John McCain: Here’s why I voted no and killed the ‘skinny repeal’

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Senator John McCain was one of three Republican “no” votes against the GOP health care plan early Friday morning, and is being hailed as the man who killed the so-called Obamacare “skinny repeal.”

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Reverse engineer your favorite food with an app

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Remember when “Julie and Julia” was the craziest thing to ever happen to the food world? We’ve come a long way, baby. 

Now, there’s an app that claims to actually look at photos of food and know what the dish is and even how to prepare it. 

Pic2Recipe is the artificial intelligence system developed by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory that analyzes photos of food and actually tells you what the food is and how to cook it. 

The researchers used websites like All Recipes to create the Recipe 1M database with — you guessed it — over one million annotated recipes, complete information about various ingredients. The researchers then “used that data to train a neural network to find patterns and make connections between the food images and the corresponding ingredients and recipes.” Read more…

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New Zealand is luring the world’s tech talent over by flying them there for free

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When people think of moving to New Zealand, they think of pretty images of lush greenery and snow-capped mountains. And then there’s the draw of great work-life balance — and shelter from an apocalypse, no less.

But to build itself into a technology hub, it needs the specialised workforce. 

Wellington, the country’s capital with a population just under 500,000, is working on that by offering 100 tech workers a free week-long trip to the city, under its LookSee Wellington programme.

The unconventional marketing plan will fly you out, if you agree to pre-arranged job interviews with companies in the area.  Read more…

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