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Why the Brain Is So Noisy
Michael Segal, POCKET, Nautilus, 2020/01/29


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This sounds like my brain: "Kaschube and his colleagues... have found a host of features that stand in stark contrast to the circuits that engineers build: spontaneous activity and correlation, dynamic context generation, unreliable transmission, and straight-up noise." It's never quiet in my brain. I suspect it's never quiet in most people's brains. That's what makes them great.

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A Comparative Analysis of MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) Platforms
Maria Conache, Ramona Dima, Andreea Mitu, Informatica Economic─â, Paperity, 2020/01/29


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As I read through this, I found myself adding gRSShnopper to the list of platforms being compared (not that it would really make sense to compare it with Coursera, Udactoty, Udemy and EdX). Organization type? Not really organized. Partnerships? Not really. Free courses? Always. Paid courses? Never. Etc. It's funny how ther other platforms all seemed to follow the same pattern in the end. Even their connection speeds are about the same. From 2006 but just became available on Paperity.

 

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A Gentle Introduction to Deep Learning for Graphs
Davide Bacciu, Federico Errica, Alessio Micheli, Marco Podda, arXiv, 2020/01/29


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By the second paragraph of the 'high-level overview' (the paragraph titles 'Mathematical Notation') the reader may be forgiven for thinking that this introduction is not so gentle. But stick with it, because the blend of graph theory and artificial intelligence will assume increasing importance in the future, as it allows us to advance beyond mere projection of properties based on sets of properties, to actual interactions based on networks of interactions.

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