Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sand Flea Jumping Robot - Yet Another Amazing and Funny Robot by Boston Dynamics



See videos with other robots of BD.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Computer Vision and Machine Learning from the Stanford AI course (2011) - UDACITY - Sebastian Thrun lectures on Self-Driving Cars and Search Engines


I recommend checking those out, not bad quick intro to Computer Vision and links to leading research and technology, also some directions about sensory data procesing, Machine Learning and Self-Driving Cars (referred as Robotics there). NLP part is decent intro either, but for more technical intro, see another course, cited in my recent post.

I suggest the Computer Vision and Robotics sections at: https://www.ai-class.com/home/  for quick amusing visual intro.

Sebastian Thrun is very funny, he was the leader of Stanford self-driving car team from the DARPA Grand Challenge and DARPA Urban Challenge, then the self-driving car at Google, which is pretty impressive.

Thrun has started other courses on a dedicated site, away from Stanford: http://www.udacity.com/, starting with Search Engines and Self-Driving cars.

- Building a Search Engine
Learn key concepts in computer science and build a search engine like google!
- Programming A Robotic Car



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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cool Historical Computer Channel on Youtube

Have some fun: :)

http://www.youtube.com/user/ckmogo











This Is "The Gamer's PC" (1995)


The Console Wars -- XMas 1990



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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Human-Level AGI Within ~10 Years and AGI in the Formal Academia

A comment on Ben Goertzel's post: Ray Kurzweil's (Sometimes) Wrong Predictions


Todor "Tosh" Arnaudov said... , 21/3/2011, 8:53 PM

"...ragtag groups of mavericks"... :D

My personal prediction from 2 years ago [in an interview, posted there] which I still hold is that there will be human-level AGI at one-level or another (even if it's childish or incomplete) by the end of the decade, and once a break-through is made, the rest would be easy.

In my opinion there's an apparent technological spike in the last few years, and plenty of computational resources which are under-utilized.

Another support is that there are a lot of foundations and experimental data which are accumulating in neuroscience, developmental psychology, cognitive science, neurolinguistics, etc. etc..

It is AGI-related, even if it's not formally declared as such yet, I myself find correlations and evidences matching with my theoretical speculative work, while I even can't fully concentrate on this research yet.
Neuroscience produces a big amount of experimental data and hypothesis, which have to be systematized.

IMHO soon AGI researchers and even tools will start to infer insights by automatic crunching of that data, and workable models might be shaped quickly.

I recently noticed also that a lot of multidisciplinary research centers in Universities in Europe and the USA are starting to emerge, devoted to computational neuroscience and multisensory integration by the brain, and developmental psychology, which is one-step closer to AGI going into serious established research.

The IMCLEVER project of EU, Juergen Schmidhuber, Marcus Hutter, Shane Legg's work, I'd mention also the directions of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), last autumn they had somewhat AGI-sh PhDs program starting in the field of robotics.

The AGI conferences, AGIRI's Summer schools, two AGI courses in Plovdiv University...

In general, I think there are evidences that AGI is getting closer to the established academia.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

News: Computer Vision, NLP etc. - On-line Courses from Berkeley, Stanford, MTU

A friend noticed me about those. The Stanford NLP course might be good for refreshment of knowledge or for a thorough introductory study, but it's too engaging and I personally don't like the copyright policy that's mentioned.

My personal suggestion is enrolling for the Computer Vision course from Berkeley: http://www.vision-class.org/#

If you're looking for an on-line NLP course, I suggest to check out the course of my fellow Bulgarian researcher Preslav Nakov, who had a degree from Berkeley, if you care for this. He taught the course in Sofia University a few years ago:

https://sites.google.com/a/lml.bas.bg/statnlp/

(Don't afraid from the headings of the site -  the content of the lectures is in English, and there are a lot of other references)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Рок учен: Гласувайте за моята инструментална пиеса "Ремонт на сърцето" в конкурса на "Денис и приятели"!


Песен на месец март:
http://www.denisandfriends.com/?go=competition



(Клипът "не е клип" и не е изпипван, просто е сглобено макс. бързо от кадри от друг клип (виж линк от там), колкото да има образ в ютюб)



Резултати: http://twenkid.blogspot.com/2012/04/blog-post.html