Jun. 8th, 2017

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http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/hardware/the-brain-as-computer-bad-at-math-good-at-everything-else

'f course, the brain didn’t evolve to perform arithmetic. So it does that rather badly. But it excels at processing a continuous stream of information from our surroundings. And it acts on that information—sometimes far more rapidly than we’re aware of. No matter how much energy a conventional computer consumes, it will struggle with feats the brain finds easy, such as understanding language and running up a flight of stairs.

If we could create machines with the computational capabilities and energy efficiency of the brain, it would be a game changer. Robots would be able to move masterfully through the physical world and communicate with us in plain language. Large-scale systems could rapidly harvest large volumes of data from business, science, medicine, or government to detect novel patterns, discover causal relationships, or make predictions. Intelligent mobile applications like Siri or Cortana would rely less on the cloud. The same technology could also lead to low-power devices that can support our senses, deliver drugs, and emulate nerve signals to compensate for organ damage or paralysis. ...'
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Via my friend Yehudah Kimani.

https://www.gofundme.com/help-build-synagogue-in-kenya

'Kehillat kasuku was founded 18 years ago,and offcourse we are happy to stay forever.Am Yehudah Ben Yosaiv ,community Leader and educator.
Our community is in central part ,in kenya highlands around mt kenya region.this is a 2-3 hours drive from Nairobi city.We are 20 families here,more story at http://www.timesofisrael.com/the-isolated-jews-of-rural-kenya-starting-from-aleph-with-a-lulav-and-etrog/
Our mission is to create an accessible spritual home,where all jews,regardless of affiliation or background,are warmly embraced and welcomed into our community. In this 18 years we have been praying together,study,socilize and dine together as families of Israel.We are the only shomer Shabbat Synagogue in our area and such play a vital role.We are proud jews and have taken a lead to bring peace and unity in our village that is of many differnt faith.
In the previous years,our small community have grown and expanded.And in all the growing numbers it rely on this community to have a beautiful shabbat experince together.After a long while having our temporaly tent like synagogue.we found it was worthy build a permanent Shul that will shelter us from cold,wind,hot sun,and heavy rain that floods in our synagogue and for our growing children.Is very unfortunate sometimes in all this weathers we fail to do the services due to harsh condition of either. ...'

Full article, with photos, at the link.

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