Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lectures on Deep Learning (Google Brain)

Quoc Le’s Lectures on Deep Learning | Gaurav Trivedi:

Dr. Quoc Le from the Google Brain project team (yes, the one that made headlines for creating a cat recognizer) presented a series of lectures at the Machine Learning Summer School (MLSS ’14) in Pittsburgh this week

  • Lecture 1: Neural Networks Review
  • Lecture 2: NNs in Practice
  • Lecture 3: Deep NN Architectures

IoT: Intel 1/2 billion dollars quarter

Intel made more than half a billion dollars from the “internet of things” last quarter - Quartz:

Intel just disclosed that it made $539 million from its Internet of Things group during the second quarter, up 12% on the preceding quarter, and up 24% from a year ago.

Android Ahead-Of-Time Compiler

Android to Include Ahead-Of-Time Compiler: @ InfoQ

"Android 'L' RunTime (ART) with an AOT compiler replaces the Dalvik virtual machine and its JIT compiler.
In the new Android runtime the OS compiles bytecode to native machine code on the device at installation and stores the native code for later execution. The native code representation is larger both in permanent storage and in RAM on the device. Unlike with Dalvik and traditional JIT compilers, on the other hand, the compilation process does not need to be repeated on every application execution.


Google is claiming up to 200% performance improvements overall for ART over Dalvik"

ThoughtWorks Radar July 2014

ThoughtWorks Radar July 2014: Trends in JavaScript, Microservices, Conway’s Law and Decentralization:

As it is the case with previous ThoughtWorks radars, the graphic contains four quadrant with four zones each:

  • Adopt – recommended for adoption, 
  • Trial – worth trying for projects with lower risks, 
  • Assess – recommended for evaluation, 
  • Hold – exercise caution.

Technology Radar July 2014 | ThoughtWorks

China: The great coal migration

The great coal migration:
"The country’s economic growth has long been fed by coal, but its eastern cities are choking on the smog. Now the government thinks it has a solution: Move the power plants inland."
70 new coal-fired plants

China Is Burning Almost as Much Coal as Rest of the World Combined |

Ultra-high-voltage electricity transmission in China - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Electric power transmission - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Coal Facts | WCA | World Coal Association

Coal Statistics

Coal provides around 30% of global primary energy needs, generates 41% of the world's electricity and is used in the production of 70% of the world's steel.

Total Global Coal Production
  • 7831Mt (2012e)
  • 7608Mt (2011)
  • 4677 (1990)

Top Ten Coal Producers (2012e)

PR China3549MtRussia359Mt
USA935MtSouth Africa259Mt

Microsoft -= 18000 jobs

Microsoft to slash 18,000 jobs in the next year:
"Nokia division expected to account for the bulk of the job cuts, which are the largest in the company’s history.

Microsoft is slashing 18,000 jobs over the next year, trimming its workforce by roughly 14%, a substantial move to cut jobs as the software giant faces great pressure in a world that lives by mobile devices rather than the PCs where the software giant has traditionally dominated."

Microsoft lays off 18,000, including half of Nokia, in largest-ever job cuts | PCWorld

Microsoft's Android experiment is over | PCWorld

Dell: "Big Ears" for customers

Michael Dell: How I Became an Entrepreneur Again |

"Have Big Ears 

The best customers for us are the ones that present us with a new problem,
because chances are, if one customer has that problem, 100 more have it, or 1,000, or 10,000.
So you start thinking about solution development rather than product development.

That can mean anything from a new feature or capability to a new way to finance purchases or a new way to link things together. Invariably, those solutions come not from guys sitting in a room by themselves saying, "Hmm; what would I want if I were a customer?" or, "What are our competitors doing?" They come from actual customers."


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Illustrated history of programming languages

James Iry’s history of programming languages (illustrated with pictures and large fonts) | The Quick Word: