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Virginia Woolf is an icon with a shaky reputation. She is known as depressed—a novelist who, at age 59, drowned herself in the River Ouse outside her weekend home.
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Ted Gioia offers a reading list of 64 important works of science fiction published between 1958 and 1975, with a link to an essay on each book.
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The statistics are shocking and the facts of the article seem impossible. Then you read the comments section, and everything is illuminated.
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Chatbot "Eugene Goostman" is racking up accolades... for better or worse, a lot of AI research time and money goes into winning Turing-like tests with big data and hackery.

http://www.reading.ac.uk/news-and-events/releases/PR583836.aspx

Further reading... 

"30% success on the Turing Test, though, frightens me—for the human judges who confused him with a real boy, not humanity as a whole."

-http://parsely.tumblr.com/post/26084818502/me-vs-eugene-goostman

The server hosting the Princeton AI homepage for Eugene was apparently pretty fragile, and has gone down from the news-related traffic surge. 

But if you want an idea of the hackery involved in "winning" this "test:"

http://www.alicebot.org/chatbots3/Eugene.pdf
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Meet Alayne Fleischmann, the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking.
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Best analogy of subprime derivatives I've heard yet:  "Like soybeans in processed food, these synthesized financial products wound up in everything, whether you knew it or not: your state's pension fund, another state's workers' compensation fund, maybe even the portfolio of the insurance company you were counting on to support your family if you got hit by a bus."
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Amazing #longread via Y-Combinator's Sam Altman:

"... Richard Hamming gave this talk in March of 1986. [1] It's one of the best talks I've ever read and has long impacted how I think about spending my time.

I mentioned it to a number of people this weekend who, to my surprise, had never heard of it. So I though I'd share it here:"
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While having a science/research focus, the lessons equally apply to all manner of projects and "getting things done" ( #GTD ).

/cc +Matt Helbig +Brett Legree +David Wood +Kee Hinckley +Dan Durrant +Gaythia Weis +Alexander Becker +Gideon Rosenblatt
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Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have discovered a new drug compound that reverses the brain deficits of Alzheimer’s disease in an animal model. Their findings are published in the Aug. 5 issue
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Software patents aren't dead, but they just took a blow. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that a series of banking patents didn't cover a concrete software process but an...
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Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.
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