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Embodied Question Answering: A goal-driven approach to autonomous agents | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

Most of the autonomous agents that humans interact with have something in common: They aren’t very self-sufficient. A smart speaker, for example, can communicate through its voice interface and take some actions, such as ordering products, but it can’t perceive its surroundings. A robotic lawn mower, on the other hand, can take action (by mowing) and perceive (with sensors), but, aside from blinking its lights or sending error messages, it can’t fully communicate back to its owner. Without the important…

ONNX expansion speeds AI development | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

In the beginning of the recent deep learning revolution, researchers had only a handful of tools (such as Torch, Theano, and Caffe) to work with, but today there is a robust ecosystem of deep learning frameworks and hardware runtimes. While this growing toolbox is extremely useful, each framework has the potential to become an island unto itself without interoperability. But interoperability requires a lot of custom integration work for each possible framework/runtime pair, and reimplementing models to move between frameworks…

Evolution of Couchbase at LinkedIn

Transition to a dedicated team model In 2017, a dedicated team was finally funded, and I quickly moved on the chance to work on Couchbase full-time. We were officially called the Caching as a Service team, or the CaaS team, but most people just referred to us as the Couchbase SRE team. We had three main charters: Centralize management. We would own and operate centralized Couchbase clusters and offer Couchbase as a service for any team to use. We also…

How are drones changing warfare, threatening security?

Credit: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The Trump administration recently announced a new policy that could vastly expand the sale of armed aerial drones, a specialty of Nicholas Grossman. The professor of political science at the University of Illinois teaches international relations and is the author of the new book “Drones and Terrorism: Asymmetric Warfare and the Threat to Global Security.” He spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain. These weapons have given the U.S. a high-tech advantage…

Top Digital Marketing Tactics Every Business Needs to Use

Large companies have large resources, meaning they can either outsource or have an independent marketing department dedicated to driving traffic and increasing sales. Smaller businesses, especially start-ups, do not have that luxury. They must have a hands-on approach to every digital marketing tactic they use, and they need to use all that they can in order to get their name out there and grow a following of loyal customers. Thankfully, there are many avenues to choose from, meaning you can…

Brains of young people with severe behavioral problems are ‘wired differently’ — ScienceDaily

Research published today (Tuesday 1 May) has revealed new clues which might help explain why young people with the most severe forms of antisocial behaviour struggle to control and regulate their emotions, and might be more susceptible to developing anxiety or depression as a result. The study, published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, used neuroimaging methods to investigate young people with the condition ‘Conduct Disorder’ — typified by symptoms that range from lying and truancy, through to…

Mizzou Engineer computes the right fit

Yasmin Kassim was selected by the Iraqi government to complete her Ph.D. in the United States. She was placed at the University of Missouri in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department (EECS), where she has worked in the CIVA lab, supervised by Professor Kannappan Palaniappan. Photos courtesy of Yasmin Kassim. Yasmin Kassim’s love of computer science began as a child in Baghdad, tagging along to her father’s workplace. That love has taken her to the brink of her Ph.D., led…

Adoption of dolutegravir-based regimen could be cost-effective, even cost-saving, over the long term — ScienceDaily

An HIV treatment regimen already widely used in North America and Europe would likely increase the life expectancy of people living with HIV in India by nearly three years and reduce the number of new HIV infections by 23 percent with minimal impact on the country’s HIV/AIDS budget. The findings from an international team of investigators have been published online in the Journal of the International AIDS Society. “This study is the first to show that, in India, changing current…

Getting started with Terraform and Cloudflare (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1 of Getting Started with Terraform, we explained how Terraform lets developers store Cloudflare configuration in their own source code repository, institute change management processes that include code review, track their configuration versions and history over time, and easily roll back changes as needed. We covered installing Terraform, provider initialization, storing configuration in git, applying zone settings, and managing rate limits. This post continues the Cloudflare Terraform provider walkthrough with examples of load balancing, page rules, reviewing and…

An Extremely Accurate Method Tracing Tool for Android

Last October, Uber’s Mobile Engineering team kicked off an effort to improve app performance, and we’ve made great progress so far with speedups of well over 50 percent for some of our key transitions. Early on, we learned that certain classes of performance issues are trivial to root cause. It’s easy to spot I/O on the main thread, for example. In those cases, we found conventional Android performance profiling tools quite sufficient for debugging. More complex investigations, however, were sometimes…