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In 2021, it was theorized that human thought could be objectively represented in data form. The idea was that our brains generated electromagnetic pulses that could be recorded by neural interfaces and normalized into a universal data format that accounted for biological variation. Given the vast troves of data that brain-computer interface startups open-sourced in 2020, Silicon Valley’s army of software engineers and research scientists were able to rapidly prototype specialized machine learning models and push the cutting edge of neural interpretation.

By 2024, we had fully mapped out the human brain and were able to systematically isolate the neural activity associated with intelligent thought. 2026 was the year of the first successful experiment to record a thought from one mind and “replay” it in another. All it took was a headset connected to a computer, and the human mind was our playground. After the consumer technology had matured, the global market for “Knowledge Packs” exploded. Why take the time and effort to study textbooks, when information could directly be downloaded into your brain? …


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Warning. Prepare to take control in 3, 2, 1…

Isaac awakened with a start. The car was precariously hurtling towards an unmarked construction zone. Recalling his training, he engaged the brakes and swerved sharply to the right, throwing the car into a spin and slamming it into a street lamp. The in-vehicle camera revealed that the passengers, a woman and her newborn, did not survive the impact. Isaac had failed.

After self-driving technology reached Level 4 autonomy in 2020, self-driving cars have become ubiquitous. Why would anyone drive manually like their parents did, when an autonomous vehicle could take you anywhere at high speeds with 99.99% safety? Four 9's was good, but not good enough for the Department of Transportation, which passed new regulations in 2021 that mandated that every self-driving car have a remote backup driver constantly monitoring it. …


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As winter break ends and the spring semester rolls around, get ready for DevFest, ADI’s annual week-long tech event, filled with technical workshops, free food, free swag, fun activities, and of course, an overnight hackathon. Whether you have no programming experience, have taken a few computer science classes, or are a seasoned developer, DevFest is the perfect place for you to hone your technical knowledge and learn something new. This year, DevFest will take place this year from January 30 — February 4.

Here’s a preview of what we have in store for you at DevFest 2017.

DevNights

Monday — Thursday

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Kickoff

Join us on Monday as we kick off DevFest with a keynote speaker and bags filled with swag for all attendees. …

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Raymond Xu

software @lyft. previously @columbia, @adicu, @google. http://raymondxu.io [views mine]

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