Friday, January 23, 2015

Google AI += DeepMind

The Deep Mind of Demis Hassabis — Backchannel — Medium
"From the day in 2011 that Demis Hassabis co-founded DeepMind—with funding by the likes of Elon Musk—the UK-based artificial intelligence startup became the most coveted target of major tech companies. In June 2014, Hassabis and his co-founders, Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman, agreed to Google’s purchase offer of $400 million."

Google DeepMind

DeepMind Technologies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Deepmind artificial intelligence @ FDOT14 - YouTube

Demis Hassabis on Computational Neuroscience - YouTube

Demis Hassabis of DeepMind, Google Shows AI Computer Playing Atari Games | Betabeat
(Screengrab: Google's Atari Breakout).
"Google’s artificial intelligence firm, DeepMind Technologies, has been making headlines with a computer that can program itself, a quest for “AI scientists” and software that can learn to play classic Atari games better than a human expert."

MIT Media Lab Faculty Search


The Media Lab is a cross-disciplinary research organization focusing on the invention of new media technologies that radically improve the ways people live, learn, work, and play.

We are seeking a new kind of early career faculty member, not defined by discipline, rather by his or her unique and iconoclastic experience, style, and points of view. You can be a designer, inventor, scientist, or scholar – any combination – as long as you make things that matter. Impact is key.

This means somebody with at least these three sets of characteristics:
1) Being deeply versed in a minimum of two fields, preferably not ones normally juxtaposed;
2) Being an orthogonal and counter-intuitive thinker, even a misfit within normal structures;
3) Having a fearless personality, boundless optimism, and desire to change the world."

gadget: Mouse PC

Your entire PC in a mouse

A Polish software and hardware developer has taken the idea of a compact PC to a new, and rather small, level, by creating a prototype computer which is entirely housed within a mouse

Windows 10 new "Project Spartan" web browser

Project Spartan and the Windows 10 January Preview Build - IEBlog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
"Windows 10 will ship with a brand new browser, codenamed “Project Spartan.” Designed for Windows 10, Spartan provides a more interoperable, reliable, and discoverable experience with advanced features including the ability to annotate on web pages, a distraction-free reading experience, and integration of Cortana for finding and doing things online faster."

The next generation of Windows: Windows 10

DirectX 11 vs. DirectX 12 oversimplified with Brad Wardell

Windows Insider Program

Oracle Database Appliance for "Big SQL"

Oracle Goes After Cisco UCS, with the 'Whole Megillah'

"Ellison also announced the new Oracle Database Appliance X5-2, which is powered by two 18-core Intel Xeon E5-2699v3 chips. The servers come with 256 GB of main memory per server expandable up to 768 GB. In terms of storage capacity, the Oracle Database Appliance X5-2 can include up to 16 x 3.5-inch 4 TB drives, which enables up to 64 TB of raw storage capacity.


Ellison also announced Oracle's Big SQL technology, which enables users to take data out of the Oracle Database and combine it with data from Hadoop and a NoSQL database."

A database would run nicely on such hardware :)

Google: + 20% Time

Marissa Mayer Reveals A 'Dirty Little Secret' About Google's 20% Time | Nicholas Carlson | LinkedIn: "...dirty little secret of Google’s 20% time. It’s really 120% time."

She said that 20% time projects aren't projects you can do
instead of doing your regular job for a whole day every week. 

It's "stuff that you’ve got to do beyond your regular job.""