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It's amazing how much of a difference the presentation of statistics makes.

I almost wish that there were data visualization courses that were required along with statistics courses in undergrad. I think people would get a lot more out of it than just learning how to do hypothesis rejection.
Americans die in smaller portions each year, but what kills us is changing.
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This is a nice interview with Google X's Astro Teller. He says that Google X starts by asking of a new project, how is it going to make the world a radically better place?  Self-driving cars, Glass, and Loon. I'd say they're getting pretty good answers to that question.
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This is one of the most amazing tech demos I've ever seen. They're able to use treat a projector as a virtual camera by using structured light. This means that you can reconstruct poses of things that the camera couldn't actually observe! Crazy!
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Nice overview of the problems and promise of building artificial intelligence systems, featuring +Yann LeCun among others.
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Quad-copter assembled!

Managed to capture a few of the in-between pictures. Those props are 8" each, so this is a very, very big quad :). Haven't gotten a chance to fly it yet because of the Great Storm (aka light showers) in the Bay Area. Excelsior!
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The GOP's little rule change they hoped you wouldn't notice
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This man pretends to be a comedian, but in truth he is one of the great philosophers of our time.
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This is amazing. It's a physical manifestation of a 3d animation. Next, I want to see a robot Pixar lamp.
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Beautiful and inspiring.
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I don't understand why pseudorandom number generators can do the work they do. I find it complete bizarre that we can reason fairly reliably about a completely deterministic algorithm as if it's random and use it to do things like compute π or render pretty pictures.

I find it even more bizarre that almost nobody else finds it bizarre.

I also have a little trouble with algorithms that use random numbers. But I accept as an empirical fact about the world that probability theory works and so computers, being in the world, can exploit this. In some ways it's less troublesome to me.

But I find it weird that the same reasoning works for deterministic systems too. Do pseudorandom algorithms work because there is some hard-to-see randomness buried in Monte Carlo algorithms? Not in the algorithm itself, obviously, but in the way that we, in the world, use them. I think the paper I link to below [1] argues this but I don't completely get it. (I think you can sidestep the quantum and multiverse stuff in that paper. Part of the argument could be applied to probability theory rather than quantum mechanics.)

If I hadn't written this sentence, I bet someone would ask "but if you accept randomised algorithms work, why would you have trouble with pseudorandomised algorithms, after all random and pseudorandom numbers are hard to distinguish?" But that's exactly my point.

[1] http://arxiv.org/pdf/1212.0953v1.pdf
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