the robots are coming

Artificially Intelligent Robot Scientists Could Be Next Project for Google’s AI Firm

Are AI scientists in our future? (Pixabay/geralt)

In late October, we wrote about the Neural Turing Machine, a Google computer so smart it can program itself. In the time since, it’s become clear that this is only the beginning and we should expect a lot more from DeepMind Technologies, the little-known startup acquired by Google who developed the human-like computer and sports the mission “Solve intelligence.”

In discussing DeepMind Technologies’s delve into the future of computers with MIT, founder Demis Hassabis detailed the company’s research and mentioned that he wants to create “AI scientists.” Read More

the robots are coming

Google’s New Computer With Human-Like Learning Abilities Will Program Itself

Are we closer to AI? (Wikipedia)

In college, it wasn’t rare to hear a verbal battle regarding artificial intelligence erupt between my friends studying neuroscience and my friends studying computer science.

One rather outrageous fellow would mention the possibility of a computer takeover, and off they went. The neuroscience-savvy would awe at the potential of such hybrid technology as the CS majors argued we have nothing to fear, as computers will always need a programmer to tell them what to do.

Today’s news brings us to the Neural Turing Machine, a computer that will combine the way ordinary computers work with the way the human brain learns, enabling it to actually program itself. Perhaps my CS friends should reevaluate their position? Read More

New School Learning

HappyFunCorp Is Starting Its Own Coding School

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You may not recognize the name, but HappyFunCorp is one of the top product engineering firms in New York, and has laid down code for a corporate A-list that includes AOL, Bloomberg, AmEx and LinkedIn. With his competition consolidating and a booming economy for new apps, HappyFunCorp cofounder Ben Schippers is in a position to place plenty of young engineers in lucrative tech jobs.

The trouble is, he can’t hire anyone. You’d think the glut of NYC coding schools like General Assembly, Flatiron and App Academy would be cranking out capable product engineers, but Mr. Schippers says those school don’t prepare students to survive in the startup world. Read More

teens these days

Flatiron School Launches ‘Coding Conservatory’ For High Schoolers

Make way for teens. (Facebook)

Calling all teens who aren’t already tech geniuses: the Flatiron School today announced it’s launching a coding conservatory for high school students. Sounds #fancy.

Called Flatiron After School, the new program will teach students 14 to 18 years old about modern programming languages like JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, Ruby and Ruby on Rails, a press release stated. It’ll encompass 48 hours of lessons spread out over 12 weeks, and take place at the school’s Wall Street campus at 11 Broadway. Read More

Kids These Days

High School Kids Earning $4K a Month Through Gaming Site ROBLOX

A screengrab from Mr. Correira's game, Paintball!. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Josh Correira will start his freshman year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this fall, but already the 18-year-old is raking in up to $4,000 a month — all because he programmed an online video game.

Mr. Correira has been making money through ROBLOX, an online platform where users — typically kids and teens — create and play games featuring blocks of different shapes, sizes and colors. ROBLOX launched its Developer Exchange program last October, wherein creators can convert the virtual currency earned through their games — called ROBUX — into real live cash. Read More

Programs for Programmers

Take The Flatiron School’s New Course And Become an iOS Expert

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A year and ten days ago, to be exact, Manhattan’s Flatiron School was founded—its mission to turn programming noobs into poachable techies by the end of one intensive, semester-long Ruby course.

Now, the school is expanding its offerings with the launch of a new ten-week iOS program that promises to make you a master of mobile development (in other words: apps. Lots of apps.) Read More

This Happened

Unsuspecting 5-Year-Old Girl Being Stealth Prepared for a Grueling Life of Coding

You're too you for the internet, kids! (Photo: Ben Northrop)

Garry Welding is a programmer with a blog who works as a contractor for an ecommerce company in the U.K. Garry Welding’s daughter is an unsuspecting, angelic five year old who would probably like to play legos but is instead being forced to learn how to code by her programmer father because “Hacker News will love it, honey!”

Mr. Welding published a post to his blog about how his daughter had shown a passing interest in his work. He decided to seize on this opportunity and set up a simple program so he could begin to teach her how to code. Before she could touch the computer he filled up her juicy cup with Mountain Dew and told her that if she didn’t ship something today she’d have to go back to being a test engineer (not really). Read More

Code or Be Coded

‘Do Not Learn to Code,’ Declares Professional Coder

Mr. Atwood, probably yelling at you for wanting to learn a new hobby. (flickr.com/pepez)

The “learn to code” meme probably reached its pinnacle around the time Mayor Bloomberg announced his dedication to the initiative, but it has now begun the inevitable slide into backlash territory. Who would have thought that a fluffy gesture of commitment to a burgeoning New York industry would tip over into controversy? This is why we can’t have nice things, Internet.

In a post published today on his popular blog Coding Horror, Stack Exchange founder Jeff Atwood publicly decried programming newbies’ hilarious attempts to learn the art of code. As if you pathetic wannabes could ever know as much as he does about coding. Read More