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I'm not trying to pick on the Tesla, but I've long been curious about the cases where self driving cars fail (such as bad weather), and this report from Consumer Reports is an interesting example: "The Summon system may not detect obstacles that are very narrow, or placed very low or high. Our evaluation bore that out. We tried out the Model S P85D with several large objects that a homeowner might leave in a driveway or on the floor of a garage—such as a duffel bag and bicycle—and the car failed to stop before hitting them. One of our testers also damaged one of the car’s 21" wheels against a curb in his garage when using the Summon mode after he was unable to stop it in time. "
After Consumer Reports' tests raised concerns about the Tesla summon mode self-parking feature, Tesla has agreed to update the system to boost safety.
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Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors). BTC 1FhCLQK2ZXtCUQDtG98p6fVH7S6mxAsEey ...
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538: "Amazon.com intends to open up 300 to 400 brick-and-mortar bookstores nationwide. Kids, 'brick and mortar' are substances used to construct malls, much like you’d do in the game Minecraft."
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. 1st case The first reported case of Zika transmission in the U.S. was found in Dallas County, Texas….
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I believe physical stores are a big part of Amazon's long run future.
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Fun "What If?" comic today. My favorite part is the mouseover on one of the images: "'A VACUUM IS FORMING KILL IT KILL IT' —Nature"

http://what-if.xkcd.com/143/
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This launched and is nice, just works, Javascript notebooks out of the  box.
https://tonicdev.com/
Tonic notebooks are interactive playgrounds connected to a complete node environment right in your browser. Every npm module pre-installed.
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Gobsmacking great news! Congrats to the DeepMind team!
 
Huge news from our colleagues at DeepMind. Go was long considered a key problem for AI, because it's a game for which the 'try all combinations and see which does best' is simply not possible, and human Go players rely heavily on abstract pattern recognition to guide their decisions. This is further evidence that human-level pattern recognition is no longer a 'science' problem per-se (but still a mighty engineering problem). It's time for us to focus more on exploring higher levels of cognition.
Deep-learning software defeats human professional for first time.
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Good SMBC comic yesterday: "Philosophy tip: Make any sentence profound by adding 'true' to it"
http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=4015
How the Red Sox could win, with quantum mechanics. . Discuss this comic in the forum. February 9, 2016. Discuss this comic in the forum. February 8, 2016 ...
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In the AWS service terms: "However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization."
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Curious essay by Bruce Schneier: "You can think of the sensors as the eyes and ears of the Internet, the actuators as the hands and feet of the Internet, and the stuff in the middle as the brain ... We're building a world-sized robot, and we don't even realize it."
The Internet of Things Will Be the World's Biggest Robot. The Internet of Things is the name given to the computerization of everything in our lives. Already you can buy Internet-enabled thermostats, light bulbs, refrigerators, and cars. Soon everything will be on the Internet: the things we own ...
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This will initiate more use of cloud robotics.
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Beautiful bird-cam footage. Around 1986 when I was first writing the boids model, I tried to imagine myself as bird in a flock. I had no idea videos like this would someday exist. Via Vik Sohal. Video here: https://www.facebook.com/breedofspeed/videos/415510641993095/

From the upcoming German film “Wie Brüder im Wind” (“Brothers in the Wind”) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymR0N9DKbWQ
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Very cool, new from Yahoo: "Over time, as you click on more content, the Yahoo stream becomes more tailored to your interests. The more you use the app and homepage, the better your experience will be."

Personalized news is hard to get right (see also http://findory.com), but it's great to see Yahoo trying for it again. There's a lot of potential in helping people discover news and information they'd otherwise miss.
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Remarkable: "Combining a state-of-the-art Monte-Carlo tree search with two deep neural networks, AlphaGo ... has defeated reigning 3-time European Go champion Fan Hui."
 
Can a computer master the ancient game of Go? With more possible board configurations than the number of atoms in the universe, experts have long thought it to be impossible. But a system developed by researchers at Google DeepMind, called AlphaGo, has done it.

Combining a state-of-the-art Monte-Carlo tree search with two deep neural networks, AlphaGo not only has defeated the top existing Go programs at the forefront of A.I. research, but also has defeated reigning 3-time European Go champion Fan Hui. 

The next challenge will be to play the top Go player in the world over the last decade, Lee Sedol, this March in Seoul, South Korea. To learn more, visit the Google Research blog, linked below.
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