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Somewhere deep in the complex web of 86 billion neurons in my head, one of them fired and kicked off a process that made me reshare this.
 
This is bound to sparkle some lively debate on "free will"
Researchers offer an explanation of how a single stimulus can sometimes trigger a different response, even in the same individual.
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The exciting thing about these learning algorithms is they are kind of meta level. We’re imbuing it with the ability to learn for itself from experience, just like a human would do, and therefore it can do other stuff that maybe we don’t know how to program. It’s exciting to see that when it comes up with a new strategy in an Atari game that the programmers didn’t know about.
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Google’s prize AI prodigy tells all
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Fascinating developments from the +OpenWorm​​project: A robot that can react to it's environment not based on programmed responses, but by modeling the neurons of a worm. One step closer to fully virtual organisms... or maybe were already there?
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Worms are gross
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Reached my goal of a "gold medal" on the High Pass Challenge (114 miles, 7k feet of climbing: http://www.strava.com/activities/191484116), reaching Windy Ridge (on Mt. St. Helens) from Packwood in 3hrs 10m.

It was definitely the hardest ride I've done yet, even more so than doing the STP in one day. The morning pacelines were wicked fast and consistent, the climbs were brutally unrelenting, the descents were stupid fun and every rider I encountered was friendly and competent... but it was the final dozen miles of hot, flat road. that were absolutely grueling. Hours later, it's still kind of painful to sit down.

#throughglass
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Congratulations! That looks like hard work. Very impressive. 
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Big changes are coming and society isn't ready.
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There are worrying signs we're in a slow slide back to some flavor of feudalism, since some kind of oligarchy has been the default mode of society for most of recorded history. It's only recently we've obtained and continue to seek a thriving middle class. And I have serious concerns that we're blithely slipping past ominous warnings of systemic instability (regulatory capture, dangerously unregulated banks, flash crashes, state-sponsored "cyberwar", etc.) and existential risks (nuclear weapons, CO2 emissions, runaway AI, etc.) for the last few generations we've constantly been on the edge of unprecedented, amazing, rapid change.

So while the events like the Arab Spring haven't exactly brought out ticker-tape parades full of puppies and rainbows, I'm hopeful vast amounts of sunshine, cheap ubiquitous computing power, an end to the war on science, and the instantaneous free flow of new ideas might save us from ourselves...</rambling>

David Brin writes about these issues better than I can: http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/
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2 GB of Google Drive storage if you check your account's security settings. You should definitely do this, it only takes a minute or two!

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Your attention is a precious resource. Spend it wisely and read this article!
This is life now: one constant, never-ending stream of non sequiturs and self-referential garbage that passes in through our eyes and out of our brains…
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For those that like Artificial Intelligence, this is a good overview of what DeepMind achieved.
I'm very excited with this approach. It's incredible.

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Successfully biked 180 miles over two days from Seattle as part of the RSVP. Vancouver, I am in you!

Day 1: http://www.strava.com/activities/180800473
Day 2: http://www.strava.com/activities/181272862
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If things go well, automaton will create jobs. But if they don't, huge swaths of labor will vanish.
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All your posts about how automation will disrupt the economy and we are not in any way prepared for it are fascinating but also depressing.

Because we are not good, as a species, at dealing with huge slow-moving problems (e.g. climate change.) So, I'm not sure how we can solve this. 

Particularly since, in America, we do not fund the schools in any centralized way that might help create a uniform excellent school system. Funding by property taxes mean that rich areas have good schools with more innovation that then create skilled people who have more money and so give more to the schools.  While this virtuous cycle is reversed in poor areas.  

Though I take the point that the larger theory of education needs to change.  But I think our problems in theis country with education are even worse than that.  And make it more likely that we will not solve this on the grand scale required.

Partiularly when things like "Common Core" (which was originally proposed by a group of governers, not even the federal government) are villified for being "central" and so are rejected. But we have to have centralized funding and coordination to meet the challenges.  But for some reason, in America, we are not allowed to do that. Very frustrating. 
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