I mentioned before that I went to The New School and when I was there I made a friend named Will.
Will was an institution. He was one of those guys that was so positive and good. It was honor to know him and an honor to call him friend.
Will unfortunately passed on due to complications to an injury. I spent the past day thinking about him and thinking about our conversations, and I really just miss the guy. I missed the dude after graduation, and I’m ashamed that I didn’t visit as much as I should have.
I wish I could talk to him again. Just a hey how are you doing, I want to hear him talk about his son again, or give me advice on girls, anything I don’t give a shit; I just want my friend back.
Us New Schoolers call ourselves a community. Even though we’re fractured, and we have different opinions, and come from different places we’re all proud that we were there. Will was the one man that made us a community. We loved him.
It sounds weird and strange, but its a comfort knowing that there are literally several thousand people that’s feeling the same loss as I am.
The clip is from a student radio interview with Will. I love this clip because this is Will, and it was exactly how he was.
I hope he could teach you and you can take something away from it.
Please keep Will’s son in your thoughts. He’s a young kid and it’s tough to lose someone so close to you so close to the holidays.
Knowledge automation tools could take on tasks equal to the output of up to 140 million full-time workers by 2025. Photo: EPFL/AFP
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The expert’s first impression is not a first impression at all. It is the latest in a series of millions.
Of 381 college admissions officers who answered a Kaplan telephone questionnaire this year, 31 percent said they had visited an applicant’s Facebook or other personal social media page to learn more about them — a five-percentage-point increase from last year. More crucially for those trying to get into college, 30 percent of the admissions officers said they had discovered information online that had negatively affected an applicant’s prospects. “Students’ social media and digital footprint can sometimes play a role in the admissions process,” says Christine Brown, the executive director of K-12 and college prep programs at Kaplan Test Prep. “It’s something that is becoming more ubiquitous and less looked down upon.
Simon DeDeo, a research fellow in applied mathematics and complex systems at the Santa Fe Institute, had a problem. He was collaborating on a new project analyzing 300 years’ worth of data from the archives of London’s Old Bailey, the central criminal court of England and Wales. Granted, there was clean data in the usual straightforward Excel spreadsheet format, including such variables as indictment, verdict, and sentence for each case. But there were also full court transcripts, containing some 10 million words recorded during just under 200,000 trials.
How the hell do you analyze that data?” DeDeo wondered. It wasn’t the size of the data set that was daunting; by big data standards, the size was quite manageable. It was the sheer complexity and lack of formal structure that posed a problem. This “big data” looked nothing like the kinds of traditional data sets the former physicist would have encountered earlier in his career, when the research paradigm involved forming a hypothesis, deciding precisely what one wished to measure, then building an apparatus to make that measurement as accurately as possible.
When you cut into the present the future leaks out.
William S. Burroughs
Background: Nature recently published a paper on a new technology for windows. In a nutshell: glass has been prepared that selectively absorbs visible and near-infrared light when an electrochemical voltage is applied. This opens the way to ‘smart’ windows that block heat on demand, with or without optical transparency.
Given that residential and commercial buildings account for about 40 percent of energy use and 30 percent of energy-related carbon emissions in the US, this is quite a breakthrough.
Read Composite for smarter windows (Note: Nature subscription required for this one)
Design challenge: Our goal was to create a graphic that simply and elegantly showed the three limiting optical states of a new smart coating: (a) full transparency, (b) selectively near-infrared (NIR) blocking, and (c) darkened against both visible and NIR light transmission (as labelled in the final graphic, above).
The cover design (also above) showed the three states in one window, but for the graphic we wanted to be more explanatory while still conveying the simplicity of the concept.
A key challenge was to show the layers within the glass, to visually explain how applying a charge to this setup affects the nanocrystals and therefore the optical transparency of the glass matrix. It was drawn in an orthographic projection, with the layered structure of the glass drawn as blowouts using the same projection. This allowed all of the elements to sit nicely within the same visual space.
I experimented by showing more structure around the windows (such as in a brick wall) and by showing more of an external ‘scene’, but found that simple floating windows with a stylized depiction of sky and natural light was all that was needed.
There are two ways to explain why Bigfoot can’t be found. There’s the conventional view—that Bigfoot doesn’t exist—and then there’s what we might call the Donald Rumsfeld view: that the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. In this view, we haven’t found Bigfoot because we haven’t looked hard enough. Specifically, we haven’t looked with drones.
IBM Research: What is cognitive computing?
Cognitive computing systems learn and interact naturally with people to extend what either man or machine could do on their own. They help human experts make better decisions by penetrating the complexity of Big Data.
Big Data growth is accelerating as more of the world’s activity is expressed digitally, increasing in volume, speed and uncertainty. Most data now comes in unstructured forms such as video, images, symbols and natural language. A new computing model is needed in order to process and make sense of it.
Cognitive computing systems are not based on programs that predetermine every answer or action needed to perform a function or set of tasks; rather, they are trained using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms to sense, predict, infer and, in some ways, think.
Cognitive computing systems get better over time as they build knowledge and learn a domain - its language and terminology, its processes and its preferred methods of interacting. Early cognitive systems are building domain expertise and more human-friendly interaction models in fields such as healthcare, banking, education and retail.
Smart Machines: IBM’s Watson and the Era of Cognitive Computing