neurosciencestuff:

Tiny chip mimics brain, delivers supercomputer speed

Researchers Thursday unveiled a powerful new postage-stamp size chip delivering supercomputer performance using a process that mimics the human brain.

The so-called “neurosynaptic” chip is a breakthrough that opens a wide new range of computing possibilities from self-driving cars to artificial intelligence systems that can installed on a smartphone, the scientists say.

The researchers from IBM, Cornell Tech and collaborators from around the world said they took an entirely new approach in design compared with previous computer architecture, moving toward a system called “cognitive computing.”

"We have taken inspiration from the cerebral cortex to design this chip," said IBM chief scientist for brain-inspired computing, Dharmendra Modha, referring to the command center of the brain.

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unf-kellin-quinn:

Please spread this video around like wildfire. 

This guy is named Sky Williams. He’s a popular online gamer who is most recognized by the gaming community as an incredibly heartfelt, open guy. He’s infamous for getting very “real” while streaming. As a result of Robin Williams apparent suicide, he posted this video on his youtube channel. 

He basically puts into words every thing I’ve ever believed in and have been trying my whole life to express to the world. 

Depression is a serious problem that doesn’t discriminate. Anyone can be effected, including those indirectly suffering through a loved one’s pain. It is proving to be an epidemic not being properly taken care of because of societal stigmatization. 

Despite all that, just as Sky eloquently states in this video, I will be here for you. I hear you. I see you. I understand you. Anyone who needs anything at all, please don’t hesitate to come to me. 

One of the most frustrating aspects of depression is being asked, “What can I do to help you?” Because there is nothing. Nothing’s really wrong, so nothing can be fixed.

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thishereanakinguy:

alwaysstarwars:

Han Solo fighting a giant, bejeweled ferret because why not.
By Joe Jusko

It’s clearly an otter

If I had to guess I’d say this is a scene from the EU Corellian Trilogy by Roger Macbride Allen where Han Solo is pitted against his eventual-friend, the Selonian Dracmus, when they are captured by Thrackan Sal-Solo. The second book of the series, when this scene takes place, was published in 1995.

thishereanakinguy:

alwaysstarwars:

Han Solo fighting a giant, bejeweled ferret because why not.

By Joe Jusko

It’s clearly an otter

If I had to guess I’d say this is a scene from the EU Corellian Trilogy by Roger Macbride Allen where Han Solo is pitted against his eventual-friend, the Selonian Dracmus, when they are captured by Thrackan Sal-Solo. The second book of the series, when this scene takes place, was published in 1995.

(via shorellestrikesback)