Here's the YouTube video of a talk I recently gave at UIUC's Reflections | Projections conference. It was a great pleasure and honor to return to University of Illinois after graduating 15 years ago. As I mention in the talk, going to R | P was one of the things that inspired me to go into computer science in the first place while I was a physics student there. Being allowed to speak there years later was a real treat. My thanks to UIUC ACM.

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"The horrors of that human trafficking left a scar for the sport that lingers even now, 12 years after the practice was officially banned in the U.A.E. Some owners said quietly that they still might prefer to have human jockeys — though none would say so publicly — but a majority, perhaps recognizing the troubling perception of having children ride animals that stand 6 feet tall and can run up to 40 miles per hour, unabashedly praised the technology now widely used instead: robots."

Full story AT New york times here

Just take a look at the pictures in the article. The juxtaposition of the ancient sport of camel racing and the futuresque robotic camel jockeys is just striking.

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"...Facebook and Twitter are treated as a goldmine where people’s thoughts are concerned. Scientists believe that the heaps of data that these social media platforms gather can correctly portray what users are thinking. What scientists overlook, however, is to correct inherent biases that datasets contain."

Full story here

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NzA4XLjRaM

Hi I'm up late working. What's happening internet. 

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Full story here.

Quite a triumph for iPython notebook. By publishing the notebook along with a paper, scientists give others the ability to reproduce their work immediately. This is quite...amazing. 

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