Genomics is the beginning of the Second Age of Science

When you think about it, humans have always known more about the cosmos than about themselves.  The earliest ‘wise men’ were astrologers, observing the orbits of the stars and theorizing about the composition of the universe.  The oldest and most renowned scientific institutions (Copenhagen, Hamburg, even Oxford’s science department) were founded by physicists.  The most…

The Starcraft AI Contest

I don’t usually post non-original work, but this was too good not to share.  A group from Berkeley won the Starcraft AI contest by building a truly formidable computer player – one with some absurd tactics.  Here’s my favorite video from their post: Sparky the Wonder-Drone (the lone purple drone played by Berkeley’s ‘Overmind’ AI)…

The Watson Challenge

The NetFlix Challenge has forever become part of machine learning lore.  In exchange for giving data gurus a smidgeon of anonymized user data and $1 million, NetFlix received not only an incredible set of recommendation algorithms from the winning team: they also earned the reverence of every AI and data mining guru out there, for…