Neopaganism, transhumanism and the Wedge

Des gens a rencontrer


Daniel Pinchbeck

Erik Davis

Richard Doyle

George Dvorsky

Hakim Bey

Stewart Brand

Bruce Benderson

Justin Hartfield

Aubrey de Grey

William Faloon





Des bouts de terrain


Indexer le savoir: The Long Now Foundation, Sausalito

Rosecroix: Rosicrucian Park, San Jose

New entrepreneurs: Ghost Group/Emerald Capital, Orange County and Boulder, Reality Sandwich /Evolver, New York.

Data centers: Marenostrum in Barcelona and Google Barges, San Francisco

Transhumanisme: Mormon Transhumanist Association

Science/Apoptose: SENS Research Foundation, Mountain View

Deep learning: Google and Facebook (Cortana), Palo Alto, Los Altos

Alliance Psychedelics et Science: MAPS courses online





Virtual Assistant

« Cortana learns about its users—for example, by asking for information such as a favorite sports team, or by deducing the whereabouts of your workplace from your phone’s location data. And Heck’s effort to use data flowing through Cortana to continually improve it will likely be crucial to its future.

Siri, Google Now, and Cortana all return a list of suggestions when asked, “Find me cheap Japanese restaurants nearby.” But only Cortana responds when then asked, “How long will it take me to get to [restaurant name]?” or “Which ones are open now?” »

Source, By Tom Simonite on April 24, 2014.


Category:Learned societies

Liste de sociétés savantes:


… à compléter.

Facebook Launches Advanced AI Effort to Find Meaning in Your Posts

« A technique called deep learning could help Facebook understand its users and their data better. A new research group within the company is working on an emerging and powerful approach to artificial intelligence known as deep learning, which uses simulated networks of brain cells to process data. Applying this method to data shared on Facebook could allow for novel features and perhaps boost the company’s ad targeting. »

Source, Tom Simonite on September 20, 2013
Article « Why There’s No Such Thing As A Private Facebook Chat » by Lauren WIlliams, May 8, 2014.

De l’internet et de la lessive

« The cost of delivering content over the Internet may determine which Internet products and services succeed in coming years.

Some venture capitalists at the cutting edge of Internet innovation say they will shun startups requiring fast connections for video, audio, or other services, mindful that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission may let ISPs charge extra fees to major content providers. (…) Netflix recently agreed to pay big ISPs like Comcast interconnection fees to ensure a high quality of service, but Netflix CEO Reed Hastings then wrote in a blog post that the United States needs a strict form of net neutrality, with no such tolls, because users who are already paying high prices for fast service should be able to get what content they want. »



Colloque sur l’intelligence artificielle à Québec

« July 27–31, 2014, Québec City, Québec, Canada

Collocated with CogSci 2014

The Twenty-Eighth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-14) will be held July 27–31, 2014 in Québec City, Québec, Canada. The purpose of this conference is to promote research in artificial intelligence (AI) and scientific exchange among AI researchers, practitioners, scientists, and engineers in affiliated disciplines. AAAI-14 will have a diverse technical track, student abstracts, poster sessions, invited speakers, tutorials, workshops, and exhibit/competition programs, all selected according to the highest reviewing standards. AAAI-14 welcomes submissions on mainstream AI topics as well as novel crosscutting work in related areas. »

Call for student volonteers
Lien vers le site de LISA, Laboratoire affilié à l’Université de Montréal
Lien vers le cours IFT6266 Algorithmes d’apprentissage, donné par Yoshua Bengio

Python Tutorial


Snap the world

Dans la lignée de Shazam & co, je me doutais que le sujet était à l’étude mais je ne savais pas que c’était déjà si développé! Est-ce que ça marche vraiment? A quand les applications qui reconnaitront les visages des gens ?

Le principe est simple: tu prends une photo avec ton smartphone et l’application te dit de quelle plante il s’agit. Dans la vidéo ci-dessous ça ne marche qu’avec les arbres mais il y a des applications payantes plus complètes. Je ne peux pas essayer, mon iphone est trop vieux! Quelqu’un a-t-il testé?

Des oreilles et des souris

Il y a quinze ans, Michio Kaku écrivait:

« On a également fait pousser des organes humains comme l’oreille a l’intérieur d’animaux. Les chercheurs du MIT et de l’Université du Massachussets ont récemment été en mesure de surmonter le probleme de rejet et de faire pousser (sans douleur) une oreille humaine a l’intérieur d’une souris. (…) A terme les scientifiques devraient etre capables de produire cette oreille sans l’aide de la souris. » Kaku, 1999, 298.

La preuve en image (sans douleur):