Humans have been trying to quantify consciousness for at least as long as there have been written records and, likely, this search for understanding predates written records.

This is an area where recent advances in math and AI research starts shedding new light on an old topic. In this TEDx talk, Max Tegmark explores the notion of consciousness as an emergent mathematical pattern.

Every year since PDC09, I had dug up some code that I had originally wrote in 2009, patched it to grab the latest developer event, and then forget about it for another year.

A few years ago, I uploaded a CLI based tool to GitHub that would download sessions from the Build 2015 conference. In 2016, I added parameters to make it grab all items on Channel9 with an Event RSS feed. In 2018, I encountered some issues: first with the RSS feed then with some other oddities stemming from the previous approach, which had more or less in place since 2009.

You can grab the code on GitHub and get all the Build 2018 sessions, change the parameters to grab content from other events, and even contribute some code to add features you’d like to see added.

Example Uses

Get all the session videos from Build 2018

SessionDownloader.exe C:\Downloads\ https://s.ch9.ms/Events/Build/2018/RSS

Get all the session videos from Build 2017

SessionDownloader.exe C:\Downloads\ https://s.ch9.ms/Events/Build/2017/RSS

Get all the session videos from Build 2017 in audio format only

SessionDownloader.exe C:\Downloads\Audio\ https://s.ch9.ms/Events/Build/2016/RSS mp3

 

 

Ray Kurzweil is an author, computer scientist, inventor, futurist and a director of engineering at Google.

Kurzweil is a public advocate for the futurist and transhumanist movements, and gives public talks to share his optimistic outlook on life extension technologies and the future of nanotechnology, robotics, and biotechnology.

In this video, he ponders what the far side of computer science looks like: Computronium

I’ve long been a fan of integrating maps into applications, especially given how easy it is to get started. But there’s a lot more to mapping than just figuring out where the nearest Starbucks is.

Learn about the cartography design process as well as the robust data behind the curtains.

 

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