ACLU: Debt Collection Companies Have Hijacked the Justice System

ACLU: Debt Collection Companies Have Hijacked the Justice System

Denise Zencka, a mother of three in Indiana, had to file for bankruptcy because she couldn’t afford to repay her bills for treatment for thyroid cancer. And because she was unable to work, she had to stay with her parents in Florida while she recovered. She didn’t know that during that time, at the request of a debt collector seeking to collect outstanding medical bills, a small claims court judge

A Brief Introduction to Machine Learning for Engineers

This monograph aims at providing an introduction to key concepts, algorithms, and theoretical frameworks in machine learning, including supervised and unsupervised learning, statistical learning theory, probabilistic graphical models and approximate inference. The intended readership consists of electrical engineers with a background in probability and linear algebra. The treatment builds on first principles, and organizes the main ideas according to clearly defined categories, such as discriminative and generative models, frequentist and

‘Memtransistor’ Brings World Closer To Brain-Like Computing

 Lead researcher Mark C. Hersam clarified the brain-like efficacy of the memtransistor: “…in the brain, we don’t usually have one neuron connected to only one other neuron. Instead, one neuron is connected to multiple other neurons to form a network. Our device structure allows multiple contacts, which is similar to the multiple synapses in neurons… [but] making dozens of devices, as we have done in our paper, is different than

FCC hopes opening up communication airwaves will boost innovation

Today, the FCC voted to move forward with a proposal to open up communications spectrum beyond 95 GHz. In a statement, it said that spectrum above this range has been thought to be at the edge of what’s usable, but now it wants to provide different levels of authorization to use the spectrum to, as Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement, “promote innovation and help put this spectrum to

The Religious Experience of Philip K. Dick

If you haven’t heard of Philip K. Dick’s exegesis, it was a self-reported religious experience that inspired Philip K. Dick to write his “VALIS” series, as well as his remaining novels. Which is, arguably, of a much more spiritual quality than his previous works, and albeit a bit more out there I think they’re some of his most profound writing. In summation, when Dick was at home sick, he was

Instead of Slowing Down Innovation To Protect Few People, Policymakers Should Focus On Helping Displaced Workers Transition Into New Jobs, ITIF Suggests

There has been growing speculation that a coming wave of innovation — indeed, a tsunami — powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, will disrupt labor markets, generate mass unemployment, and shift the few jobs that remain into the insecure “gig economy.” Kneejerk “solutions” from such technology Cassandras include ideas like taxing “robots” and implementing universal basic income for everyone, employed or not. The first would slow needed productivity growth,

Chrome now automatically cleans up messy URLs when you share them

As you traverse the internet, you will often encounter URLs that have tracking or referral junk tacked on the end. You probably don’t want all that garbage included when you share a link, and Chrome recently started taking care of that for you. As of v64, the browser trims off unnecessary strings at the end of URLs. The URL streamlining happens automatically when you use the Share menu in Chrome

Battery 2,000 times more powerful, recharges 1,000 times faster (2013)

This is a whole new way to think about batteries. A battery can deliver far more power than anybody ever thought. In recent decades, electronics have gotten small. The thinking parts of computers have gotten small. And the battery has lagged far behind. This is a microtechnology that could change all of that. Now the power source is as high-performance as the rest of it. – William P. King, the Bliss

The Cloververse Re: In defense of the Cloverfield franchise

There will always be a place in my heart for the original Cloverfield film and the time I spent on dozens of different forums tracking the progress of what was “uncovered” over the months leading up to 01.18.08, and the alternate universe it would be opening. The so-called Cloververse. Each of the works created thus far are worth looking into in their own right, I mean who doesn’t have a