The White Darkness: A Journey Across Antarctica | The New Yorker
The man felt like a speck in the frozen nothingness. Every direction he turned, he could see ice stretching to the edge of the Earth: white ice and blue ice, glacial-ice tongues and ice wedges. There were no living creatures in sight. Not a bear or even a bird. Nothing but him.
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february 2018
Do statistical models understand the world? - YouTube
Speaker: Dr. Ian Goodfellow, GoogleMachine learning algorithms have reached human-level performance on a variety of benchmark tasks. This raises the question of whether these algorithms have also reached human-level 'understanding' of these tasks. By designing inputs specifically to confuse machine
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january 2018
MIT 6.S094: Deep Reinforcement Learning - YouTube
This is lecture 3 of course 6.S094: Deep Learning for Self-Driving Cars (2018 version). This class is free and open to everyone. It is an introduction to the practice of deep learning through the applied theme of building a self-driving car.OUTLINE:0:00 - AI Pipeline from Sensors to Action8:25 - Rei
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january 2018
How the Once-Struggling Pittsburgh Is Reinventing Itself as an Innovation Hub – Next City
The following is an adapted excerpt from “The New Localism – How cities can thrive in the age of populism,” published by Brookings Institution Press.
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january 2018
Slade on Twitter: "This is the moment Judge Aqualina read from Nassar's non-apologetic letter, dropped it, glared at him and asked if he wanted to withdraw his plea.… https://t.co/gcYGmEUGBX"
This is the moment Judge Aqualina read from Nassar's non-apologetic letter, dropped it, glared at him and asked if he wanted to withdraw his plea.
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january 2018
Robin Seemangal on Twitter: "My raw video of the #SpaceX Falcon Heavy static-fire at Kennedy Space Center. Come for the cloud plumes, stay for the sound. A French space reporter just yelled "It's like the 4th of July!"… https://t.co/jBUqdjnm3J"
My raw video of the #SpaceX Falcon Heavy static-fire at Kennedy Space Center. Come for the cloud plumes, stay for the sound. A French space reporter just yelled "It's like the 4th of July!"
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january 2018
Amnon Shashua Delivers Mobileye Press Conf. at CES 2018 - YouTube
To learn more about RSS, the Mobileye approach to AV safety: https://youtu.be/eQ_uGvHlLr4Prof. Amnon Shashua at “AI Automotive” Munich 2017 - https://youtu.be/-YozA_FX-q8Prof. Shashua at World Knowledge Forum: Platform for Safe & Scalable AVs https://youtu.be/7dLQQcR9kGMThree Major Pillars of Te
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january 2018
Faster R-CNN: Down the rabbit hole of modern object detection - Tryolabs Blog
Previously, we talked about object detection, what it is and how it has been recently tackled using deep learning. If you haven’t read our previous blog post, we suggest you take a look at it before continuing.
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january 2018
Let's talk about RACE: Pittsburgh is _______. Depends on who you ask.
When I was a kid, my dad would take the family out on weekend drives through nearby posh neighborhoods and upcoming developments. Sometimes we'd get out of the car and take advantage of an open house to explore the interiors.
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january 2018
kenbot on Twitter: "Ok, so I've been rightly challenged on my boast that I can explain the "monad is a monoid" thing to you with pen and paper. Here goes:"
Ok, so I've been rightly challenged on my boast that I can explain the "monad is a monoid" thing to you with pen and paper. Here goes:
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january 2018
Mahar Lagmay on Twitter: "Amazing video of Mayon’s explosive eruption @ 8:48 am today. Photo: Benjoe Nagales Agbay FB post.… "
Amazing video of Mayon’s explosive eruption @ 8:48 am today. Photo: Benjoe Nagales Agbay FB post.
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january 2018
How to Be Clear About What Your Functions Return - Fluent C++
What’s in a function’s interface? But when looking at this prototype, we can notice that something isn’t symmetric: the function’s parameters have both a type and a name, while the returned value only has a type. Indeed, the return value doesn’t have a name.
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january 2018
Graphs and networks | plus.maths.org
This package brings together all Plus content on graph and network theory. Graphs and networks turn up in many real-life problems, from neuroscience to telecommunications. To start off, you might like to read our brief overview article
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january 2018
XRP from a Value Investing perspective – Oscar ZA – Medium
Author: Óscar ZA — Bachelor in Business and Economic Sciences. MBA. Master in Banking and Financial Markets sodercan@yahoo.com @fantastiROco Assumptions: Value analysis.
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january 2018
The best way to store your dotfiles: A bare Git repository - Atlassian Developers
Disclaimer: the title is slightly hyperbolic, there are other proven solutions to the problem. I do think the technique below is very elegant though. Recently I read about this amazing technique in an Hacker News thread on people's solutions to store their dotfiles.
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january 2018
Let's talk about RACE: The sound of gravel, the feeling of drowning, the chilling effects of racist acts
One night, we were headed bar hopping. The hustle and bustle of Downtown on Saturday night was all around us with people laying on horns and shouting at one another. I looked good. I had done my best to tie a necktie in a way that I have since learned is dead wrong.
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january 2018
No Cutting Corners on the iPhone X – Tall West – Medium
When the iPhone X launched, a lot of designers were put off about the screen shape. Those complaints have mostly died down, but I haven’t seen much design-nerd talk about cool corner treatment details. Fortunately, deep nerd shit is my specialty.
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january 2018
Meet the Godfather of autonomous cars | Our Driverless Future: The Search For Autonomy | CNN Tech
Carnegie Mellon professor of robotics Red Whittaker was at the heart of the early efforts to teach machines to drive on our roads. His work helped launch the autonomous vehicle industry, which is booming today.
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january 2018
What Caused Crime to Decline in the U.S.? - The Atlantic
After decades of soaring levels of homicides and drug violence, the country’s crime rate plunged dramatically over the last 25 years. What happened?
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january 2018
Guaranteed Minimum Agriculture – Simon Sarris – Medium
Previously: Some reasons why Universal Basic Income may result in poor outcomes, even if we’re able and willing to implement it. Part 1 is here: Here I invite you to think about what an alternative might look like that addresses most of those issues.
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january 2018
After Universal Basic Income, The Flood – Simon Sarris – Medium
What if we implement UBI and it makes everything worse? Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Wait, scratch that, he won’t eat for a lifetime. Automation took over and fished the metaphorical seas dry.
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january 2018
The Mushroom Hunters: Neil Gaiman’s Feminist Poem About Science, Read by Amanda Palmer – Brain Pickings
“We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry,” the great astronomer Maria Mitchell, who paved the way for women in science, wrote in her diary in 1871.
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january 2018
Will Exoskeletons Give Us Superpowers? - Motherboard
FLUX is a new series that explores technological innovations in mobility and how they will affect our roads, our cities and our relationship to both. 1.89 million years ago, learning to walk on two legs was a revolution.
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january 2018
Eric Jang: Normalizing Flows Tutorial, Part 1: Distributions and Determinants
To compute $\text{det}(M + V \cdot D \cdot V^T)$ cheaply, we use the matrix determinant lemma. Next, we need an invertible nonlinearity in order to express non-linear functions (otherwise the chain of affine bijectors remains affine).
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january 2018
Pittsburgh dominating global artificial intelligence competition | TribLIVE
Pittsburgh isn't just a hotbed for artificial intelligence research and development. The city is also tops in the nation for coming up with ways to use the new technology.
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january 2018
First Look At Mister Fred Rogers Film: ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ « CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Focus Features has released the first clip of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” the new movie about Fred Rogers. The movie is from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom).
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january 2018
A visit to an American factory that’s been producing pencils since 1889
What a marvelous little photo essay by Christopher Payne and Sam Anderson about General Pencil, one of the last remaining pencil factories in America. Other parts of the factory are eruptions of color. Red pencils wait, in orderly grids, to be dipped into bright blue paint.
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january 2018
Combat demonstrations in fifteenth century suits of armor | The Kid Should See This
From Le Figaro, Le combat en armure au XVe siècle, in which two people demonstrate what it was like to battle in 15th century suits of armor. The combat was staged with reproductions for Le Musée National du Moyen-Âge de Cluny‘s “The Sword. Uses, Myths and Symbols” exhibition in 2011.
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january 2018
What we saw at the Western PA Mobility Showcase - a Transportation Nerd's Dream | I heart PGH
It’s probably not cool to nerd out about transportation, but boy howdy did we ever at the Western PA Mobility Showcase hosted by City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI).
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january 2018
302 Found
So far, three cryptocurrencies—Bitcoin, Ripple, and Ethereum—have hit a market cap of $100B. Notably, they all did so within three months of each other. These cryptocurrencies first hit market caps of $10B in 2013, 2017, and 2017, respectively.
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january 2018
Lighting Up a Hidden World: CFS and ME - Valerie Free - Google Böcker
 The onset can be fast and shocking or slow and insidious. It can happen to anyone at any age.
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january 2018
Coping with ME/CFS Will Always Be Hard – But There Are Ways to Make it a Little Easier - Health Rising
(Anne writes on how she copes with  a very severe form of ME/CFS. Check out Anne’s story: From International Traveller to 43 sq. Meters here and her other blogs here.  I added the images and captions – Cort)
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january 2018
The Under Financed ME/CFS Research Field, Pt II: Why it Takes 20 Years to Get 1 Year’s Research Done - Health Rising
As things stand right now, one could say that it takes 20 years to get 1 year’s worth of ME/CFS research done. Why? Because the level of funding allocated for ME/CFS research is 20 times lower than that of comparable diseases.
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january 2018
The Underfinanced ME/CFS Research Field Pt I: The Facts… Plus “What Can We Do? “ - Health Rising
(Thanks to Anne for providing this eye-opening guest blog on the funding situation facing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). Anne has pledged to donate her share of any blog donations to ME/CFS research.
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january 2018
Black Hole Sun God | Online Only | n+1
Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Purloined Letter” is a strange sort of mystery—a story of palace intrigue and cognitive blind spots. The gumshoe, C. Auguste Dupin, is presented with a case that has left the police befuddled.
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january 2018
Page not found – The New Inquiry
This is a basic principle: until it is proven otherwise, beyond a reasonable doubt, it’s important to extend the presumption of innocence to Dylan Farrow, and presume that she is not guilty of the crime of lying about what Woody Allen did to her.
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january 2018
Woody Allen Is Not a Monster. He Is a Person. Like My Father.
Last week, an impassioned letter from a sexual abuse survivor surfaced online. Its author had been at the center a scandal that attracted national media attention. The letter's vulnerability, and its bravery, gave me chills. Dylan Farrow didn't write it.
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january 2018
Competing With the Giants in Race to Build Self-Driving Cars - The New York Times
PALO ALTO, Calif. — Before the car can drive without a human, one must first get behind the wheel. As the driver accelerates, stops and turns on local streets, sensors on the car record what he sees and track how he responds.
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january 2018
Body Smart, Body Safe: Talking with Young Children about their Bodies | A Mighty Girl
Since the moment someone said, “It’s a girl” or “It’s a boy”, sex has been part of your child’s life.
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january 2018
Rebuilding a real T. Rex with scientific research & new tech | The Kid Should See This
Tyrannosaurus rex is probably the most famous extinct animal, but thanks to Hollywood and various out-of-date books, there are a lot of misconceptions out there about this incredible dinosaur.
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january 2018
MPC Blade Runner 2049 VFX breakdown on Vimeo
Replicating Rachael for Blade Runner 2049 was both a huge honour for our artists as well as an exciting technical and creative challenge. The team lead by VFX Supervisor Richard Clegg worked closely with Director Denis Villeneuve and Production VFX Supervisor John Nelson.
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january 2018
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