Carrier Hotel in Denver

I was on a date with my husband at Union Lodge and on our walk around downtown we came upon this beautiful building. It’s a carrier hotel. A carrier hotel is “is a type of data centre where equipment, space, and bandwidth are available for rental to retail customers.”

Experts Predict When Artificial Intelligence Will Exceed Human Performance

“The experts predict that AI will outperform humans in the next 10 years in tasks such as translating languages (by 2024), writing high school essays (by 2026), and driving trucks (by 2027).

But many other tasks will take much longer for machines to master. AI won’t be better than humans at working in retail until 2031, able to write a bestselling book until 2049, or capable of working as a surgeon until 2053.

The experts are far from infallible. They predicted that AI would be better than humans at Go by about 2027. (This was in 2015, remember.) In fact, Google’s DeepMind subsidiary has already developed an artificial intelligence capable of beating the best humans. That took two years rather than 12. It’s easy to think that this gives the lie to these predictions.

The experts go on to predict a 50 percent chance that AI will be better than humans at more or less everything in about 45 years.”

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Facing exclusion with data

“What does Automattic – a technology company, MIT Center for Civic Media – a research powerhouse, and The Mash-Up Americans – my media firm, have in common? We’re all working together to have honest conversations, build empathy, and help make the world a more inclusive and compassionate place.”

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A Zen master explains why “positive thinking” is terrible advice.

“The philosophy of positive thinking means being untruthful; it means being dishonest. It means seeing a certain thing and yet denying what you have seen; it means deceiving yourself and others.”

“Positive thinking is the only bullshit philosophy that America has contributed to human thought – nothing else. Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, and the Christian priest, Vincent Peale – all these people have filled the whole American mind with this absolutely absurd idea of a positive philosophy.”

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Can a neural network learn to recognize doodling?

“Over 15 million players have contributed millions of drawings playing Quick, Draw!These doodles are a unique data set that can help developers train new neural networks, help researchers see patterns in how people around the world draw, and help artists create things we haven’t begun to think of. That’s why we’re open-sourcing them, for anyone to play with.”

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Lots of Remedies – a photo I love.

I discovered Ken Smith at the Estes Park outdoor fair this weekend. I fell in love with his Lots of Remedies piece and can’t wait to hang it on my wall. It’s a real photo of a shop in Fairplay, CO.

The women missing from the silver screen and the technology used to find them

Get this…

“Women are seen on-screen more than men only in one film genre: horror.”

“Female-led films do better at the box office, earning 16% more than male-led films.”

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