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If you've never had the chance to dive into the work of Zoubin Ghahramani, I'd recommend you take a look. He has a recent paper [1] with Yarin Gal where he describes dropout in a multilayer perceptron as exactly equivalent to approximate variational inference in a deep Gaussian process. 

I also found it interesting to see him using monads to compose probabilistic models [2]. It's not entirely categorically exiting though. :-) The inference methods are not comonads for example, or another fundamental concept from category theory.

He apparently gave a talk on sparsity at the SPARS conference [3] and I'm quite curious to see how far he came. Sparse binary matrices can be inferred / reasoned about to their full infinite extend by using the Indian Buffet process. What's this sparse Bayesian generalized matrix factorization he mentions on slide 31?

[0]: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=0uTu7fYAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate
[1]: http://mlg.eng.cam.ac.uk/yarin/website/PDFs/Dropout_as_a_Bayesian_approximation.pdf
[2]: http://mlg.eng.cam.ac.uk/pub/pdf/SciGhaGor15.pdf
[3]: http://sigproc.eng.cam.ac.uk/foswiki/pub/SPARS2015/PlenaryTalks/Plenary2_Zoubin_talk.pdf
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It states "Plus, it’s designed to last, even as the way we use Wi-Fi changes. It’s built to support a growing number of "smart devices" because it includes Bluetooth® Smart Ready, Weave, and Thread.". How do I integrate BLE devices as developer?
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A lot of Dutch news about the Crownstone, the most modern power outlet ever! :-) Let's see who dares in other countries? If you think an open-source product that combines comfort with environment-friendliness is nice to talk about in one of the online communities you know, drop me a message! And check it out yourself on https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dobots/crownstone of course!
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And open-source firmware, open-source app code, open API, and open hardware (electrical design and 3D design)!
Crownstone Kickstarter makes power outlets smart.

Real nice maker stuff, open source - even the firmware is already on github: https://github.com/dobots/bluenet

If you are into home automation stuff, this is one to watch. They aren't very cheap, about Eur 75 for two (pre-built) or three (DIY) crownstones.

They could turn off your devices if you leave home (but not the fridge) or send  you a warning when somebody unplugs your TV while you're not at home. Control them with smartphone apps or a old Pi. I personally find the presence detection cool: they can turn on the lights when you come into the room and turn them off again, of course only in the evening. They have some smart location tracking built in...

And they feature device detection so if you want to track the power usage of your vacuum cleaner while it moves from one power outlet to the next - no problem! Pretty cool.

Interoperability-wise they can do some pretty awesome stuff due to the open protocols. Control them with a Raspberry Pi or an old phone with Bluetooth LE support - they have a range of about 70 meters and automatically form a mesh network (!).

All in all - one of the better smart outlet projects out there, if not THE best.
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It's really exciting to be working on a Kickstarter! See below for an exploded view of the Crownstone, the product that I think will change the world! :-) 

It's still difficult to do PR though! Why would people care?

I think our background is a nice pre! We can not just switch lights, but much more. For example, it knows the distance to your smartphone (like iBeacons). And it is able to recognize devices and appliances using their current consumption.

Sign up at http://crownstone.rocks to be one of our first backers!
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Editing 6 or more genes at once. Some nice engineering by my bro.
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To replace the DVD-drive (who uses that?) with an SSD (250 GB is plenty!) I of course had to open my Asus N56VZ. When I closed it again the first time I had a yellowish color over the screen. Apparently the cable to the screen got some inference from somewhere. Opening it up again and making sure it was properly kept away from the PCB, and ready to go! So nice fast!!!
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