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George Verghese is, IMHO, one of the best instructors at MIT. He sent the following in an e-mail to his 6.011 students after the tragic loss of two freshman this month to apparent suicide. This comes after three other students and one professor have taken their own life since last March. MIT has an extensive counseling program, but something else clearly needs to be done.
Grateful to have professors and mentors like George Verghese, who sent this message to class. #peoplebeforepsets ---- Hi, all. I'm writing down what I...
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Hear, hear: 

"One realization that slowly grew on me during these museum visits was that I had to find and nurture and express my own talents. I was always going to be surrounded by people who did most (if not all!) things better than me (this is even more true now that I am at MIT). I needed to be where I could support and encourage and celebrate their excellence while not belittling or discounting or suppressing what I was good at."
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+Adam Bry  is quoted in the article....
 
The Federal Aviation Administration is considering new rules for drones, but some say imposing broad limitations could quash the technology, moving innovation overseas.
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"Sources tell us Uber is hiring more than fifty senior scientists from Carnegie Mellon as well as from the National Robotics Engineering Center, a CMU-affiliated research entity. Uber has “cleaned out” the Robotics Institute, said the source."
Driver-on-demand service Uber is building a robotics research lab in Pittsburgh, PA to "kickstart autonomous taxi fleet development," sources close to the..
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Mohit Bansal and I are looking for a visiting student to help us develop robots that can learn semantically rich models of their environments from natural language descriptions.
Visiting student opportunities in natural language-based semantic mapping for robots
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43 Quintillion permutations too easy?

The standard 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube has a lot of permutations (43,252,003,274,489,856,000 to be exact), but that’s not challenging enough for some.  One person decided to solve a 17x17x17 cube, designed by puzzle designer Oskar van Deventer (http://goo.gl/uhMwV3), which has 6.69 x 10^1054 permutations. That’s a lot of zeros!

Check out the time-lapse video from  Kenneth Brandon (+RedKB)  on YouTube, where he solves this “supercube” in a mere 7.5 hours.
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That is a coincidence. I've never learned a formal approach to solving a 3x3 cube, but I know that I could never solve this one.
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A very interesting read...
 
Walter Pitts was used to being bullied. He’d been born into a tough family in Prohibition-era Detroit, where his father, a boiler-maker,…
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A GRASP Lab spinoff was just purchased by Qualcomm
The aerial robotics company, which emerged from Penn's GRASP Lab, is known for its whimsical videos of dancing flying robots. It was also recently tapped by the U.S. military to build a tiny, speedy drone.
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Recently, a number of us interested in image captioning gathered at Berkeley to exchange ideas (many thanks to Trevor Darrell for hosting us). Present were many of the authors of the various recent...
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The third in +Steven Levy's series on +Google. This one is about neural nets and deep learning. It's not technical and dosen't talk at all about how any of it works. It mainly discusses Google's history with deep learning and the various people and companies involved.  It paints a picture of amazing performance just around the corner. There are a number of pretty impressive things the Google Brain can do now. But, the article says, that's only the beginning.

The three main personalities are +Geoffrey Hinton, Demis Hassabis of Google-owned DeepMind (in London) and +Jeff Dean, who posts real content here on Google+.  

Dean is in charge of Google's large-scale deep learning neural net systems, called Google Brain internally. The Google Brain has become sort of an AI utility in the company. “It’s like an internal service,” says Dean. ... Dean says that around 35 to 40 groups are using it at Google now. Besides search and speech, he says, “We have stuff in ads, street view, and some stuff in the self-driving cars.”

DeepMind is also ready for production. Hassabis says within six months or so, its technology will find their way into Google products. His organization is broken up into divisions, and one — headed by his co-founder Mustafa Suleyman—is devoted to applied uses of the AI, working closely with Google to see what might be of use.

Levy concludes his piece with this.

It is ultimately significant that Deep Mind and Google Brain — along with Hinton’s deep learning group — are all in Google’s search organization. Many years ago, Larry Page and Sergey Brin spoke, maybe only half jokingly, of speech [sic. Should be "search"] being an implant in our brains. No one talks about implants now. Instead of tapping our brains to make search better, Google is building brains of its own.
Inside Google’s massive effort in Deep Learning, which could make already-smart search into scary-smart search
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+Abe Bachrach and +Adam Bry went public with their perception-focused UAV startup Skydio
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My Posts of 2014

It's been great fun to be on Google+ over the past year and thanks to everyone for the comments and interest. Although I will keep posting about various other nonsense that sometimes interests me, clearly people are paying most attention when I'm saying things about SLAM and robots so I made a list of the most +1'd posts in 2014. For me the really big events have been thanks to my relationship with Dyson --- the announcements of the Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner, and of the Dyson Robotics Lab at Imperial College which is now fully up and running.

Other big themes in robotics, vision and AI which have interested me a lot this year and have been discussed in many posts have been all the start-up and acquisition activiy, deep learning and a return to work on general AI, and increasingly serious discussion about possible super-human AI and the Singularity.

Raspberry Pi Robotics course (January) +83 +47
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/WpgR7qhy8TS
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/TVgAhtKfjmt

Google Project Tango Launch (February, reshare) +63
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/dfJtaBDZYxC

Announcement of Dyson Robotics Lab at Imperial College (February) +114
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/QagvhxT1uhZ

Simultaneous Mosaicing and Tracking with an Event Camera and BMVC Best Industry Paper (July) +133 +45
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/9uwkwhCSpS3
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/5FiCq5D4ceu

LSD-SLAM from TU Munich (July, reshare) +68
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/divy14qiiYn

My IROS Plenary Talk (September) +61
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/Whu9Fm89Bmo

Dense Planar SLAM (September) +54
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/4Ud6373aFZ8

Dyson 360 Eye Announcement (September) +65 +39 +58
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/Acg1HKz73sF
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/jBmLkP17K4Y
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/h4iwooHPcbJ

SLAMBench (November) +84
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/Q1kw21iLvxZ

PM, James Dyson and the 360 Eye (November) +65
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/BedysVPdauB
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