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Works at KK* — I write about the culture of technology. I'm an off-the-chart optimist. Currently Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. Publisher of the daily review of Cool Tools. Resident philosopher at the Technium.
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Lives in Pacifica, CA
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More photos from my quick trip to China.
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I am from china, china is fine!
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Fans at my book signing in Shenzhen. The Chinese still buy paper books in a real bookstores. There were more fans on a level above!
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Bigger than life!

The Chinese like to do things big. On my recent speaking trip to China some of the venues were very large and had Dear Leader-like towering headshots of me as backgrounds. It is odd to see yourself as a billboard. I also had a lot of large crowds at book signings in actual bookstores.


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Industrial Light & Magic is back to inventing new ways to make moving images and immersive environments. It’s the future.

https://youtu.be/7T9Dv1aLMbw
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Thanks for your comment and sharing that , just what I needed per my fascination with everything about Interstellar. +Timothy Eaton what say you about your old stomping ground?
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This is an interesting conundrum. Instead of monkey substitute "robot".

https://www.publicknowledge.org/news-blog/blogs/monkey-selfie-crying-wolf
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That was one of the (many) problems pointed out when that one Russian company was attempting to automatically generate and copyright literally every copyrightable string of ones and zeros.  Copyright law generally frowns on copyrighting the outputs of dumb algorithms.
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California is the least rural, most urban state in the US. 95% of its population live in urban areas. It is also the most wealth generating state. I suspect those two facts are related.

http://priceonomics.com/the-most-urbanized-states-in-america/
Overall, 80.7% percent of Americans live in urban areas, but the number varies widely from state to state, and not quite as you might expect.
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hi kelly
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I just got back from a quick but intense trip to China. Two cities in Manchuria, plus Shanghai, plus two cities on the Pearl River delta. I was speaking in hotel rooms most of the time, but I got out for two afternoons for a stroll around. Here's a few images of what I saw.
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Scenes from the Shenzhen Marker Fair. It was held last week in a section of closed off streets in downtown Shenzhen (a very modern city of several million). Lots of electronics, 3D printers, and kits. It had a good vibe and was swamped by folks despite the steaming hot temperatures.
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Turns out that neural nets that can perceive objects in images can be reversed and used to create images. This function can also be used to peek inside a neural net to see how it works. Google researchers write:

We ask the network: “Whatever you see there, I want more of it!” This creates a feedback loop: if a cloud looks a little bit like a bird, the network will make it look more like a bird. This in turn will make the network recognize the bird even more strongly on the next pass and so forth, until a highly detailed bird appears, seemingly out of nowhere.
Memo from Google here:
http://googleresearch.blogspot.com/2015/06/inceptionism-going-deeper-into-neural.html
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This guys builds his own hut using only a rock as a tool. It's pretty cool. Load the whole sequence. He ends up with a pretty nice hut. But amazing as his achievement is, millions of people around the planet do (and have done) the same. 

http://imgur.com/gallery/oZ8ko
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The second half of this 38,000 word booklet is pretty good, especially if you need to manage software coders, or consult with them, or if you are learning to code yourself. Great insights such as this:

"But the choice of a main programming language is the most important signaling behavior that a technology company can engage in. Tell me that you program in Java, and I believe you to be either serious or boring. In Ruby, and you are interested in building things quickly. In Clojure, and I think you are smart but wonder if you ship. In Python, and I trust you implicitly. In PHP, and we sigh together. In C++ or C, and I nod humbly. In C#, and I smile and assume we have nothing in common. In Fortran, and I ask to see your security clearance. These languages contain entire civilizations."

http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-paul-ford-what-is-code/
The world belongs to people who code. Those who don’t understand will be left behind.
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Someday we'll look back on these infant robots falling over as they learn to walk and say how cute they were. 
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/robots/a15907/best-falls-from-darpa-robot-challenge/
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The bigger they are the funnier they fall.
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I am Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. I helped launch Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor until January 1999. I am currently editor and publisher of the popular Cool Tools, True Film, and Street Use websites. From 1984-1990 I was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. I co-founded the ongoing Hackers' Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. I authored the best-selling "New Rules for the New Economy," and the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, "Out of Control." I co-founded the All Species Inventory, a taxonmic initiative to catalog all the species on Earth. I am also a charter board member of the Long Now Foundation which is building a monumental clock to tick for 10,000 years.
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