↳ TechCrunch

Microsoft Brainwave aims to accelerate deep learning with FPGAs

This afternoon Microsoft announced Brainwave, an FPGA-based system for ultra-low latency deep learning in the cloud. Early benchmarking indicates that when using Intel Stratix 10 FPGAs, Brainwave can sustain 39.5 Teraflops on a large gated recurrent unit without any batching. Microsoft has been pouring resources into FPGAs for a while now, deploying large clusters of the field-programmable… Read More

Microsoft Brainwave aims to accelerate deep learning with FPGAs

Published at 10:59 pm, August 22, 2017.

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The VRScout Report – HTC Vive Drops $200, Clash of Clans in AR, & VR Mind Control

Recapping the top stories covered on the VRScout Report, a weekly podcast discussing the best in VR, hosted by Malia Probst. Time to applaud for a sweet deal on the HTC Vive, Clash of Clans partners w/ Facebook to bring AR to fans, control VR with your mind, new predictions for spending & investment are out, the investment & […]

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Cyborg Bacteria Change the Game in Carbon Dioxide Reduction

Researchers at the University of California Berkeley may have introduced a new era in artificial photosynthesis by devising a way to cover bacteria with cadmium sulfide semiconductor nanocrystals to breakdown carbon dioxide (CO2) into acetic acid, a precursor to a host of other products.

In research that is being presented at the 254th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Kelsey K.

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↳ Road To VR

Hands-on: ‘The Talos Principle VR’

The wildly popular puzzler The Talos Principle (2014) from Croteam is soon to be making its way to VR in a separate version, playable on SteamVR-compatible headsets; i.e. HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Getting a chance to go head-first into Talos VR at this year’s Gamescom, I walked in asking myself if I actually wanted to spend the 20ish hours it takes to beat the game, in VR; and if given the choice between the two—the monitor and the VR version—that I would prefer to play in a headset instead of on a flatscreen. 

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↳ ScienceDaily.com

Getting hold of quantum dot biosensors

Quantum dots (QDs) have found so many applications in recent years, they can now be purchased with a variety of composite structures and configurations. Some are available suspended in a biologically friendly fluid, making them well poised to serve as biomarkers for single-molecule tagging and tracking. But suppose you wanted to trap and move one of these single nanoparticle tags the same way other biologists might grab tissue samples with a tweezer?

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↳ Neuroscience News

Artificial Intelligence Predicts Dementia Before Onset of Symptoms

Imagine if doctors could determine, many years in advance, who is likely to develop dementia. Such prognostic capabilities would give patients and their families time to plan and manage treatment and care. Thanks to artificial intelligence research conducted at McGill University, this kind of predictive power could soon be available to clinicians everywhere.

Scientists from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute’s Translational Neuroimaging Laboratory at McGill used artificial intelligence techniques and big data to develop an algorithm capable of recognizing the signatures of dementia two years before its onset, using a single amyloid PET scan of the brain of patients at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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↳ Abra.com

Little League World Series Goes Big With VR Baseball Experience

The Little League World Series is once again upon us, which means so are aluminum bats, abnormally-athletic preteens and violent groups of parents taking their children’s games entirely too seriously. However this week fans are getting an extra special treat on top of all the miniature baseball action in the form of a new immersive new VR baseball experience that lets users gauge their own skills in front of home plate.

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Heating quantum matter: A novel view on topology: Physicists demonstrate how heating up a quantum system can be used as a universal probe for exotic states of matter

In physical sciences, certain quantities appear as integer multiples of fundamental and indivisible elements. This quantization of physical quantities, which is at the heart of our description of Nature, made its way through the centuries, as evidenced by the antique concept of the atom. Importantly, the discovery of quantized quantities has often been associated with a revolution in our understanding and appreciation of Nature’s law, a striking example being the quantization of light in terms of photons, which led to our contemporary (quantum-mechanical) description of the microscopic world.

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NGOs Call for France to Require Labeling and Restriction of Consumer Products

According to a July 12, 2017, press release, a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGO) wrote to the French Prime Minister and several ministers to call for labeling and restriction of nanomaterials in consumer products.  The NGOs request that three measures be taken “as a matter of urgency”:

  1. Temporarily ban titanium dioxide particles present in E171 dye until the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) working group on nano and food publishes its results. 

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↳ Machine Learning Mastery

Encoder-Decoder Long Short-Term Memory Networks

Gentle introduction to the Encoder-Decoder LSTMs for sequence-to-sequence prediction with example Python code. The Encoder-Decoder LSTM is a recurrent neural network designed to address sequence-to-sequence problems, sometimes called seq2seq. Sequence-to-sequence prediction problems are challenging because the number of items in the input and output sequences can vary. For example, text translation and learning to execute […]

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↳ Outlaw Vern

(Recommended Movie) Detroit

You guys, it’s seeming more and more like Kathryn Bigelow, Academy Award winning director of THE HURT LOCKER, has permanently replaced Kathryn Bigelow, awesome director of POINT BREAK and BLUE STEEL. That’s okay, they’re both very good at what they do. DETROIT follows ZERO DARK THIRTY as another heavily researched, based-on-actual-events issue movie with writer Mark Boal (IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH).

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↳ VentureBeat

Microsoft unveils Brainwave, a system for running super-fast AI

Microsoft made a splash in the world of dedicated AI hardware today when it unveiled a new system for doing high-speed, low-latency serving of machine learning models. The company showed off a new system called Brainwave that will allow developers to deploy machine learning models onto programmable silicon and achieve high performance beyond what they’d be able to get from a CPU or GPU.

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↳ Neuroscience News

Computer Algorithm Automatically Recognizes Soccer Formations and Defensive Strategies

Researchers have developed a new algorithm that uses deep learning techniques to automatically detect and recognizes soccer formations.

Identifying dynamic player roles critical for understanding coordinated team behavior.

Though soccer players have assigned roles, it’s routine for players to swap positions during the course of a game, or even of a single play.

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↳ The New York Review Of Books

Eloise: The Feral Star

Eloise, the children’s literature star—she of the Plaza, Paris, and Moscow—was born of Kay Thompson, not otherwise an author. There’s currently an Eloise revival, in the form of a new museum show emphasizing illustrator Hillary Knight’s contributions, now at the New-York Historical Society until October.

Eloise: The Feral Star

Published at 6:02 pm, August 22, 2017.

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↳ Smexy Books

(Recommended Book) Haunted Blade by J.C. Daniels

Haunted, Hunted…Harassed.

Never let it be said that Kit Colbana had ever been given the easy road. Or even the semi-paved road. Only weeks after dealing with the mysterious—and murderous—being called Puck, she’s got another killer on her hands. Perhaps even two.

Some of the bodies turning up bring up haunting memories of a past she longs to forget, but as always, that past is chasing her at her heels, like a hated shadow.

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↳ Chatbots Life

Top Chatbot Apps: Winning Strategies and Lessons to Learn

Remember your last chat with a customer support representative? Here’s a tricky question: are you 100% sure you were talking to a human? With the recent advances in artificial intelligence and the growing adoption of chatbots, you might never really know.

Living in the age of bots

As Gartner predicted a couple of years ago, by 2017 nearly 1/3 of all customer service interactions will require a human intermediary.

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↳ Chatbots Life

The Hubert Beta is Out!

Try The Worlds’ First Course Evaluation Chatbot

Finally, after months of hard work, testing and planning we’ve released the Hubert beta (free of charge ofc.). This is our first trembling step toward our long term goals of understanding how effective teaching happens and to share these insights with teachers around the world.

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↳ NVIDIA's Blog

NVIDIA Launches Startup Competition in Israel with AI Supercomputer as Prize

As part of our first GPU Technology Conference in Israel, we’ve launched a competition to find the best young companies in AI in a country known as “startup nation.” Ten finalists will compete in the Inception Awards Israel event at GTC, taking place in Tel Aviv on Oct. 18.

The prize: an NVIDIA DGX Station, a personal AI supercomputer worth $69,000.

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