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What It Takes to Fuel Shack15

Thirty five members, thousands of lines of code, daily agile stand-up meetings, product launches and continuous bug fixing…but what does it really take to fuel a data driven coworking space? We spent some time looking into the numbers to discover what is the munch powering the future of data science.

Wired UK captured an astonishing glimpse of the innards of Ocado's warehouse in Dordon, north-east of Birmingham. The grocery shipping facility is almost completely automated, and managed by AI. (Here the full story.)
Canadian neural networks pioneer Yoshua Bengio explains how to create human-level AI.
Jia Jia, a Chinese talking robot, has been temporarily hired by China's Xinhua News Agency, and it carried out a surreal interview with Kevin Kelly, founder of WIRED magazine. (via)
Last year, film director Oscar Sharp and AI researcher Ross Goodwin teamed up to create Sunspring— a short film entirely written by an AI algorithm dubbed Benjamin. Now they are back with It's No Game, a sci-fi movie on the future of screenwriting, featuring actor and recordman David Hasselhoff . All of Hasselhoff's  lines have again been written by Benjamin, to surreal effects. (via Ars Technica)
 AFP has published this rather fun animated primer to Artificial Intelligence. While most of the things it expounds are pretty basic, it is useful if you need to explain AI to your grandpa—or any other layperson— in under three minutes. 
The European Space Agency (ESA) has created a hypnotic dataviz showing Earth's magnetic field in high resolution. The underlying dataset was built over three years, combining data from ESA's Swarm satellites with historical information from Germany's CHAMP satellite. A full run-down on the endeavour can be found here.
Is this the start of the automation wave that will wreak havoc on jobs in the fast-food industry? Hard to tell, but Miso Robotics' kitchen assistant Flippy certainly is a wonder to behold. 
 Alphabet-owned (but rumours have it that it'll be sold soon) company Boston Dynamics reveals footage of its latest 2-metre-tall, 120-cm-jumping, bad-ass robot, Handle.
US Military's advanced research lab DARPA weighs in on the present and future of Artificial Intelligence , and this video is well worth a watch (even if it is 16-minute-long). 
Developer Onnowhere has created Albert AI, a self-learning chatbot born and bred in the virtual world of videogame Minecraft. Open-world games such as Minecraft are increasingly used as platforms to train AI agents— even tech giant Microsoft launched a Minecraft-based initiative last year. If you want to play around with Albert, you can download it here
IBM's Shivkumar Kalyanaraman on Cognitive IoT and magic mirrors.
Artificial Intelligence and its economic impact was a major topic at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos. Google co-founder Sergey Brin also weighed in on AI,  in a 30-minute interview ripe with insights on where Alphabet is going.
Tesla Motor and SpaceX founder Elon Musk suggests that human merge their brains with Artificial Intelligence, in this interview with Y Combinator. The full Q&A can be watched here
Movement of people is a hotly debated issue today. To put things in perspective, data visualisation company Metrocosm created a video showing  the estimated net immigration by origin and destination country between 2010 and 2015, as per UN data. You can also check the complete, interactive map here
Watch researchers from the Alan Turing Institute explain what data science is. (Spoiler: they absolutely nail it.)
Researchers in Finland have combined EEG sensors with machine learning  to monitor the brain signals of people reading Wikipedia articles. In this way, they managed to  identify which concepts readers found particularly interesting.

 A day in the life of a data artist. Data journalist and visualisation expert David McCandless shows how to transform huge datasets into fascinating stories. 
New research submitted to Cornell University shows how deep neural networks can create detailed 3D models of  someone's face by simply analysing a headshot picture of the person. 
How do you spot a great scientific mind? It is usually thought that talented scientists emerge at a young age. But this video from Nature explains—with data—how that is not always true. 
Computer scientists at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have developed a machine learning algorithm able to generate videos starting from a single still frame. Watch how it was possible. Read More
City University lecturer Tillman Weyde explains how Big Data is changing music
Google DeepMind created a "differentiable neural computer" able to navigate the London Underground and interpret family trees thanks to a combination of deep learning and a computerised short-term memory.
Researchers at SONY CSL Research Laboratory have created  FlowMachines : an AI able to write songs in the style of famous musicians. This song, called "Daddy's Car", was composed in the manner of the Beatles, and it will be included in a AI-composed album to be released in 2017.
Watch Kaggle's CEO Anthony Goldbloom explain why some of us will lose their jobs to machines, while some other jobs are likely to remain "for humans only."
Watch how data visualisation artist Marcin Ignac transformed his Dropbox folder into a video-game-like journey. Marcin represented his files as  blocks of different colours and dimensions, depending on  type and size.
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