What we read about deep learning is just the tip of the iceberg
The artificial intelligence technique known as deep learning is white hot right now, as we have noted numerous times before. It’s powering many of the advances in computer vision, voice recognition and text analysis at companies including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Baidu, and has been the technological foundation of many startups (some of which were…
Watch This Unique Tribute To Modern Film Directors Using Shutterstock's Library
Shutterstock paid homage to the visual style of five present-day legends using only footage and music found in the Shutterstock library. The video mimics the styles of Wes Anderson, David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino, Alfonso Cuarón , and Terrance Malick. Warning: This video contains blood and gore. Video courtesy of Shutterstock
The Recommender: Holiday Edition
"Put it this way: As a boss I don’t ever expect it, but if somebody goes the extra mile and picks up a lunch bill or gives me a gift, it goes a long way. Flattery will get you everywhere."
— Jonathan Adler; Potter, designer, and author
Smart locks: the next smart-home winner?
I am optimistic about smart locks, partially because it is a very promising market not just in the residential sector but also in hospitality. Consider an Airbnb host who only wants to grant access to her apartment for specific periods of time and who doesn’t want to have to go meet her guest. Now she can just authenticate the guest’s smart phone for a set number of days. Business travelers are another opportunity. Instead of showing up at a conference and seeing a line of 20 people waiting at reception, your phone can check you in and serve as your hotel room key. I could see big chains like Marriott or Hilton integrating this functionality into their apps.
This Tiny Cardboard Battery Is Like A Vitamin For Your Smartphone
I completely agree. Let's all be honest with ourselves, and admit that the majority of the population are too "lazy" to properly recycle, and just don't care. They all choose to live in their own little bubble, and blame the big corporations for environmental degradation. They don't see where all the trash ends up; they just take their garbage bin to the alley once a week, and assume it goes off to some magic land where all the garbage disappears. NO. WAKE UP PEOPLE. We're burying them in landfills, even when we do not know the FULL effects of creating and burying landfills for long periods of time. People need to wake up, and gain some social responsibility. By the way - STYROFOAM IS RECYCLABLE. It may take a little extra effort to take it to a proper recycling plant, but THIS IS OUR HOME.
The Elon Musk interview on Mars colonisation – Ross Andersen – Aeon
The evidences: Our health needs actions and progress, before it's not too late. The world's IQ and the global health decline because we started and we speed our devolution. The real and ignored (but not political and not pseudo) science of salt: 10th edition of RDA (1989) 500 mg sodium per day (~ 1,23 g salt). This was the best recommendation ever! And now is: Die Ohnmacht der Allmächtigen. The humanity will die out within 250 years. The fats and the sugars are foods, and are sources of our energy. But entropy & sodium intakes = five decades global censorship, corruption, pseudoscience and lack of science. Excess salt (sodium) intake enhances the Entropy, this is the main risk factor of diabetes 1 & 2, overweight, NCDs, etc., and our devolution is a considerable risk factor (or more exactly a considerable fact) too. The law of entropy is the fiercest enemy of life and is our fiercest enemy too. The sodium-chloride isn't food for humans, but is the perfect food of entropy. The spontaneous diffusion of sodium ions into the cells & the diffusion of potassium ions out of the cells, enhances the entropy.
Elon Musk's Hyperloop Could Be Just 10 Years Away
In a 76-page report released on Dropbox on Thursday, a new startup called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies laid out plans for building Musk's futuristic transportation system, which could cut travel time between Los Angeles and San Francisco down to 35 minutes. The trip takes up to 12 hours by Amtrak train, and more than six hours by car.
The Secret to Quickly Learning a Foreign Language as an Adult
In the afternoon, if I wasn’t playing darts or Boules with my French friends, I was reading “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in French. Reading the children’s books you read as a child is a great hack to learning new languages. Firstly, the language used is simple and secondly, knowing the story helps you to guess the meaning of new words and avoid using a dictionary. Surprisingly children’s books are more entertaining in a foreign language.
Our loss of wisdom
Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.
What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools?
Second, the toxic use of accountability for schools should be abandoned. Current practices in many countries that judge the quality of teachers by counting their students’ measured achievement only is in many ways inaccurate and unfair. It is inaccurate because most schools’ goals are broader than good performance in a few academic subjects. It is unfair because most of the variation of student achievement in standardized tests can be explained by out-of-school factors. Most teachers understand that what students learn in school is because the whole school has made an effort, not just some individual teachers. In the education systems that are high in international rankings, teachers feel that they are empowered by their leaders and their fellow teachers. In Finland, half of surveyed teachers responded that they would consider leaving their job if their performance would be determined by their student’s standardized test results.
This Animated Short Cleverly Reveals The Truth About Addiction And It's Devastating
"Nuggets" is a five-minute animation that surfaced online back in October but has suddenly gained millions of YouTube views in the past week. Created by German animation studio, Film Bilder, the video begins with an adorable kiwi bird casually strolling along before stumbling upon a golden nugget. The bird's interest is piqued and so he ingests the liquid inside. It's instant euphoria, and with it, the kiwi can suddenly fly for a short while. As anyone who's ever had any golden nuggets of their own can attest, what happens after he finds the next one is not the same. It doesn't last as long, and the landing is more of crash. Nevertheless, now the bird is no longer casually strolling, but running to get the next hit—with ever-diminishing returns.
How cultures around the world think about parenting
Both in Japan and Norway, parents are focused on cultivating independence. Children do things alone early, whether it’s walking to school or to the movies. The frames, however, are different. In Scandinavia, there is an emphasis on a democratic relationship between parents and children. In Sweden especially, the “rights” of a child are important. For example, a child has the “right” to access their parents’ bodies for comfort, and therefore should be allowed into their parents’ bed with them in the middle of the night. If a parent doesn’t allow them, they are both denying them their rights and being a neglectful parent. In parts of Asia, meanwhile, co-sleeping with a family member through late childhood is common. Korean parents spend more time holding their babies and having physical contact than most. But within a family, obedience is key — not democracy.
Idris Elba addresses James Bond rumors: 'Isn't 007 supposed to be handsome?'
Of course, if Elba is the next Bond, he'd be just the latest in a long line of non-Scottish actors to take on the role. For now, we'll just have to wait and see — it's unlikely we'll get confirmation until Craig completes his stint as Bond in a couple of years.
Deep sea diving ... in a wheelchair
When Sue Austin got a power chair 16 years ago, she felt a tremendous sense of freedom — yet others looked at her as though she had lost something. In her art, she aims to convey the spirit of wonder she feels wheeling through the world. Includes thrilling footage of an underwater wheelchair that lets her explore ocean beds, drifting through schools of fish, floating free in 360 degrees. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)
Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals
Modern psychiatric drugs treat the chemistry of the whole brain, but neurobiologist David Anderson believes in a more nuanced view of how the brain functions. He illuminates new research that could lead to targeted psychiatric medications — that work better and avoid side effects. How's he doing it? For a start, by making a bunch of fruit flies angry. (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)
An exclusive look inside the making of Prince's iconic album Purple Rain
When he reaches the chorus, repeating the phrase "purple rain" six times, the crowd does not sing along. They have no idea how familiar those two words will soon become, and what impact they will turn out to have for the 25-year-old man on stage in front of them. But it’s almost surreal to listen to this performance now, because while this 13-minute version of "Purple Rain" will later be edited, with some subtle overdubs and effects added, this very recording—the maiden voyage of the song—is clearly recognizable as the actual "Purple Rain," in the final form that will be burned into a generation’s brain, from the vocal asides to the blistering, high-speed guitar solo to the final, shimmering piano coda. As the performance winds down, Prince says quietly to the audience, "We love you very, very much."
Scientific method: Defend the integrity of physics
If you read my book carefully, you should be able to find more than a
few comments in there from which you can conclude that I am not against speculative theorizing per se. The history of science is littered with speculative models that later turned out to have more than a grain of truth in them (such as Einstein's light-quantum hypothesis and Dirac's quantum theory of the electron). What riles me is that many contemporary theorists no longer see any need to ground their speculations in empirical reality, or to even try to make them 'progressive', to use a term borrowed from philosophers of science. Instead they appear more than happy to indulge their inner metaphysician, and then claim that this stuff is scientific. When they do stick their necks out and make a 'prediction', which is not subsequently upheld by experiments at the LHC, for example, they simply tweak any number of variables and shift the prediction to a
higher energy range, out of the LHC's reach. They've been playing this game for nearly 15 years at least.
You may this hard to believe, but although I'm riled I actually don't have a problem with any of this.
How Top Designers Tell Clients That Their Taste Sucks
How's about an article on how to live with what the client does to your work after you hand it over? On the upside, I've found that if you ask them to describe the characteristics of something important - a fork, or a soldier, for instance - you can then develop the conversation to create a performance index for your project. I oversaw a logo for a European medical charity and showed them that most of their counterparts were using abbreviated names (PDGE anyone?), logos that couldn't be printed small or in monotone, and images that had no bearing whatsoever on the subject matter (trees to symbolise growth of a European psychology network). So we then agreed that shortlisted logos would be judged against a set of criteria that included all of the above. Bingo! The final result can be seen <a href="http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=pain+alliance+europe&FORM=HDRSC2#view=detail&id=43A86F09037DAC7877EBD8DB19A44F5304810DC8&selectedIndex=0">here</a>
How to make stress your friend
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
Nashville police chief shares message, responds to questions
Nashville police chief shares message, responds to questions
Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson posted the below message originally on the Metro Government of Nashville & Davidson County website this afternoon. Anderson shares a message to police officers and answers questions related to recent protests in Nashville and around the country.
Check out this story on Tennessean.com: http://tnne.ws/1ASCqYT
Tesla announces Roadster 3.0, an upgrade package with massive range
As CEO Elon Musk first announced yesterday , Tesla is detailing a new extended-range upgrade for its seminal Roadster — the Lotus-based two-door that preceded today's Model S sedan. It turns out that the upgrade is far more than a battery swap: yes, that's part of it, but a retrofit aerodynamics kit will improve the car's drag by some 15 percent, while new tires, wheel bearings, and changes to brake drag will decrease rolling resistance by 20 percent. In all, the upgrades are expected to yield a 40 to 50 percent improvement in range, breaking the 400-mile mark. The package is currently called a "prototype," but the company says that it'll demonstrate the improvements in early 2015 with a non-stop drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
The true true size of Africa
The true size of Africa? Not bigger than we think because Mercator projection confuses, but smaller than we think because we can't "map" ECONOMIC size. Not even the Economist has done it -- but here is a summary.
Five years ago sub-Saharan Africa's economy was no bigger than that of the city of Chicago. (Imagine Chicago with 46 different ministers of education, transportation, finance etc., and 46 customs border inspection systems. And visas needed to go from downtown to uptown or whatever they call it in Chicago.) Today, my colleague Todd Moss at the Center for Global Development reports that mostly due to oil sub-Saharan Africa is bigger (economic size remember): now comparable to Chicago only if South Africa is excluded, which is all by itself the size of . . . Atlanta! Add South Africa and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa and you get Chicago plus Atlanta: an economy approaching $1 trillion. In this ChicAtlan continential economy the median country is about one-quarter the economic size of. . . . Vermont, the smallest U.S. state.
That's why Africa's leaders wish they could overcome the politics of sovereignty and eliminate the cost of all those borders -- something the Europeans have been working on for half a century.
Your Windowless Cubicle Is Doing Horrible Things For Your Sleep And Mental Health
For this study, researchers evaluated 20 women in a workspace for a week. Half of them worked near a window. The other half did not.
Cheats and Secrets - GTA 5 Wiki Guide - IGN
If you have wanted level stars, drive to a nearby haircut store in Los Santos and block the door with the car you drove in. Then, perch yourself near the window. You can easily shoot through the glass when the LSPD cannot. They will most likely stand right up to the window and sit there, but they can move around. Use this bug to raise your stars to any wished amount and you can escape or just kill cops for ammo.
Why You Should Learn Product Management Instead Of Coding
Before doing product management, what the hell were you using coding for? The article meanders and is stitched together with different points. 'Why learn A when you can learn B? But learning A is good too!' the headline is more suitable for a persausive essay but the content is too balanced with irrelevant viewpoints, and more than one paragraph reads like an advert. You could've also dumped the buzzword of 'emotional intelligene' in there, as a transferable skill that falls within Product Management (or Business Fields generally). Coding is inseperable from creation, even if all you're making is a solution. Most people who aren't 'Cowboy Coders' (which is a nebulous term that's far more derisive than what the article makes it be) start learning HTML/CSS. Why do they learn it? To make and design websites, like this one the article's hosted on. Way to byte the hand that feeds.
The world needs all kinds of minds
Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.
Spacecraft Snaps Stunning X-Ray Portrait Of The Sun
NuSTAR may have been built to observe black holes and other objects in deep space, but NASA's supersensitive space telescope can also do a bang-up job of imaging the sun. Just have a look at this glorious new photo released by the space agency on Dec. 22.
6 Buddhist Principles That Will Help You Be A Better Boss
"For me, it comes down to separating the idea that our spiritual life and home life are different than our work. It’s not like we walk into the office and our mind shifts. If we’re forcing ourselves to do that, it’s like we’re living dual lives and that drains us long-term. The more we take a holistic perspective of our work, the better—and the more we relate to others based on our personal lives, the better."
Try something new for 30 days
Is there something you've always meant to do, wanted to do, but just ... haven't? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.
10 Job Interview Tips From A CEO Headhunter
Whether you're being interviewed to be an intern or a CEO, you're going to run into a few notoriously tricky questions—here's a road map of what you'll be asked, and how to craft impressive answers to even the toughest questions.
Engage the gingerbread U.S.S. Enterprise - CNET
Need a geeky gingerbread treat? Make it so with this tasty "Star Trek" tribute to the U.S.S. Enterprise made by Trekkie bakers.
How I Finally Trained Myself To Wake Up Early
Maybe I've just been waking up at the wrong time all these years? The first thing I tried was Sleep Cycle ($1.99 for iPhone). It wakes you up when it thinks you should be based on your lightest sleep cycle. Like a regular alarm, you set it for the time you need to get up, but instead of going off at say 8 a.m., it tracks your movements (you have to place your phone next to your pillow and hope you don't knock it out of bed), and wakes you up by playing music when you're in your lightest sleep cycle at the time closest to your scheduled wake up time.
This Futuristic Office Doesn't Have Chairs And Desks
The designers are working with researchers from the University of Groningen to test the room's advantages. "The results will be published next spring," says Rietveld. "But what seems to be a result is that after a day of working, people are more active in their head, but more tired in their body. And that's actually what it's all about—the main goal is to actually put more pressure on your legs during the day, and take different positions. That's what sitting is not doing."
Is An MFA The New MBA?
Nicely said. We also know this from Daniel Pink's book of a few years ago - A Whole New Mind (2005), in which he also pitches the MFA as the new MBA. But why do SO many colleges/universities still have SO many business/investment/weath-related folks coming in and going out of their institutions? And why do so many parents, teachers, and the culture/society at large subtly discourage kids from pursuing "the arts"?
Wealth in its multitude of forms seems to remain the goal of the vast majority of students who attend college, in part because college has required so much wealth to enter and exit.
I love the ideas in this article, and as a retired educator, I very much hope that the future will embody the values laid out here. However, as the U.S. grows increasingly divided between those with deep pockets and those whose clothes barely have pockets...skepticism seems the only realistic way to go in regard to "the artist" as the prototype of success. Schools just don't promote the model.
Emoji cheat sheet for Campfire and GitHub
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Go ahead, make up new words!
In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another.
City Living Lures Technology Firms
Since it first planted a flag in Manhattan in 2000, Google has expanded from a single executive working out of a Starbucks to controlling over 3.5 million square feet of space—more than the capacity of the Empire State Building.
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11 DIY ways to camp indoors when the weather outside is frightful
Camping doesn't need to be a summer-only activity. Even when it is below zero outside, you can still enjoy the great outdoors in the cozy warmth of your home, and you don't even need to bust out your expensive camping gear.
How To Make Mornings Better, Faster, And More Fun
Improve your mood by traveling to work on public transportation, bicycle, or foot. Researchers from the United Kingdom's University of East Anglia found that commutes involving physical activity improved the effects of sleepless nights and general unhappiness, and traveling by train or bus gave people time to relax, read, and socialize. In fact, a study done at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business found that talking to strangers gives commuters a boost in happiness.
BlackBerry Classic review
I'm at the airport in Dallas, after a four-hour flight without usable Wi-Fi. That means I have about four hours of email to catch up on. But it's not just any email: it's Monday morning, pre-trade show, I-never-told-anyone-I'd-be-traveling email. It's a lot of email.
See Lincoln, JFK, Thatcher, And Other World Leaders As Hipsters
Yes, Abraham Lincoln did have a beard that would get him elected to the office of King of Austin, Texas, currently, and sure, he had a fondness for hats, but neither of those predilections made him a hipster. Shame on you for even thinking that. One artist wanted to imagine what Lincoln and several of history's other most memorable leaders would look like as artisanal, art-damaged urban bohemians, and made it so .
The Interview: 2014's most infamous film isn't great, but it's important
Let's face it, The Interview would have had to be nothing short of a masterpiece to justify all of the drama around its release. Well, it's not -- but it's not a terrible movie either. The comedy about the assassination of Kim Jong-un prompted terrorist attack threats from hackers (and North Korea itself, according to the FBI), which led to a sudden cancellation by Sony Pictures and a response from President Obama. But in the end, it's just another slacker bro-fest entry from Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg (Rogen's writing and directing partner), and James Franco. You'll probably laugh a bit, as I did, if you're a fan of their schtick. But if you can't stand anything by these guys, this movie won't change your mind. At the same time, it's clear that the story around The Interview will continue to be one of the most fascinating media tales well into 2015.
The Interview is nowhere near the best work to come from the Rogen/Goldberg creative duo. It's not as sublimely raunchy as Superbad , or as batshit insane and hilarious as This is the End . But as a comedy, it's far more successful than the surprisingly dull Green Hornet reboot.
Instagram has a drug problem
If you’re curious, just do a hashtag search — try “#xanax,” for example. You’ll be greeted by a list of hashtags spanning more than 100,000 images just for this particular substance. Many of these images are “legitimate” inasmuch as they just portray drug use. But mixed within are posts with product for sale. With an untraceable money transfer or Bitcoin transaction, you can have a shipment on your doorstep in days, via the U.S. Post Office or other delivery service. Some users even claim to deliver overnight.
7 Celebrity-Backed Startups That Totally Nailed It
Here’s an interesting story for you. Backplane began as a startup that created private social networks for celebrities and big brands . With former Google CEO Eric Schmidt on board and an investment from Lady Gaga, the network swelled with more and more users. In 2014, Backplane decided to pivot into a platform where anyone can build and monetize their own social networks. This move was in favor of brand organizers, in an effort to put the power back in their hands when it comes to managing online fan bases. (IMAGE BY FLICKR USER AMALIA ADINA UNDER CC BY 2.0 LICENSE)
Withings Activité review: a slightly smarter watch
None of that, of course, has much to do with the Activité. All the watch does is feed data into that system. If you tap on the sapphire, the hands will quickly rearrange to show you what time your alarm will go off, but otherwise there’s no two-way interaction at all. In a way that’s frustrating, because you need your phone to do everything, including set the time, but it’s actually quite clever. Since the Activité is just a dumb data-collection device, you’ll never need to upgrade it to get new functionality. Withings can upgrade the Activité’s firmware to read more and more accurately, and it can update its app to do absolutely everything else. Most smartwatches, especially above a certain price, are going to run into an upgrade problem: why would I spend a thousand dollars on a watch I’m going to need to upgrade in a year? The Activité doesn’t have that problem, because it doesn’t try to do anything. You’ll upgrade your phone in a year, Withings will update its app far more frequently than that, and suddenly your watch will become even more useful.
4 Common Word Traps That Can Destroy Your Career
Malandro says words such as "everybody" and "nobody" are frequently used inappropriately, and with disastrous consequences to one’s credibility. "There are very rare situations where you can accurately use a generalization," she says. While it may be true that the majority of employees are showing up late for work, confronting staff by saying "nobody here comes to work on time" means those few employees who actually do come to work on time will feel unacknowledged for their efforts and may experience a drop in morale and enthusiasm for their job as well as a loss of respect for their boss, as generalizations can make one appear to be overly dramatic and cause them to lose credibility as a leader.
Pack your bags: Tumblr's top 10 reblogged cities
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5 Things Job Candidates Obsess Over That Hiring Managers Don’t Care About
To help you discern what’s worth your worry—and what’s definitely not—we chatted with two career experts to identify five easy-to-obsess-over details that hiring managers really don’t care about … and what to focus on instead.
Talks to watch with kids
"If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B ... " began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis — from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York's Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E. — and gives two breathtaking performances of "B" and "Hiroshima."
Older people are happier
In the 20th century we added an unprecedented number of years to our lifespans, but is the quality of life as good? Surprisingly, yes! At TEDxWomen psychologist Laura Carstensen shows research that demonstrates that as people get older they become happier, more content, and have a more positive outlook on the world.
(Filmed at TEDxWomen.)