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Eikenberry assesses U.S. role in Afghanistan

“We’ve done a lot there. We haven’t done it all well, but we should be proud of what we have done,” former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry M.A. ’94 said during his closing assessment of the United States’ role in Afghanistan. Eikenberry spoke to approximately 140 attendees about the transition to Afghan sovereignty in the Central Asian state Monday in Encina Hall’s Bechtel Conference Center.

Man vs. Machine

As a SymSys student focusing in Natural Language, from the minute I first heard about Watson, I was wildly excited by what it meant that IBM had built a question-answering machine sophisticated enough to play Jeopardy and be competitive with the best contestants. We’ve been talking a lot about Watson in my natural language processing class this quarter, and even though I still know very little about the field, I know enough to be amazed at what IBM’s been able to do so far.

n+1 founders share magazine-starting experience

N+1 founders Mark Greif and Keith Gessen spoke Tuesday evening on the pleasures and perils of starting a small literary magazine. In a presentation filled with humor and flecked with colorful anecdotes, Greif and Gessen offered advice to aspiring writers and entrepreneurs, sharing stories about the humble beginnings of what has in the last five years become a successful literary enterprise.