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Fei Fei Li speaks about the importance of keeping AI grounded in human considerations.

This is a quick read and well worth it.

Researching cutting-edge AI is very satisfying and rewarding, but we’re seeing this great awakening, a great moment in history. For me it’s very important to think about AI’s impact in the world, and one of the most important missions is to democratize this technology. The cloud is this gigantic computing vehicle that delivers computing services to every single industry.

When you are making a technology this pervasive and this important for humanity, you want it to carry the values of the entire humanity, and serve the needs of the entire humanity. If the developers of this technology do not represent all walks of life, it is very likely that this will be a biased technology. I say this as a technologist, a researcher, and a mother. And we need to be speaking about this clearly and loudly.

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Research shows that LSD stimulates the semantic networks of the brain, leading to increased conceptual flexibility. Their next step is to map these findings against neural imagery to see what parts of the brain actually light up.

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Each year in the United States, players of sports and recreational activities receive between 2.5 and 4 million concussions. How dangerous are all those concussions? The answer is complicated and lies in how the brain responds when something strikes it. Clifford Robbins explains the science behind concussions.

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Most people will take a pill, receive an injection, or otherwise take some kind of medicine during their lives. But most of us don’t know anything about how these substances actually work. How can various compounds impact the way we physically feel, think, and even behave? Sara Garofalo explains how different drugs alter the communication between cells in the brain.

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+Clay Bavor, who heads up Google's Virtual and Augmented Realities published this piece yesterday in advance of the company's announcements today. In it, he frames the longer view on what he calls "immersive computing." It's a worthwhile read to help put this next paradigm in computing into perspective.

Google won't be building its own headsets (at least initially), but is instead partnering with Qualcomm, HTC, and Lenovo to release a reference design that will result in actual products. Here's Bavor talking about the new World Sense technology behind this work, which is key for meshing AR/VR with the physical world:

Also, it's worth looking at how Google is partnering with artists to use its Tilt Brush to create new forms of artistic expression:

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Mind the Climate

Melting Arctic
Rising Sea levels
Depleting Ozone

We reap fruits as we seed

Rampage Pollution
Extremities in weather
Disturbing Environment

Loss of Health, Life and biodiversity

We to care Climate
To keep it clean and green
For the Healthy Earth and Life

We cloud skies as we breath
Parts of System and Interconnected

Atmosphere (↔ Climate) is to Earth - Mind is to Brain

Efforts restore the Climate change to normalcy and Keep up
Meditation brings back and balance the Disturbed - Climate Mind

We to Care for the ClimateS - Inner as well Outer
( #Meditation #Yoga #Climate #Atmosphere #Earth #Mind #Brain)

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The first step in waking up determined starts the night before.

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Can machines help us digest the flood of information regularly face? Some thoughts about using technology to help us process and understand the countless terms of services notices we regularly sign without reading.

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Talent Risk Management

Companies think about succession planning, but this is usually only concerned with the very top tiers of the company. Talent Risk Management drives this kind of longer-term orientation and planning lower down into the org chart for a much more comprehensive analysis of the organization’s true talent vulnerabilities.

Steve Trautman knows a lot about the intersection of people and knowledge. This book, his third, is as informative as it is pragmatic.

If you are in organizational management, I recommend getting this book. It's a fast read, and it will leave you with a concrete understanding of how to think more clearly about your people, what they bring to your organization -- and how you deal with the comings and goings that are now so common in today's workforce.

Here's the link on Amazon:

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The Challenge of Automating Text Summarization

Salesforce is working on software to summarize text. They've made some progress.

An interesting excerpt on the challenges:

Kristian Hammond, a professor at Northwestern University, and the founder of Narrative Science, a company that generates narrative reports from raw data, says the Salesforce research is a good advance, but it also shows the limits of relying purely on statistical machine learning. “At some point, we have to admit that we need a little bit of semantics and a little bit of syntactic knowledge in these systems in order for them to be fluid and fluent,” says Hammond.

HT +Erik Jonker​.
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