Posts Tagged ‘x57s’

The future of DNA sequencing

November 14, 2017

The Future of DNA Seq.
http://www.Nature.com/news/the-future-of-dna-sequencing-1.22787 Apps v Tech. QT: “Platforms for…#sequencing have changed dramatically…Yet the trajectories of other technologies…Internet, digital
photography…suggest…real disrupters will be the resulting applications, not the new tech”

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Killer applications –
Over the years, the platforms for DNA sequencing have changed dramatically (see ”). Yet the trajectories of other technologies for which there is a seemingly insatiable demand — smartphones, the Internet, digital photography — suggest that the real disrupters will be the resulting applications, not the new technologies.

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New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning | Quanta Magazine

November 12, 2017

New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of #DeepLearning
https://www.QuantaMagazine.org/new-theory-cracks-open-the-black-box-of-deep-learning-20170921/ Highlights the importance of a compression phase for generalization

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“Then learning switches to the compression phase. The network starts to shed information about the input data, keeping track of only the strongest features — those correlations that are most relevant to the output label. This happens because, in each iteration of stochastic gradient descent, more or less accidental correlations in the training data tell the network to do different things, dialing the strengths of its neural connections up and down in a random walk. This
randomization is effectively the same as compressing the system’s representation of the input data. As an example”
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A “right to repair” movement tools up – If it’s broken, you can’t fix it

November 9, 2017

A “right to repair” movement tools up – If it’s broken, you can’t fix
it https://www.Economist.com/news/business/21729744-tractors-smartphones-mending-things-getting-ever-harder-right-repair-movement Is ownership actually another form of leasing?

The Downside of Baseball’s Data Revolution—Long Games, Less Action – WSJ

October 30, 2017

The Downside of #Baseball’s Data Revolution – Long Games, Less Action
https://www.WSJ.com/articles/the-downside-of-baseballs-data-revolutionlong-games-less-action-1507043924 It’s now a game for stat analysis, not thrills

The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea

September 30, 2017

On the brink https://www.NewYorker.com/magazine/2017/09/18/the-risk-of-nuclear-war-with-north-korea/amp Pro-basketball player Rodman may be the best communication conduit betw. the US & N Korean dictator Kim

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a measure of how impoverished America’s contact with North Korea has become that one of the best-known conduits is Dennis Rodman, a.k.a. the Worm, the bad boy of the nineties-era Chicago Bulls. Rodman’s agent, Chris Volo, a hulking former mixed-martial-arts fighter, told me recently, “I’ve been there four times in four years. I’m in the Korean Sea, and I’m saying to myself, ‘No one would believe that I’m alone right now, riding Sea-Doos with Kim Jong Un.’ ” Rodman’s strange bond with Kim began in 2013, when Vice Media, aware of Kim’s love of the Bulls, offered to fly American basketball players to North Korea. Vice tried to contact Michael Jordan but got nowhere. Rodman, who was working the night-club autograph circuit, was happy to go. He joined three members of the Harlem Globetrotters for a game in Pyongyang. Kim made a surprise appearance, invited Rodman to dinner, and asked him to return to North Korea for a week at his private beach resort in Wonsan, which Rodman later described as “Hawaii or Ibiza, but he’s the only one that lives there.”
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Investigating the case of human nose shape and climate adaptation

September 25, 2017

The case of human nose shape & climate adaptation
http://journals.PLoS.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1006616 Comparing its Qst-Fst statistic w/ that for height & skin color

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“To address the question of whether local adaptation to climate is responsible for nose shape divergence across populations, we use Qst–Fst comparisons to show that nares width and alar base width are more differentiated across populations than expected under genetic drift alone. To test whether this differentiation is due to climate adaptation, we compared the spatial distribution of these variables with the global distribution of temperature, absolute humidity, and relative humidity. We find that width of the nares is correlated with temperature and absolute humidity, but not with relative humidity. We conclude that some aspects of nose shape may indeed have been driven by local adaptation to climate. However, we think that this is a simplified explanation of a very complex evolutionary history, which possibly also involved other non-neutral forces such as sexual selection.”
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Breaking Into The Brain | Chemical & Engineering News

September 22, 2017

Breaking Into the #Brain
http://CEN.ACS.org/articles/92/i2/Breaking-Brain.html Contrasts potential for drug discovery in neuro-diseases v #cancer (which is “easier”)

interesting brain v cancer contrast

Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains – The New York Times

September 22, 2017

Computers Are Taking Design Cues From…Brains
https://www.NYTimes.com/2017/09/16/technology/chips-off-the-old-block-computers-are-taking-design-cues-from-human-brains.html Bio-inspired computing, or the connection machine redux HT @EricTopol

The End of Typing: The Next Billion Mobile Users Will Rely on Video and Voice

September 21, 2017

Next 1B Mobile Users Will Rely on Video & Voice
https://www.WSJ.com/articles/the-end-of-typing-the-internets-next-billion-users-will-use-video-and-voice-1502116070 Will drive computing in new directions from text HT @ElementoLab

Yasmina Alaoui – Sediments Show

September 17, 2017

http://www.operagallery.com/yasmina-alaoui
http://www.operagallery.com/event/index/index/eventId/410/