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Realizing that a one-size-fits-all approach isn't going to work, the government has developed a five-pronged approach to deal with the problem at both the national and state levels.
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One of the key trends that we see with religion is that the wealthier you are, the less religion plays a role. We see this very clearly when we study the importance of religion compared to GDP.

There are two notable exceptions though. The first one is China, where religion plays almost no role at all, despite the average GDP per capita being fairly low. The other exception is the US, where people are extremely religious compared to every other western nation and considering it has the highest GDP per capita of all.

But things are changing. In 2007, 71% of the people in the US said they believed in God as an absolute certainty. In 2014, that number was down to 63%, with 53% saying that religion was very important to them. And we see an even bigger impact when segmented by age. 66% of the The older generation (65+) say that religion is 'very important', while only 39% of the younger generations say the same.

Source: http://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/

My interest in this, though, is how this links to future problems with extremism around the world. If we want to prevent the next Boko Haram in Africa, for instance, it seems that the best way to do that is to invest in the future of Africa, and very aggressively boosts its economy and living standards.

My point is that we keep hearing about how European governments are reducing their foreign aid programs, and are instead talking about boosting its own military spending. This seems to me to be a very poor way of solving the problem.

Imagine, for instance, instead of spending $680 billion/year on the US military, that we took half of that and invested it in the future of Africa. Imagine that instead of talking about border controls and walls, we offered to help others build a future.

It seems to me that, instead of actually solving any problems in the long run, we are simply spending money in the short run on things that makes no difference (or worse, adds to the instability). We have become incapable of thinking about the future, and are instead just focusing on the current election cycle.

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One of the key trends that we see with religion is that the wealthier you are, the less religion plays a role. We see this very clearly when we study the importance of religion compared to GDP.

There are two notable exceptions though. The first one is China, where religion plays almost no role at all, despite the average GDP per capita being fairly low. The other exception is the US, where people are extremely religious compared to every other western nation and considering it has the highest GDP per capita of all.

But things are changing. In 2007, 71% of the people in the US said they believed in God as an absolute certainty. In 2014, that number was down to 63%, with 53% saying that religion was very important to them. And we see an even bigger impact when segmented by age. 66% of the The older generation (65+) say that religion is 'very important', while only 39% of the younger generations say the same.

Source: http://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/

My interest in this, though, is how this links to future problems with extremism around the world. If we want to prevent the next Boko Haram in Africa, for instance, it seems that the best way to do that is to invest in the future of Africa, and very aggressively boosts its economy and living standards.

My point is that we keep hearing about how European governments are reducing their foreign aid programs, and are instead talking about boosting its own military spending. This seems to me to be a very poor way of solving the problem.

Imagine, for instance, instead of spending $680 billion/year on the US military, that we took half of that and invested it in the future of Africa. Imagine that instead of talking about border controls and walls, we offered to help others build a future.

It seems to me that, instead of actually solving any problems in the long run, we are simply spending money in the short run on things that makes no difference (or worse, adds to the instability). We have become incapable of thinking about the future, and are instead just focusing on the current election cycle.
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Biological Storage - Crazy how data dense and durable DNA is. Microsoft experiments with DNA storage: 1,000,000,000 TB in a gram. 
Reading and writing are a bit of a chore, but it keeps data safe for thousands of years.
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Everson, who has spent decades encoding characters for Unicode — a 2003 New York Times profile cited him as “probably the world's leading expert in the computer encoding of scripts” — says that his frustrations stem from the consortium’s failure to provide “actionable feedback” on a medieval punctuation proposal that he placed in front of the committee in 2007.
Internal emails offer a peek behind the scenes of the peculiar and little-known organization that oversees the development of a weird new universal language.
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In a recent report, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concluded that human-caused global warming was already altering patterns of some extreme weather events. 
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#ElonMusk #Tesla #SpaceX
From getting bullied and thrown down the stairs in grammar school to becoming “Earth’s most future-oriented person” and earning billions of dollars in the process, it’s hard to wrap one’s brain around just how much Elon Musk has managed to stuff into his 44 years of life.


From getting bullied and thrown down the stairs in grammar school to becoming “Earth’s most future-oriented person” and earning billions of dollars in the process, it’s hard to wrap one’s brain around just how much Elon Musk has managed to stuff into his 44 years of life.
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Confusion about the difference between social networking and social media is why most people haven't noticed the decline of social networking. People don't stop to think about the difference.

Social networking is personal content. Social media is professional content.

- Mike Elgan
And just like that, social networking is no more. The sites formerly known as social networks are pivoting to something else.
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Kailash Satyarthi : While celebrating May Day, let's think.. when 200million adults are jobless globally, why are there 168million children in labour?
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Why Open AI Matters

Here's +Miguel Rodriguez talking about why the Open AI project, founded by Elon Musk and others, is so important. Miguel happens to refer to some of the points in my talk in Singapore last month to support his point. I'm glad it resonated with him, particularly because he's right on about the need for projects like Open AI.

Key point:
The big players in the Deep Learning revolution are unexpectedly the big software companies that we all know: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, Baidoo. And while the current tenor among the Artificial Intelligence community is to share all they work on, it is not clear that:
A) They will keep doing it
B) They are really sharing everything.

Good points. It's always good to have a backup. 
You probably have read about it. Elon Musk calling Artificial Intelligence our biggest existential threat. Bill Gates an…
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Programming blogs every programmer must read. Ok, well, that you might want to read. Possibly.
Programming blogs every programmer must read. Ok, well, that you might want to read. Possibly. This is one of those “N technical things every programmer must read” lists, except that “programmer” is way too broad a term and the styles of writing people find helpful for them are too different for ...
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Nvidia's Tesla #P100. The chip has 15 billion transistors, or three times as much as many processors or graphics chips on the market. It takes up 600 square millimeters. The chip can run at 21.2 teraflops. Huang said that several thousand engineers worked on it for years.
Nvidia chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang announced that the company has created a new chip, the Tesla P100, with 15 billion transistors for deep-learning computing. It's the biggest chip ever made, Huang said.
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Always amazed by this: if GPS satellites didn't adjust for Einstein's relativity theories they'd be off by 10km/day
Real-World Relativity: The GPS Navigation System. People often ask me "What good is Relativity?" It is a commonplace to think of Relativity as an abstract and highly arcane mathematical theory that has no consequences for everyday life. This is in fact far from the truth.
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