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Google Builds An AI That Can Learn And Master Video Games
Google has built an artificial intelligence system that can learn – and become amazing at – video games all on its own, given just a simple instruction to..
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"Right after Moore's prescient prognostication, anyone with a slide rule  --  or a Texas Instruments calculator -- could have easily run some numbers and determined that within a generation there would be computational gains a billionfold or more."

It kind of annoys me how people throw out numbers like "million" and "billion" without actually doing the math. According to a 2006 study done at MIT, the doubling time for Moore's Law is 2.18 years. (Actually that's just for computation increase -- storage and communication have slightly different doubling rates.) A 2.18-year doubling time means it takes 22 years to get a factor of 1,000 increase (which would be "a generation" as quoted above). It takes 43 years to get a factor of 1 million and 65 years to get a factor of 1 billion.

Now, a factor of 1,000 increase is nothing to scoff at, and the article goes on to make a good (and correct in my opinion) point about how the majority of people fail at non-linear thinking.
The Intel co-founder drew the blueprint for the digital revolution. Larry Page read it well
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Vikings Lagertha Costume

Cosplayer Vienna La Rouge decided to make a replica of Lagertha’s battledress for Dragon Con last year, and she started planning about three months before the convention. The ensemble features a chainmaille tunic over a blue leather dress and a grey linen shift...

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Scientists discover gene that breaks traditional laws of inheritance.

UNC School of Medicine researchers discovered a gene called R2d2 - Responder to meiotic drive 2 - that breaks Gregor Mendel's century-old "law of segregation," which states that *you have an equal probability of inheriting each of two copies of every gene from both parents.

The discovery, published in PLoS Genetics, has wide ranging implications. For instance, when doctors calculate the probability of a person inheriting the genes responsible for a disease, the calculations are based on Mendel's law. Findings from the fields of evolutionary genetics and population genetics are also based on Mendel's law. And the discovery could have implications for the fields of biomedical science, infectious diseases, and even agriculture.

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Technological disobedience. In Cuba after the trade embargo started, Cubans learned to disrespect the "authority" of objects, rethinking their original purpose and life cycle. Stoves that run on diesel from trucks, satellite dishes made of garbage can lids and lunch trays, and taxi signs consisting of old fuel canisters, fans made of washing machine engines welded to boat propellers. "When something breaks, they patch it up. When something doesn't work, they fix it. And when something is altogether lost, they invent it. They grill meat on metal chairs. They seal the bottoms of cars, transforming them into boats."
Just outside Havana, in the childhood bedroom of illustrator Edel Rodriguez, a washing machine engine welded to a boat propeller has become a makeshift fan. This kind of cobbled-together contraption is common in Cuba. So are stoves that run on … Continue reading →
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Any folks here in the Atlanta Area
The screening is on Wednesday, March 4th at 8PM at Regal Atlantic Station. 
Collider readers in Atlanta can win passes to an early screening of Chappie; the film stars Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman and Sharlto Copley.
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Old people with exceptional memories have lots of giant neurons with a mysterious evolutionary past.

One of the biggest differences involves peculiar, oversize brain cells known as von Economo neurons. SuperAgers have almost five times as many of them as other people.

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Your attention, please. People make mistakes every day because they lose focus. Maybe your car drifts across the center line or an error slips into a report at work.
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Como todos, estou chocado com o ato extremo de violência ocorrido em Paris. É inaceitável sob qualquer justificativa ou sob qualquer bandeira o assassinato covarde de pessoas em razão do livre exercício de opinião.

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