Friday, 9 September, 2011
Wednesday, 29 June, 2011
As usual, Alice’s Bloomberg column is a good read. Check out her new article, “Hollywood Model Could Create New Stars in R&D“.
Thursday, 13 January, 2011
I like Wikipedia and have used it quite often to lookup info and learn about things. And when I write articles, I try to provide relevant links (often from Wikipedia) so my readers can dig deeper and learn more if they wish.
It is Wikipedia 10th anniversary this Saturday, Jan 15th, 2011. If you haven’t used Wikipedia before, give it a try. If you have used Wikipedia, why don’t you try to help a little. Next time when you have a chance, why don’t you add some useful information or fix a problem you see in an Wikipedia article. Over the years, I have added various pieces of useful information, fixed different errors, and even created a few new entries. If I can do it, I am sure you can do it too.
Wikipedia, Happy 10th Birthday!
Also check out,
* UK Guardian, “Wikipedia at 10: a web pioneer worth defending“, by Sue Gardner, Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation,
* The Atlantic, “All-Star Thinkers on Wikipedia’s 10th Anniversary“
* NYT, “Wikipedia Marks 10 Years of Edit-It-Yourself“
* MSNBC, “53 percent of Americans use Wikiped“
Wednesday, 7 July, 2010
Ridley Scott Wants Your YouTube Moments
“Pick a day. Ask people to record what’s going on in their lives – getting a haircut, having a birthday party, taking a nap, whatever – and post the video on YouTube. Turn the footage into a feature-length documentary.
Crazy? Maybe. But Ridley Scott (“Gladiator”) and Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland”) are sure giving it a try.
“Life in a Day” is a global experiment in user-generated filmmaking, an increasingly hot area on the Web. A similar project is underway involving Lionsgate and Massify, a social network for digital content creators. Mass Animation is an upstart that is trying, with some success, to make animated films by tapping the Facebook community.“
Ridley Scott on Life In A Day. Pick up a digital camera and just do it.
Kevin Macdonald on Life In A Day.
Monday, 30 November, 2009
Dec 9th Update: I’ve made a correction to “Prize offered by” in the $289 Prize. My apologies to GASARCH and thanks for pointing out my mistake.
Two Computational Complexity Prizes/Challenges
Note: I don’t know if these prizes have been claimed already. And if you think the challenges are dead easy, then your solutions are most likely wrong. :)
A $289 Prize
Prize offered by: GASARCH Stephen Fenner, Charles Glover and Semmy Purewal
Posted on: Nov 30, 2009
Challenge Description: “The 17×17 challenge. Worth $289. This is not a joke.“
Dec 2, 2009 update: More comments on people’s comments posted here.
A $100 Prize
Prize offered by: Mark Braverman, Stephen Cook, Pierre McKenzie, Rahul Santhanam, Dustin Wehr
Posted on: Aug 27, 2009
Challenge Description: “Slides for talk “Branching Programs: Avoiding Barriers (PostScript .ps file)”, presented Aug 27, 2009 at the Barriers Workshop in Princeton. See the last slide for a $100 Prize offer.” [via my former professor Prof. Stephen A. Cook's website]
Friday, 30 October, 2009
The crowd-funded Designing Obama – The Book. Check out their Kick Starter funding page with video. (Note: They’ve already met their funding goal of $65,000 with 1,074 backers.)
A word about crowd-funding, it is not just about money (although it is about the money). It is about the connections that people have with the project they care about.
It is about the people, each and every single one of them, making something possible.
They, through their individual small “pledges”, make a project (a book, a song, a film, a creative endeavour) possible.
P.S. A great way of funding, I hope something like this will launch in Canada soon. Currently according to their site, “Due to current Amazon Payments policy, projects can only be started by people or entities with a U.S. address and bank account.”
A picture of some other Kick Starter projects.
Wednesday, 29 July, 2009
There are two teams that beat the 10% improvement goal set by the Netflix Prize – million dollar challenge. Tonight, I had the great pleasure to chat with four members of The Ensemble team. Thanks to Lester Mackey, Joe Sill, Ces Bertino, and Bo Yang for a wonderful chat. (note: links from team bio page)
It will take me some time to process the audio recording, research and write up this interview. I will try to post it soon. Stay tune.
Here is a link to a New York Times article, “Netflix Competitors Learn the Power of Teamwork“
Here is Lester’s recount the “Final Submission Countdown“.
Monday, 27 July, 2009
July 29, 2009 Update: Here is “The Ensemble“‘ team official account of their “Final Submission Countdown“. And I am giving up the dangerous business of predicting the winner of the million dollar prize. :) I better let the people who pay that million decide. :)
Plus I am going to interview team members of “The Ensemble“‘ team and I want to hear from them first hand.
At the end of the day, as I wrote before, both BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos and The Ensemble are winners to me. I will leave the money decision to Netflix. :)
Notes & Corrections,
- According to the Netflix Prize Rules, there is only a single one million dollar prize.
- As announced by Netflix, “There are submissions from two teams that meet the minimum requirements for the Grand Prize. We are contacting the lead team and we will report, as soon as possible, when and if we have a verified winner for the Grand Prize.”
- “BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos” team has been contacted by Netflix and is presumed to be the winner upon verification by Netflix. (Sorry my mistakes to report “The Ensemble” team as the winner.)
- Take a look of the post “By a nose… or is it a hair…” to read an official account of the BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos team experience.
In some sense, both BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos and The Ensemble are winners because both teams passed the seemingly impossible test of 10% improvement. And I know I have lots to learn from their experiences and insights.
Friday, 3 April, 2009
The FDIC and US Treasury are listening. I hope they will learn something from these inputs. In fact, I have suggested to my two economists friends to share their comments and ideas.
Following are excerpted from FDIC,
The FDIC and the Treasury recently announced that they will establish the Legacy Loans Program to remove troubled loans and other assets from banks. This program is necessary because uncertainty about the value of these assets makes it difficult for banks to raise capital and secure stable funding to support lending to households and businesses. All FDIC-insured depository institutions will be eligible to participate in the program.
Comments on the Legacy Loans Program may be submitted until April 10, 2009.
Thursday, 11 September, 2008
Playing games to make the world better place? Check out my friend Austin’s presentation at TechCrunch50. I am watching it right now. Looks great and fascinating. Check out Akoha’s website.
Just finished watching. For entrepreneurs in the startup mode, check out how Austin addresses some of the panel questions.
Some coverage in CNet and Montreal Gazette.
Saturday, 20 October, 2007
Calling myself an ideas Revolutionary, I have a special affinity with the word “Revolution” and the play on words of “R/evolution” (see the letter “R” of “Revolution” in my logo).
So here is a neat video on the revolutionary change in information. Enjoy. [via Michael Geist]
Wednesday, 3 October, 2007
Scholarpedia seems interesting and worth checking out if you need the extra added precision and confidence. [K: I started looking at it from Prof. Hinton's entry on Boltzmann Machine, referenced in his team's solution to Netflix $1 million Prize]
Here are a few words from Scholarpedia’s main page,
Welcome to Scholarpedia, the free peer reviewed encyclopedia written by scholars from all around the world.
Scholarpedia feels and looks like Wikipedia – the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Indeed, both are powered by the same program – MediaWiki. Both allow visitors to review and modify articles simply by clicking on the edit this article link.
However, Scholarpedia differs from Wikipedia in some very important ways:
- Each article is written by an expert (invited or elected by the public).
- Each article is anonymously peer reviewed to ensure accurate and reliable information.
- Each article has a curator – typically its author — who is responsible for its content.
- Any modification of the article needs to be approved by the curator before it appears in the final, approved version.
Wednesday, 3 October, 2007
I’ve heard about the Netflix million dollar prize for a while now but I only pay attention to it after I read the article “Million Dollar Baby” in this month’s UT magazine. I guess seeing UT CS prof. Hinton and his grad students in the top 10 (based on Oct 3rd ranking, #7 team name “ML@UToronto A“) makes it a fun sport for me to watch.
Check out Prof. Hinton’s home page for technical papers like this paper in PDF.
Saturday, 25 August, 2007
What a great job that George Hotz and his team has done in unlocking the iPhone. You can follow the step by step instructions here (one post at a time). The following is a video clip of George being interviewed on CNBC.
Since George is going to attend Rochester Institute of Technology, looks like he may have a chance to meet Steve Wozniak on Oct 6, 2007 when Woz speaks there. Knowing the fun loving and geek Woz by reputation (his book and video interviews), I think Woz and George will have a lot of fun chatting. Here are two interviews of Woz, one by Charlie Rose and one by Guy Kawasaki.