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This is an interesting idea, using bitcoin-like blockchain systems for general authentication and much more...
 
The Future of the Web Looks a Lot Like Bitcoin - Forget the currency; it’s the protocol behind it that matters. It will mutate and take over everything we do (or could one day do) on the Web. You’ve been warned http://ow.ly/30PalZ
Forget the currency; it’s the protocol behind it that matters. It will mutate and take over everything we do (or could one day do) on the Web. You’ve been warned
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+Sami Lehtinen thanks  I see http://www.reddit.com/r/openbazaar  obviously the law enforcement community is not going to like this;  which is not saying its a bad thing.
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He says,
"it's starting to become clear that the future power of deep learning is going to come with its own self-contained software package like Caffe or Torch, and not from a dying breed of all-around tool-belts like OpenCV or Matlab. When you share creations made in OpenCV, you end up sharing source files, but with the Deep Learning toolkits, you end up sharing your pre-trained networks.  No longer do you have to think about a combination of 20 "little" algorithms for your computer vision pipeline -- you just think about which popular network architecture you want, and then the dataset.  If you have the GPUs and ample data, you can do full end-to-end training.  And if your dataset is small/medium, you can fine-tune the last few layers. You can even train a linear classifier on top of the final layer, if you're afraid of getting your hands dirty -- just doing that will beat the SIFTs, the HOGs, the GISTs, and all that was celebrated in the past two decades of computer vision."
 
Deep down the rabbit hole: CVPR 2015 and beyond
CVPR is the premier Computer Vision conference, and it's fair to think of it as the Olympics of Computer Vision Research. This year it was held in my own back yard -- less than a mile away from lovely Cambridge, MA!  Plenty of my MIT colleagues attended, bu...
CVPR is the premier Computer Vision conference, and it's fair to think of it as the Olympics of Computer Vision Research. This year it was held in my own back yard -- less than a mile away from lovely Cambridge, MA!  Plenty o...
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I am not a fan-boy of the usual 3D printing because I don't need much in the way of short-run ABS lumps. There is high-end metal sintering which seems to have real uses in production. To my knowledge ( correct me please) there isn't any viable macro-scale composite printing yet, which would be the holy grail according to me. And in construction you have the problem of maintaining a stable workspace for measurement without a rigid frame. (There are some concrete pouring systems out there.)

These guys are making parts out of welds, imagine all weld-bead no substrate, or so it sounds. And they must have solved the measurement problem. Seems to me that the cost of construction steel work is mostly material and equipment not labor, so having a robot may not be a big cost saving. However avoiding scaffolding and shoring might be a big win.
 
3D printing a bridge? - No problem. This is awesome!
#3dprinting #steel #bridge #amsterdam #tech #technology #printing #3d  
The oldest of Amsterdam's approximately 1,280 bridges in use dates back to 1648. The city is famous for its beautiful canals and waterways, and Dutch engineer
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Nobel or completely bogus? Good people fool themselves, but wetware is full of unknowns....
Researchers discover the brain and immune system are directly linked through vessels previously thought not to exist.
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silicon-based LIDAR, just in time for robots and autonomous cars;
A non-mechanical approach could open the door to a new class of miniaturized, extremely low-cost, robust laser-scanning technologies for military and commercial use Many essential military capabilities—including autonomous n...
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This is a really good article, and is much more thoughtful than a lot of computer vs architecture discussions I have read. I suggest using agricultural machines as an analog- corn harvesters aren't humanoid, instead they are multi-row picker-processor-temp storage systems. From a software perspective, a major problem seems to me to be tracking orientation and measurement of the working tool. CNC machines ( and 3D printers) use a stiff frame and lead-screws or stepper motors - they use themselves for reference, but the author points out that approach that won't scale. A system of absolute reference is required- just like the theodolite, lasers and string used on construction sites today.
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Its all about the taxis. Autonomous cars that is. This rather obvious thought struck me yesterday. Seems totally obvious to me once I spell it out: The robot cars are coming, in 3 years, five years, eight years, but soon. Uber and Lyft have a huge and exploding business in Internet-enabled cabs.  It is widely expected that robot cars will reduce the need for car ownership, by vastly increasing cab service. But changing the car fleet takes 20 years.... so ......
Who has the capital and infrastructure to put robot cars in play? Who has an enormous incentive?
Who can easily arrange for charging and use short-range electric cars?
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Quick look through the keyhole at DOD attempting to hire high-quality computer staff. The comments are worth reading. I assume the NSA gets all the bright ones who would work for the spook-industrial complex, with 2nd cut to the CIA, and then the FBI and the DOD last, but that's just my guess.
Defense Department and national security political leaders are eager to attract tech minds. But are they willing to change enough?
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Moving fast in the development of drones: collision avoidance using machine vision or something like it... Obviously this tech is required for commercial drones ( Amazon delivery) and it would be highly desirable for me in a hobby drone. But I think you can also see this an an early commercialization of 3-laws-of-robotics rule-making for movable robots- "don't hurt yourself; don't run into things."
Guidance is essentially a multimodal sensing system that gives the company's newly unveiled Matrice 100 drone autonomous obstacle avoidance capabilities.
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stay away from sourceforge and slashdot media until this settles out. It does sound bad in the Ars article.
 
It appears that +SourceForge took over the control of the 'GIMP for Windows' account and is now distributing an ads-enabled installer of GIMP. They also locked out original owner of the account, Jernej Simončič, who has been building the Windows versions of GIMP for our project for years.

So far they haven't replied to provide explanations. Therefore, we remind you again that GIMP only provides builds for WIndows via its official Downloads page.
Source for version 2.8 (Stable). GIMP releases available from gimp.org and its mirrors contain the source code and have to be compiled in order to be installed on your system. For instructions, how to build GIMP from source code, please see this page.
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from +Chad Page  recurrent Neural Networks write Shakespeare and code...sort of...
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They will do whatever is do-able. Even if it damages American companies and makes spying more difficult in the long run. There don't seem to be any checks&balances in play here.
The NSA and its partners developed a top-secret method to infect smartphones with spyware through Google and Samsung app servers, Snowden documents reveal.
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