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Life After Nipsey: Heartbroken Los Angeles tries to keep running Hussle’s marathon

“When you seen so much death you start dealing with Christ / If you ever make it out you give em different advice / Put my truth in this music hope I’m givin’

Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom, with a team of business partners, owned and operated the store, a neighborhood staple since it opened nearly two years ago.

The space was Hussle, a child of cracked concrete, not only giving back but planting deep roots in the community where he was born and raised.

to actually owning that building.” Marcus (not his real name), though, is a young man from around the way and was hired shortly after Marathon opened by Hussle’s brother and Marathon co-owner Samiel “Blacc Sam” Asghedom.

Marcus said he attempted to console co-workers and, as he puts it, to “be mentally cool and stable in that situation.” Hussle died a short time later.

Two days later, alleged gang member and struggling musician Eric Holder, 29, was charged with his murder, two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Hussle’s death capped what Los Angeles law enforcement officials are calling a “troubling surge” that included 26 shooting victims and 10 fatalities over a week.

“I just been keeping my mind distracted.” While the world mourns Hussle’s death, all it takes is standing in the parking lot of the Fatburger restaurant near Marathon Clothing for a new truth to become clear.

Some fans find solace in Hussle’s music — even as hip-hop struggles to find peace just six months after the soul-shattering death in September of Mac Miller.

Hussle’s childhood poems — unearthed by an elementary school classmate, revealing a child with vision and empathy beyond his years — have gone viral.

There’s also the too-familiar, agonizing pain of Hussle’s parents, siblings, close friends and others — survivors of gun violence, struggling to make sense of it all.

What has so struck countless people — such as Rep. Karen Bass, who’ll honor Hussle this week on the House Floor — was Hussle’s philanthropic and entrepreneurial spirit.

There’s the community pride via Hussle’s advocacy of Destination Crenshaw, a 1.3-mile open-air museum that pays homage to the black history and art of Crenshaw Boulevard.

He also launched Vector90, a coworking space, and Too Big To Fail, a science, technology, engineering and math pad where young boys and girls could obtain professional development skills.

Hussle’s homegoing service figures to be the biggest funeral — upward of 12,000 are expected — in Los Angeles since Michael Jackson’s a decade ago.

This includes Westbrook’s 20-20-20 game-worn jersey and and sneakers, as well as jerseys from LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Lou Williams, James Harden, Isaiah Thomas, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Kuzma and others — all featuring personal handwritten messages to Hussle.

This mindset resonated deeply with fans: “Royalties, publishing, plus I own masters,” he boasted on “Dedication.” “Taught you how to charge more than what they paid for you n—-s / Own the whole thing for you n—-s / Re-invest, double up then explained for you n—-s” was his truth on “Last Time That I Checc’d.” This being Los Angeles, there is no shortage of celebrity deaths.

Samantha Smith, Nipsey’s sister, honored her brother as a real-life “superhero.” Asia Hampton, 26, visits makeshift memorial for Nipsey Hussle at his store The Marathon and shooting scene on Slauson Avenue on April 02, 2019 in Los Angeles.

“I love you forever, and I will cry forever.” “I’m feeling heroic but life is a dice game / And they dare you to blow it / You might get a stripe man, but that ain’t gon’

pay for the strollers.” Like so many Hussle lyrics now, this one from 2016’s “Picture Me Rollin’” — about his daughter, Emani — is agonizing to hear: “It’s never enough to console her / Telling, your daddy’s a soldier / She needs you right now in this moment / Not dead on your back pushing roses.” Hussle’s relationship with London was another growing branch on his tree of life.

London called Hussle her best friend, sanctuary, protector and soul in her first public statement after his murder.

LAPD officer Jonathan Moreno, left, receives a bouquet from Rochelle Trent, 64, to be placed at a makeshift memorial for Nipsey Hussle at his business The Marathon and shooting scene on Slauson Avenue on April 02, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images “When I think of myself as a black woman, and him as a father, and I think of him having Lauren as his partner, I feel like that has to be one of the worst nightmares that any black woman can go through,” says Singleton.

Chris didn’t like when a clearly grieving Westbrook, a Los Angeles native, apparently shouted out Hussle’s Rollin 60’s Crips set after his iconic 20-20-20 (equals 60) triple-double against the Lakers on April 2.

“It’s a lot of people who were calling who said they wanted to get together and come to the vigil and pay respect.” Most are taking a wait-and-see approach, but there is some hope that Hussle’s death can produce some change moving forward, both within gang culture and in the city and country’s collective mindstate.

Beyond that, I hope that the rest of the nation, especially us as black people, [we] take notes from what Nipsey was doing, and what he was trying to do and what he did do, and try and implement that in our daily lives.”

“We just embrace the only life we know / If it was me, I would tell you, ‘N—a, live your life and grow’ / I’d tell you, ‘Finish what we started, reach them heights, you know?’ ” Hussle’s cries kick down the doors of the soul.

In front of the Shell gas station at the corner, locals sell paintings and portraits commemorating Hussle, while music directs mourners to an informal memorial’s line.

“Put a circle around Nipsey,” a man says, holding a slab of ribs while waiting in line, tears streaming down his face from behind black sunglasses.

“It’s a shame Nipsey had to die for the ’hoods to come together like this,” a woman says, eating her fries while looking at the different gang sets and neighborhoods standing in line for food.

Hussle’s creative spirit was a lighthouse of prosperity built by a person who refused to give up on blocks many deemed a terror zone.

Our field isn't quite “artificial intelligence” – it's “cognitive automation” | Hacker News

But I don't even see the point at mastering Chess past a certain level, and I'm certainly not going to bother with mastering a RTS game like StarCraft.

The scary thing is if some military planner thinks the StarCraft AI is sufficiently smart enough, to put on military weapons systems, and used to hunt down other humans.

Corporate America can keep cranking out new and evolved products to sell, and slap an AI sticker on it.

We just think of it as a wonky pattern recognition engine, that half the time doesn't work, and the other half is frustrating enough, that we just type it out ourselves.

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You said, 'Google is an applied AI company.' And I was thinking: What an extraordinary thing this is, that this company that started off as a, quote, 'search engine,' a particularly lovely and useful thing, has transformed itself in this either ultimately terrifying way or extraordinarily exciting way into a million other things.

And I have a lot of friends who work there who are just really smart and they do sort of think-tank things within this unimaginably profitable company because they can afford to have folks like that that might not turn out to have practical applications.

Russ Roberts: The opportunity for human beings to use AI maliciously, malevolently--forget the kind of bias issues we talked about that are worrisome and troubling--but the opportunity for people to deliberately steer things in ways that would be destructive.

I worry a lot about the next Presidential election and the one after that where the ability to create video and photographs that will be indistinguishable from other actual news[?] footage is going to be hard to resist for folks.

Russ Roberts: But the billboard, actually, they've crossed out the word 'Don't' and put 'Can't'--'Can't be evil.' That strikes me--and it's obviously an ad for some piece of software or project that is going to put some kind of ethics built into it rather than just relying on the good-natured training of the programmers.

13 Must-Read Books About Artificial Intelligence for 2020, According to 3 AI Pros

Artificial intelligence is inescapable.  It’s correcting your bad grammar and personalizing your music playlists.

That degree of ubiquity — not to mention AI’s potential to upend the future of work — means even tech agnostics would benefit from at least a working knowledge of its concepts.

At the same time, AI’s ever-growing complexity means practitioners need to know the wheat from the chaff when it comes to practical application how-to’s.

The panel includes: Jana Eggers, CEO of Nara Logics, a machine-learning-powered recommendation engine Garrett Smith, founder of Guild AI, an open-source machine-learning engineering platform Alex Castrounis, an AI consultant and author of AI for People and Business: A Framework for Better Human Experiences and Business Success Their selections range from a highly technical consideration of AI’s so-called black box problem to a historical overview of machine learning;

Two things to bear in mind: People should know about the different tribes, as the author calls them, and they should also understand that most solutions are going to be ensemble systems, meaning it's not going to be one-tribe-takes-all.

It is a little more dry than my next pick, but will give you a spoonful of sugar to go with the shredded wheat — and I like shredded wheat, to be clear.

Engineers have [read it and] been like, “I never understood why it was so hard to work on my teams, and I've been part of the problem!” Or, “I've hated our designer all this time, and now I understand them and what their role is and what my role is!” Cagan puts together a good framework for how to define and deliver products.

Even if you're not putting the explicit tags of bias — gender, race, things like that — there's so much [that’s] built in and been reinforced because of what the human bias thinks already.

see this book as being kind of a shot across the bow of the deep learning/connectionist camp, which has sort of taken over the discussion around artificial intelligence.

Rebooting AI argues, let's take stock of artificial intelligence, our goals and what useful AI would look like, and ask ourselves, How close to this does deep learning —  and NeurIPS is the deep learning/neural network camp — really get us?

The thesis basically is: It gets us down the road in some ways, but in a whole host of areas it doesn't get us anywhere we need to get.  And all the attention applied to deep learning right now is, in the authors’ view, somewhat distracting from other areas that could yield fruit.

They're trying to encourage a broader view of AI, revisiting some of the more classical AI camps and disciplines — looking at work that's 40 and 50 years old in some cases as being integral to the advancement of artificial intelligence.

Probably the defining problem of our day is that, as you start to become more sophisticated and your models become more complex, the ability to understand those models — why they're doing what they're doing, why they're making the predictions that they're making — becomes much more difficult.

AI has a lot of promise, but as you start to move toward that promise, your risks go up proportionately — where models do things that are not just mysterious , but potentially quite dangerous depending on the application.  As AI develops, topics of interpretability and transparency are going to come up.

As the math becomes more complex in making predictions, the math needed to interpret and understand those models as humans becomes more important and more advanced.

How the Mind Works is a very nice high-level view over human brain function, not necessarily directly applicable to artificial intelligence, but it is a very, very good book.

It’s becoming imperative for business leaders to understand artificial intelligence and machine learning at an appropriate level in order to build great data-centric products and solutions.

Given that, I wrote AI for People and Businesses for executives, managers and non-technical folks that are interested in leveraging AI within their organization, and to fill a gap that I saw in the AI literature.

also wrote it for practitioners interested in a business perspective around AI, to give them frameworks they can use to explain complex AI concepts to their company’s leadership.

Every chapter is a similar length, with summaries on all the topics associated with machine learning plus the math behind it, but not like the rigorous derivation of all the equations.

It's also written in a very logical order that closely mimics the process, key considerations and trade-offs that data scientists and machine learning engineers follow when working on machine learning projects, end to end.

free online book that’s very easy to read and understand, specifically about neural networks and deep learning.

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