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Vadim Kosoy
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Minerviad is a gathering of people who love knowledge and intellectual stimulation, taking place June 30 - July 2 (3 days) in Tel Aviv, Israel. Minerviad is an unconference which aims to bring smart people together to exchange ideas and form new connections. 3 days of unadulterated geek fun!

The program will be composed of short talks (up to 20 minutes talk + 20 minutes discussion), long talks, workshops and organized discussions, leaving time for socializing in the evening. Each participant is obliged to give at least 1 short talk! Depending on number of participants, there might be 2 parallel tracks.

Subjects may vary: science, technology, history, economics, my-plan-to-take-over-the-world, you name it... The talks will be accessible to non-specialist audience with good general knowledge.

The facilities for the event are kindly provided by the Centre for Science Education in Tel Aviv and are located in Pardes St. 7, Tel Aviv, Israel. Participants from far away (especially from abroad) will be provided with free accommodation in houses of volunteers.

Apply to participate on the website.

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Very amusing stupidity by NASA

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A question in prediction theory both a positive and a negative answer to which implies a major conjecture in complexity theory

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I just realized love is a phase transition. Single life is the initial phase, then comes a violent process (infatuation, courtship) and finally the system reaches a new equilibrium (stable relationship). Of course, sometimes the nucleation fails :)

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I talked earlier about non-uniform computation as potentially relevant for general intelligence. It is thus natural to wonder whether non-uniform computation allows for efficient universal prediction

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When your heart stops beating, you'll keep tweeting.  That's the slogan of LivesOn, a service that uses artificial intelligence to analyze your Twitter feed, learn your likes, tastes, and syntax - and keep posting similar tweets after you die!  

"It'll work better than a frozen head", they boast.  But if it works really well, why wait until you're dead?  I bet some people will turn it on whenever they get busy.

Check it out: http://liveson.org/
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