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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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The more realistic view on the dangers of AI
 
Unintelligent A.I. - A great read... check it out! Not much I can say as it speaks for itself. Arr Arr... excuse the Crappie pic... Arr Arr....  is this microphone on?
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A lot of people still don't know what exactly nuclear energy is. This video can be a starting point.
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this is kinda impressive. slowly, but surely we're producing more energy via wind/solar.

i've been arguing that the only thing that can realistically replace coal in the next few decades is nuclear, but there's a stigma on nuclear. i guess it's good that in the meantime wind/solar is growing, slowly, but surely. very slowly.
 
The US Energy Information Administration now has electricity generation figures up for December 2014, but one of our readers, Christopher Patusky, actually spotted a very interesting milestone from November that I think was widely missed: wind power…
The US Energy Information Administration now has electricity generation figures up for December 2014, but one of our readers, Christopher Patusky, actually spotted a very interesting milestone from November that I think was widely missed: wind power produced more electricity than hydropower for the month as a whole... for the first time in history. Originally, the numbers from the
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Finland making major education reforms: switches 'subjects' for 'topics'
So rather than having a class on maths, a class on geography and a class on economics, a student might take a class on cafeteria skills that combines skills in various subjects.
The reforms are intended to make skillsets more relevant as they move into the world.
The changes to the education system are beginning now, but will start off only with small amounts of time allocated to topics over subjects.  The changes will be rolled out over several years.

That's a pretty bold undertaking.
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.
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+Trevor Brown - e-ink is the way to go for always-on display. i know that moving your wrist turns the OLED displays on, but always-on would be my preferred option.
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"all Teslas will get an over-the-air update this summer, probably around June, allowing them to drive in "Autopilot" mode."  wow. the future is now.

does this mean all Teslas out there already have the necessary sensors for this?
 
Tesla basically just ignited the driverless car era

Just to be clear, we're not talking about some far-off future Tesla. We're not talking about Google driverless car prototypes or government road tests. This is a car you can buy today This is a car you can buy today, granted the ability to drive itself will come in a few months via the same kind of system that updates your iPhone. Automated automobiles, automatically activated.

#tesla  
#selfdrivingcars  
The computer-controlled driverless car is barreling down the road of the future towards us. We've known this for a long time, but the speed and the matter-of-factness with which...
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I believe Teslas don't have as many sensors as Google's self-driving cars have.  It is probable that he's proposing another guidance system, not one based on extensive ranging data.
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Australian scientists from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), have created a line of insulin-producing cells that could eliminate the need for Type 1 diabetics to inject themselves with insulin. 

The development on its own is pretty impressive, but the cells, which are derived from liver cells, are now on their way to being incorporated to a world-first bio-artificial pancreas after being licensed by US biotechnology company PharmaCyte Biotech last October.
Australian scientists from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) , have created a line of insulin-producing cells that could eliminate the need for Type 1 diabetics to inject themselves with insulin. The development on its own is pretty...
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EV Battery Costs Already Cheaper Than 2020 Projections

" In 2013 the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimated cost-parity could be reached in 2020, with battery costs reaching $300 per kilowatt hour of capacity.

But market-leading firms were probably already producing cheaper batteries last year, says today’s new research. It says its figures are “two to four times lower than many recent peer-reviewed papers have suggested”.
http://cleantechnica.com/2015/03/26/ev-battery-costs-already-probably-cheaper-than-2020-projections/
Originally published on The Carbon Brief. By Simon Evans The cost of electric vehicle battery packs is falling so rapidly they are probably already cheaper than expected for 2020, according to a new study in Nature Climate Change. Electric vehicles remain more expensive than combustion-engine equivalents, largely because of battery costs. In 2013 the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimated cost-parity
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In 2006, Ashutosh Saxena​ achieved a breakthrough in using machine learning to get robots to pick up objects.  This technology is now appearing in an Amazon competition to get robots to accelerate how products get shipped to us.  I look forward to seeing who wins this competition in May!  http://www.technologyreview.com/news/536086/amazon-robot-contest-may-accelerate-warehouse-automation/
Robots will use the latest computer-vision and machine-learning algorithms to try to perform the work done by humans in vast fulfillment centers.
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Now that's a way to celebrate Pi day! How are you celebrating? Got pie at home? Planning to get some?
 
To all my nerdy friends, and that means you!
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Wow. This will make a huge difference. Go England.
 
Every 11 year-old in Britain will be getting the BBC Micro Bit this autumn. The platform will be programmable with three programming languages: Touch Develop (https://www.touchdevelop.com/), C++, and Python.

The Python Software Foundation is a supporting organization of this initiative. The PSF blog post on the topic can be found at http://pyfound.blogspot.com/2015/03/bbc-launches-microbit.html
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