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  Dienstag, 8. Januar 2008

REBOL 3.0 Alpha Public Release.

I can't quite believe it.

Unicode support is right around the (hopefully not overly hydraesque) corner. earl has interesting bits & pointers regarding internal representation options &c."praschl, 8. Jänner 2008, 17:57"Erica Sadun wrote an iPhone app that recognizes music. Oh wait, looking a bit closer, it's actually an app that records some audio and sends it off to the server* that powers Sony Ericsson's TrackID music recognition service (which in turn is based on Gracenote's MusicID). No word about that on Erica's blog. Come on!

* http://wap.sonyericsson.com/recognize/queryRecommended network television:

Sebastian Thrun, Winning the DARPA Grand Challenge (2006) — A fantastic adventure story! In five weeks, the Stanford team about-matched the performance of the previous year's winner. Then the real work started ... hilarious training footage included.

Geoffrey Hinton, The Next Generation of Neural Networks — If you're only half as fascinated by (recent advances in) neural networks as I am (and know some of the jargon), go forth and watch it. Also: Greg Linden's comments.

"[[create Back-propagation]] worked for some things ... Yann LeCun can make it work for almost anything, but in the hands of other people, it has its limitations [...]"

"[...] so there was a temporary digression called kernel methods [...]"

"So I figured out how to make this algorithm go 100000 times faster. The way you do it is, instead of running for 100 steps, you only run for 1 step. [...] It took me 17 years to figure this out, and in that time, computers became a 1000 times faster."

In combination with a Mac mini & YouTube (which offers a better full-screen mode than several other video sites), a television set makes sense again.

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