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Google has a free deep learning course on Udacity for their TensorFlow library.  I've gone through the first lesson, and it seems really good.  You'll need to install Python to do the assignments.  It's supposed to take 3 months to do the entire course at 6 hours a week.  I'll probably end up taking longer with it (I'm currently doing the Python course on Codecademy to get some more background first).

http://googleresearch.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/teach-yourself-deep-learning-with.html
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Shankt
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Hope to see you all at Grumpys for happy hour today-- 4:00 PM
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John Zaharick

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Moon Ribas experiences earthquakes as vibrations on her body via personal sensors connected to seismograph data:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU6UPUlbmLw
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I'd like to do something similar, starting with just making my PC speakers play a noise whenever there's a quake over a certain magnitude.  The USGS provides an ATOM feed of earthquake data (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/feed/v1.0/atom.php).

Does anyone know a good tutorial for building a feed reader?  I know I can download a reader and there are apps for visualizing earthquakes, but I want something running in the background, checking the feed every so often and then doing something when certain criteria are met (eg. a quake over 4 magnitude) and I haven't seen a pre-made reader that'll let me do that.
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Aineko Macx
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Barbie is going AI--Would you buy one for your kid?
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Terry Walker

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Meet the biohackers who risk their lives to supercharge their bodies.
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I've talked with Ben Engel, who is holding the bone conducting device on his head in the photo. The article claims he has already implanted but it hasn't gone in yet. Once the coating is proven he is getting it done. I'm excited for him. I think that will make him the first BioHacker with an active sound implant. Pretty darn cool.
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Aineko Macx
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September is AI Month for TC+!

Artificial intelligence has been big news lately. Some of our brightest minds are urging caution, while others propose that AI could solve many of the world's problems.

Is Skynet about to be born? Are our jobs at risk, or will artificially intelligent agents make it possible for us to create a new Utopia?
Join TwinCities+ for a series of events intended to give even the most inexperienced of us a functional understanding of this amazing and impactful field.

Visit the link to see our full month schedule of events!
Twin Cities (Minneapolis & Saint Paul, MN) events embracing technological integration to build intelligent, capable, and resilient individuals and communities.
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Doug T
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Join us at Chatterbox in Minneapolis for Happy Hour+ at 4 to 6pm on Saturday (8/1).  This is a change of venue of our informal gathering from the Green Mill location.  If we get seating on the couches, maybe more comfortable? 
The Chatterbox Pub
2229 E 35th Street, Minneapolis, MN
http://www.meetup.com/twincitiesplus/events/223877031/
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Shankt
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This is fun
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ZOLTAN!
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Shankt
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Awesome-- it is unfortunate that she'll have to pay $30k out of pocket every 5 years or so to maintain it.

Sad to think of this compared with her picture in 10 years-- where she may be wearing a hook like so many people in her situation.
 
Angel Giuffria is able to wave shortly after being fit with her brand new Bebionic 3 (size small) hand. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvAUmQBqhRU 
http://bebionic.com/
#FutureIsNow  
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Shankt
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Party Room at CONvergence

Some of you know that we're hosting a party room at CONvergence this year. If you're planning to attend the conference, we hope that you'll come visit us in cabana 125!

We're also looking for volunteers to provide coverage in the room... just to make people feel welcome, serve smart-drinks, talk about emerging tech, and have fun.


Please let me know if you can help!
An annual convention for fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy in all media: a 4-day event with more than 6,000 members & the premiere event of our kind in the upper mid-west.
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Sara Shank

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It feels like just a matter of time before +Shankt is sitting across from me one night and trying to convince me it's totally safe for him to do this to himself as the next step in biohacking.
Bio-nano-engineers have devised tiny electronic devices that can be injected directly into the brain.
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I can hear it now, "Your brother said he would drill the hole in my skull...."
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We are a community of bio-hackers and technology enthusiasts-- working together to share ideas as we use modern tools and technologies to increase our potential... individually and collectively. Our offline events, held in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, include workshops, roundtable discussions, and social gatherings. This Google community is a social space where we share news and ideas. It is open to the public regardless of location. Be kind. Be supportive.  #transhumanism #biohacking #evolution

Aineko Macx
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Hey Everybody!  TC+ has been on a holiday break, and is looking forward to a fun techy 2016.  We are starting out strong with the entire TC+ board in Las Vegas in a few days for the Consumer Electronics Show!

 We have a meetup in January to come together and present the new tech we found and the trends we are identifying.  Hope to see you there! In the meantime we are planning a happy hour this coming Saturday and a movie night earlier in January--title to be announced.  Suggestions, conversation and excitement welcome!
Here’s what we’re expecting at 2016's Consumer Electronics Show, from the Faraday Future electric car to a U.S.-bound Huawei smartphone.
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John Vance

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It's interesting to see a lot of real fear on the left of advances in AI, especially when I (and I'm sure many others here) consider myself among that group. There's fear on the right, too, even if it's from a somewhat different standpoint. This is an interesting article considering the nastier bits of what a libertarian singularity (libularity?) might look like, with perspectives from several angles.
A right-wing politics for the coming century is taking shape. And it's not slowing down.
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+1 "libularity"!
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Terry Walker

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And more fun stuff.
Galvanic vestibular stimulation is a centuries-old technique for tricking the brain.
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That's pretty neat. If they could get it to work with the Occulus it would bring a whole new dimension to gaming.
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John Vance

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Aineko Macx
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Who wants to go to CES this January?
 
TwinCities+ is now a member of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). This means TC+ voting members can also join.

There are many benefits-- the most exciting of which is the ability to attend CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas this January.

If you aren't familiar with this event, it is the premiere event for the international electronics industry. It is an opportunity to see and experience the best and brightest emerging technology. Search Youtube for "CES 2015" to see how awesome it is!

Registration fees (normally $100) are waived for members that register before the end of September.

TC+ members- Let us know if you would like to attend and we will send details.
CES is a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place every January in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Please send me the details.  I believe I will attend. 
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Sara Shank

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A great contest on post-humanity and AI from Terraform and AMC!
Terraform and AMC are partnering up to take a speculative dive into our incipient age of Artificial Intelligence.
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Sara Shank

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Please join us for the Human Augmentation Panel @ CONvergence this weekend~ Please register if you think you will come, we need to boost our attendance number! Should be a very interesting panel. 
http://schedule.convergence-con.org/event/aba01460018fddfb2baeab2810ebb3fc#.VZKev_lVhHx
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Tip:  Just add the event to your Convergence Programming Schedule to be registered for it.  Actually, I don't think you even need to be registered for Convergence to create a personal schedule and then add it your schedule. 
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This is an interesting article on Motherboard about implants and the potential for unforseen impacts.

I've been considering having my RFID tag removed-- I'm just not getting any use out of it so far because the NFC does everything I need it to.

I do expect the procedure to be bloody, but I'm not sure that it'll be a big deal for me.

I'd be interested in hearing from any other recreational cyborgs. What are your thoughts?
An outdated RFID implant is like a regrettable tattoo—you can remove it, but it's going to be bloody.
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Hold on to the RFID. I am getting one of the smaller versions from cyberise.me so I hope to develop some things. DIY projects are easier with RFID while finished products like door locks and cell phones have that capability.
That's my two cents.
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Sara Shank

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If you have read Oryx and Crake, you see the eerie similarity to pigoons here. Too creepy?
"I’m using technology to create an unlimited supply of transplantable organs, and I’m doing it now, with no delay," the transhumanist CEO says.
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