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Take the Stanford 'Introduction to Artificial Intelligence' class this fall. Taught by Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun. Get graded on a curve along with the Stanford students. About 10 hours of work per week. Anyone else keen?
Sebastian Thrun is a Research Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, a Google Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the German Academy of Sciences. Thrun is best k...
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Got some basic knowledge, between us we might get somewhere!
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Bring on Skynet.
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haha that list is hilarious. burgled is one of my favorite britishisms.
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It seems obvious to me that academics are being raped by journal publishers.

Academics put in countless hours to write the papers that appear in journals.

They have to jump through hoops to get the papers into journals, via an anonymous peer-review process for whose efficacy no evidence has ever been produced (see link).

In some cases, academics pay to have their work published in journals (this is the opposite of how publishing is supposed to work!)

Academics peer review papers for the journals, without being paid, out of some bizarre sense of obligation to the journal (or perhaps out of a noble sense of obligation to the pursuit of knowledge... but more likely because they're scared they won't get published in the journal again unless they write reviews for it).

Academics then pay to read the journals.

At every stage of the process they're being screwed, while the journal publishers continue to generate profits (for some reason, large-scale pirating of academic journals has yet to take off).

My question is: do academics view the situation in the same way that I do? If so:

(a) Is anything being done to change this (I know about arxiv, which doesn't have a review process, and PLoS, which doesn't seem to be that well respected... any others?)
(b) Why isn't more being done?
(c) What else could be done?
Copyright © 1999, British Medical Journal. Evidence on peer review—scientific quality control or smokescreen? Sandra Goldbeck-Wood, assistant editor. BMJ, London WC1H 9JR. 10176.2501/at/compuserve.com...
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I liked a line near the end: "... the propensity of participants to remember the location of the information, rather than the information itself, is a sign that people are ... organising vast amounts of available information in a more accessible way."

So essentially, we're storing our information by reference rather than by value. I knew it'd be worth learning about pointers someday!
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H.R. Giger could learn a lot from this guy.
A fearsome worm shows how much Hollywood has left to learn about biodiversity. From FEI, an image-rich site I discovered through BoingBoing—who now have my eternal gratitude.
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Yes! A well thought-out and entirely deserving criticism of 'Big Idea' books. You know the ones I mean. You've probably read some of them: 'The Tipping Point', 'Blink', 'Outliers'. Books that (a) condense the complexity of the world into something that can be viewed through the lens of one new idea, and (b) take two hundred pages to explain that idea.
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Well, while I probably wouldn't quote him in an academic paper, he does have a lot of good ideas to get the juices flowing. I'm going to look at Collapse for my dissertation for ideas, but I probably won't quote from it unless I find something mind blowing.
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A few one-page explanations of the Higgs boson. Interesting although they all seem quite technical. +Tom Whyntie can you do any better?
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This guy churns out custom essays for students who are too stupid/lazy to write their own, and he's written an anonymous article about it. Pretty interesting, as well as pretty vile.

I did like this line though: "As long as it doesn't require me to do any math ... I will write anything."

At least the mathmos are safe, for a while!
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Very cool illusion: when faces are flashed at you in quick succession, and your eyes are focused over to one side, the faces appear to be highly distorted and ugly. What causes this? (via +Tom Hartley)
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Really powerful effect...
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Summary: you should post everything to public.
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This neatly sums up why I (a) have no subject or topic-based circles and (b) post everything to Public. Personal stuff aside, posting to a specific topic-based circle makes assumptions about what people are or aren't interested in and honestly, I don't know most of you well enough to judge that, and vice versa.

The cross-pollination of perspectives and interests is a key feature of Twitter and it could be one of Google+.
Since leaving the classroom I have had the opportunity to read more widely then I have done at any point over the last 10 years. The work I am doing now
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The good news is that until businesses pick up on google+, if I'm anything to go by people will too lazy to bother selecting circles. I reckon they'll be useful as a way to keep work and home lives seperate, to keep secrets from the wrong circles, but the effort required to exclude a circle is greater than to simply broadcast publicly.
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I imagine most people reading this will be fully on board with the value of socialized medicine, but in a 'it's nice to read things I agree with' kind of way, you might enjoy reading this story of one American's interaction with the British healthcare system.

Particularly: "The cost of calls to my insurance company to get permission to see an NHS doctor who didn’t charge me a penny will be six times what I paid for the medicine that cured my infection."
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You can call phones. I do it all the time. They have incredible International rates. 
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Do you think he had a soundbite that he wanted to get out there..?
[Video Link] A lifelike robot, posing as Ed Miliband, Britain's Leader of the Labour party, has a faulty speech synthesizer that causes it to say the same thing over and over. Gadgets. Share; Twee...
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  • University of Cambridge
    Mathematics (MA, MMath), 2002 - 2006
  • University of Cambridge
    Mathematics (PhD), 2006 - 2010
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