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(TEDx video 8.5min) me speaking about internet as a mirror

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HIV overcomes CRISPR gene-editing attack
We all got really excited a few weeks ago when researchers announced they’d removed HIV from human immune cells using new gene-editing technology called CRISPR/Cas-9, or ‘CRISPR’ for short, which works like a pair of molecular scissors to cut and paste DNA.

As far as we know, that specific result is holding up just fine, but a separate study has now revealed that, worryingly, HIV can evolve to survive CRISPR attacks in just two weeks. Even worse, the attack itself could actually be introducing mutations that make the virus stronger. So… bad news, damn it!

Paper:
http://www.nature.com/news/hiv-overcomes-crispr-gene-editing-attack-1.19712?WT.mc_id=TWT_NatureNews

Article:
http://www.sciencealert.com/hiv-took-just-2-weeks-to-overcome-our-best-attempts-to-edit-it-out-of-our-cells

#HIV   #research   #crispr  
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5-25year future of smart agents & knowledge bases they use and build. These may be the most socially important forms of AI that will emerge in the coming generation. We’ll soon be using "personal #sims" that model our interests, goals, and values in their knowledge bases, and which act as our assistants and digital interfaces to the world

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#AlphaGo wins 5th & final game (4of5) 2:01am pst
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San Francisco Bay Lights #Fireworks for Super-Bowl 50


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2001 #Monolith GIF 

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Google open sources  #machinelearning  TensorFlow #AI  
Google is open sourcing TensorFlow, its machine learning system

This is huge news, for at least a few reasons:

1. Machine learning is going to have a massive impact on the world. We've already seen that in areas from voice recognition to image understanding to language translation. In many ways, applying machine learning to problems unlocks all kinds of new opportunities. Tons of niches would support specialized startups applying machine learning to specific domains.

2. In the past, Google has released papers like MapReduce, which described a system for massive parallel processing of data. MapReduce spawned entire cottage industries such as Hadoop as smart folks outside Google wrote code to recreate Google's paper. But the results still suffered from a telephone-like effect as outside code ran into issues that may have already been resolved within Google. Now Google is releasing its own code. This offers a massive set of possibilities, without reinventing the wheel.

3. In many ways, machine learning has been an example of "secret sauce." I'm incredibly excited that Google is releasing technology so that the entire world can benefit, not just Google. It's the kind of decision that makes me proud of Google and its people.

Smart people and smart companies often succeed by noticing when something has changed in the world, because change unlocks new opportunities. Well, something has changed. If you're still in school, starting out, or working at a smart company, please think hard about how you could make the world better by applying machine learning to an important issue or a problem that you know well. With TensorFlow now open source, you have a great new tool at your disposal.

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regarding the frenzy surrounding this particular star, Seager said that jumping to the alien conclusion is way too premature. Inexplicable stars like #Kepler   KIC 8462852 are observed all the time in astronomy. "It's correct that this star seems to be anomalous and unique in all of the Kepler star data, but there are other one-off objects like this in astronomy," said Seager. "Not all puzzles are solved right away. Something's going in front of the star, but we don't know what." 

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#landslide  in Japan

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