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Comment author: morganism 22 May 2017 11:49:15PM 0 points [-]

"We have the equivalent of a dynamic neural network running our government. It’s ethics free and fed by biased alt-right ideology. And, like most opaque AI, it’s largely unaccountable and creates feedback loops and horrendous externalities. The only way to intervene would be to disrupt the training data itself, which seems unlikely, or hope that his strategy is simply ineffective.


"In a prior column, I discussed the notion that Trump behaves like a machine learning algorithm. Well, his path-independent theory of mind fits perfectly into that metaphor. I’d argue that Trump's path independence operates on multiple levels. It's evident at a meta-political level when he takes a stab at sweeping campaign promises that he never intends to fulfill. It's also visible at the micro level, even within a given sentence: In his very strange recent interview with The Economist, for example, he kept attempting to adjust his message to obtain approval from his interviewers. He keeps things vague, and then pokes his way into a given explanation, but leaves himself room to change direction in case he senses disapproval.


Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 May 2017 10:27:38AM 0 points [-]

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Comment author: morganism 22 May 2017 11:47:39PM 0 points [-]

Producing fertilizer from air, using a plasma from a jacobs ladder.


"In his experiments the GA reactor in particular appeared to be the most suited to producing nitrogen oxides. In this reactor, under atmospheric pressure, a plasma-front (a kind of mini lightning bolt) glides between two diverging metal surfaces, starting with a small opening (2 mm) to a width of 5 centimeters. This expansion causes the plasma to cool to room temperature. During the trajectory of the 'lightning', the nitrogen (N2) and oxygen (O2) molecules react in the immediate vicinity of the lightning front to nitrogen oxides (NO and NO2)."

"Patil optimized this reactor and at a volume of 6 liters per minute managed to achieve an energy consumption level of 2.8 MJ/mole, quite an improvement on the commercially developed methods that use approximately 0.5 MJ/mole. With the theoretical minimum of Patil's reactor, however, being that much lower (0.1 MJ/mole), in the long term this plasma technique could be an energy-efficient alternative to the current energy-devouring ammonia and nitrate production. An added benefit is that Patil's method requires no extra raw materials and production can be generated on a small scale using renewable energy, making his technique ideally suited for application in remote areas that have no access to power grids, such as parts of Africa, for instance."

Comment author: morganism 22 May 2017 11:44:34PM 0 points [-]

"New role in cells suggested for ATP Known as an energy carrier, molecule can also solubilize proteins"

"investigated the effects of ATP on the aggregation of several proteins. They found that ATP could prevent the aggregation of two proteins known to form amyloid clumps. For a third protein, ATP was further able to dissolve fibers of already aggregated protein. And ATP kept proteins in boiled egg white from aggregating.

“Most healthy cell functions require that proteins remain soluble at enormous intracellular concentrations, without aggregating into pathogenic deposits,” write Allyson M. Rice and Michael K. Rosen of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in a perspective accompanying the paper. “The cell may exploit a natural hydrotrope to keep itself in a functioning, dynamic state.”


Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 May 2017 10:27:27AM 0 points [-]

Nonfiction Books Thread

Comment author: morganism 22 May 2017 11:17:19PM 0 points [-]

The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy,

"the United States is shifting toward an economic and political makeup more similar to developing nations than the wealthy, economically stable nation it has long been."


he parallels are unsettling. As noted by the Institute for New Economic Thinking:

"In the Lewis model of a dual economy, much of the low-wage sector has little influence over public policy. Check. The high-income sector will keep wages down in the other sector to provide cheap labor for its businesses. Check. Social control is used to keep the low-wage sector from challenging the policies favored by the high-income sector. Mass incarceration – check. The primary goal of the richest members of the high-income sector is to lower taxes. Check. Social and economic mobility is low. Check."


Comment author: morganism 21 May 2017 07:51:44PM 0 points [-]

"In fact, my biggest regret is delaying learning it, because of the perceived difficulty. To start, all you need is really basic programming, very simple mathematics and knowledge of a few machine learning concepts. I will explain where to start with these requirements. In my opinion, the best way to start is from a high-level interactive approach. For that reason, I suggest starting with image recognition tasks in Keras, a popular neural network library in Python."

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 May 2017 10:27:38AM 0 points [-]

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Comment author: morganism 21 May 2017 07:49:21PM 0 points [-]

A $7,500 College Degree in 12 Months?


"you can earn college credits via testing! Of course, colleges prefer that you never learn of this option because it’s not in their best interest to have students graduating early. The most common credit by exam options are: CLEP and DSST. As for credit hours, CLEP exams offer from 3 to 12 hours of credit while DSST exams are worth 3 credit hours each. Both exams cost $80 per test and can be taken at testing centers around the world. There is usually a $20 fee to take the exam, so budget $100 per exam. This is a key point: CLEP and DSST exams are vital to any degree hack."

[Link] Learning Deep Learning the EASY way, with Keras

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Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 May 2017 10:27:22AM 0 points [-]

Fiction Books Thread

Comment author: morganism 20 May 2017 11:00:54PM 0 points [-]

short article

The Hell of Defensive Editing

"Defensive editing shatters creativity and concentration. It is more concerned with the subjective responses of individual readers than my original purpose in creating my story."


"First I make a copy of my text on my computer. Then I set my original version in bold lettering. I read through the bold text and select my favorite parts, the ones that ring with passion or resonate with truth.

After I am done, I delete all the bold lettering, and I am left only with the parts I love. The remaining text is usually a disorganized mess. It will need new transitions and probably some rewriting to make it cohesive again, but it is much more rewarding to work with even fragmented text I love than with integrated parts I dislike. "

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 May 2017 10:27:27AM 0 points [-]

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Comment author: morganism 20 May 2017 10:58:06PM 0 points [-]

daniel suarez's latest book is out, about genetic programming on adults, and the loss of trust. Not as good as his last few on AI.

Change Agent.

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 May 2017 10:27:38AM 0 points [-]

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Comment author: morganism 20 May 2017 10:41:41PM 0 points [-]

"“The problem is that many dietitians around the world are telling people to have wholegrain bread when most wholegrain bread is roughly comparable to eating a bag of glucose.”


Discriminating between carbohydrate-rich foods: A model based on nutrient density and glycaemic index


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