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Using Javascript and Markov Chains to Generate Text, or: Creating Lifetime Movie Titles- a new blog post from Soliant Consulting: http://www.soliantconsulting.com/blog/2013/02/draft-title-generator-using-markov-chains
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Generate your own Neural Network inspired images with DeepDream

Two weeks ago we blogged about a visualization tool designed to help us understand how neural networks work and what each layer has learned (http://goo.gl/pUfbyH). In addition to gaining some insight on how these networks carry out classification tasks, we found that this process also generated some beautiful art.

Now you can make your own images using an open source IPython notebook, which allows you to choose which layers in the network to enhance, how many iterations to apply and how far to zoom in. Alternatively, different pre-trained networks can be plugged in.

It'll be interesting to see what imagery people are able to generate. If you post images to Google+, Facebook, or Twitter, be sure to tag them with #deepdream so other researchers can check them out too.
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Google's #Inceptionism  work on visualization in ANNs has received a lot of attention recently, and with good reason. But in terms of advancement in Artificial General Intelligence, (AGI) I think the news that more quietly came out of Google's DeepMind lab about Natural Language Processing is much more significant. Here's why:

A massive amount of the human brain is dedicated or related to visual processing - more than half. But it isn't our ability to see that separates humans from the rest of the animal kingdom. That separation was triggered by a much smaller portion of our brain: those small parts dedicated to language.

Human civilization was borne out of language. Language gave us the "self," logic, tools, agriculture, industry, technology and the scientific method. I would argue that language is more fundamental to general intelligence than any other area.

If cracking the AI language nut is a shortcut to general intelligence, we may be arriving there much sooner than we expected. Until now, we haven't had very good data-sets for training NLP ANNs. Karl Moritz Hermann and his colleagues at DeepMind recently realized that they could use the structured data in CNN and Daily Mail articles in order to generate the first large scale structured corpus to date.

Apparently it's paying off:

Teaching machines to read natural language documents remains an elusive challenge. Machine reading systems can be tested on their ability to answer questions posed on the contents of documents that they have seen, but until now large scale training and test datasets have been missing for this type of evaluation. In this work we define a new methodology that resolves this bottleneck and provides large scale supervised reading comprehension data. This allows us to develop a class of attention based deep neural networks that learn to read real documents and answer complex questions with minimal prior knowledge of language structure.

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The results clearly show how powerful neural nets have become. Hermann and co say the best neural nets can answer 60 percent of the queries put to them. They suggest that these machines can answer all queries that are structured in a simple way and struggle only with queries that have more complex grammatical structures.
The best way for AI machines to learn is by feeding them huge data sets of annotated examples, and the Daily Mail has unwittingly created one.
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La justice américaine les soupçonne « d’avoir accepté depuis le début des années 1990 des pots-de-vin et des commissions d’un montant de plusieurs millions de dollars ».
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That guy who always 'actively listens' by constantly interrupting you. You know. That guy. http://boingboing.net/2015/05/22/that-guy-who-always-actively.html
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Markov Chains and the Semantic Web

Back in the early days of 2011 I wrote a piece on Markov Chains and the way stochastic models free our thinking (there is a built-in tautology in that statement). Revisiting it today I find it pertinent for the Semantic Web. Full story here: http://goo.gl/xzqrb

Image Courtesy of JASSS whose piece on Markov chain analysis is insightful: http://goo.gl/QTR4C
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Google's #Inceptionism  work on visualization in ANNs has received a lot of attention recently, and with good reason. But in terms of advancement in Artificial General Intelligence, (AGI) I think the news that more quietly came out of Google's DeepMind lab about Natural Language Processing is much more significant. Here's why:

A massive amount of the human brain is dedicated or related to visual processing - more than half. But it isn't our ability to see that separates humans from the rest of the animal kingdom. That separation was triggered by a much smaller portion of our brain: those small parts dedicated to language.

Human civilization was borne out of language. Language gave us the "self," logic, tools, agriculture, industry, technology and the scientific method. I would argue that language is more fundamental to general intelligence than any other area.

If cracking the AI language nut is a shortcut to general intelligence, we may be arriving there much sooner than we expected. Until now, we haven't had very good data-sets for training NLP ANNs. Karl Moritz Hermann and his colleagues at DeepMind recently realized that they could use the structured data in CNN and Daily Mail articles in order to generate the first large scale structured corpus to date.

Apparently it's paying off:

Teaching machines to read natural language documents remains an elusive challenge. Machine reading systems can be tested on their ability to answer questions posed on the contents of documents that they have seen, but until now large scale training and test datasets have been missing for this type of evaluation. In this work we define a new methodology that resolves this bottleneck and provides large scale supervised reading comprehension data. This allows us to develop a class of attention based deep neural networks that learn to read real documents and answer complex questions with minimal prior knowledge of language structure.

And from the article:

The results clearly show how powerful neural nets have become. Hermann and co say the best neural nets can answer 60 percent of the queries put to them. They suggest that these machines can answer all queries that are structured in a simple way and struggle only with queries that have more complex grammatical structures.
The best way for AI machines to learn is by feeding them huge data sets of annotated examples, and the Daily Mail has unwittingly created one.
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Today’s Google Doodles celebrate the life of astrophysicist Sally Ride (http://goo.gl/ihTMk9), who on June 18th, 1983, became the first American woman in space. Dr. Ride spent her life breaking barriers, working as a physicist at NASA and providing inspiration to students as an educator. To learn more about Dr. Ride and her accomplishments, head over to the Official Google Blog at http://goo.gl/sTa8ZO.
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promenade du 19 avril, il n'y avait pas un chat.
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