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Florin Andrei
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Building machine learning software (i.e. TensorFlow) is like compiling Linux from source 20 years ago. Try pre-built binary, fails because it's too old and uncool and nobody uses it anymore and they laugh at you if you tell them. Try compiling from latest source, fails, post bug report, get workaround (kinda), try again, fails in different way, post bug report, wait for someone to wake up and fix it. The "new car smell" is strong with this one. :) #machinelearning

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Home made drone shooting live ammo. It's cheap and any amateur with a credit card can build one. Now, add some video remote control to it, and maybe assist targeting with computer vision, and put the gun on gimbals (tap the target on a touch screen and let the computer compensate for wobbling). That's still doable by amateurs (I could make one and I'm not an expert in any related field), and it would probably take about $1000 and a few weeks to build. I think this is the place where really awesome meets really scary. Plus, very soon AI will get to the point where remote control becomes largely unnecessary, while the total price/effort remains at $1k / few weeks - a 99% autonomous Terminator drone. Should everyone have access to such technology? Where do we draw the line? And can the line still be drawn, given the wide dissemination of enabling technologies?

It is interesting how news of the Brexit was applauded by Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Vladimir Putin, and ISIS.

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Agile is dead.

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Jupiter a couple days ago, when the sky was clear and steady. Not exactly Hubble quality, but it will do for a first attempt.
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The Bay Area according to Urban Dictionary

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After many delays, I've finished building the grinding / polishing machine for telescope mirrors. It's pretty awesome to see how a machine, which you've built with your own hands, does all the work for you - a task that previously was long, arduous, and physically demanding.

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"What job is hardest for a robot to do? Mental health and substance abuse social workers (found under community and social services). This job has a 0.3 percent chance of being automated. That's because it's ranked high in cleverness, negotiation, and helping others. The job most likely to be done by a robot? Telemarketers. No surprise; it's already happening."
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