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V.D. Veksler
Attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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I am a scientist doing research on Computational Cognitive Modeling. My work falls under Artificial Intelligence and Psychology domains. I study human/animal learning and decision mechanisms, and develop computational agents based on these mechanisms (links: 1 2 3). 

I also spend a good deal of time on cognitive robotics (interfacing robots with cognitive systems link), on virtual world simulations (interfacing Second Life with cognitive systems link), on semantic models (getting computers to learn word meaning by reading link), and cognitive engineering (a sub-field of human-computer interaction), and I have taught courses on all of these topics at Rensselaer (i♥rpi).

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  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Cognitive Science, 2009
  • Rutgers University
    Computer Science; Psychology, 1999
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White can look like blue in certain lighting. Blue, however, cannot look like white. Therefore, the actual dress was white and gold, and anyone who sees this as black and blue is wrong.
 
OK, this is messing with my head. So what color do you see this dress as?

Full story: http://www.buzzfeed.com/catesish/help-am-i-going-insane-its-definitely-blue#.ecBAWGEkG
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Blue and Black
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White and Gold
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Blue and Gold
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Llama
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The actual dress is blue and black: https://31.media.tumblr.com/ec387ec0bb03230268a9e905d74097d9/tumblr_inline_nkeezsjAuH1svicb3.jpg

At the end of this article, someone ran the image through Adobe color. It comes up with blue and that really dark, ugly gold in the palette.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/claudiakoerner/this-might-explain-why-that-dress-looks-blue-and-black-and-w#.sy3gWBzJJ

EDIT: This also... sheds some light rimshothttp://www.wired.com/2015/02/science-one-agrees-color-dress/
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We've sold over five million Pis! The photo shows the first batch ever made, a pallet load of 2000; we've come a long way. And none of it would have happened without you, our community. Thank you - we'd be nowhere without you.
Yesterday we received some figures which confirmed something we've suspected for a few weeks now: we've sold over five million Raspberry Pis. The Pi has gone from absolutely nothing just under three years ago, to becoming the fastest-selling British computer. (We still have Sir Alan Sugar to ...
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A toy that uses the Watson-almost-AI to learn how to be a better toy.

Did the Young Lady's Illustrated Primer just become reality in the form of a small green dinosaur?
A NYC-based company is developing CogniToys—a line of fun and interactive educational toys packed with personalty, jokes and facts. Their premiere toy is a friendly green dinosaur that is the first...
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Lots of good quotes in this article.

"We would be baffled if we could build machines that would have the intelligence of a mouse in the near future, but we are far even from that."
 
The general obsession with superintelligence is only getting bigger, and dumber
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+Cass Morrison - that something like bringing dandelions to North America could be disruptive is exactly my point. i'm not saying that tech is not disruptive, i'm saying that disruptions are unpredictable. i'm saying that while mass hysteria is focused on sci-fi promoted fears, what will actually cause problems is something that comes out of left field.

you ask, what is being done to make sure it is difficult to develop AI that makes independent decisions. at the moment, this is like asking, what is being done to make sure my phone doesn't make independent decisions. i'm not being facetious, this is really the state of AI.

this is why AI engineers are baffled when these concerns are raised. it's like asking rocket scientists to comment on what is being done to make sure we don't encounter evil aliens once we achieve intergalactic flight. evil AI super-intelligence is just as likely, and just as much the stuff of fiction.
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Dystopian views of artificial intelligence focus too much on risk, not enough on reward.
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This, we will follow.
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just sharing this for the image with lots of RPi robots. love me some robot pie.
 
If you're one of the 1000+ lucky people with tickets to our Big Birthday Weekend at the end of February, you can find out more about the plans for the party in our latest blog post. Tickets for the Saturday are sold out, but there are still some left for Sunday, so if you'd like to come, snap up your ticket now at www.raspberrypi.org/birthday/!

#birthdayparty   #cambridge   #raspberrypi   #kids   #families
More than 1000 of you have signed up already to come to our Big Birthday Weekend at the end of February. Tickets for Saturday are now sold out, but there are still about 80 left for the Sunday event. We've had lots of excited email from people who are coming, who want to know more about what ...
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The Guardian has posted a video that will melt your heart into an mushy stew. According to the short, a blind man has the ability to see his wife after 10 years. Allen Zderared, now in his late...
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a salt-powered car?
The nanoFlowcell QUANT F is powered by a hybrid drivetrain that uses two types of ionic fluid to generate electricity.
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I've noticed very defined phases in the 3d printing world. 
we now have a bazillion different printers out there, so companies are working on making perfect materials to print with... awesome materials.
colorFabb launches new XT-CF20 composite copolymer with integrated as much as 20% carbon fiber
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"The researchers fabricated planar solar cells from pervoskite materials with large crystalline grains that had efficiencies approaching 18%, among the highest reported in the field of perovskite-based light-to-energy conversion devices. The cells demonstrate little cell-to-cell variability, resulting in devices showing hysteresis-free photovoltaic response, which had been a fundamental bottleneck for stable operation of perovskite devices"  

“and we’ve demonstrated that the crystalline quality is on par with that observed for high-quality semiconductors like silicon and gallium arsenides.”

http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/01/los-alamos-growing-high-efficiency.html
Researchers revealed a new solution-based hot-casting technique that allows growth of highly efficient and reproducible solar cells from large-area perovskite crystal. The researchers fabricated planar solar cells from pervos...
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Crapl that code!
 
You are an academic who doesn't release his/her code because it's crap? Make it CRAPL!

The CRAPL: An academic-strength open source license

Most open source licenses (1) require source and modifications to be shared with binaries, and (2) absolve authors of legal liability.

An open source license for academics has additional needs: (1) it should require that source and modifications used to validate scientific claims be released with those claims; and (2) more importantly, it should absolve authors of shame, embarrassment and ridicule for ugly code.

Openness should also hinge on publication: once a paper is accepted, the license should force the release of modifications. During peer review, the license should enable the confidential disclosure of modifications to peer reviewers. If the paper is rejected, the modifications should remain closed to protect the authors' right to  priority.

Toward these ends, I've drafted the CRAPL--the Community Research and Academic Programming License. The CRAPL is an open source "license" for academics that encourages code-sharing, regardless of how much how much Red Bull and coffee went into its production. (The text of the CRAPL is in the article body.)
Academics rarely release code, but I hope a license can encourage them. Generally, academic software is stapled together on a tight deadline; an expert user has to coerce it into running; and it's not pretty code. Academic code is about "proof of concept." These rough edges make academics ...
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I have always stood by this license. 
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