Meet Darth Pai, the Sith Lord who’s taken over the Federal Communication Commission. “I find your lack of faith in deregulation disturbing.” — Darth Pai A few weeks ago, in a galaxy not so far away, Tom Wheeler stepped down as the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. In his three years at the helm of the FCC, he proved to be a champion everyday people, and a thorn in the side of telecom monopolies.
Deep learning Deep learning (deep structured learning, hierarchical learning or deep machine learning) is a branch of machine learning based on a set of algorithms that attempt to model high-level abstractions in data by using multiple processing layers with complex structures, or otherwise composed of multiple non-linear transformations. Research in this area attempts to make better representations and create models to learn these representations from large-scale unlabeled data. Some of the representations are inspired by advances in neuroscience and are loosely based on interpretation of information processing and communication patterns in a nervous system, such as neural coding which attempts to define a relationship between various stimuli and associated neuronal responses in the brain. Alternatively, deep learning has been characterized as a buzzword, or a rebranding of neural networks. Introduction Definitions
MLB Team Valuations In calculating Major League Baseball team values, Bloomberg News examines revenue from tickets sales, concessions, sponsorships and broadcast rights, as well as interests in TV channels, radio stations and real estate. Data for franchise valuations is provided by sports bankers, media consultants, municipalities, financial statements and people familiar with team operations. Calculations for the 2012 season are made available to each team and MLB for review and comment. Four teams didn’t return calls or e-mails.
2013 Longlist Wow. Another bumper crop of entries into our dataviz awards. Big thanks and respect to everyone who entered. The quality and variety of work has been jaw-dropping. We’ve spent weeks pouring over the hundreds of entries from around the world. Sorting, processing, reviewing. Strange Fluctuations in the Magnetic Field Might Signal an Upcoming Pole Reversal The Earth is blanketed by a magnetic field. It’s what makes compasses point north, and protects our atmosphere from continual bombardment from space by charged particles such as protons. Without a magnetic field, our atmosphere would slowly be stripped away by harmful radiation, and life would almost certainly not exist as it does today. You might imagine the magnetic field is a timeless, constant aspect of life on Earth, and to some extent you would be right. But Earth’s magnetic field actually does change. Every so often – on the order of several hundred thousand years or so – the magnetic field has flipped.
Education, post-structuralism and the rise of the machines I was asked by the excellent Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach to speak to her PLP class about MOOCs, and, while we had what i thought was an excellent forty minute chat, there were tons of comments that i never had the chance to address. As i look over the questions they asked, I see that in answering their questions i have a chance to lay out many of the thoughts that I have had about MOOCs while they have been all the rage here on the internet in the last few weeks. I opened the discussion with a quick personal intro to my contribution to the MOOC discussion and then we moved to Q & A. The infographics of xkcd Most infographics on the web consist of generic graphics backed up with (lots of) poorly researched text. When done well these informational graphics use charts, diagrams and illustrations to make complex ideas easier to comprehend. At their best the results can be quite illuminating. Randall Munroe has produced more than a few great infographics for xkcd. His infographics can be broken down into three rough categories: Pure gag charts,Jokey graphics with a serious point, and…Well-researched highly informative graphics with some jokes sprinkled throughout.
A New Video Shows the Anthropocene Unfolding Over History Today about 360,000 new people, give or take a few thousand, will enter the world. Significantly fewer than that will shuffle off it, which is why we’re adding about 200,000 people a day. Global population has already passed 7 billion, and we’re well on our way to 9 billion or more by the middle of the century. Humans live—and for the most part thrive—in every corner and climate in the world. But population is just the most obvious way we’ve altered the planet. Legally Blind Woman Sees With VISOR-like Device Geordi La Forge would be proud. Yvonne Felix, a legally blind San Franciscan, can see, and quite well, too, with a device -- a battery-powered headset with liquid lens technology inside -- that resembles the VISOR that Geordi wore on Star Trek: The Next Generation. CNET, as part of their ongoing "Tech Enabled" series about the role techonology plays in helping the disability community, profiled Felix and delved, in tremendous detail, into how the eSight 3 has changed Felix's life. "The eSight 3 has a camera that works with high-resolution displays and optical prisms in the headset to restore sight to those with low vision," writes CNET senior editor Lexy Savvides.
Rhizomatic Learning - The community is the curriculum Doing this course I've put together a blog post to give you a sense of 'where' the course is happening and what you might like to do as part of it. READ THIS FIRST = Your unguided tour of Rhizo14 Why might this course be for you? Behind The Scenes of the Web Design Process [INFOGRAPHIC] (click image to enlarge) Share the INFOGRAPHIC On Your Site, Copy The Code Below: <a href=' target='_blank'><img src=' alt='Periodic Table of Web Design Process' width='540px' border='0' /><br /><strong>Periodic Table of Web Design Process – created by <a href=' target='_blank'>New Design Group</a></strong></a> Looking for a PDF version? Download it here.
14 World-Changing Data Visualizations, From the Last 4 Centuries - Wired Science This illustration from 1863 shows how storms and cyclones form where warm tropic air meets cold polar air. It was made by Robert FitzRoy, the grandfather of the modern weather service and captain of the HMS Beagle during Darwin's famous travels. British Library This visualization, specially commissioned this year for the exhibit, illustrates the genetic similarities between humans and five other animals (chimpanzee and dog are shown here). What Will Artificial Intelligence Look Like After Siri and Alexa? In the coming decades, artificial intelligence will replace a lot of human jobs, from driving trucks to analyzing X-rays. But it will also work with us, taking over mundane personal tasks and enhancing our cognitive capabilities. As AI continues to improve, digital assistants—often in the form of disembodied voices—will become our helpers and collaborators, managing our schedules, guiding us through decisions, and making us better at our jobs. We’ll have something akin to Samantha from the movie Her or Jarvis from Iron Man: AI “agents” that know our likes and dislikes, and that free us up to focus on what humans do best, or what we most enjoy.
20 Resources for Teaching Kids How to Program & Code Isn't it amazing to see a baby or a toddler handle a tablet or a smart phone? They know how technology works. Kids absorb information so fast, languages (spoken or coded) can be learned in a matter of months. Recently there has been a surge of articles and studies emerging about teaching kids to code.