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"The Google and UCSB researchers showed they could program groups of qubits—devices that represent information using fragile quantum physics—to detect certain kinds of error, and to prevent those errors from ruining a calculation. "

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/535621/google-researchers-make-quantum-computing-components-more-reliable/
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Question: Why is it we have no trouble understanding the difference between a simulation of a worm's brain and a real worm brain, but we can't do the same for simulations of quantum computing?

Answer: Hubris.
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Fantastic new track by Lord Huron.
Can't wait to hear their whole new album. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvoJ7qUh3y8
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It's pretty amazing how fast neural networks are developing. 

"The software can analyze video faster than a human could watch it; in the demonstration, the 3.5 minute clip was processed in just 10 seconds."

+Andrew Ng has a nice quote in a recent interview:

"The biggest problem that technology has posed for centuries is the challenge to labor. For example, there are 3.5 million truck drivers in the US, whose jobs may be affected if we ever manage to develop self-driving cars. I think we need government and business leaders to have a serious conversation about that, - " https://medium.com/backchannel/google-brains-co-inventor-tells-why-hes-building-chinese-neural-networks-662d03a8b548


http://www.technologyreview.com/news/534631/a-startups-neural-network-can-understand-video/?utm_campaign=socialsync&utm_medium=social-post&utm_source=google-plus
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Like 35 seconds check out the boogie boarders (spongers) standing on the beach looking at the massive shore break. Pretty amazing. 

http://kxan.com/2015/01/22/biggest-swell-of-season-cancels-hawaii-surf-competition/
The biggest swell of the winter season has arrived along Hawaii's north-facing shores.
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Wow, this was in August but I just heard about it. I had a great long conversation with him about six months before this. Really appreciated his interest and intelligence. 

"Bartzokis also conceived a novel developmental model for neuropsychiatric diseases based upon what makes the human brain most unique: its high myelin content. Myelin is a fatty sheath that coats nerve axons, allowing for efficient conduction of nerve impulses. It is key to the fast processing speeds that underlie our higher cognitive functions and the encoding of memories. "The pervasive myelination of our brain is the single most unique aspect in which the human brain differs from other species," he noted. "

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/in-memoriam:-dr-george-bartzokis-neuroscientist-who-developed-the-myelin-model-of-brain-disease
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I was in Los Angeles in December and came across this shipwreck while biking from Marina Del Rey to UCLA. 
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I live nearby here and these boats are frequently seen like beached whales, and then disappear within a days or weeks...odd.
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"Biotech is the second biggest category for venture investment after software. VCs are gaining confidence in life sciences companies (which include those developing new drugs and therapies as well as those that make medical devices and equipment) partly because their underlying research has advanced significantly, says Greg Vlahos, life sciences partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, which published the new numbers. A big spike in IPOs by biotech companies over the past two years has also made the field more enticing."

+Bobby Brooke, thought you might be interested! Hope you're doing well man. cheers
http://www.technologyreview.com/news/535301/venture-capitalists-love-biotech-right-now/
Scientific advances and new business models are spurring investor confidence in biomedical-related ventures.
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Life in Rome. 
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Average Connections of the frontal lobe. 

This is one of my favorite images that I've made. One of the interesting things about it is that it shows how interconnected the frontal lobe is to the rest of the brain. Basically, from the front of your head, you have large direct connections running to just about every other part of your brain.   

Anyway, I just make these things for fun but I’m getting more and more into AI and neural networks and I like to think that insights from the brain’s connectome can be used to inform and improve AI.

I threw up a few more images on my webpage, feel free to take a look. http://www.owenphillips.com/gallery.html

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"A few paralyzed patients could soon be using a wireless brain-computer interface able to stream their thought commands as quickly as a home Internet connection."

http://braingate2.org/

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/534206/a-brain-computer-interface-that-works-wirelessly/
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I haven't been sold on an artist as much as I am with Hozier in a long time. Worth the time to check out - 

Hozier - From Eden

*and I originally heard them in February on the always ahead of the curve +KCRW  
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We present a model that generates free-form natural language descriptions of image regions. Our model leverages datasets of images and their sentence descriptions to learn about the inter-modal correspondences between text and visual data. Our approach is based on a novel combination of ...
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  • Fondazione Santa Lucia (Rome)
    Neuroscience, 2012 - present
  • UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
    Neuroscience, present
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