work at analyzing language in reduced space. Here's a quick refresher in case you don't want to go back and read the whole thing: Using word2vec, I took a several blocks of text and projected them into a 100-dimensional1The default dimensions vector space. These vectors are called word embeddings, and we can perform algebraic manipulations on them, including getting comparisons like Havana:Cuba:: Berlin:Germany.
Downtown Havana resident Margarita Marquez says she received a special Christmas gift this year: web access at home, a rarity in Cuba, a country with one of the lowest internet penetration rates in the world. Ms Marquez, a 67-year-old retired university professor, was among those selected by the government two weeks ago to participate in a pilot project bringing the web into the homes of 2,000 inhabitants of the historic centre of the island's capital. Most of Communist-ruled Cuba's 11.2 million inhabitants only have access to internet at wi-fi hotspots, and only then if they can afford the 80p hourly tariff that represents around five per cent of the average monthly state salary. Only five per cent of Cubans are estimated to enjoy internet at home, which requires government permission. This is usually granted mainly to academics, doctors and intellectuals.
Please enjoy today's installment of Drones Behaving Badly. An errant drone crashed into rapper Stanley "Flesh-N-Bone" Howse during Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's performance at the High Life Music Festival on Sunday, according to the Associated Press. Luckily, Howse appeared to be unharmed, despite briefly grabbing his head, and the show went on as planned. At the time of writing, the drone's owner and intended use remain unknown. 'Havana Moon' will let fans experience the Rolling Stones' historic Cuban concert Denzel Washington and Viola Davis stand by each other in'Fences' trailer'Battlefield 1' story mode sounds a lot like'Band of Brothers'
Do you have questions about Automated Machine Learning? Are you interested in learning more about Boston startup, DataRobot? Want to see machine learning in use on a real-world medicare fraud dataset? Join us on Wednesday, September 14th from 6:00PM to 8:00PM on the 5th floor of the Cambridge Innovation Center, in the Havana Room, for an evening of networking and learning featuring a demonstration centered on Identifying Medicare Fraud Using Automated Machine Learning. Wednesday's Boston Data Mining community event will be led by DataRobot's co-founder and CTO, Tom de Godoy.
HAVANA – Cuba may be one of the world's least connected countries but that is not stopping the Japanese subculture of animated movies, manga comics and video games from spreading feverishly among its youth. More than 1,000 otaku (geeks), or fans of such fantasy worlds, descended on Havana last week for the country's third otaku festival, defying the sweltering heat to sport the costumes of their favorite characters. Some performed scenes from animated movies on stage, while others belted out songs in Japanese with Spanish subtitles projected in the background. Others did role-playing dance choreographies. A prize was awarded for best cosplay, or role-playing in costume, and for best manga drawing.