Thursday, March 31, 2016

Neuromorphic computing: Moving beyond the von Neumann architecture

For decades, computer scientists have striven to build machines as complex and efficient as the human brain. China's Tianhe-2, the world's most powerful supercomputer (consisting of 200 refrigerator-sized units in an area the size of a basketball court), may compute four times faster and hold 10 times more data than the human brain, but it also sucks up enough electricity to power 10,000 homes. On the other hand, the human brain consumes less juice than a dim light bulb and fits nicely within our skull. So what if we could build computers that were more like brains? Turns out we're almost there.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

7 essential new GitHub features of Early 2016

GitHub's developer team has been very active in the last few weeks, introducing a number of features that could save you a lot of time during your day-to-day GitHub activities. Let's take a look at the most essential new features, which make it easier for you to perform code reviews, upload files to your repositories, and interact with other users.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Highlights and new discoveries in Neuroscience (February 2016)

In the second issue of this monthly digest series you can find out what happened at COSYNE 2016, how to cryonically freeze and recover a brain, why brains fold up the way they do, how to restore memory function in Alzheimer's, and much more.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Highlights and new discoveries in Computer Vision, Machine Learning, and AI (February 2016)

In the second issue of this monthly digest series you can find out how DeepMind beat the reigning human champion at the game of Go, why a robot is playing art critic in a museum in Paris, why your phone might soon have a brain of its own, and much more.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

COSYNE 2016: What's new in computational and systems neuroscience

This year's COSYNE meeting (Feb25–28) brought together leading theoretical and computational scientists to study fundamental problems in systems neuroscience, including keynote speakers such as Xiao-Jing Wang (NYU), Paul Smolensky (Johns Hopkins), Mala Murthy (Princeton), Leslie Vosshall (Rockefeller), Greg DeAngelis (Rochester), Richard Mooney (Duke), Marisa Carrasco (NYU), and Blaise Ag├╝era y Arcas (Google).