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"Half the country sits on a powder keg, but there's no telling how long the fuse is, or whether it's even lit."
07.06.2015 · Confronting New Madrid. Connoisseurs of disaster know that the official map of seismic hazards in the United States paints a fat red bull's-eye in the middle of the country, right where Missouri dovetails into Arkansas: FEMA expects a major earthquake in the central United States to ...
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"Soon after that shaking begins, the electrical grid will fail, likely everywhere west of the Cascades and possibly well beyond. If it happens at night, the ensuing catastrophe will unfold in darkness. In theory, those who are at home when it hits should be safest; it is easy and relatively inexpensive to seismically safeguard a private dwelling. But, lulled into nonchalance by their seemingly benign environment, most people in the Pacific Northwest have not done so. That nonchalance will shatter instantly. So will everything made of glass. Anything indoors and unsecured will lurch across the floor or come crashing down: bookshelves, lamps, computers, cannisters of flour in the pantry. Refrigerators will walk out of kitchens, unplugging themselves and toppling over. Water heaters will fall and smash interior gas lines. Houses that are not bolted to their foundations will slide off—or, rather, they will stay put, obeying inertia, while the foundations, together with the rest of the Northwest, jolt westward. Unmoored on the undulating ground, the homes will begin to collapse."
The next full-margin rupture of the Cascadia subduction zone will spell the worst natural disaster in the history of the continent. Credit Illustration by Christoph Niemann; Map by Ziggymaj / Getty
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For most neuroscientists, this is just a bad metaphor. But it’s still the most useful analogy that we have.
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Inceptionism-Captions: Check out captions generated from Google's inception images using visual attention! Spooky images and interesting captions (thanks to Ryan Kiros) -- Some of them make perfect sense!

http://www.cs.toronto.edu/~rkiros/inceptionism_captions.html
Image, Attention. A dog is standing on a cart with a large horse . A large group of animals are in a field of grass . A large clock tower in the middle of a city . A large piece of cake with a colorful design on it . A large brown bear sitting on the side of a road .
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+The New York Times  shares recipes for Ramadan
From suhoor to iftar, recipes for your feasting table.
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"When I later tried to recreate a skive in the States, it didn’t work. Our bread tasted synthetic and floppy, our butter failed to spread, and our cheese was merely cheesy—it had no secret kick"
I purchased my first block of brown cheese by accident soon after arriving, expecting it to be white or orange when I unwrapped it, as cheese always had been. Credit Illustration by Boyoun Kim
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As my deafness increases, the mistakes that result are a source of both confusion and delight.
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In a few days, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will zip past the former ninth planet, the first up-close look of the icy world in the outer solar system.
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Facebook Uses Artificial Intelligence to Generate Realistic Virtual Imagery 

This has been a big few weeks for machine learning and imagery.(See links below). Now Facebook just published new research outlining a novel approach for generating realistic, artificial images of scenery and things like dogs, planes, deer, ships, trucks, horses, and, of course, cats.

I've tried parsing through the research, but the details are beyond me. What is interesting, however is their use of an approach called "Generative Adversarial Networks" (GAN). Essentially, what they've done is create a kind of feedback loop between two networks, where the first, the "generative network" generates an image from noise. Then the other, "discriminative network," takes that resulting image, and essentially compares it to training data that is based on real images (note: this is a slight simplification). The result is that with each iteration, the generative network is 'tricked' into generating increasingly realistic looking imagery. 

The researchers then testing the resulting images with a group of volunteers and found that 40% of the images were realistic enough to fool a human into thinking they are real images.

What is Facebook likely to do with the results of this research? That's unclear, but with their Oculus Virtual Reality acquisition, it seems reasonable to assume that they are going to need cost-effective methods for generating a massive scale of virtual scenery and objects. Could this research represent early forays into that work?  

Deep Generative Image Models using a Laplacian Pyramid of Adversarial Networks
http://arxiv.org/pdf/1506.05751v1.pdf

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Looking Inside the Image Recognition of Artificial Intelligence:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GideonRosenblatt/posts/gQw9kP8CKzY

Is This the First Computational Imagination?
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GideonRosenblatt/posts/8V82FxXKxXD

#artificialintelligence   #machinelearning   #virtualreality   #facebook  
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What a beautiful review - "“Inside Out” is an absolute delight — funny and charming, fast-moving and full of surprises. It is also a defense of sorrow, an argument for the necessity of melancholy dressed in the bright colors of entertainment. The youngest viewers will have a blast, while those older than Riley are likely to find themselves in tears. Not of grief, but of gratitude and recognition. Sadness, it turns out, is not Joy’s rival but her partner. Our ability to feel sad is what stirs compassion in others and empathy in ourselves. There is no growth without loss, and no art without longing."
Pete Docter’s new animated film, with the voices of television comedians like Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader, brings to life an 11-year-old’s interior drama.
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The sound of two modems connecting was the sound of the Internet for many years. For those who don't remember this, when you used a phone and a modem to dial in, the modem would play the sounds of the connection through the speaker until the connection was fully established. Weird as this may sound, with a bit of experience you got to know the sounds well, and could quickly tell if something was wrong by listening.

This beautiful illustration by +Oona Räisänen walks you through the entire dialogue that the two modems are having: in this case, a pair of 19,200 baud modems* talking to each other and establishing how they can talk.

* One baud is one line level transition per second -- that is, the signal flips from 0 to 1 or vice-versa. That's almost but not quite the same as bits per second, because some of those transitions are used to ensure that the data made it across the (noisy) phone lines clearly. The most common configuration was "8-N-1," meaning that it would send eight bits of data, no parity bits, and one "stop" bit to indicate the end of a byte. (A parity bit is a type of checksum that the receiver can use to make sure no data was corrupted during transmission) So nine level transitions would be used to send eight bits of data, and so a 19,200-baud modem would send about 17,000 bits per second.

Compare that to your cable modem, whose speed is measured in megabits per second, and you realize how much has changed. But 19,200 was shockingly fast in its day: it meant that you could download a jpg in half a minute. 

(Side note: When people use "mega" and "giga" for network speeds, they mean decimal mega and giga, i.e. one million and one billion. When they use it for RAM amounts, they mean binary mega and giga, i.e. 2^20 (1,048,576) and 2^30 (1,073,741,824). And when they use it for hard disk sizes, they mean "somewhere roughly in this region, because hard disk manufacturers lie like dogs about their capacities anyway." Confusion between these things has led to some pretty spectacular engineering problems over the years.)

h/t to +Ilya Grigorik, +Lauren Weinstein, and the various other people that have pointed me at this figure over the years.
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I try to learn one new thing everyday and remind myself to be a good human being. And I am thankful to my creator for all the innumerable blessings that I receive everyday.
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Confronting New Madrid (Idle Words)
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The Earthquake That Will Devastate Seattle
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When the giant fault line along the Pacific Northwest ruptures, it could be our worst natural disaster ever.

Face It, Your Brain Is a Computer - The New York Times
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For most neuroscientists, this is just a bad metaphor. But it’s still the most useful analogy that we have.

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Pete Docter’s new animated film, with the voices of television comedians like Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader, brings to life an 11

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As my deafness increases, the mistakes that result are a source of both confusion and delight.

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go-fuzz - Randomized testing for Go

Black Culture Is Not the Problem
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Visiting Tony and the Juniper Level Botanic Gardens during their Spring Open House is an annual ritual for me now. We love the Eucalyptus, the Butterfly bushes, the Yuccas and lilies that we have purchased from the Open House. Thank you Tony for brightening our backyard.
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I graduated from St Joseph's High School in 1982. Many fond memories of my classmates and teachers at the school. I lived within walking distance of the school. In the ninth grade I participated in a debate and for the first time in my life I realized that my thought process at the time was in my mother tongue and not in English. Our then relatively new English teacher Mr Vohra pointed it out to me. Our school did not do well as compared to the other premier schools in South Bombay such as St Xavier's School, but nonetheless our teachers were dedicated to their craft. A large group of the class of 1982 are now in the US and most of them went on to get their Engineering and Medical degrees.
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I graduated from St Xavier's College in 1984. I spent two extremely cherished years at the school. My graduating class had a number of top rankers in IIT including Narendra Shenoy. This graduating class had a large number of luminaries such as Rajesh Jain, Nikhil Meswani and others The culture and the aura of the school was that of elites, we had Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and other famous names come to speak at college events. The architecture of the school and the high ceilings in most of the classrooms made us feel special to be part of the school. However most of the high achieving students were able to accomplish their goals due to their own initiatives and outside tutoring. The teachers and faculty were good but not exceptional. I have fond memories of my English, Marathi and Chemistry teachers. I do not recollect the name of my Chemistry professor, he was excellent, however even for a 9:00 AM class, you could smell alcohol around him.
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