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George Limitsios
Hello! I'm George! What to say about myself... I'm great! Isn't this enough? Ok! I'm also a nice person to hang out but a little bit eccentric maybe, in the sense of the unusual!
Hello! I'm George! What to say about myself... I'm great! Isn't this enough? Ok! I'm also a nice person to hang out but a little bit eccentric maybe, in the sense of the unusual!
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I'm sad that Oliver Sacks has just passed away. His writings on  brain plasticity have been an inspiration to me in both education (MOOCs) and machine learning. I loved "The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat." Even though it contained mainly tales of brain damage, there were also gems of amazing plasticity and recovery. This is one of the books that had influenced me to believe that the human brain can learn anything---thus giving me both faith in the power of education, and hope that some day we can build a computer that can do the same. Thank you and RIP Professor Sacks. 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/aug/30/oliver-sacks-dies-aged-82-eminent-neurologist-author-awakenings .

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Every child deserves a chance to succeed. One disadvantage faced by infants in low-income families is that they hear much less speech from their parents. By age 3, there is a "30 million word gap" between children from wealthy and low-income families. So many low-income children start school already behind their peers. Parents are hearing they should talk to their infants (thanks to First 5 California, the Clinton Foundation, ...), but many parents of all income levels still don't know how to develop this habit. The TALK project at Stanford, led by my student Kerry Wang is working to change this. Her videos have received great reviews from user testing, and so we're releasing them publicly for the first time today. Check out the site: http://talktobaby.org . Please help spread the word, and also let me know what you think! 

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Happy Pi day! Or is it Pie day? Baidu's blog post on speech recognition and Pi vs Pie!  http://usa.baidu.com/pi-day-or-pie-day/
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Our Deep Speech system for speech recognition attains 16.5% error on Switchboard (Hub5'00), outperforming previous published results.  We also focus on realistic noisy environments (speech in a noisy crowd, car, etc.)  In this regime Deep Speech significantly outperforms commercial systems. Key to this approach were (i) Our scalable multi-GPU infrastructure for training an RNN, (ii) Using 7,000 hours of clean speech data, and using that to synthesize a massive 100,000 hours of data (by adding the clean data to different types of noise) to train the models.  I think end-to-end deep learning is the future of speech.  Paper here:  http://arxiv.org/abs/1412.5567

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There's a new CartoDB plugin for QGIS. I haven't used CartoDB much myself but I see the new free plan allows for up to 5 tables. 

Could be really useful for smaller community mapping projects and has potential for enterprise use.

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George Limitsios commented on a video on YouTube.
Ειλικρινά έλεος! Από πού κι ως πού πρέπει να αφορά τον δάσκαλο/ τη δασκάλα το τί φοράνε οι μαθητές τους, από τη στιγμή που δε προσβάλλουν κανέναν;; Οι εκπαιδευτικοί θα έπρεπε να είναι πρωτοπόροι αλλά αντιθέτως εμμένουν στο καταστροφικό παρελθόν... 

Βασίλης Παπακωνσταντίνου - Βράδυ Σαββάτου | Vas…: http://youtu.be/SgphL5kf-2o

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