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Gary Leeming
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It's amazing to me that CGI, the company that brought us the healthcare.gov fiasco, has the chutzpah to protest the ways that the UK GDS has cut the cost of government IT services while making those services far better for citizens. These guys should be laughed out of the room. The IT vendors need to work to improve their own services, not spread FUD about those who are showing how to do it better!
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Twelve Tomorrows Takes Tangible Science and Imagines the Future
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Inspired by the real-life breakthroughs covered in the pages of MIT Technology Review, renowned writers Pat Cadigan, Cory Doctorow, and Christopher Brown join the hottest emerging authors from around the world to envision the future of the Internet, biotechnology, computing, and more.

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Robots are becoming specialised alien creatures without the need to mimic.
 
Photos of a Strange, Thriving Humanoid Robotics Movement

Japan is famous for its robotics industry which has developed everything from faceless industrial robots that power factories to cybernetic cats that provide companionship to the elderly. There’s also a subculture of scientists trying to create robots that could pass as humans and London-based photographer Luisa Whitton has captured their stories in a series called What About the Heart?

A scholarship provided Whitton with the opportunity to travel to Japan to meet with robotics pioneer Hiroshi Ishiguro, who became famous in tech circles for having built an eerily creepy robotic copy of himself

Source article:  http://www.wired.com/2014/06/the-agony-of-being-a-japanese-robot-thats-almost-human/#slide-id-985101
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American Gothic by Grant Wood - LEGO Masters by Marco Sodano

Shockingly good work. Squint your eyes a bit to see how great this Behance/agency work is. Cool!

#lego   #americangothic   #grantwood   #advertising   #adcampaign  

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"...technique could be used as a method for machines to talk to each other while evading human detection."
 
> Deep neural networks (DNNs) have recently been achieving state-of-the-art performance on a variety of pattern-recognition tasks, most notably visual classification problems. Given that DNNs are now able to classify objects in images with near-human-level performance, questions naturally arise as to what differences remain between computer and human vision. A recent study revealed that changing an image (e.g. of a lion) in a way imperceptible to humans can cause a DNN to label the image as something else entirely (e.g. mislabeling a lion a library). Here we show a related result: it is easy to produce images that are completely unrecognizable to humans, but that state-of-theart DNNs believe to be recognizable objects with 99.99% confidence (e.g. labeling with certainty that white noise static is a lion). Specifically, we take convolutional neural networks trained to perform well on either the ImageNet or MNIST datasets and then find images with evolutionary algorithms or gradient ascent that DNNs label with high confidence as belonging to each dataset class. It is possible to produce images totally unrecognizable to human eyes that DNNs believe with near certainty are familiar objects. Our results shed light on interesting differences between human vision and current DNNs, and raise questions about the generality of DNN computer vision.

Full paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/1412.1897

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// This is clever. It's funny that they draw a lesson about how easy it is to fool these DNNs, since the same technique could be used as a method for machines to talk to each other while evading human detection.
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IBM has built a new brain-like computer chip that's the size of a postage stamp, boasts 1 million neurons and uses as little electricity as a hearing aid. http://ibm.co/1pEyAfr
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