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Interesting: "The Tullahennel Wind Farm is the first in Europe to integrate a battery into each turbine to store energy and smooth out power flows"

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-09/microsoft-and-ge-s-new-wind-turbines-each-come-with-a-battery
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Teaching machines to understand human actions in videos is a fundamental research problem in Computer Vision. To help advance the state of the art, today we’re announcing the release of AVA, a dataset of finely-labeled atomic visual actions in video.
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Amazing enough that DeepMind beat humans at Go, now it does it from scratch (just reinforcement learning, playing games against itself). That is another leap entirely, a second major Go achievement from DeepMind.

https://deepmind.com/blog/alphago-zero-learning-scratch/
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This seems bad: "For as little as $1,000, a person or organization could conceivably purchase ads that will enable them to track someone’s location and app use via their mobile phone — gaining access to potentially sensitive personal information about that individual’s dating preferences, health, religious and political affiliation, and more."

https://news.cs.washington.edu/2017/10/18/cybersecurity-researchers-uncover-how-online-advertising-can-be-used-to-track-individuals/
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"Netflix wants to make half its library original content by 2018, and in order to do so will spend $8 billion next year producing 30 new anime series and 80 original films. "

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/significant-digits-for-tuesday-oct-17-2017/
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Interesting study out of UC Davis on the negative impact of Uber: "a large portion of travelers are substituting ride-hailing in place of public transit, biking, and walking trips, or would not have made the trips at all"

https://www.planetizen.com/features/95227-new-research-how-ride-hailing-impacts-travel-behavior

It would be good to see more studies of this taking everything into account (including parking), but so far it is looking like Uber could be a net negative for cities.
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Another example of extreme overpromise in AI, the claim that this prototype means that "modeling may be going the way of elevator operator".
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