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We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.
We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.

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Visualizing Representations: Deep Learning and Human Beings

How should we think about neural networks? How can they help us think, ourselves?

Highlights:

* An exploration of very general techniques for visualizing neural networks.
* Visualizations of sophisticated models from Google's deep learning research group.
* meta-SNE, a new algorithm for visualizing entire spaces of neural networks, instead of individual ones.
* A visualization of English Wikipedia, as a whole!
* A way to use deep learning for gender studies (and more)!

http://colah.github.io/posts/2015-01-Visualizing-Representations/
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So far BitSquare is is the most convincing P2P decentralised exchange project I've found. It's got a lot more credibility with me than many of the other attempts at this (mastercoin, counterparty, etc) because it works how I expected a P2P exchange to work. In other words, it's being done how I would do it, if I were building a P2P exchange instead of a crowdfunding app:

* It's a desktop app that talks directly to the Bitcoin P2P network, using bitcoinj in a similar manner to Lighthouse (i.e. it's a specialised Bitcoin wallet).
* It's using a mature P2P DHT for storing the order book (tomp2p).
* It has a reasonably professional looking GUI.
* The author has put a lot of thought into abuse and dispute mediation.
* They have a plan for using 2-of-3 multisig transactions.

In effect BitSquare is a fully P2P version of localbitcoins. 

Additionally, they are talking to waxwing and the other researchers working on TLS Notary, which will be a highly useful component of dispute resolution in any P2P exchange mechanism in future.

Check out the video and see what you think. It's early days yet, but this is the kind of app I hoped people would build on top of bitcoinj.

bitsquare.io proof of concept prototype
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Can tiny electronics help unlock the mystery of tear glucose, in the hopes of someday finding an easier way for people with diabetes to manage their disease? Learn more about the latest project from Google[x], a smart contact lens with chips and sensors so small they look like pieces of glitter: http://goo.gl/F4D06y
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You were born together, and together you shall be forever more. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.

But let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup, but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

-- Khalil Gibran
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