I am spending this weekend with Yann LeCun (virtually, of course) studying the excellent video Lectures and slides at the College de France. A set of 8 lectures by Yann LeCun (BTW pronounced as LuCaan) and 6 guest lectures. The translator does an excellent job – especially as it involves technical terms and concepts !
(I will post a few essential slides for each video …)
Inaugural Reading – Deep Learning: a Revolution in Artificial Intelligence
My favorite slide – of course !!! And the DGX-1 !!
Missing Pieces of AI – interesting …
The reasoning, attention,episodic memory and a rational behavior based on a value system are my focus for autonomous vehicles (cars & drones!)
Convnets are everywhere !
Probably the most important slides of the entire talk – the future of AI.
Parse it couple of times, it is loaded with things that we should pay attention to …
Can AI beat hardwired bad behaviors ?
I agree here, here, here and here – we don’t want AI to imitate us, but take us to higher levels !
Stay tuned for rest of the video summaries …..
In the eve of the probable final NBA game of the season, and with the Green suspension, it is interesting to note the skill that the team has. Interestingly the agility, domain IQ and the team spirit are equally applicable in business as well !
I came across 4 insightful blogs that tell the story of a talented, multi-faceted team that can snatch victory from seemingly impossible situations … I had written about the GoldenStateWarriors last year, it time now to write again !!!
[Update after Game 7 – at the end of the blog]
- There is a jagged, robotic quality to that brand of defense… there is a liquid quality to their defense.
- They are like one of those college marching bands whose members combine to form massive images that move so convincingly, you almost forget for a second that the giant video game character on the football field is actually composed of hundreds of people
That is not some random accident of team construction. The Warriors sought smart players who felt the game instinctually, and had a history of playing hard for their teammates … they deserve credit for chasing high-IQ guys who play for the right reasons
- I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a team communicate and shift around the floor so seamlessly. The Warriors swap assignments on the fly without even a millisecond of finger-pointing confusion that might open scoring windows – An agile team, at it’s best !
- They quite literally move together, as one entity. On most teams, one guy rotates, everyone pauses to observe the new geometry of the floor, and then one guy realizes, holy crap, it’s my job to move now!
- In hindsight, Cleveland’s late-game struggles mimicked Oklahoma City’s in Game 6 of the West finals to the point of eeriness. … Both times, the Warriors dug out of fourth-quarter holes, on the road, by stopping superstar scorers in their tracks.
- LeBron James is still one of the league’s very best players
- Last year, the Warriors unveiled a unique strategy to defeat James. They correctly identified James’ court vision as his most dominant skill and elected to shut that off while living with the consequences.
@MattMooreCBS writes “NBA Finals: This one Warriors play likely ended the Cavaliers’ season”
- In an NBA game, there’s not always a defining moment. Sometimes it’s just all the possessions together making a mosaic for whatever team winds up with more points. Sometimes, though, there are plays, often subtle ones, that offer a window into so much more — microcosms, really, of a much bigger story, one that under the right circumstances can wind up shifting championship fortunes, and thus, legacies. …
One team was faster, smarter, hungrier, sharper, and in the end, they hit the shot. The other team was hesitant, out of position, and too late to do anything about it
What shall it be, we will see tomorrow ….!
I am a big fan of LeBron James, but I love them Warriors more … ;o)
[Update 6/19/16 10:00 PM]
Two more good articles – both good read and insightful observations … :
- Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports writes “Mission accomplished: LeBron transforms Cleveland into a winner“
- @rodger_sherman SB Nation “Never doubt LeBron James again“
P.S : Copy of my blog in Linkedin
As usual, was fortunate enough to be a Robot Design Judge at the FLL Robotics World Festival this year. I have been judging FLL Robotics for more than a decade and plan to do so in the future. Also been building 5000+piece Lego sets !
Here is a summary from ~ 150 pictures, visiting and talking with teams from all around the world – Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa, Far East and Of course the Americas.
If you are involved with an FLL team next year (anywhere in the world) and need my help, ping me – would be happy to share insights. Have some thoughts for potential teams at the end of this blog.
The FLL events were at the Edward Jones Stadium and the America’s Center
I came across an interesting talk by Google’s Peter Norvig at NASA.
Of course, you should listen to the talk – let me blog about a couple of points that are of interest to me:
Algorithms that get better with Data
Peter had two good points:
- Algorithms behave differently as they churn thru more data. For example in the figure, the Blue algorithm was better with a million training dataset. If one had stopped at that scale, one would be tempted to optimize that algorithm for better performance
- But as the scale increased, the purple algorithm started showing promise – in fact the blue one starts deteriorating at larger scale. The old adage “don’t do premature optimization” is true here as well.
- In general, Google prefers algorithms that get better with data. Not all algorithms are like that, but Google likes to go after the ones with this type of performance characteristic.
There is no serendipity in Google Search or Google Translate
- There is no serendipity in search – it is just rehashing. It is good for finding things, but not at all useful for understanding, interpolation & ultimately inference. I think Intelligent Search is an oxymoron ;o)
- Same with Google Translate. Google Translate takes all it’s cue from the web – it wouldn’t help us communicate with either the non-human inhabitants of this planet or any life form from other planets/milky ways.
- In that sense, I am a little disappointed with Google’s Translation Engines. OTOH, I have only a minuscule view of the work at Google.
The future of human-machine & Augmented Cognition
And, don’t belong to the B-Ark !