Odd sci-fi novel emerging in Reddit comments

An anonymous author seems to be inventing a whole new way to publish a novel: not in book form, or even ebook form, but in the comments section of random posts at Reddit.

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How are all those screens changing kids' behavior?

In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, businessman and author Tony Schwartz offered an honest yet troubling account of what he calls his “addiction” to technology.

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Watch The Creative Team Behind 'Steve Jobs' Discuss Steve Jobs

Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in "Steve Jobs"

Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in “Steve Jobs”

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Since his passing in 2011, little-known consumer electronics designer Steve Jobs has received his fair share of tributes. The latest is Steve Jobs, a film about the Apple founder and CEO. Released earlier this month, it stars Michael Fassbender as the titular wunderkind, Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Kate Winslet as original Macintosh team member Joanna Hoffman, and Jeff Daniels as early Apple CEO John Sculley. In a roundtable moderated by film critic Elvis Mitchell, those actors, together with director Danny Boyle and writer Aaron Sorkin, discuss the impact of Steve Jobs.

Watch the roundtable below:

Video of Steve Jobs – Cast & Filmmaker Rountable Discussion (HD)

What’s fascinating about the roundtable isn’t so much the reverence for Jobs, but they way these artists and writers see in Jobs’ talent something of themselves. They describe him in painterly terms; it’s no accident that when looking for a similar visionary, Leonardo da Vinci’s name comes up, as do Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell. It’s a fascinating moment, not just because of the person of Jobs, but because these people are aware of the myth-making process as they proceed to make a myth themselves.

Update: An earlier version of this post claimed that actor playing John Sculley was John Hurt, when it is instead Jeff Daniels.

The original article can be found here: http://www.popsci.com/watch-creative-team-behind-steve-jobs-discuss-steve-jobs

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Even When Wrong The Computer Is Learning

Mislabeled Scene From Jurassic ParkMislabeled Scene From Jurassic Park

Mislabeled Scene From Jurassic Park

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Computers lack common sense. This isn’t a fault of theirs: The world of context and relations that humans learn from birth isn’t something innately grasped by computers, so when given simple cognitive tasks, they sometimes answer like toddlers eager to try out new words. Watch below, as a computer neural network attempts to label video of a BigDog robot walking down a hall.

Those captions are part of a neural network created by AI researcher Samim using NeuralTalk. This summer, Google famously revealed the products of its neural network’s dreams, strange images cobbled together from a computer’s understanding of what an object looked like. Samim’s project doesn’t draw new pictures, it just gets the computer to put into words what it thinks it sees.

And sometimes, that’s laughably, laughably wrong.

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Yoda Stands In A Swamp

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But it’s wrong in a way that derives from learning. A child who had never seen a giraffe but was told they have long, sideways ears might reasonably guess that Yoda is one, which the machine totally did. Samim explains his project and how to replicate it at Medium, and you can watch the full video of machine description bloopers below

Watch the video below:

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