Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 01/31/2016

Legacy of Marvin Minsky Carries On in Artificial Intelligence | MIT Technology Review “Minsky was a uniquely brilliant, creative, and charismatic person, and his intellect and imagination shone through in his work. His ideas helped shape the computer revolution that has transformed modern life over the past few decades, and…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/16/2015

How pollsters are fighting for relevance in the age of big data “But Bricker cautions that voting-intention surveys and consumer research are so different that the transferability of conclusions from one to the other is low. Corporate clients rarely want information on the general population, unless it’s to figure out…

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What I’m Reading on 08/01/2015

They grow up fast: Apple quietly bulks up Swift and Xcode in year two | Ars Technica “From error handling to app thinning, Apple continues to nudge devs away from ObjC.” tags: bs apple swift xcode A Programming Language For Robot Swarms | MIT Technology Review “When it comes to…

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What I’m Reading on 05/03/2015

Pruning Clematis | Fine Gardening “When confronted with a tangle of spindly clematis vines to prune, many gardeners get no further than scratching their heads and wondering where to begin. The confusion is most likely caused by the specific pruning needs of the many species and varieties. Some clematis vines…

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What I’m Reading on 05/02/2015

Using machine learning on Call of Duty game to detect cheating behaviour – CIO “Speaking at the recent Predictive Analytics World conference in San Francisco, Activision’s director of analytic services, Josh Hemann, spoke about how different classification algorithms are helping the game creator effectively referee millions of game matches played…

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What I’m Reading on 01/01/2015

Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence from 2014 | MIT Technology Review “The holy grail of artificial intelligence—creating software that comes close to mimicking human intelligence—remains far off. But 2014 saw major strides in machine learning software that can gain abilities from experience. Companies in sectors from biotech to computing turned to…

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What I’m Reading on 12/16/2014

The fall of GPL and the rise of permissive open-source licenses | ZDNet “Instead, “The three primary permissive license choices (Apache/BSD/MIT) … collectively are employed by 42 percent. They represent, in fact, three of the five most popular licenses in use today.” These permissive licenses has been gaining ground at…

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W3C 20th Anniversary: Memories

Today the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is celebrating its 20th anniversary as an organization. Luminaries and participants in the open standards effort will be gathering in Santa Clara, CA, this afternoon for a Future of the Web Symposium and then a Gala Dinner. I’m in New York, unfortunately, but I’ll…

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What I’m Reading on 06/06/2014

Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python | edX “This course is the first of a two-course sequence: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python, and Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science. Together, they are designed to help people with no prior exposure to computer science or…

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Math software in the age of the iPad and other tablets

Will the next generation of tablets lead to new and better user interfaces for mathematical software? Will this encourage the use of tablets in education? Back in the 80s and 90s I was a member of the Mathematical Sciences Department in IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, NY. Under the leadership…

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