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Sep 16, 2016

Reinforcement Learning for Torch: Introducing torch-twrl

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

Advances in machine learning have been driven by innovations and ideas from many fields. Inspired by the way that humans learn, Reinforcement Learning (RL) is concerned with algorithms which improve with trial-and-error feedback to optimize future performance.

Board games and video games often have well-defined reward functions which allow for straightforward optimization with RL algorithms. Algorithmic advances have allowed for RL to be in real-world problems, such as high degree-of-freedom robotic manipulation and large-scale recommendation tasks, with more complex goals.

Twitter Cortex invests in novel state-of-the-art machine learning methods to improve the quality of our products. We are exploring RL as a learning paradigm, and to that end, Twitter Cortex built a framework for RL development. Today, Twitter is open sourcing torch-twrl to the world.

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Sep 16, 2016

New EU rules decree free, public 100Mbps Wi-Fi in every town in Europe

Posted by in category: internet

In the same address that claims the EU is in an “existential crisis,” its executive body president laid out plans to boot public internet access forward in a big way.

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Sep 16, 2016

GlobalFoundries announces new 7nm FinFET process, full node shrink

Posted by in category: computing

GlobalFoundries is planning an aggressive rollout schedule for next-generation technologies like 7nm manufacturing and FD-SOI.

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Sep 16, 2016

Fish lose their unique personality when they go to ‘school’

Posted by in category: futurism

Despite individual animals having their own personality, this gets suppressed when they make decisions together in a group, new research has found.

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Sep 16, 2016

What Happens if SpaceX Beats NASA to Mars?

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

If the Elon Musk-led company beats the $20 billion federal agency to the red planet, here’s what the consequences would be.

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Sep 16, 2016

Living Eye Implant Uses Lab-Grown Cells to Restore Sight

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Our eyes are one of our most complex body parts, made up of numerous delicate cell structures that work together seamlessly to allow us to see. Conditions like far-sightedness, glaucoma, and cataracts are widespread, and it’s no wonder given the fragile nature of the eye’s many components.

In the worst-case scenario, optical cells malfunction to the point of blindness. But a group of scientists at the University of Melbourne in Australia recently took a critical step towards alleviating and even curing a common vision problem. Added to groundbreaking work in other areas, blindness could become an affliction of the past.

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Sep 16, 2016

Boston Dynamics brings Spot robot to Disrupt SF

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Spot comes on stage at Disrupt SF.

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Sep 16, 2016

Artificial intelligence is helping blind people see

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Microsoft’s new AI glasses are helping blind people see. A great example of AI+human collaboration tech for the betterment of humanity.

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Sep 16, 2016

Researchers are figuring out how to make virtual assistants understand your feelings

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

One research lab is working on the next iteration of virtual assistants, those that can recognize and react to emotional cues.

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Sep 16, 2016

Unbreakable Encryption: Work Has Begun on the World’s First Quantum Enigma Machine

Posted by in categories: encryption, quantum physics

The University of Rochester’s new quantum enigma machine is taking data encryption to a whole new level. This means shorter encryption keys and more difficult message interception.

Need a way to prevent the enemy from intercepting and deciphering your message?

American mathematician Claude Shannon, AKA the “father of information theory” had a way to do it. He came up with a binary system that could transmit messages under three conditions: the key is random, used only once, and is at least as long as the message itself. A long key, though, sounds like a pain.

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