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How to code your own neural network:
https://iamtrask.github.io/2015/07/12/basic-python-network/

This lesson explains the concepts really well and uses a very simple network as an example, so you can easily grasp how more advanced algorithms like AlphaGo or image recognition work.

There are further lessons as well that build on to the first one:
https://iamtrask.github.io/
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The criticism I've heard of computer generated music, or robots that play actual instruments, is that is sounds too "robotic" or "synthetic" or "too perfect."  I wondered if the solution was to simply add random variation every now and then.  Make the robot miss its timing by a fraction of a second according to a pseduoRNG.

This article talks about the concept, arguing that it's not simply randomness that adds the "human" factor, but everyone reacting to the randomness.  So a perfect composition sounds fake.  A composition with randoms errors sounds like mistakes.  But a composition where one instrument screws up, and every other instruments reacts to fall in line with the mistake sounds like an organic, live performance:

https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/james-holden-human-timing/

The author of the article talks about how most of human history involved listening to live music.  The first recordings were of a group of musicians in a room with good acoustics, and they performed until they got a good take.  Then, as technology improved, we gained the ability to have people play by themselves and layer the different recordings together, so the musicians can no longer react to each other.  Beyond that, a musician doesn't even have to perform a single take correctly.  Different takes can be cut up, with all the correctly performed bars pasted together, to make a perfect performance.  Perhaps this is why modern music sounds "digital."  Not because of the mp3 vs vinyl, but because of the studio mix.

The link above features a free software download for a program that generates electronic music and correlates responses to errors, so all digital instruments respond to each other and modify their timing when random variation is introduced.  It can also listen to live human musicians and respond to them.
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Titanic II is the most expensive LARP prop ever:  http://boingboing.net/2016/02/15/titanic-ii-is-an-exact-replica.html
Australian billionaire Cliver Palmer’s says his $432 million replica of the Titanic will set sail in 2018. From Sick Chirpse: Titanic II looks virtually identical to the Belfast-built liner that sa…
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"Any belief system can be made into a working tool if used correctly. There’s no need to abandon logic or rationality. Rather, use that as your ticket in. For example you could embrace the belief that magic is a psychological/hallucinogenic experience rather than a mystical one and work from there. Think of it as brain hacking. Once you’ve got the tech working and producing results shed what you find to be false and formulate your own hypothesis based on what you’ve learned along the way. You don’t have to embrace a theological explanation of the universe to pull back the curtains and see the 'hidden world' all around you but you do have to believe in yourself and your ability to do so."

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welcome-to-trout-vale said: I'm just getting started with your guide and am coming from a very skeptical perspective. I until recently judged most things from a purely scientific perspective but...
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I like how the final shot of The Revenant is Leo looking the Oscar committee in the eyes, silently asking, "What more do you want from me?"
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The map features well-known separatist movements, such as the powerful and vocal Basque Nationalist movement in northern Spain, as well as the more obscure.
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The brain can be distracted with VR in order to minimize pain from burns: https://www.hitl.washington.edu/projects/vrpain/
Immersive virtual reality pain distraction was originated and developed by Hoffman & Patterson at the Univ. of Washington Seattle and Harborview Burn Center. All images on this webpage are copyrighted. Please e-mail hunter@hitL.washington.edu for permission.
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Is this symbolic behaviour in Chimpanzees?
Recent reports of chimp behavior such as assembling stones near special trees and ritualistic dance in response to fire and rain raises new questions on the origins of ritual and religious behavior among our ancestors. 
Biologists working in the Republic of Guinea have found evidence for an apparent
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"[T]ulpa-theory ‘para-normalizes’ cultural explanations for paranormal trends. Rather than explaining away the persistance of particular paranormal phenomena, consensual belief becomes the magic itself. Tulpas both provide an ‘answer’ to the recursivity of reality and representation, to the circularity of cultural influence (culture-produces-thought-produces-culture?) and float like an uneasy question mark over ever-fidgety boundaries between inside and out, self and other."

http://savageminds.org/2016/02/13/paranormalizing-the-popular-through-the-tibetan-tulpa-or-what-the-next-dalai-lama-the-x-files-and-affect-theory-might-have-in-common/
What’s the newest and weirdest sub-culture on the Internet, you ask? If you’re Vice Magazine, it’s apparently tulpamancers. Tulpamancers are people who, through extended bouts of …
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