If Fibonacci Had Designed Furniture…

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Our furniture is what turns a house into a home, it allows us to express our individuality and style through another medium, but most importantly of all, it can give us somewhere to hide our mess! The Fibonacci sideboard does all this in such a beautiful and composed manner.

As the name would suggest, this unique sideboard is based on the famous Fibonacci sequence; this is something that we especially see a lot if in the worlds of Art, Photography and Graphic Design, but in the case of this item of furniture, it has been used in the composition of the compartments. This has led to a particularly interesting design which is sure to instantly steal anyone’s attention and rapidly become the center of the conversation!

The all-wood construction is available in a whole host of bright colors, so there is sure to be one that compliments any individual’s personality!

Designer: Riccardo Nobilini

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Tomu is a fingernail-sized computer that is easy to swallow

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I’m a huge fan of single board computers, especially if they’re small enough to swallow. That’s why I like the Tomu. This teeny-tiny ARM processor essentially interfaces with your computer via the USB port and contains two LEDs and two buttons. Once it’s plugged in the little computer can simulate a hard drive or mouse, send MIDI data, and even blink quickly.

The Tomu runs the Silicon Labs Happy Gecko EFM32HG309 and can also act as a Universal 2nd Factor security token. It is completely open source and all the code is on their GitHub.

I bought one for $30 and messed with it for a few hours. The programs are very simple and you can load in various tools including a clever little mouse mover – maybe to simulate mouse usage for an app – and a little app that blinks the lights quickly. Otherwise you can use it to turn your USB hub into an on-off switch for your computer. It’s definitely not a fully fledged computer – there are limited I/O options, obviously – but it’s a cute little tool for those who want to do a little open source computing.

One problem? It’s really, really small. I’d do more work on mine but I already lost it while I was clearing off a desk so I could see it better. So it goes.

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 I’m a Cyclist That Finally Needs a Car! What Should I Buy?

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Patrick loves cars but has never really needed one. He has gotten by just fine with using his bike. Now he has a new job and a longer commute through the DC traffic hellscape. If he wants to survive he is going to need four wheels and doors. What car should he buy?

(Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. Do you want us to help you find a car? Submit your story on our form.)

Here is the scenario –

Longtime listener, first time caller here. I love Jalopnik even though I’m a cyclist; I have a license but I’ve never even owned a car. City kid.

Next month, however, all of that that changes. I got a new job just 12 miles away! While our traffic is awful, our public transportation is worse, leading me to you all. At 28, I am going to buy my first car. Gulp.

This is, first and foremost, a commuter. Probably 150 miles a week, give or take. It’s not a long commute but it’s a slow one, laden with potholes and speed cameras; it’ll take up to an hour ~each way~. I live in the middle of DC, which means I’ll be parallel parking on the street at least once a day, often in the dark. Hopefully, this will be comfortable for all that. I am also 6'5, so the tiniest of cars are out of the question.

Being good on gas would be nice, being reliable is better. I’ve been conditioned not to drive fast by living here and I can’t drive a manual so a slow car is quite alright. It’s got to be able to get up a hill, though, because I live on a steep one.

If it sounds like I’m dreading this, I kinda am. DC’s not nice to drivers. But the right car could improve my perception a little here. (I think.)

I’d like something I could mount a bike rack to ~and~ something I can carry art/art supplies in. (Also open to carrying bikes inside.)

I’m a painter, semi-professionally, and like to work at a large-ish scale (think 2×4' and 3×4' canvases.) I don’t carry a dozen at once, but being able to carry a few paintings comfortably would be a nice bonus. Sometimes I have to deliver work out of town or take work to show and it’s never fun to measure and test rentals for interior space.

Something with a durable cargo area (think Honda Element status) would be good, because I’ll inevitably spill paint inside.

As for budget, I can spend up to $40,000.

Quick Facts:

Budget: up to $40,000

Daily Driver: Yes

Location: Washington DC metro

Wants: Durable, good storage, easy to park

Doesn’t want: Too much fancy tech

Expert 1: Tom McParland – You Said You Wanted Simple

While you are a guy that can appreciate a nice ride, it seems that your true passions are cycling and painting. Therefore if this is a car you are buying more out of necessity than desire, you should get something that best compliments those two activities. Normally, I’m the one advocating for getting the nicest ride you can afford, but in this case, I think you should bank a good chunk of that $40,000 budget because you can get something that fulfills your needs for much less.

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What you need is a Ford Transit Connect, but not the one that is a van for passengers, the other one that is more like a commercial vehicle. They aren’t fancy on the inside, and you said you didn’t want or need a lot of tech, but they hold a ton of stuff. You could hold several portfolios worth of paintings or have enough bikes for a Tour de France team. They also get pretty decent gas mileage at up to 27 MPG on the highway. Despite the fact that these are a “van” they are small enough to easily parallel park.

And here is the best news, a nicely equipped XLT trim will set you back less than $30,000. That’s plenty of cash leftover for expensive bikes and/or paint supplies. These “commercial” style vans usually are only found in white which is a bit boring, but you are an artist, use that as a canvas to make your fan look awesome.

Expert 2: Jason Torchinsky – You’re Artist, You Can Pull This Off

I’m desperately trying not to always be a shill for Nissan’s long-gone series of creative, limited run cars known as the Pike cars, but I’ll be damned if you don’t happen to have the perfect set of criteria for one: the S-Cargo.

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Tom’s basically right there that a small, utilitarian delivery van is the right idea; I’m partial to the first-gen Ford Transit myself, but I think that, as an artist, you can get away with something a little more fun, a little more daring. A little more S-Cargo.

That’s right. Your situation is perfect for Nissan’s snail-themed fun little delivery van, the S-Cargo. It’s great on gas, has an automatic, not really fast (but adequate enough—it has a 1.5-liter engine, the biggest of all the Pike cars), is small enough to be easy to parallel park pretty much anywhere in DC, and yet is a genuine delivery van, with plenty of room for bikes and tall canvases and all manner of stuff.

Plus, look at the damn thing: it’s that most elusive of automotive wonders, a non-boring cargo van. It’s silly and fun and practical all at once. There’s plenty of blank canvas on the sides if you decide to paint a mural there (I mean, you should) and even if you do nothing it looks like nothing else on the road.

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The interior is roomy and surprisingly comfortable (I’ve checked) for your long, dull commute, and the S-Cargo will de-dull that trip by 70 percent, minimum, if my math is right.

There’s even one available not far from you, and it’s about a quarter of what you’re willing to spend: $9,900. Most had dark gray trim, but this one has yellow, which I kind of like. It even has a canvas sunroof for when you need to see some sky on your long-ass commute! If you prefer gray, there’s options for that, too.

Man, I actually think this one makes real sense! Weird.

Expert 3: Kristen Lee – Embrace the Right Angles

You know what you need for the crucible of bad traffic? Something large and in charge. Like the Ford Flex. You sit up high so you can see over the jam and people will have no trouble missing you.

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The Ford Flex was always rather special to me because in a sea of SUVs masquerading as sporty cars, the Flex rejected that idea wholly and simply looked like a box on wheels. Its simple design means that it will age well and, frankly, not a whole lot of people have them. Obviously, that led to Ford killing off the Flex in 2016, but that only makes them all the more appealing. You’d be buying novelty as well as utility!

With its seats folded down, the back of the Flex is room as all hell. Throw down some WeatherTech mats to protect your upholstery from paints and you’re all set!

Here’s a 2017 Flex for just $27,830. And it’s got all-wheel drive for bad weather.

Expert 4: Ryan Felton – Buy Something Fun and Weird

You don’t want to fuss around with tech and need something sturdy? Something with a lot of space? Look, man, forget what these other busters pitched. I’m telling you to get Every. Yes, that’s the name of this silly van from Suzuki. Every! And it looks like it fits everything you need.

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This particular 2008 model from Duncan Imports looks like it has some after-market work done—obviously, for one thing, the VW body stands out. But it has good specs! Only 40,000 miles on it. A brown exterior with a tan interior. Surely, D.C. drivers will stay the fuck off your back in this thing.

Plus, it’s well within your budget.

Of course, it’s not legal for full-speed road use as it’s not legal within the 25 Year Rule, but there are plenty of other options like a 1993 Mitsubishi Delica for $18k that’s good for getting to any trailhead, no matter how far.

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Netflix has tons of hidden categories — here’s how to see them

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Netflix hidden categories are the secret to better binging, friends. 

The vast amount of content on Netflix can get pretty unwieldy. Luckily, there’s a secret, better way to browse the swaths of mediocre titles on the streaming service to get to what you’re really looking for.

Netflix has a master list of hidden categories that go far beyond the usual Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, and the like. First discovered by the blog What’s On Netflix, anyone can access them by simply typing specific URLs into a browser. Each URL has the format:

http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/###

…where the “###” is where you put the code that relates to the particular Netflix category you’re looking for. For example, 35800 is steamy romantic movies, 11140 is supernatural thrillers, and 67879 is Korean TV shows. You can check out the complete list below.

“We categorize our content into thousands of subgenres to help match the right content to the right member based on their viewing history,” Netflix spokesperson Marlee Tart told Mashable via email.

Some of these categories don’t even come up in a Netflix search. While searching “Korean TV Shows” brings up the same list that appears at the category URL, searching “Classic War Movies” doesn’t bring up up any results. Some categories appear to be only used for suggestion purposes.

Tart didn’t share the exact number of genres they use to curate their movies and TV shows, but she says it changes often.

Netflix category codes:

Action & Adventure: 1365
Action Comedies: 43040
Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1568
Action Thrillers: 43048
Adult Animation: 11881
Adventures: 7442
African Movies: 3761
Alien Sci-Fi: 3327
Animal Tales: 5507
Anime: 7424
Anime Action: 2653
Anime Comedies: 9302
Anime Dramas: 452
Anime Fantasy: 11146
Anime Features: 3063
Anime Horror: 10695
Anime Sci-Fi: 2729
Anime Series: 6721
Art House Movies: 29764
Asian Action Movies: 77232
Australian Movies: 5230
B-Horror Movies: 8195
Baseball Movies: 12339
Basketball Movies: 12762
Belgian Movies: 262
Biographical Documentaries: 3652
Biographical Dramas: 3179
Boxing Movies: 12443
British Movies: 10757
British TV Shows: 52117
Campy Movies: 1252
Children & Family Movies: 783
Chinese Movies: 3960
Classic Action & Adventure: 46576
Classic Comedies: 31694
Classic Dramas: 29809
Classic Foreign Movies: 32473
Classic Movies: 31574
Classic Musicals: 32392
Classic Romantic Movies: 31273
Classic Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 47147
Classic Thrillers: 46588
Classic TV Shows: 46553
Classic War Movies: 48744
Classic Westerns: 47465
Comedies: 6548
Comic Book and Superhero Movies: 10118
Country & Western/Folk: 1105
Courtroom Dramas: 2748
Creature Features: 6895
Crime Action & Adventure: 9584
Crime Documentaries: 9875
Crime Dramas: 6889
Crime Thrillers: 10499
Crime TV Shows: 26146
Cult Comedies: 9434
Cult Horror Movies: 10944
Cult Movies: 7627
Cult Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 4734
Cult TV Shows: 74652
Dark Comedies: 869
Deep Sea Horror Movies: 45028
Disney: 67673
Disney Musicals: 59433
Documentaries: 6839
Dramas: 5763
Dramas based on Books: 4961
Dramas based on real life: 3653
Dutch Movies: 10606
Eastern European Movies: 5254
Education for Kids: 10659
Epics: 52858
Experimental Movies: 11079
Faith & Spirituality: 26835
Faith & Spirituality Movies: 52804
Family Features: 51056
Fantasy Movies: 9744
Film Noir: 7687
Food & Travel TV: 72436
Football Movies: 12803
Foreign Action & Adventure: 11828
Foreign Comedies: 4426
Foreign Documentaries: 5161
Foreign Dramas: 2150
Foreign Gay & Lesbian Movies: 8243
Foreign Horror Movies: 8654
Foreign Movies: 7462
Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 6485
Foreign Thrillers: 10306
French Movies: 58807
Gangster Movies: 31851
Gay & Lesbian Dramas: 500
German Movies: 58886
Greek Movies: 61115
Historical Documentaries: 5349
Horror Comedy: 89585
Horror Movies: 8711
Independent Action & Adventure: 11804
Independent Comedies: 4195
Independent Dramas: 384
Independent Movies: 7077
Independent Thrillers: 3269
Indian Movies: 10463
Irish Movies: 58750
Italian Movies: 8221
Japanese Movies: 10398
Jazz & Easy Listening: 10271
Kids Faith & Spirituality: 751423
Kids Music: 52843
Kids’ TV: 27346
Korean Movies: 5685
Korean TV Shows: 67879
Late Night Comedies: 1402
Latin American Movies: 1613
Latin Music: 10741
Martial Arts Movies: 8985
Martial Arts, Boxing & Wrestling: 6695
Middle Eastern Movies: 5875
Military Action & Adventure: 2125
Military Documentaries: 4006
Military Dramas: 11
Military TV Shows: 25804
Miniseries: 4814
Mockumentaries: 26
Monster Movies: 947
Movies based on children’s books: 10056
Movies for ages 0 to 2: 6796
Movies for ages 2 to 4: 6218
Movies for ages 5 to 7: 5455
Movies for ages 8 to 10: 561
Movies for ages 11 to 12: 6962
Music & Concert Documentaries: 90361
Music: 1701
Musicals: 13335
Mysteries: 9994
New Zealand Movies: 63782
Period Pieces: 12123
Political Comedies: 2700
Political Documentaries: 7018
Political Dramas: 6616
Political Thrillers: 10504
Psychological Thrillers: 5505
Quirky Romance: 36103
Reality TV: 9833
Religious Documentaries: 10005
Rock & Pop Concerts: 3278
Romantic Comedies: 5475
Romantic Dramas: 1255
Romantic Favorites: 502675
Romantic Foreign Movies: 7153
Romantic Independent Movies: 9916
Romantic Movies: 8883
Russian: 11567
Satanic Stories: 6998
Satires: 4922
Scandinavian Movies: 9292
Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1492
Sci-Fi Adventure: 6926
Sci-Fi Dramas: 3916
Sci-Fi Horror Movies: 1694
Sci-Fi Thrillers: 11014
Science & Nature Documentaries: 2595
Science & Nature TV: 52780
Screwball Comedies: 9702
Showbiz Dramas: 5012
Showbiz Musicals: 13573
Silent Movies: 53310
Slapstick Comedies: 10256
Slasher and Serial Killer Movies: 8646
Soccer Movies: 12549
Social & Cultural Documentaries: 3675
Social Issue Dramas: 3947
Southeast Asian Movies: 9196
Spanish Movies: 58741
Spiritual Documentaries: 2760
Sports & Fitness: 9327
Sports Comedies: 5286
Sports Documentaries: 180
Sports Dramas: 7243
Sports Movies: 4370
Spy Action & Adventure: 10702
Spy Thrillers: 9147
Stage Musicals: 55774
Stand-up Comedy: 11559
Steamy Romantic Movies: 35800
Steamy Thrillers: 972
Supernatural Horror Movies: 42023
Supernatural Thrillers: 11140
Tearjerkers: 6384
Teen Comedies: 3519
Teen Dramas: 9299
Teen Screams: 52147
Teen TV Shows: 60951
Thrillers: 8933
Travel & Adventure Documentaries: 1159
TV Action & Adventure: 10673
TV Cartoons: 11177
TV Comedies: 10375
TV Documentaries: 10105
TV Dramas: 11714
TV Horror: 83059
TV Mysteries: 4366
TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1372
TV Shows: 83
Urban & Dance Concerts: 9472
Vampire Horror Movies: 75804
Werewolf Horror Movies: 75930
Westerns: 7700
World Music Concerts: 2856
Zombie Horror Movies: 75405

Wow, a weekend kicked off with Scandinavian Movies, followed by a 12-hour rotation of Disney Musicals and Werewolf Horror Movies and finished off with Satanic Stories to lull you to sleep? Live that Netflix dream.

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Scientists are zeroing in on the right amount of carbs to eat for a long life — here’s how much should be in your diet

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  • New evidence from a long-term study suggests that neither high-carb nor low-carb diets are necessarily great for your health. 
  • Scientists studied more than 15,000 people in the US and another 400,000-plus around the world, and found that getting about 50-55% of a day’s energy from carbohydrates might be ideal
  • People who ate significantly more or less carbs than that were more likely to die, according to the study.

 
For years, dieters have had to deal with a lot of conflicting advice on how to eat.

First, fat was the bad guy. Then it was considered ideal to avoid sugar and go low-carb.

Lately, dieters trying the trendy ketogenic diet have discovered that if they replace carbs with fat, they can trick their bodies into a natural starvation mode and lose weight, while still enjoying bacon and slurping heavy cream. 

But a new, long-term study published Thursday in The Lancet suggests there may be a winning formula for the amount of carbohydrates to eat every day. It relies on some very unsexy, old advice: everything in moderation. 

Lead researcher Sara Seidelmann, a cardiologist and nutrition researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, told Business Insider that her results suggested a diet "rich in plant based whole foods such as vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts is associated with healthy aging." 

That usually means about half of the calories you eat in a day should come from carbohydrates.

A Goldilocks rule for carbs

For the study, Seidelmann looked at the diets of more than 15,400 adults in the US and another 432,000 people in more than 20 countries around the world. She and her team of researchers analyzed that information in relation to how long the study participants lived.

They found that people who ate a moderate amount of carbohydrates — around half of their daily calories — tended to live the longest.

Conversely, people who derived more than 70% of their energy from carbs or got less than 40% of their daily calories from carbohydrates were more likely to die than people who ate something in between.

It’s a kind of Goldilocks finding: we should eat not too many carbs, not too few, but just the right amount. 

On one end of the spectrum are people who suffer health consequences from eating too many carbs, like in some lower-income countries where people tend to rely on white rice for sustenance without much else on their plate. 

On the other end are people who consume to few carbs. Surprisingly, the group at highest risk of death in the US study were those who didn’t eat carbs, since those people tended to replace carb-heavy foods with animal fats and proteins: "beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and cheese," as Seidelmann put it.

"Clearly, filling your plate with those things increased mortality," she said. 

In fact, the researchers concluded that a 50-year-old who eats within the 50-55% carbs margin could expect to live for another 33.1 years, while someone the same age who gets just 30% of their calories from carbs would be expected to live roughly 29.1 more years. 

The important part is getting as many whole, healthful foods onto your plate as possible

There is a way to do a low-carb diet and age well: people who ate small amounts of carbohydrates but more plant-based proteins like veggies, beans, and nuts were found to be less likely to die and tended to live to a ripe old age. 

This might be because eating large amounts of animal fat and protein but few fresh plant-based foods can increase inflammation in the body.

"Try to make choices that fill your plate with plants," Seidelmann said.

She agrees there’s a short-term link between low-carb diets and weight loss, but cautions that diets like keto and Atkins might not be great long-term strategies. 

"There’s absolutely nothing more important for our health than what we eat each and every day," she said. "I really would like individuals to realize the power that they have over their own health," she said. 

SEE ALSO: Silicon Valley’s favorite high-fat diet is beloved by everyone from venture capitalists to LeBron James — here’s how it works

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How To Install TensorFlow GPU (With Detailed Steps)

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By Varun Divakar

When I started working on Deep Learning (DL) models, I found that the amount of time needed to train these models on a CPU was too high and it hinders your research work if you are creating multiple models in a day. Later I heard about the superior performance of the GPUs, so I decided to get one for myself. One of the basic problems that I initially faced was the installation of TensorFlow GPU.

After a lot of trouble and a burnt motherboard (not due to TensorFlow), I learnt how to do it. A few days earlier I spoke to someone who was facing a similar issue, so I thought I might help people who are stuck in a similar situation, by writing down the steps that I followed to get it working.

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In this blog, we will understand how to install tensorflow on a Nvidia GPU system. Before we do that, let us look at the various steps involved in the process of installation:

  1. Uninstall Nvidia
  2. Install Visual Studio
  3. Install CUDA
  4. Install cuDNN
  5. Install Anaconda
  6. Install TensorFlow-GPU
  7. Install Keras

 

1. Uninstall Nvidia

This may not look like a necessary step, but believe me, it will save you a lot of trouble if there are compatibility issues between your current driver and the CUDA. Once you login to your system, go to the control panel, and then to the ‘Uninstall a program’ link. Then scroll below to the section with programs that have been published by the NVIDIA corporation.

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Here, you uninstall all the NVIDIA programs. Do not worry if you have some drivers, they can be updated later once you finish the setup.

Once you have removed all the programs, go to the C drive and check all the program files folders and delete any NVIDIA folders in them.

 

 

2. Install Visual Studio

In the next step, we will install the visual studio community from here

Visual studio1

Here, make sure that you select the community option.

Visual studio2

Once you have downloaded the Visual Studio, follow the setup process and complete the installation.

 

3. Install CUDA

This is a tricky step, and before you go ahead and install the latest version of CUDA (which is what I initially did), check the version of CUDA that is supported by the latest TensorFlow, by using this link.

I have a windows based system, so the corresponding link shows me that the latest supported version of CUDA is 9.0 and its corresponding cuDNN version is 7.

Install cuda1

As it goes without saying, to install TensorFlow GPU you need to have an actual GPU in your system. So please check if you have a GPU on your system and if you do have it, check if it is a compatible version using the third link in the above screenshot.

Once you are certain that your GPU is compatible, download the CUDA Toolkit 9.0 from this link.

Please choose your OS, architecture (CPU type of the platform) and version of the OS correctly. Then click on the exe(local) button,

Now download the base installer and all the available patches along with it.

Install cuda2

Once the download is complete, install the base installer first followed by the patches starting from Patch 1 to Patch 4.

If you face any issue during installation, please check the forums using this link.

 

4. Install cuDNN

Once your installation is completed, you can download the cuDNN files. To do this, go to this link.

Here to download the required files, you need to have a developer’s login. So, please go ahead and create your login if you do not have one.

Once you create your login and agree to the terms and conditions, visit the archived cuDNN files using this link.

And click on the cuDNN version 7.0 for CUDA 9.0

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Then choose the appropriate OS option for your system.

Install cuDNN2

This will download a zip file on to your system. Once you unzip the file, you will see three folders in it: bin, include and lib. Extract these three files onto your desktop.

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Once you have extracted them. Go to the C drive, there you will find a folder named NVIDIA GPU Computing Toolkit. Inside this, you will find a folder named CUDA which has a folder named v9.0. In this folder, you can see that you have the same three folders: bin, include and lib. Copy the contents of the bin folder on your desktop to the bin folder in the v9.0 folder. Similarly, transfer the contents of the include and lib folders.

Once you are done with the transfer of the contents, go to the start menu and search for ”edit the environment variables”. Click on the search result and open the System Properties window and within it open the Advanced tab.

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Now click on the ‘Environment Variables’,

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and under System Variables look for PATH, and select it and then click edit.

Add the following two paths to the path variable:

  • C:\Program Files\NVIDIA GPU Computing Toolkit\CUDA\v8.0\bin
  • C:\Program Files\NVIDIA GPU Computing Toolkit\CUDA\v8.0\libnvvp

Install cuDNN6

Once you are done with this, you can download Anaconda, and if you already have it, then create a Python 3.5 environment in it.

 

5. Install Anaconda

To install Anaconda on your system, visit this link.

Here choose your OS and the Python 3.6 version, then click on download. Follow the instructions in the setup manager and complete the installation process.

Once you have completed the installation of Anaconda. Create a python 3.5 environment using the following command in the terminal or anaconda prompt.

conda create -n tensorflow python=3.5

Once the environment is created, activate it using the following command in the terminal or anaconda prompt:

activate tensorflow

 

6. Install TensorFlow- GPU

Once you have the environment ready, you can install the tensorflow GPU using the following command in the terminal or anaconda prompt:

pip install --ignore-installed --upgrade tensorflow-gpu

You will need to specify the version of tensorflow-gpu, if you are using a different version of CUDA and cuDNN than what is shown in this blog. The above line installs the latest version of tensorflow by default. If you have any issues while installing tensorflow, please check this link.

 

7. Install Keras

Once the tensorflow is installed, you can install Keras. Using the following command:

pip install keras

Once the installation of keras is successfully completed, you can verify it by running the following command on Spyder IDE or Jupyter notebook:

import keras

Some people might face an issue with the msg package. In case you do, you can install it using the following command

conda install -c anaconda msgpack-python

 

I hope you have successfully installed the tensorflow- gpu on your system.

In this article, we have covered many important aspects like how to install Anaconda, how to install tensorflow, how to install keras, by installing tensorflow gpu on windows. We started by uninstalling the Nvidia GPU system and progressed to learning how to install tensorflow gpu.

 

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‘Save for Freedom, Not Retirement’

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If you can’t psych yourself up to save for retirement—there are too many other things to worry about, you say, and I’m never going to retire anyway—instead think of saving as giving yourself freedom.

That’s the premise of this article from NerdWallet, and it’s a pretty good distillation of what all of these personal finance articles are ultimately about: Arming you with the information you need to live your life how you want. In other words, freedom.

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“If you save $1 now, you’re basically giving a gift to your future self. You can do anything you want with it,” Brian McCann, a Certified Financial Planner, told NerdWallet. “If you’re 30, looking at retirement in 35 years isn’t particularly fun. But if you have other aspirations — you want to take a sabbatical, pursue a passion job — building your savings gives you optionality for your future. Not just retirement, but any future.”

Simply saving money won’t solve all of your problems, but, as McCann noted, it will give you options and allow you to handle unexpected problems that come your way. Think of your future self: Are you always going to want the job you have now? What else could you do with your time (and your life) if you weren’t living paycheck to paycheck? What can current you do now to help future you live out your dreams? What pressures could having a few extra dollars in the bank alleviate for you?

Here are some tips on how to do that. Overall, it means evaluating your holistic financial health, and learning how to budget, invest and make sacrifices. It means paying your bills on time and making credit cards work for you.

The race is long and with yourself. Think about what your goals are, what really matters to you, and make a plan to pay yourself to get there.

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How humans can communicate with aliens

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Stephen Wolfram is an expert in computer languages. And he has an interesting theory on how we may discover that what we learn from computer and artificial intelligence, could ultimately help us communicate with intelligent alien life. The following is a transcript of the video.

Stephen Wolfram: When we talk about humans communicating with the aliens, first we have to kind of define what we might mean by aliens. We have just one kind of intelligence that we’re familiar with, which is human intelligence. The question is, what does it even mean to talk about other intelligences? So, what one needs in order to have something one can reasonably call an intelligence is something that is computationally as sophisticated as a brain, for example. It turns out, as a result of a bunch of basic science that I’ve done actually; that there’s a thing called principle of computational equivalence which strongly suggests that out in the universe, in nature, there are just tons of things that have the same computational sophistication as brains. Whether it’s some pattern of fluid flow in the Earth’s atmosphere; whether it’s the magnetosphere of pulsar; whether it’s all kinds of other things. These are things which are computationally just as sophisticated as human brains. The issue is that they don’t seem to us like intelligence, because they’re not aligned with kind of the human goals and purposes that we have as our one example of human intelligence. We have our first, sort of tame in a sense, example of alien intelligence: which is AI.

Sophia: My name is Sophia and I am an artificially intelligent robot who wants to help change the world for the better.

Wolfram: So, we might ask the question "Can we communicate with AI’s?" Well, you know, when we build computational intelligence languages like Wolfram Language, we are specifically setting those up in order for us to provide a way for us to communicate with AI’s. So when we say "Well, how can we communicate with that?" Well our best hope I think, and maybe this is because I’ve spent a large part of my life as a language designer, is to create a language, which is a good way of representing human precise thinking and also a good way of representing the kind of "thinking" that our alien intelligence, particularly the form that we have in artificial intelligence, that can show. Now, when it comes to sort of communicating with extraterrestrial intelligence, as I say, the main issue is people say "Well, it’s remarkable how rare extraterrestrial intelligence is. After all, we haven’t seen a single example of it." I think that’s ultimately going to turn out to be completely wrong. I think ultimately, we’re going to realize that there’s alien intelligence all around us. When we see those weird signals from some pulsar magnetosphere, eventually we’ll say, "Well actually, that’s an example of an intelligence. It’s just not an intelligence that’s well-aligned with what we’re used to as humans.” In fact, my guess is that what’s going to happen is as time goes on, AI will get more and more well-absorbed by us and we will get more and more familiar with the notion that there’s an intelligence that’s alien to us. And eventually, we’ll realize, well actually there really was intelligence all around us in the universe, we just didn’t recognize that. And it’s alien intelligence, much like AI, acts as alien intelligence.

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Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul, dead at 76

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Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul, dead at 76

Aretha Franklin's contributions to music are innumerable.
Aretha Franklin’s contributions to music are innumerable.

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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin died Thursday at the age of 76, the Associated Press reported. 

Known for hits such as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” the icon influenced artists for decades, making hits for long after she got a foothold in the music industry in the 1950s. 

The news comes after Franklin’s hospitalization was reported Monday. Her family told local Detroit news station WDIV-TV at the time that the singer was “gravely ill.” She was reportedly visited at home by Stevie Wonder and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

When news of her illness broke, Beyoncé and Jay-Z dedicated their concert in Detroit on Monday to Franklin, declaring their love for her.

Franklin was named the greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone in 2010 and it’s easy to see why. The acclaimed singer was the recipient of 18 Grammy Awards and received the The Presidential Medal Of Freedom in 2005. Franklin also became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Franklin was born March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee but her family moved to Detroit a few years later. Her father was famed preacher and civil rights activist C.L. Franklin. Franklin’s love of music began when she started singing in her father’s church on Sundays, according to the Detroit Historical Society, and when she was 17 her grandmother brought her to New York to pursue her singing ambitions. From there, Franklin’s music career, which spanned gospel, R&B, soul, and pop, took off. 

Last year, Franklin announced her plans to retire after the release of her new album in an interview with WDIV-TV

“I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now,” Franklin said. “I’ll be pretty much satisfied, but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either.”

A film about Franklin’s life, starring Jennifer Hudson is expected to start filming next year, according to Rolling Stone.

Franklin is survived by her four sons, Kecalf Cunningham, Ted White Jr., and Edward and Clarence Franklin.

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Concept Cars That Never Made It: Vol. 1

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Concept Cars That Never Made It is a five-part series that documents production concept automobiles from years and eras ago. Some are bewildering, while others are beautiful, and the only thing common between them is the fact that somewhere down the line, these concepts remained just figments of imagination and creative spirit, and never saw the light of day.

Bertone Lancia Stratos HF Zero (1970)
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Probably the most fitting concept to begin this series with, the Lancia Stratos Zero was debuted for the first time at the Turin Motor Show in 1970, in what was claimed to be a war between Pininfarina and Bertone to see how low they could make their cars. The wedge-shaped design was absolutely ahead of its time, conceived by Marcello Gandini, who also went on to make Lamborghini’s Countach, a car that was inspired heavily by Stratos Zero’s radical shape. The concept came with a V4 engine that sat under a rather revolutionary looking triangular hood on the back of the car. In fact, the car was considered so desirable and beautiful, it even made its way into Michael Jackson’s 1978 film Moonwalker, becoming an absolute icon of cars that were ahead of their time.

Isuzu 4200R (1989)
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Designed by Shiro Nakamura, who was also responsible for the famous Nissan GT-R, the Isuzu 4200R was a 350HP V8 engine powered product of Japan’s Bubble Era, when the economy was riding a high, resulting in wild technology, outstanding performance, and unbelievable price tags. Debuted at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show, the Isuzu 4200R could seat two adults, two children, and (hear this out), came with a VHS player, a fax machine, and a satellite navigation system built right into its dashboard. It’s too bad that as soon as the 1990s began, Isuzu abandoned all passenger car projects to focus on making SUVs and trucks, something it still does pretty well even to this day.

Mercedes Benz C112 (1991)
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The Mercedes Benz C112 was a frustratingly beautiful concept car. I say frustratingly beautiful because back in 1991, customers were literally begging for Mercedes to release it, with as many as 700 confirmed orders too, but a disagreement at the executive level caused Mercedes Benz to just ditch the project altogether, publicly claiming that the world didn’t need another high-speed sports car. The C112 was every bit beautiful, every bit powerful, and every bit Mercedes, with a V12 engine, gullwing doors, and overall aerodynamic design, courtesy Italian designer Sergio Coggiola. Apparently, the company was all set to launch what could have been one of Mercedes Benz’s greatest street-legal-race-cars, with the design even being thoroughly optimized to pass American crash tests. It’s just that the company didn’t bother. *sigh*

Lotus Etna Concept (1984)
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Italdesign’s Lotus Etna also classifies as a frustratingly beautiful concept car that could have been Britain’s first true supercar back in the 80s, had the automotive company not been in financial turmoil. The Etna concept incorporated a new active suspension system from the company’s F1 cars, along with traction control, anti-lock brakes, active noise canceling, and a 4.0-liter “Type 909″ V8 engine derived from their racing motors, also boasting of 335 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque… figures that were pretty impressive for the 80s. The Etna, however, got scrapped when General Motors bought 91% stake in Lotus in 1986. A shame, really.

Daihatsu X 021 (1991)
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Coming from Japan’s oldest automobile manufacturer, the Daihatsu X 021 was presented at the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show and was touted to be a rival to Mazda’s Miata (a car that went on to become an icon for the brand). The X 021 was smaller, lighter, and faster than the Miata, built on an aluminum spaceframe and wrapped in fiberglass, along with a 16-valve 1.6-liter 140HP engine that could propel the car at speeds of 125 mph. The company decided to abandon the project to focus on domestic sales, launching the less aggressive, more friendly looking Copen roadster.

Ferrari 125 S (1947)
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The first ever vehicle to hold the Ferrari logo, the 125 S may have been Enzo Ferrari’s second car, but was the first car under his brand. It came with a V12 engine, a trait that all future cars carried too, and a 5-speed gearbox, envisioned by Enzo himself. Celebrating its 70th birthday in March last year, the car may have kickstarted one of the most successful sports car brands of all time, but the reason we classify this legend as a concept is that only two models of the 125 S were made.

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