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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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In this blog post I will delve into the brain and explain its basic information processing machinery and compare it to deep learning. I do this by moving step-by-step along with the brains electroc...
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We haven't designed fully sentient artificial intelligence just yet, but we're steadily teaching computers how to see, read, and understand our world. Last month, Google engineers showed off their...
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#scientific #python 3d print your data
 
SciPy 2015
Touch Your Data! Color 3D Printing with Python
Joe Kington

3D printing can be a communication tool, not a gimmick. Here's how to use Python libraries to build color 3D printable models from scientific datasets.

Github repo: https://github.com/joferkington/scipy2015-3d_printing
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Satoru Iwata, who lost his battle with cancer over the weekend at the age of 55, was the very best kind of CEO. Invested in Nintendo’s history from his time as a star programmer, Iwata rose up the...
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The Chinese solar company Suntech has roared back to life with a new silicon solar cell efficiency record, just two months after setting a previous record.
Fancy new solar cell materials like perovskites and graphene have been distracting us with high-tech sparkles in the lab, but in the meantime, good old silicon is still the gold standard for solar cell efficiency in the marketplace. Exhibit A is today's news from the solar cell manufacturer Wuxi Suntech, which has just announced yet
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If this becomes the next gen solar rooftop panels, it will open up the market even better. Investment costs will drop about 20% for the same output, making the electricity production with this type of panels nearly as cost effective as coal powered production. 
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One area of technology that is helping improve the services that we use on our smartphones, and on the web, is machine learning. Sometimes, the terms machine learning and artificial intelligence get used as synonyms, especially when a big name company wants to talk about its latest innovations, however AI and machine learning are two quite distinct, yet connected, areas of computing. The goals of AI is to create a machine which can mimic a hum...
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#twitter  ads are the best. no wonder their revenue is up.

their ads aren't on the side (where they'd capture fewer gazes), they're not fixed at the bottom (which gets annoying on mobile where screen real estate is precious), they don't resize while moving your content around (which is VERY annoying), and they don't pop up above content, requiring a click or timeout to dismiss (even more annoying). 

no, twitter ads are a part of the stream (though clearly marked as promoted), and they actually add value to the content. these are relevant to the stream, and thus enrich the experience. i find myself clicking on twitter ads (especially on mobile) more often than any other clickable ads.
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Why Aren't Supercomputers Getting Faster Like They Used To? - Experts dream of reaching exascale computation rates by 2020, but it may take longer than expected
Experts dream of reaching exascale computation rates by 2020, but it may take longer than expected
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All of my spam consists of invitations to (fake?) scientific journals and conferences. What ever happened to magic weight loss pills and such?
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creation of +Beats1 radio is a #tech  story, right? well, if it is, then i'd like to put in my 2 cents regarding this curious development by one one of the largest tech companies in the world.

i don't use #apple  products much, i switched from #iphone  to #android  when GS3 came out and never looked back, but i can still appreciate what apple does in terms product refinement, shaving ounces off their hw, shaving milliseconds off a/v sync, etc. 

but beats1 radio seemed like such an "i invented radio on the internet" thing, i just didn't get it. until i gave it a try.

i cannot believe how different it is from FM #radio  or other internet radio stations. in short -- it's not boring.

it's difficult to explain how having jay-z, elton john, and skrillex in the same set could possibly work. but when you listen to the likes of Julie Adenuga and Zane Lowe introduce music, you get a very different perspective than you do from automated playlists. it's like going to an art museum with someone who really knows art, gets it, and has a passion for it, versus browsing on your own.

it was actually worth installing iTunes on my windows machine. can't wait till it comes out on android.
Apple's radio station recalls an older era, when listeners all tuned in to the same program.
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The giant #robot duel is on. #usa vs #jpn
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