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DailyDirt: Are You Smarter Than A Dolphin?

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We may think we're pretty smart, but animals like dolphins are pretty smart too. For over 30 years, scientists have been trying to determine how smart dolphins really are. Bottlenose dolphins have a brain-to-body-weight ratio that is only second to humans, and they also have a very complex neocortex, the...
DailyDirt: Are You Smarter Than A Dolphin?

Will monitoring our health be like managing a stock portfolio?

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Among Quantified Self devotees who log their every step, calorie and heart beat, Stephen Wolfram, the scientist and innovator behind Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica, is something of a self-tracking superstar. For decades, he’s been collecting all kinds of personal information, from emails sent and received to meetings and phone calls and all of his daily...
Will monitoring our health be like managing a stock portfolio?

The vast gulf between current technology and theoretical singularity

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An interesting pair of news posts caught my eye this week, and they’re worth presenting for general discussion. First, VentureBeat has an interview with futurologist Ray Kurzweil, who made waves in 2005 with his book The Singularity Is Near. In it, Kurzweil posits that we’re approaching a point at which...
The vast gulf between current technology and theoretical singularity

Futures of the Internet

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Earlier this year the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Elon University conducted research toward The Future of the Internet IV, the latest in their survey series, which began with Future of the Internet I – 2004. This latest report includes guided input from subjects such as...
Futures of the Internet

DailyDirt: Non-human Intelligence

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Humans aren't the only animals on our planet that can communicate with other members of our species. As we study more of our fellow creatures, we continue to find surprising instances of intelligence and thought and problem-solving abilities. Here are just a few examples. Japanese scientists have created images showing...
DailyDirt: Non-human Intelligence

A CAPTCHA That Asks How You Feel About Homosexuality

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Choose wisely. (Photo: screencap) CAPTCHAs are a good way to sort the bots from the bodies, providing a bulwark against the never-ending flood of spam. But because proving you’re human requires a moment of your attention, captchas also happen to be a great place to embed a political message. That’s...
A CAPTCHA That Asks How You Feel About Homosexuality

AI robot: how machine intelligence is evolving

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No computer can yet pass the 'Turing test' and be taken as human. But the hunt for artificial intelligence is moving in a different, exciting direction that involves creativity, language – and even jazz'I propose to consider the question "Can machines think?"' Not my question but the opening of Alan...
AI robot: how machine intelligence is evolving

7 stories to read this weekend

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I have to admit, being in New York, there is little or no chance I am opening my computer this weekend. However, for you I have put together this list of stories to read over the weekend. Hope you enjoy them. Who says magazines are dead? There is just a...
7 stories to read this weekend
Bird brains? Crows remember your face (and know you're hiding in there)
Lauren McCarthy Let The Crowd Control Her Date, And Soon You Can Too

Futures of the Internet

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Pew Internet’s latest report, Future of the Internet IV (that’s the Roman numeral IV — four — not the abbreviation for intravenous, which is how my bleary eyes read it at half past midnight, after a long day of travel), is out. Sez the Overview, A survey of nearly 900...
Futures of the Internet

Amazon Streamlines Mechanical Turk With Automatic Categorization App

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The idea behind Amazon's Mechanical Turk is pretty simple - break programming work down into bite-sized chunks, and put it in front of a large workforce that can do the work quickly and cheaply. Part of the challenge of that is making it easy for requesters to create the...
Amazon Streamlines Mechanical Turk With Automatic Categorization App

Rice University Professor: SkyNET's Gonna Take Ur Jerbs!

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It's sad to note how collective humanity has done an ostrich on the warnings about the machines. Still the NFL exists, robbing us of our best and brightest, who will no longer be available for the coming war with SkyNET. Conferences on what to do about the surely coming...
Rice University Professor: SkyNET's Gonna Take Ur Jerbs!
Even Ray Kurzweil is nervous about a future with hyper-intelligent machines

Will Eaves: What I'm thinking about ... artificial intelligence

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'Babbage's beautiful monster, with all its banks of ante-digital data, is no more a self-starting entity than my laptop. Or my toaster'At a recent centenary-year conference on the life and work of the mathematician and logician Alan Turing - a pioneer in artificial intelligence (AI) - I found myself asking...
Will Eaves: What I'm thinking about ... artificial intelligence

Read/Write Daily: Life Forms

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Today's theme is life forms. We use technology to improve ourselves, but underneath all the gadgets and wires, we're still the same hairy animals. Is there something special about human beings? Kevin Drum doesn't think we're special. He thinks human intelligence boils down to something pretty mundane. In fact, some...
Read/Write Daily: Life Forms

Read/Write Daily: An Army of Robot Fish

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Today's theme is R&D. Even in seemingly calamitous times, there's still mind-boggling technological progress rolling out. It hasn't saved the world yet, but some pieces are falling into place. Look at these new inventions and imagine the possibilities. Fox News (sorry) reports on a new scientific ghost town, the...
Read/Write Daily: An Army of Robot Fish

DIY 'Descriptive Camera' captures images, prints out prose

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Have you ever wished that cameras could capture not only an image of the scene in front of them, but also describe it to you in plain English? Ok, what if it bypassed the whole "photo" thing and just spit out a slip of paper with words on it?...
DIY 'Descriptive Camera' captures images, prints out prose

The Hivemind Singularity

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In a near-future science fiction novel, human intelligence evolves into a hivemind that makes people the violent cells of a collective being....
The Hivemind Singularity
A look at how Google builds accurate maps with 'Ground Truth' data

Jeff Bezos Is Indulging His 11-Year-Old Self And We Love It (AMZN)

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Jeff Bezos once was a very precocious child who loved science and reading, particularly science fiction. Jeff Bezos is now a business executive who just spent $775 million on a robot company. If you had asked an 11-year-old Jeff Bezos to let his imagination run wild and think of...
Jeff Bezos Is Indulging His 11-Year-Old Self And We Love It (AMZN)

Great Startups Need Founders' Heart, Mind and Soul

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Everyone's heard startup advice about the importance of having a balanced management team. For instance, a tech whiz with no sales skills needs to have a strong salesperson on board to land investors. But a new book argues that startup management teams need a balance not only of job experience...
Great Startups Need Founders' Heart, Mind and Soul
Research | The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest for the New AI

Emerging technologies are creating new ethical challenges for UX designers

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New technologies have always produced unintended consequences. But user experience (UX) designers and engineers face a number of new ethical challenges today with the rise of technology and our interaction and dependence on it. UX designers’ primary job is to improve usability and extend productivity. But they also have a...
Emerging technologies are creating new ethical challenges for UX designers
A better, faster, cheaper way to do video subtitles — now, with added techology!

How Localmind taps into collective human intelligence to find you the best local espresso

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Localmind, an expert guide disguised as a question and answer app, has reached version 2.0 and expanded its ability to help you find the best local stuff. Specifically, you can now ask questions about a general area, not just a specific location, and there are some nice refinements to public...
How Localmind taps into collective human intelligence to find you the best local espresso

The Internet in 2020 - What the Experts Predict

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Most experts agree that Google won't make us stupid. Indeed, 76% of technology stakeholders and critics interviewed by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and the Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University believe that the Internet and search engines will enhance human intelligence by 2020. For...
The Internet in 2020 - What the Experts Predict

Online Shoppers Want Clothes That Match Their Lifestyle, Not A Set Of Parameters

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The average conversion rate on retailer websites sits in the low- to mid-single digits. In comparison, the average conversion rate in off-line stores is over 60%. Closing this gap could represent one of the largest sources of growth opportunity for retailers today, and yet our work with retailers suggests they...
Online Shoppers Want Clothes That Match Their Lifestyle, Not A Set Of Parameters

What happened to Turing's thinking machines?

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Artificial intelligence is still a long way from delivering the human intelligence in robot form that has long been common in science fiction....
What happened to Turing's thinking machines?
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