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.rm -> .webm via VLC FTW
I spent an outrageous amount of time trying to rescue some old RealMedia (.rm) videos from digital oblivion. It's surprisingly tricky: ffmpeg crashes on some. mencoder produces videos where the audio track gets progressively out of sync. The winning solution ended up being VLC, and even then, the only method that didn't produce out-of-sync audio was converting the video to WebM, not MPEG4 or AVI. I'm still baffled by the complexity of video formats and compatibility issues, and the noise level generated by the bazillion paid software packages trying to market themselves on the web doesn't help make things any clearer.
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I think every format needs to come with an open source codec that can output uncompressed video. Thankfully, there’s PDF for text, but no easily readable yet sufficiently compressed format for video, is there?
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Some epic post indeed.
 
New (epic) blog post on "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Recurrent Neural Networks" http://karpathy.github.io/2015/05/21/rnn-effectiveness/ was immense fun to write

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My prediction after reading Nate Silver's book 'The Signal and The Noise': there should be a marked dip in this curve in the next few years. This is essentially a regression problem from spatiotemporal data. I'd be very surprised if the recent advances in end-to-end computer vision + recurrent models don't translate into a new class of models that will markedly improve physically driven approaches.
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+David Roberts The problem is not that it is a complicated function, the problem is that some of the independent variables are very hard to measure, even if known in principle, so in effect the function fitting problem is ill-posed.
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A very nice piece of sci fi! This is probably the first novel I read in translation from Chinese. It made me wonder how much the slightly strange and unfamiliar mood of this book, especially when it comes to interpersonal relationships, is present in the original language vs a translation artifact. I suspect the first.
<p><i>The Three-Body Problem </i>is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fictio...
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A very good book for people in any management capacity in companies large and small. It was also interesting for me personally to read Laszlo's perspective on many events I got to live through over my years at Google.
<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><b><i>WALL STREET JOURNAL </i>BESTSELLER<i> </i></b><br><br><i>From the visionary head of Google's innovative People Operations--a groun...
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This item is not available in my country. #Switzerland
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I'd love to know why the titles on the spines of books read top to bottom in English, but bottom to top in French. It always makes my bookshelves look messy. The English way makes a lot more sense to me: when a book is placed horizontally, cover up, the text on the spine is oriented the right way. Not so for French books. Perhaps they aren't meant to be left on coffee tables.
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+Vincent Vanhoucke​ Interestingly enough, as I was reading your sentence 'when a book is placed horizontally...', I caught myself making a mental image of that before reading the end of the sentence. And the hypothetical book was facing down... 
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Who can resist a cute RNN-powered time waster. (h/t +Francois LEMAIRE-SICRE)
Recurrent neural network playing slime volleyball. Can you beat them? I remember playing this game called slime volleyball, back in the day when Java applets were still popular. Although the game had somewhat dodgy physics, people like me were hooked to its simplicity and spent countless hours ...
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The R-CNN has an impressive ball control.
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This year's ICRA teaser video: robots are getting smarter!
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DTMF isn't dead! My 1st engineering job ever was to build a DTMF-based one-time password system. Now I'm just waiting for someone to fine a new application for pulse dialing.
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Didn't you see the avengers? Morse code, baby!
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Some posters from ICLR I liked
Some ICLR posters that caught my eye: [larger image] Very simple to implement idea that gives impressive results. They force two groups of units to be uncorrelated by penalizing their cross covariance. When the first group ...
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+Andrea Frome is one of the great people I am humbled to count as a colleague.
 
Great interview with +Andrea Frome about her work in Computer Vision, the LDV Vision Summit and the CVPR 2016 Industry Expo
Andrea Frome, Software Engineer at Research at Google gives us some insight of her computer vision research at Google and some of its applications.
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TIL Mountain Unicycling is a thing (that our nets can recognize, no less)
 
Seeing the forest for the trees

There has been rapid progress in advancing the state of the art of detecting and classifying objects in static images, automatically learning complex features in pictures without the need for manually annotated features. But what about videos?

Extending convolutional neural networks (CNNs) trained on static images to videos can be challenging - slight differences in object pose/context in individual frames of a video can change the predicted class/confidence outputs of these networks. Would incorporating information from long video sequences allow for a global “big picture” view, and enable better video classification?
 
Today on the Google Research blog, software engineers +Sudheendra Vijayanarasimhan and +George Toderici report on two approaches that not only show that learning a high level global description of the video’s temporal evolution is very important for accurate video classification, but that these approaches achieve state-of-the-art performance in both the Sports-1M (http://goo.gl/mU75vh) and UCF-101 (http://goo.gl/AYV54D) benchmarks.

Get all the details at http://goo.gl/ZhYevs, and check out a short video below to see example outputs from the deep convolutional networks presented in the paper.
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