The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order

By Paul Vigna, Michael J. Casey

Bitcoin turned a buzzword in a single day. A cyber-enigma with an enthusiastic following, it pops up in headlines and fuels never-ending media debate. you could it sounds as if use it to shop for whatever from espresso to autos, but few humans appear to actually comprehend what it's. This increases the query: Why may still a person care approximately bitcoin?

In The Age of Cryptocurrency, Wall road newshounds Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey convey the definitive resolution to this query. Cybermoney is poised to release a revolution, one who may reinvent conventional monetary and social constructions whereas bringing the world's billions of "unbanked" members right into a new worldwide economic climate. Cryptocurrency holds the promise of a economic climate with no intermediary, one owned by way of the folks who use it and one safeguarded from the devastation of a 2008-type crash.

But bitcoin, the main well-known of the cybermonies, consists of a name for instability, wild fluctuation, and illicit enterprise; a few worry it has the ability to put off jobs and to upend the idea that of a country country. It implies, primarily, huge and wide-reaching change-for higher and for worse. however it is right here to stick, and also you forget about it at your peril.

Vigna and Casey demystify cryptocurrency-its origins, its functionality, and what you want to understand to navigate a cyber-economy. The electronic forex global will glance very various from the paper forex global; The Age of Cryptocurrency will train you ways to be ready.

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The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse: Building a Humane Chicken-Processing Unit to Strengthen Your Local Food System

By Ali Berlow

If you’re elevating chook for meat and absence easy accessibility to a humane slaughterhouse, a cellular slaughter and processing unit could be the answer. Ali Berlow exhibits you the way to construct a unit that incorporates all kinds of bird and will simply be moved to any position, making it an outstanding cooperative funding for a group of small-scale farmers. protecting the mechanics of development, sanitation, security, and allowing strategies, this consultant indicates you ways a cellular slaughterhouse could make your chook operation extra self-sufficient.

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Music Technology (Cambridge Introductions to Music)

Emphasising the artistic point of song know-how, this advent units out an outline of the sector for tune scholars in a non-scientific and simple approach. attractive and uncomplicated, the ebook covers studio techniques: simple audio and the studio workflow, together with audio and MIDI recording. It explores synthesisers, samplers and drum machines in addition to easy strategies for digital functionality. In contemplating the position of the DJ, the e-book addresses remixing and construction, drawing upon many examples from the preferred track repertoire in addition to the studio as an experimental laboratory. The artistic workflow enthusiastic about song for media is mentioned, in addition to controllers for functionality and the fundamentals of hacking electronics for track. The ebook as a complete displays the various fascinating components discovered this day in tune expertise and goals to set aspiring musicians off on a trip of discovery in digital track.

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Neurotechnology: Premises, Potential, and Problems (Advances in Neurotechnology)

By James Giordano

New applied sciences that let us to enquire mechanisms and features of the mind have proven significant promise in treating mind sickness and damage. those rising applied sciences additionally offer a way to evaluate and control human realization, cognitions, feelings, and behaviors, bringing with them the capability to remodel society. Neurotechnology: Premises, capability, and Problems explores the technical, ethical, criminal, and sociopolitical matters that come up in and from today’s purposes of neuroscience and expertise and discusses their implications for the future.

Some of the problems raised during this thought-provoking quantity include:

  • Neurotechnology in schooling: an enablement, a remedy, or an enhancement?
  • The capability and obstacles of neuroimaging know-how in identifying sufferer prognoses
  • Tissue implantation expertise as a manner of engendering custom-made medicine
  • Neuroprostheses: recovery of capabilities of the disabled vs. enhancement to transhuman capabilities
  • Deep mind stimulation and its use in restoring, protecting, or altering sufferers’ own identity
  • The gain and possibility of cognitive functionality tools
  • Cyborg know-how and its power to alter our imaginative and prescient of humanity
  • Methodologies for decreasing the danger of neurotechnology’s impression on moral, criminal, and social issues

With contributions from a global crew of specialists engaged on the innovative of neurotechnology, this quantity lays the basis to understand the moral, criminal, and social features of the technological know-how in ways in which maintain speed with this speedily progressing field.

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Computer Vision Metrics: Survey, Taxonomy, and Analysis

By Scott Krig

Desktop imaginative and prescient Metrics presents an intensive survey and research of over a hundred present and ancient function description and desktop imaginative and prescient equipment, with a close taxonomy for neighborhood, nearby and international gains. This e-book presents worthy history to enhance instinct approximately why curiosity aspect detectors and have descriptors truly paintings, how they're designed, with observations approximately tuning the equipment for reaching robustness and invariance ambitions for particular purposes. The survey is broader than it's deep, with over 540 references supplied to dig deeper. The taxonomy contains seek tools, spectra parts, descriptor illustration, form, distance services, accuracy, potency, robustness and invariance attributes, and extra. instead of delivering ‘how-to’ resource code examples and shortcuts, this booklet presents a counterpoint dialogue to the various advantageous opencv group resource code assets to be had for hands-on practitioners.

What you’ll learn

Interest element & descriptor techniques (interest issues, corners, ridges, blobs, contours, edges, maxima), curiosity element tuning and culling, curiosity element tools (Laplacian, LOG, Moravic, Harris, Harris-Stephens, Shi-Tomasi, Hessian, distinction of Gaussians, salient areas, MSER, SUSAN, speedy, quicker, AGHAST, neighborhood curvature, morphological areas, and more), descriptor recommendations (shape, sampling trend, spectra, gradients, binary styles, foundation features), function descriptor families.
Local binary descriptors (LBP, LTP, FREAK, ORB, BRISK, short, CENSUS, and more).
Gradient descriptors (SIFT, SIFT-PCA, SIFT-SIFER, SIFT-GLOH, Root SIFT, CensureE, celebrity, HOG, PHOG, DAISY, O-DAISY, CARD, RFM, RIFF-CHOG, LGP, and more).
Shape descriptors (Image moments, quarter, perimeter, centroid, D-NETS, chain codes, Fourier descriptors, wavelets, and extra) texture descriptors, structural and statistical (Harallick, SDM, prolonged SDM, side metrics, legislation metrics, RILBP, and more).
3D descriptors for depth-based, volumetric, and job acceptance spatio-temporal information units (3D HOG, HON 4D, 3D SIFT, LBP-TOP, VLBP, and more).
Basis house descriptors (Zernike moments, KL, SLANT, steerable clear out foundation units, sparse coding, codebooks, descriptor vocabularies, and more), HAAR tools (SURF, USURF, MUSURF, GSURF, Viola Jones, and more), descriptor-based snapshot reconstruction.
Distance capabilities (Euclidean, unhappy, SSD, correlation, Hellinger, new york, Chebyshev, EMD, Wasserstein, Mahalanobis, Bray-Curtis, Canberra, L0, Hamming, Jaccard), coordinate areas, robustness and invariance criteria.
Image formation, comprises CCD and CMOS sensors for 2nd and 3D imaging, sensor processing issues, with a survey opting for over fourteen (14) 3D intensity sensing equipment, with emphasis on stereo, MVS, and based light.
Image pre-processing equipment, examples are supplied concentrating on particular function descriptor households (point, line and quarter equipment, foundation area methods), colorimetry (CIE, HSV, RGB, CAM02, gamut mapping, and more).
Ground fact info, a few best-practices and examples are supplied, with a survey of genuine and artificial datasets.
Vision pipeline optimizations, mapping algorithms to compute assets (CPU, GPU, DSP, and more), hypothetical high-level imaginative and prescient pipeline examples (face reputation, item reputation, picture class, augmented reality), optimization choices with attention for functionality and tool to make powerful use of SIMD, VLIW, kernels, threads, parallel languages, reminiscence, and more.
Synthetic curiosity element alphabet research opposed to 10 universal opencv detectors to improve instinct approximately how assorted periods of detectors really paintings (SIFT, SURF, BRISK, speedy, HARRIS, GFFT, MSER, ORB, megastar, SIMPLEBLOB). resource code supplied online.
Visual studying ideas, even though no longer the focal point of this e-book, a mild advent is equipped to desktop studying and statistical studying issues, comparable to convolutional networks, neural networks, class and coaching, clustering and blunder minimization tools (SVM,’s, kernel machines, KNN, RANSAC, HMM, GMM, LM, and more). plentiful references are supplied to dig deeper.
Who this e-book is for

Engineers, scientists, and educational researchers in parts together with media processing, computational images, video analytics, scene figuring out, computer imaginative and prescient, face popularity, gesture acceptance, development acceptance and normal item research.

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American Scientist (May/June 2016)

Evaluate: American Scientist journal is an illustrated bimonthly journal approximately technological know-how and know-how. each one factor is stuffed with characteristic articles written by way of famous scientists and engineers, reviewing vital paintings in fields that diversity from molecular biology to desktop engineering. The articles are conscientiously edited and followed through illustrations which are constructed to augment the reader's realizing and enjoyment.

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Sociophysics: A Physicist's Modeling of Psycho-political Phenomena (Understanding Complex Systems)

By Serge Galam

Do people behave very like atoms? Sociophysics, which makes use of instruments and ideas from the physics of disordered topic to explain a few facets of social and political habit, solutions within the affirmative. yet advocating using types from the actual sciences to appreciate human habit can be perceived as tantamount to disregarding the lifestyles of human loose will and likewise permitting these looking manipulative abilities . This thought-provoking e-book argues it's only the contrary.

Indeed, destiny advancements and assessment will both exhibit sociophysics to be insufficient, therefore aiding the speculation that folks can basically be thought of to be unfastened brokers, or legitimate, therefore starting the trail to a substantially diversified imaginative and prescient of society and private accountability. This ebook makes an attempt to give an explanation for why and the way people behave very like atoms, at the very least in a few facets in their collective lives, after which proposes how this information can function a distinct key to a dramatic bounce forwards achieve extra social freedom within the genuine global. At center, sociophysics and this publication are approximately higher comprehending the richness and strength of our social interplay, and so distancing ourselves from inanimate atoms.

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Computeractive [UK], Issue 468 (3-16 February 2016)

Computeractive is the UK’s best-selling desktop journal and your pleasant advisor to computers, instruments and the internet! It contains standard information updates, undertaking principles, aid and suggestion on renowned reader queries, articles on anti-virus software program, positive aspects on patron rights, and a complete lot extra that can assist you get some of the best from your desktop. Get laptop recommendation in simple English this day – get Computeractive!

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Almost Human: Making Robots Think

By Lee Gutkind

A outstanding, severe portrait of the robot lifestyle and the hard quest for robotic autonomy.

The excessive bay on the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon college is alive and hyper evening and day with the likes of Hyperion, which traversed the Antarctic, and Zoe, the world’s first robotic scientist, now again domestic. robotic Segways discover ways to play football, whereas different robots move on treasure hunts or are destined for hospitals and museums. Dozens of cavorting mechanical creatures, in addition to tangles of cord, instruments, and desktop innards are scattered haphazardly. All of those zipping and zooming gizmos are managed via matted younger males sitting at the ground, folding chairs, or software situations, or huddled over laptops squinting into monitors with manic depth. Award-winning writer Lee Gutkind immersed himself during this frenzied tradition, following those younger roboticists and their daring conceptual machines from Pittsburgh to NASA and to the main barren and arid desolate tract in the world. He makes intelligible their discoveries and stumbling issues during this energetic behind-the-scenes paintings.

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Optimizing HPC Applications with Intel Cluster Tools: Hunting Petaflops

By Alexander Supalov, Andrey Semin, Christopher Dahnken, Michael Klemm

Optimizing HPC functions with Intel® Cluster instruments takes the reader on a travel of the fast-growing zone of excessive functionality computing and the optimization of hybrid courses. those courses as a rule mix disbursed reminiscence and shared reminiscence programming types and use the Message Passing Interface (MPI) and OpenMP for multi-threading to accomplish the final word aim of excessive functionality at low energy intake on enterprise-class workstations and compute clusters.

The booklet specializes in optimization for clusters along with the Intel® Xeon processor, however the optimization methodologies additionally practice to the Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor and heterogeneous clusters blending either architectures. in addition to the educational and reference content material, the authors tackle and refute many myths and misconceptions surrounding the subject. The textual content is augmented and enriched by means of descriptions of real-life situations.

What you’ll learn

  • Practical, hands-on examples exhibit the way to make clusters and workstations in response to Intel® Xeon processors and Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors "sing" in Linux environments

  • How to grasp the synergy of Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2015 Cluster version, which include Intel® Composer XE, Intel® MPI Library, Intel® hint Analyzer and Collector, Intel® VTune™ Amplifier XE, and plenty of different worthwhile tools

  • How to accomplish fast and tangible optimization effects whereas refining your realizing of software program layout principles

Who this publication is for

software program execs will use this publication to layout, enhance, and optimize their parallel courses on Intel systems. scholars of computing device technological know-how and engineering will worth the e-book as a finished reader, compatible to many optimization classes provided world wide. The amateur reader will take pleasure in a radical grounding within the intriguing international of parallel computing.

Table of Contents

Foreword by means of Bronis de Supinski, CTO, Livermore Computing, LLNL

Introduction

Chapter 1: No Time to learn this Book?

Chapter 2: review of Platform Architectures

Chapter three: Top-Down software program Optimization

Chapter four: Addressing approach Bottlenecks

Chapter five: Addressing program Bottlenecks: allotted Memory

Chapter 6: Addressing program Bottlenecks: Shared Memory

Chapter 7: Addressing software Bottlenecks: Microarchitecture

Chapter eight: software layout Considerations

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