A new approach to integrating sensory input and responsive action– an intriguing paper: “Learning Sensorimotor Control with Neuromorphic Sensors: Toward Hyperdimensional Active Perception” by Anton Mitrokhin and Peter Sutor (abstract link)
Cogitai’s learning agent lives in the cloud, but it’s not called Skynet.
In case you missed this epic solo, Alex Honnold has free soloed another difficult, bold route, this time at Fair Head, Northern Ireland:
The Complete Scream, rated E8 6b (5.12+ R/X)
MOTHER OF ALL EPIC SOLO UPDATES:
Honnold Completes First Solo of El Cap
I swear I will never whine on lead again.
Victor Korchnoi: Uncompromising chess fighter
Today the chess world mourns the passing of Victor Korchnoi, a prolific and tremendous chess fighter.
Despite his skill and uncompromising approach to chess, he did not succeed in his ultimate quest to become World Champion– indeed, he is regarded as being the strongest grandmaster never to have become a World Champion (although Paul Keres and David Bronstein may have a claim to that as well).
One of my all-time favorite chess books is Korchnoi’s Chess is My Life.
Continual Learning AI startup Cogitai teams up with Sony
Cogitai, Inc. is dedicated to building artificial intelligences (AIs) that learn continually from interactive experience with the real world.
Sony joins forces with Cogitai
A complete discussion of continual learning can be found in Mark Ring’s dissertation, Continual Learning in Reinforcement Environments.
I guess it is time to sign up for a machine learning course. This one by Littman (Cogitai) Isbell (Cogitai) and Kolhe looks good.
In case Cogitai and other AI agent builders are becoming _too_ successful, the human race are investigating the possibility of an AI agent “kill switch”.
Interestingly, while the Conclusion states:
… We have shown that some algorithms like Q-learning are
already safely interruptible, and some others like Sarsa are
not, off-the-shelf, but can easily be modified to have this
property. We have also shown that even an ideal agents
that tends to the optimal behaviour in any (deterministic)
computable environment can be made safely interruptible.
However, we may not be safe from Skynet Apocalypse, as the Conclusion also suggests:
… However, it is unclear if all algorithms can be easily made
safely interruptible …
There is a different way to live, and you shouldn’t feel that you’re forced to do anything but what your one life should be. And the one life should be following your passion and doing that unique thing that only you are perfect for.
Celebrating the life of Dean Potter
Started out as a simple bourbon tasting under the direction of a local master mixologist
…and soon expanded to rye.
The Taylor small batch was noteworthy, but as I like to say, further research is required to come to any sort of definite conclusion.
AWS Java API console app noob
The Hello World of AWS API programming, FTW!
Bike Theft in Portland
Portland is a great city for bicyclists and as such, it has a very large bicycle community and well developed bike culture. Unfortunately, it also suffers from some well organized gangs of bike thieves.
Check out security camera video showing thief approaching a locked bike, deploying bolt cutter from a backpack, then cutting the lock and making a getaway.
Register your bike and serial number and do not buy a used bike without checking its serial number against Bike Index!
More, Faster, please…
“…some IT executives are focusing talent management inward and investing in their current employees …”