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“Explaining the circumstances by which neural nets earned the sobriquet Deep Learning isn’t easy. But [Geoffrey] Hinton is game to try…”
 
Thanks for the response to my 4-part Google Search series.  I wondered which piece would get the biggest readership--so far its the Deep Learning piece below, which focused on three key figures in Google's ongoing AI push.  I also hope that readers of this series will follow Backchannel on Medium to see some of the other stuff we're doing.  

 https://medium.com/backchannel/google-search-will-be-your-next-brain-5207c26e4523
Inside Google’s massive effort in Deep Learning, which could make already-smart search into scary-smart search
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Op-Ed by Dr. Ben Goldacre: “We need competent legislation, enforcement and leadership from medical academic bodies, all clearly stating that nonpublication of trial results is nothing less than research misconduct.”
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Jonathan Safran Foer edited a new Haggadah because, “…is there not a problem when [Seinfeld] is cited as a referent for one’s Jewish identity?”
In the foreign country of the modern Jew’s faith, the need for a good guidebook is urgent.
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Dr. Seuss’ first children’s book was published 75 years ago. He created drawings for advertisements before that—and you can see many of his characters and other creations in those ads. (The ad collection is linked to in this New York Times article by Michael Winerip: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/30/education/dr-seuss-book-mulberry-street-turns-75.html)
Introduction. Before Theodore Seuss Geisel found fame as a children's book author, the primary outlet for his creative efforts was magazines. His first steady job after he left Oxford was as a car...
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Love the ads, you can see that his style was there even before the books.
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Cheetah the chimpanzee who starred in the Tarzan movies of the early 1930s has died at the age of 80, it has been announced.
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…unless Cheetah died years ago—there’s some uncertainty.
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Among the very interesting presentations to the public meeting of President Obama’s bioethics commission yesterday were several compelling first-hand reports on incidental findings. Sarah Hilgenberg, M.D., volunteered for an fMRI research project at Stanford University. The researchers unexpectedly found a dangerous arterio-venous malformation in her brain and may have saved her life. On the other hand, after a brain scan for an unrelated condition, Carol Krucoff was told she had a 2 mm tumor. It is asymptomatic and may never cause any problem other than anxiety as Ms. Krucoff follows a recommendation of watchful waiting.

I attended as an interested observer. I worked for the commission on their December 2011 Moral Science report and public dataset: http://bioethics.gov/node/756
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It's not Pi day around Wonkblog without some pie charts:
In honor of Pi Day, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite pie charts. Enjoy!
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This New York Times column by Andy Clark links to an amazing hollow-face illusion. It’s strong evidence that predictive coding is one of the strategies our brains use to sense and understand the world.
Recent studies indicate that our brains may work like JPGS, conserving "bandwidth" and influencing how we see the world.
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Before using a neti pot to irrigate your nose, disinfect the pot and the water.
Just when you thought the U.S. was safe from amoebas . . . it turns out it's not. This summer saw a micro-burst of brain-eating amoeba attacks ...
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or, don't pour dirty water near your brain ;)
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Education
  • University Of Massachusetts Amherst
    Mathematics and Statistics
  • Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York
    Mathematics
  • Bronx High School of Science
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Statistician/data scientist, software developer, hands-on manager, teacher. On the board of directors of the Washington Statistical Society. I build models for prediction and decision support in healthcare and other domains. From NYC, now in Cleveland and DC. Do not confuse me with the computer consultant/photographer in Midland, Michigan. He has the same first and last name, but his middle initial is N.
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One ex-staffer says I’m the best teacher he ever had.
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Philip M. Kalina
Cleveland newest kosher bakery is especially appreciated given the recent closing of the beloved Lax and Mandel. The bagels are good and authentic in lots of varieties including whole wheat everything and jalapeño. They also bake pastries and bread. I have tried and enjoyed the black and white cookies and challah.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Great food from a big menu of Thai and Chinese choices. Fast and friendly service at fair prices.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
I got Taïm takeout twice on my last NYC trip. I’m a big fan—maybe even more so because my falafel came with matzo after sundown on the last night of Passover. The holiday had ended, but Taïm had not yet gotten a fresh shipment of pita.
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
Inexpensive self-serve car wash with lots of bays
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Locally owned. Made in (Ohio City) Cleveland. Locally owned. Kosher. My favs are porter chocolate chunk, wildberry crumble, and lemon black raspberry ribbon yogurt. They are labeled as seasonal, but seem to always be available.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
We enjoyed the food at Udupi Cafe when we were first there last summer. We went back yesterday, but found that a different restaurant, Hyderabadi Biryani Corner is now at this location. We tried it and cannot recommend it. Our server told us the current restaurant took over this location two or three months ago.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Good food and friendly service. I’ve been to Aladdin’s in NE Ohio and Northern Virginia. They have lots of vegetarian choices—we especially like the mujadara plate, the fattoush salad, and the hummus falafel rolled pita.
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