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If you haven't already seen this TED talk, it's worth the time. She's dissected the effects of body language, not on other people but on yourself. The effects are powerful, and you can force them to happen.

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are
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Good share! Get this from 'Lifehacking: TED talks' on netflix? Everyone should watch them all in my opinion! Some great insights into how the brain adapts to the environment we create throughout life. Lifehacking and positive psychology will merge here in the not-too-distant future to create new norms, especially in education... or at least that's what should happen. :)
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I didn't even realize this was a thing. Who cuts up their vagina for god sakes?
 
Well written article, disturbing topic. >.<
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Rofl, indeed.
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Lol...
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Makes me a little sick inside that I ever thought Christopher Columbus was cool..
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Much lighter fair for today's lunch break:
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That just creeped me out
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Sobering but awesome.
 
Brilliant! Timeline of the far future http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140105-timeline-of-the-far-future

First, we brought you a prediction of the forthcoming year. Then we brought you a timeline of the near future, revealing what could happen up to around 100 years time. But here’s our most ambitious set of predictions yet – from what could happen in one thousand years time to one hundred quintillion years (that’s 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 years). As the song says, there may be trouble ahead...
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Scientists do not only solve given problems. They also invent problems. Artificial scientists should do so, too. PowerPlay [1,2] does.

Consider the infinite set of all computable descriptions of problems with possibly computable solutions. Given a general problem-solving architecture, at any given time, PowerPlay searches the space of possible pairs of new problems and modifications of the parameters of the current problem solver, until it finds a more powerful solver that (unlike its unmodified predecessor) provably solves the new problem, without performing worse on previous self-invented problems.

By design, PowerPlay continually comes up with the fastest to find, initially novel, but eventually solvable problems. It also continually simplifies or compresses or speeds up solutions to previous problems. The computational costs of validating newly invented problems and skills need not grow with skill repertoire size. (The framework also allows for additional user-defined problems.)

Our PowerPlay implementation [2] based on self-delimiting recurrent neural networks (SLIM NN) [3] automatically self-modularises. It frequently re-uses code for previously self-invented skills, always trying to invent novel problems that can be quickly validated because their solutions do not require too many parameter changes affecting too many previous problems.  

PowerPlay may be viewed as a greedy implementation of the Formal Theory of Creativity [4].

PowerPlay’s ongoing search for novel problems and skills keeps breaking the generalization abilities of its present solver. This is related to Gödel’s sequence of increasingly powerful formal theories (1931) based on adding formerly unprovable statements to the axioms without affecting previously provable theorems  [1].

BTW, this is much more general than traditional Deep Learning [5].


[1]  J. Schmidhuber. PowerPlay: training an increasingly general problem solver by continually searching for the simplest still unsolvable problem. Front. Psychol., 2013  http://www.frontiersin.org/cognitive_science/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00313/abstract

[2] Rupesh K. Srivastava, Bas R. Steunebrink, J. Schmidhuber. First Experiments with PowerPlay. Neural Networks, 2013.   http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0893608013000373  Preprint http://arxiv.org/abs/1210.8385

[3] J. Schmidhuber. Self-Delimiting Neural Networks (2012) http://arxiv.org/abs/1210.0118

[4]  Formal Theory of Fun & Creativity & Curiosity & Intrinsic Motivation Explains Science, Art, Music, Humor - key papers from 1990, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2006, 2007-2013 under http://www.idsia.ch/~juergen/creativity.html and http://www.idsia.ch/~juergen/interest.html

[5] Deep Learning since 1991 - our deep NN have, so far, won 9 important contests in pattern recognition, image segmentation, object detection  - deeplearn it!   www.deeplearning.it


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If you haven't already checked it out, you should really check out Uber the car service. It's a huge international effort to remove the need for you to own a car. Or, cynically, it's just a fantastic taxi service (payment, pickup, and destination all integrated into your phone).

If you are interested, and haven't signed up, you might consider using this link. If you do, once you've used the service, we'll both get $10 in rides for free. In any event, check it out!

https://uber.com/invite/whh69
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Neat, if they had been any where close to me :)
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A little tongue in cheek activism for your afternoon pleasure

""Subject: Dear Congress: We Accept Your Resignation.

Hi,

Let's be honest: it hasn't been working out between us for a while. From the Wall Street bailout of 2008 on down to the sequester, it’s been pretty clear that your allegiances lay with the banks and multi-national corporations, rather than the majority of Americans.

But shutting down the government crucial regulatory services, national parks, inspections and oversight services that benefit everyone as well as throwing the millions of Americans who rely on their government paycheck for stability (many whom are just one shock away from poverty) under the bus… well, that just proves it.

Join us and tell Congress you feel the same.

That's why I signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives.

Will you sign this petition? Click here:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/dear-congress-we-accept?source=s.em.cp&r_by=8844540

Thanks!

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Seriously, shutting down the government? How did they think this was going to end well for them again?
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