A scientific breakthrough at the Florida Aquarium could save America's 'Great Barrier Reef'
- The successful result is part of what the aquarium calls "Project Coral" -- a program designed in part with the goal of ultimately repopulating the Florida Reef Tract.
- The project works in partnership with London's Horniman Museum and Gardens to create coral spawn, or large egg deposits, in a lab.
- Generating a spawn has never been done for corals native to the Atlantic, so the system was set up to see if it could work.
- According to Germann, many coral experts even doubted that the aquarium's efforts would produce successful results.
- The team started working on the research which initially began in 2014 with the Staghorn coral, but then the focus shifted to pillar coral because of a disease that has been devastating to the Florida Reef Tract.
Run .NET Core Apps Directly from a GitHub Gist
- The easiest way to get started is to create a new project from a ServiceStack VS.NET Template.
- Sharp Apps leverages #Script to develop entire content-rich, data-driven websites without needing to write any C#, compile projects or manually refresh pages - resulting in the easiest and fastest way to develop Web Apps in .NET!
- The web tool is cross platform and the app global tool is great for Windows as it supports .NET Core Windows Desktop Apps.
- And if you have a existing .NET Core web app you can launch it and run it in a Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) browser with "app foo.dll" Check out this example on how to make and run a .NET Core app on the Windows Desktop with #Script.
Facebook’s ‘cryptocurrency’ Libra reportedly facing EU competition probe
- The European Union’s antitrust regulators are “currently investigating potential anti-competitive behavior” amid concerns Facebook would monopolize the payments realm and unfairly shut out competitors.
- Unsurprisingly, regulators are worried about Libra creating “possible competition restrictions” on the customer information that will be exchanged and the use of consumer data.
- This investigation follows on from another preliminary probe led by the EU that’s looking at how Facebook could potentially use its power to shut out the competition.
- As such, Switzerland‘s privacy regulator, the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC), is expecting to receive details on Libra by the end of this month, Reuters reports.
- It comes after David Marcus, Facebook’s Libra project lead told US senators earlier this year that he expected the Swiss agency to be the ‘cryptocurrency’s’ privacy regulator.
- Back in July, the FDPIC requested additional information from the Libra Association.
OneWeb Claims a Win in Internet Space Race With Musk and Bezos
- Thomas Seal (Bloomberg) -- OneWeb said it’s secured vital rights to the airwaves it needs to launch a global satellite broadband network.
- is racing against billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to install constellations of small satellites so they can offer 4G-like broadband to places that are too costly to reach using terrestrial networks.
- By getting six of the washing machine-sized satellites broadcasting at the right frequencies for 90 days, OneWeb has met ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ spectrum conditions set by the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union, the company said by email.
- OneWeb says that being the first to file its claim and have it validated will mean signals from other operators must not interfere with its own, under rules that oblige latecomers to preserve the quality of services offered by an incumbent.
- An ITU spokeswoman said the Geneva-based body had not yet received frequency claims for the OneWeb or SpaceX projects.
Elon Musk Reveals Alternative to 'Nuke Mars' Using SpaceX Satellites
- By CCN Markets: Elon Musk has leaked more of his plans to make Mars habitable.
- The SpaceX boss tweeted an alternative idea to warm the red planet’s inhospitable surface via the use of reflective satellites.
- While the “Nuke Mars” slogan has been attracting a lot of attention, these latest ideas demonstrate just how seriously Musk is taking this project.
- The prospect of exploding a nuclear bomb on Mars to create atmosphere-forming greenhouses gases is such an ambitious project that it could only have come from the mind of Elon Musk.
- If a nuclear reaction isn’t going to be successful (and many believe it wouldn’t be), Musk needs a plan B.
- Using reflective satellites is certainly a less sexy option than using intermittent nuclear blasts to create artificial suns, but it might be more straightforward.
A Beginner’s Introduction to Python Web Frameworks
- In short, a web framework is a package of generic functionalities that makes creating web apps easier for the developer.
- By offering ready-made solutions, web app frameworks help developers add complex and dynamic elements that would otherwise be very difficult or time-consuming to develop from scratch.
- Django’s trademark is that it offers all the tools you need to build a web application within a single package, from low- to high-end.
- Unlike Django, Pyramid is trivial to customize, allowing you to create features in ways that the authors of the framework themselves hadn’t foreseen.
- Pyramid is a self-proclaimed “start small, finish big, stay finished framework.” This makes it an appropriate tool for experienced developers who are not afraid of playing the long game and working extra hard in the beginning, without shipping a single feature within the first few days.
Exploding Kittens is the most-backed project on Kickstarter to date — here's how a $20 card game became an internet phenomenon
- Lee, the former Chief Design Officer at Xbox, was initially inspired to create an interactive game that encouraged real-time connection after seeing his young nieces and nephews glued to video game screens.
- The family-friendly game, designed for up to five players, is simple to understand and play: Players draw from a stack of 56 cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten card, which renders them dead and out of the game.
- In the very crowded space of card games, all hoping to become part of your game night lineup, Exploding Kittens stands out among the rest for its creative execution of a simple, easy-to-grasp premise.
- You can pick up the original card game for $20 at the below retailers, as well as expansion packs and party versions to enhance the Exploding Kittens game experience.
Everything you need to know about PyTorch, the world's fastest-growing AI project that started at Facebook and powers research at Tesla, Uber, and Genentech
- Many of the features that we take for granted on Facebook — language translation in Messenger, for example — were made possible with a powerful artificial intelligence project called PyTorch.
- In fact, PyTorch has become the second-fastest growing open source project in the world, according to GitHub, the ubiqitious Microsoft-owned code-hosting site.
- Soumith Chintala, a Facebook AI software engineer and co-creator of PyTorch, says about every five to six years, he sees the trends in AI research trend.
- Now, PyTorch is lauded for how easy it makes it for developers to experiment with other AI research ideas like natural language processing, the field of computer science that studies how to help computers understand human language, as well as computer vision, which studies how to help computers "see".
- As an open source project, every line of code added to PyTorch since it was released by Facebook into the wild has come from a contributor in the community.
Databricks launches AutoML Toolkit for model building and deployment
- Databricks today introduced its AutoML Toolkit, an automated end-to-end machine learning service made to accommodate developers with a range of experience.
- Available from Databricks Labs, the AutoML Toolkit can automate things like hyperparameter tuning, batch prediction, and model search.
- AutoML Toolkit is built on existing Databricks tools like MLflow, an open source machine learning platform that integrates with frameworks like TensorFlow and Amazon SageMaker.
- The toolkit also utilities Apache Spark, an open source project created by Databricks founders and turned over to the Apache Spark Software Foundation in 2014.
- The AutoML Toolkit differs from other AutoML solutions in that it allows data scientists and engineers with varying levels of expertise to work together, Databricks head of ML project management Clement Mewald told VentureBeat in a phone interview.
- In April, Databricks open-sourced Delta Lakes, a collaborative initiative for creating data lakes that support reliable machine learning projects.
Deploying BERT in production
- In this guide, I’ll use BERT to train a sentiment analysis classifier and Cortex to deploy it as a web API on AWS.
- The API will autoscale to handle production workloads, support rolling updates so that models can be updated without any downtime, stream logs to make debugging easy, and support inference on CPUs and GPUs. It’s easy to train the model using Google’s implementation: Predicting Movie Review Sentiment with BERT on TF Hub. First, upload the model to S3.
- I’ll be using the cortex-examples bucket on my AWS account, but you can deploy models from any S3 bucket that you have access to.
- Create a directory and a configuration file for defining the deployment.
- An api makes a model available as a web service that can serve real-time predictions.
- Behind the scenes, Cortex containerizes the model, makes it servable using TensorFlow Serving, exposes the endpoint with a load balancer, and orchestrates the workload on Kubernetes.