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DIY Gravitational Waves with 'BlackHoles@Home'

American Physical Society phys.org
The public will be invited to lend their own computers to help the scientific community unlock the secrets contained in gravitational waves observed when black holes smash together.

New AI Strategy Mimics How Brains Learn to Smell

Jordana Cepelewicz Quanta
Machine learning techniques are commonly based on how the visual system processes information. To beat their limitations, scientists are drawing inspiration from the sense of smell.

AI Mimics Brain Codes for Navigation

Francesco Savelli & James J. Knierim Nature
An artificial-intelligence technique called deep learning has now been used to model spatial navigation. The system develops a representation of space similar to that of the grid cells found in the mammalian brain.

Friday Nite Videos | Jan 19, 2018

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Composite of the five videos So Stupid It's Not Funny: Trump's Crackdown on Legal Immigration. Johnny Cash Sings "Man In Black" for the First Time. The Case for Potential Trump Money Laundering. How Machines Learn. Not A President, Not Yet A Dictator.

How Machines Learn

 
How do all the algorithms around us learn to do their jobs?

Windows, Meltdown and Spectre: Keep Calm and Carry on

Woody Leonhard Computerworld
There’s no need to panic over the lavishly publicized Meltdown and Spectre security holes. Behind the bellicose roars of certain doom, a handful of important facts stand out.
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