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All ye data scientists should be most pleased.
 
TensorFlow, now also in R !!
TensorFlow™ is an open source software library for numerical computation using data flow graphs. Nodes in the graph represent mathematical operations, while the graph edges represent the multidimensional data arrays (tensors) communicated between them. The flexible architecture allows you to ...
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“The new system also introduces control features that allow users to tune the quantum computational process to solve problems faster and find more diverse solutions when they exist. In early tests these new features have yielded performance improvements of up to 1000 times over the D-Wave 2X system.”

The science still seems out on this one, but noteworthy progress nonetheless.
New control features and early test results being presented at D-Wave's first users conference on September 28, 2016. Burnaby, BC - September 27, 2016 - D-Wave Systems Inc., the world's first quantum computing company, today announced details of its most advanced quantum computing system, ...
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+Praveen K​ It would appear not. Especially since D-Wave launched their first system with 128 qubits.
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"In an emailed statement, an Amazon spokesman said “we are very happy to have the delivery capacity our carrier partners can provide. They provide a high quality service, and our own delivery efforts are needed to supplement that capacity rather than replace it.”

...for now.
To constrain rising shipping costs, Amazon.com is building its own delivery operation, setting up a clash with its shipping partners
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Nice to see more news coming out for Google's OnHub. Not a product I would like to see killed off anytime soon.
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Impressive work by NPR.

“NPR used a transcription service that provides closed captioning via its API and fed the transcript into a single Google Doc where staffers cleaned up the transcription as it came in. Reporters, editors, the visuals team, copyeditors, researchers — ultimately more than 50 people had access to the Google Doc — scrambled to add their annotations, which were individually approved, edited, and then published. A researcher was also backreading the transcript and annotations as they were published to correct typos. 90 NPR member stations embedded NPR.org’s live annotations on their own sites, according to a spokesperson.”
More than 6 million users checked out the factcheck, sending record traffic (especially on mobile) to the site.
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Apparently FPGA's in the cloud are newsworthy and somehow revolutionary.
Microsoft has quietly installed an esoteric, powerful piece of silicon across its cloud-oriented data centers, and it's saying the new chips will give its
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“The House and Senate voted Wednesday to override President Obama’s veto of a bill that will allow families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia.

Senators overrode the veto in a 97-1 vote. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, was the only one in the upper chamber to oppose the override.”
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“Our conclusion is that state marijuana legalizations have had minimal effect on marijuana use and related outcomes. We cannot rule out small effects of legalization, and insufficient time has elapsed since the four initial legalizations to allow strong inference. On the basis of available data, however, we find little support for the stronger claims made by either opponents or advocates of legalization. The absence of significant adverse consequences is especially striking given the sometimes dire predictions made by legalization opponents.”
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In November 2012 voters in the states of Colorado and Washington approved ballot initiatives that legalized marijuana for recreational use. Two years later, Alaska and Oregon followed suit. As many as 11 other states may consider similar measures in November 2016, through either ballot initiative or legislative action. Supporters and opponents of such initiatives make numerous claims about sta...
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Another dataset made available by Google.
 
Many recent breakthroughs in machine learning and machine perception have come from the availability of large labeled datasets. Today, we announce the release of YouTube-8M, a dataset of 8 million YouTube video URLs (representing over 500,000 hours of video), along with video-level labels from a diverse set of 4800 Knowledge Graph entities. We hope this dataset will spur exciting new research on video modeling architectures and representation learning.
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Solid breakdown been voxels and pixels, vectors and rasters. Some minor criticism could be launched against the example images chosen, but overall a solid article.
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Pretty soon, people will be complaining that India always gets all the cool stuff first.
We have been working with RailTel and Indian Railways to bring Wi-Fi to railway stations across India. Soon, we will be bringing Google Station to even more locations in India and around the world.
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I can already see them on Google+. 
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“Using a human side-by-side evaluation on a set of isolated simple sentences, it reduces translation errors by an average of 60% compared to Google's phrase-based production system.”
 
Another day, another Big Deal: a major leap in machine translation quality, described in: http://arxiv.org/abs/1609.08144 , which gets us tantalizingly close to human performance.
This one I'm particularly excited about, because it's very clear that human-level automatic translation will have a massive positive impact on the world, making information hugely more accessible to everyone. I am particularly encouraged by the gains in language pairs that are very hard to translate between, such as Chinese <-> English, because previous methods fell very short of being useful on those.
Remarkably, there is little new secret sauce involved: this is essentially a scaled-up version of the seq2seq model with soft attention, residual connections, a few tricks borrowed from speech recognition to keep the vocabulary size in check, and TPUs for scaling.
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This venue has two floors, is reasonably clean and doesn't sport a stale beer smell like some other bars in Vancouver. There's a $10 cover to get in.
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A solid hike, but if you're an avid hiker and prefer advanced hikes, I recommend healthy skepticism when reading any site reviews that advise this hike is difficult, or that it takes ~4.5 hours. My group and I took up a steady but fairly leisurely pace and reached peak in 1.5 hours with rain and fog. Without snow, this line makes a good option for trail runners as the t trail is fairly well preserved from start to finish.
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Clean location, albeit a bit old looking.
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Excellent service and professional job done by the manager at this location. Warranty is quite excellent from the company itself.
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Overall a well taken care of park. An unusual amount of auto traffic comes through this area, and there is construction at the park currently taking place, so it's not the quietest venue out there.
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Decent food. Wouldn't call it amazing, but for a poutine chain in Richmond, it's not at all bad.
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Helpful staff even though I wasn't a member of the bank. Broke change for me while my bank was closed for the day.
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