Deadlines for graduate school applications are coming up again. Last year I wrote some quick pointers on applying to graduate school but since then I’ve developed my boiler-plate for our school even more as additional requests for information have entered my mailbox. So here is the latest iteration of my advices for applying to graduate school. Although it is written for where I teach, most of what I say is applicable to anywhere. Good luck!
Yesterday, news broke that insurgents used a $25 application available online to hack into US military drone video feeds, and view, copy, and potentially distribute their contents. Hmmmm… Unauthorized copying of audio and video material? Some on Twitter have suggested that we might just send the MPAA or RIAA after them — then, for sure we’ll at last find Bin Laden. But Wired Danger Room’s Noah Shachtman says,
Artist: Herbert Brandl
Venue: Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck
Exhibition Title: Spektrolith
Date: November 14, 2009 – January 29, 2010
MIT has launched a new $5 million, 5-year project to build intelligent machines. To do it, the scientists are revisiting the fifty year history of the Artificial Intelligence field, including the shortfalls that led to the stigmas surrounding it, to find the threads that are still worth exploring. The star-studded roster of researchers includes AI pioneer Marvin Minsky, synthetic neurobiologist Ed Boyden, Neil “Things That Think” Gershenfeld, and David Dalrymple, who started grad school at MIT when he was just 14-years-old. Minsky is even proposing a new Turing test for machine intelligence: can the computer read, understand, and explain a children’s book. More details after the jump.
In the age of Google and Wikipedia, can higher education create online reference works that are free, scholarly, and economically viable?
80 years ago today, the first ever science fiction fan group, the Scienceers, met for the first time at organization president Warren Fitzgerald’s apartment in Harlem (Fitzgerald, the first-ever big name fan, was black). Happy 80th, fandom!
Horacio Potel, the Argenine philosophy professor who was facing a possible prison sentence for posting unauthorized translations of unavailable Derrida works for his students to read, has been exonerated by an Argentine court:
Artist: Dianna Molzan
Venue: Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles
Exhibition Title: The Case of the Strand
Date: November 8, 2009 – January 9, 2010