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December 6, 2011 / Dr. Toad

I have been neglecting to blog — I just moved, I’m interviewing for jobs, and I’ve been monitoring the parliamentary elections in Russia and their aftermath…

Meanwhile, NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered Kepler-22b, an extrasolar planet 200 times as big as ours that orbits in the “Goldilocks zone” for Earth-like life. Its average temperature is 22 C.

And The New York Times dedicated its entire science section this week to computing and AI, with a feature on neuromorphic chips and essays by Daphne Koller on online learning, Scott Aaronson on quantum computing, and Sebastian Thrun (by the way, one of the professors of the Stanford online AI course, now taken by over 70,000 people all over the world) as always on self-driving cars.

And many more exciting things are happening too, I’m sure. Soon to be linked to and commented on. Just as soon as things abate on the personal and professional fronts.

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