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M. Yuval Noah Harari, l'auteur de Sapiens: une brève histoire de l'humanité, va publier un nouveau livre en septembre, malheureusement pas encore traduit qui aura pour titre « Home Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow »

Il y serait question de l'avènement de robots intelligents. Harari parle du risque que l'on crée une classe d'humains sans emploi et sans but, accrocs aux médicaments, avec les casques de réalité virtuelle attachés à leurs visages en permanence...
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Voilà qui est passionnant et très important. Je retiens.
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A Wall Street Journal article about the future of AI with four great thinkers: Yann LeCun (FaceBook and NYU), Andrew Ng (Stanford U., Baidu), Nick Bostrom (Oxford U.) and Luke Nosek (Paypal, Founders Fund).
The best minds in the business—Yann LeCun of Facebook, Luke Nosek of the Founders Fund, Nick Bostrom of Oxford University and Andrew Ng of Baidu—on what life will look like in the age of the machines
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In the same vein: « Tech CEOS declare this the era of AI » http://fortune.com/2016/06/03/tech-ceos-artificial-intelligence/

and « Bill Gates: AI is the holy grail »
http://mashable.com/2016/06/01/bill-gates-ai-code-conference/
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AI will create 'useless class' of human, predicts bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari in his next book « Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow » (to be published next September). In a nutshell, as AI gets smarter, many humans will be pushed out of the job market. A lot less frightening but a lot more realist than the « Skynet Apocalypse ».
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Would Leonard kiss Stephanie? Researchers from MIT develops predictive-vision software based on deep learning architecture which can anticipate the next actions performed by characters following a set of video frames from a TV sitcom. The software predicts hugging, kissing, shaking hands or doing high-fives with a success rate of 43%, less than human 72% but better than random 25%. Their paper (http://web.mit.edu/vondrick/prediction.pdf) to be presented at the International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in Las Vegas.
Researchers have taught a computer to do a better-than-expected job of predicting what humans will do, just by forcing the machine to watch TV.
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But... tv-shows don't predict reality. They merely predict decisions by writers and producers. 
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Twitter buys « Magic Pony » for 150 M$ which develops pictures enhancing technology based on deep learning.
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Les résultats spectaculaires et à long terme d'un traitement contre la sclérose en plaques. L'idée est simple mais radicale... puisque la sclérose en plaques est une maladie auto-immune on remplace le système immunitaire. Malheureusement les risques sont jugés trop importants pour en généraliser l'application. Il y a de l'espoir!
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Wow! Une preuve mathématique assistée par ordinateur qui fait 200 terabytes.
(Phys.org)—A trio of researchers has solved a single math problem by using a supercomputer to grind through over a trillion color combination possibilities, and in the process has generated the largest math proof ever—the text of it is 200 terabytes in size. In their paper uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, Marijn Heule with the University of Texas, Oliver Kullmann with Swansea University and Victor Marek with the University of Kentucky outli...
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A one month's old news about Google's TPU (Tensor Processing Unit) which claimed to deliver an order of magnitude more performance per watt than commercially GPUs. The TPU chips powered the AlphaGo computer that beat the world champion of Go.
Google unveils custom TPU chip, which it says advances computing performance by three generations.
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Google's DeepMind is proposing an « AI Kill Switch» to prevent the « Skynet Apocalypse». The paper entitled « Safely Interruptible Agents » (http://intelligence.org/files/Interruptibility.pdf). Personally, I'm neither scared of AI, nor convinced to be able to block AI, knowing that natural and artificial intelligence are all about capacity to predict, adapt and bypass...
When Jeopardy game show champion Ken Jennings made light of the beating he took at the hand of IBM's Watson supercomputer, by noting "I for one welcome our new computer overlords," not many at the time took Ken's musing for much more than a light-hearted pat on the back for IBM's big data analytics and AI ambassador. Since then, a lot has
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Let's create a real AI firstly... I think is too early worry about issues like this now.

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OpenAI is working on robot's software for household tasks. Read also the blogpost of the OpenAI leaders about their technical goals. https://openai.com/blog/openai-technical-goals
If you're sick of using vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, and washing machines, OpenAI's plans for a robot to take care of the housework could be good news.
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Spot the robot looks quite promising, but there is still a lot of engineering work to be done before robots can even be considered helpful around the house. AI is also very important, but currently even moving around and picking stuff up is a big challenge for robots, so there are still many many challenges ahead! 
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Download old Coursera’s courses before they’re gone forever. Coursera will remove near 500 free online courses from the internet on June 30th. For example, the famous G. Hinton's course « Neural Networks for Machine Learning », a little bit outdated today (logistic activation function is less used since replaced by ReLU) but the course remains a classic to acquire the basis of deep learning.
Coursera is removing 472 free online courses from the internet on June 30th.
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Very easy to get the content:
pip install coursera-dl
/usr/local/bin/coursera-dl -u <your_coursera_id> -p <your_coursera_password> neuralnets-2012-001

Bingo!
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A big earthquake in the world of social networks and professional training! Micro$oft puts its hands in its deep pockets in order to put hand on the LinkedIn social network and Linda.com. The synergies are numerous and disturbing...
Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) will buy LinkedIn Corp (LNKD.N) for $26.2 billion in its biggest-ever deal, combining the software giant's business-productivity tools with an online network of 433 million professionals.
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