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How Will Machine Learning Impact Your Life?

GenDIY | Posted 10.13.2015 | Education

Tom Vander Ark Every high school student should be asked to write an essay about the future. There are a handful of trends that are likely to make ...

The Brave New World of Discrimination

Dennis D. Parker | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Dennis D. Parker

A patent recently acquired by Facebook could conceivably permit loan servicers to gain access to the credit ratings of a loan applicant's social network and then use that information to determine whether the applicant qualifies for a loan.

What Gender Stereotypes and Sexism Have to Do With Algorithms and Robots

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.27.2015 | Technology
Soraya Chemaly

Years of social-psychology studies show that humans default to organizing each other by gender, race and age and use stereotypes to create, define and perpetuate organizational norms. Implicit, unconscious biases are well understood and, while individual people themselves might not set out to consciously act in sexist and racist ways, systematized biases, left unexplored and addressed, yield sexist and racist results.

Algorithms for Elephants and Rhinos

Celia Black | Posted 05.25.2015 | Green
Celia Black

The illegal wildlife trade is emerging as one of the world's most lucrative criminal activities. Well-organized syndicates operating as transnational criminal networks linked to poaching often participate in other illegal activities, including trafficking of narcotics and weapons--some with ties to terrorist networks.

To Catch an Algo Thief

John Bates | Posted 04.28.2015 | Technology
John Bates

Cyberterrorism is on the upswing and algorithmic terrorism is the next iteration. So much of our economy is underpinned by electronic trading that protecting the markets is paramount.

AI vs. Human Intelligence: Why Computers Will Never Create Disruptive Innovations

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 04.26.2015 | Science
Nick Seneca Jankel

I am convinced that no computer, no matter how powerful, will ever be able to purposefully innovate an artistic breakthrough like Hip Hop; or a commercial one like Instagram. Breakthrough creativity is fundamentally organic, not algorithmic.

Can An Algorithm Actually Be Creative? (NEW BOOK)

Luke Dormehl | Posted 01.17.2015 | Books
Luke Dormehl

Forget Facebook manipulating our timelines as a mass social experiment, or Google mining our personal emails for advertising keywords. When it comes to algorithms, nothing gets the blood boiling more than the subject of creativity.

'The Knowledge' - Man vs. Machine

David Sederholt | Posted 01.06.2015 | Small Business
David Sederholt

Fintech or human insight? The simple logic remains that people make the best decisions concerning people and the small businesses they run. We supercharge our data collection and availability, but in the end, it is still a human looking through that telescope of technology.

Machines With Feelings

John Bates | Posted 10.04.2014 | Technology
John Bates

In Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy a computer called Deep Thought was asked to provide the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything...

Review: 'Disperse the Light' an Exhibition of New E-Lit

Illya Szilak | Posted 09.19.2014 | Books
Illya Szilak

Each year writers, critics and scholars of "born digital" literature congregate at the Electronic Literature Organization conference.

World Cup Sentiment Offers Insight into the Global Consciousness

John Bates | Posted 09.09.2014 | Technology
John Bates

Twitter mining is becoming the next big thing in algorithmic trading; with sentiment analysis being used to try to qualify and quantify the emotional chatter around a particular market.

Trends, Individuality and Belonging Part I: 5 Stars and Algorithms

Cosmin Gheorghe | Posted 08.12.2014 | Technology
Cosmin Gheorghe

It might look like a non-issue for many of you, but for an 11 years old this is a crucial matter: how do I deal with the fact that my personal choice is invalidated by the opinion of the masses?

I'm the Chairman of the Board

John Bates | Posted 08.04.2014 | Technology
John Bates

For the first time in known history an algorithm has been given a seat on a corporate board of directors. I always suspected that algorithms would take over the world, but this is an unexpected development.

Flashback to Black Monday

John Bates | Posted 07.23.2014 | Technology
John Bates

Regulators and other agencies need systems that are not only as fast as HFT trading platforms but are also smarter, sniffing out and alerting the authorities as and when something anomalous is happening rather than after the fact.

Which Algorithm Are You?

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.10.2014 | Technology
Marty Kaplan

I used to believe my tastes marked me as an individual. Now, thanks to algorithms, I know that I belong to taste tribes, and that I'm way more predictable than I could ever have imagined.

Inequality, Automation and the Political Class

Robert Moran | Posted 04.21.2014 | Technology
Robert Moran

America's political class would prefer to keep the discourse safely symbolic, put the vote buying on the federal credit card and retire into a comfortable lobbying or association post. In sterile business-speak, our time horizons are misaligned. But reality intrudes.

Dispute Over Divorce or Inheritance? Try This 'Envy-Free' Algorithm

Steven J. Brams | Posted 04.08.2014 | Science
Steven J. Brams

The problem of fairly dividing a divisible good, such as cake or land, between two people probably goes back to the dawn of civilization. But this problem pales in comparison to that of fairly dividing indivisible items, such as in a divorce or in the division of an estate between two heirs.

Video's Hidden 'Secret Sauce' Marketers Need To Know

Scott MacFarland | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

When a video is produced and shared, it has many benefits. Video has several powerful characteristics that make it a great storytelling medium. What we tend to forget is that SEO and quality score are also impacted.

Did Edward Snowden Kill the Search Engine Optimization Industry?

Chad Pollitt | Posted 11.29.2013 | Technology
Chad Pollitt

This past week has contained a couple of heart-skipping declarations for the SEO industry. The most recent was Google's announcement of its latest algorithm update -- Hummingbird.

Hearing the Shape of a Room

Ian Stewart | Posted 08.27.2013 | Science
Ian Stewart

This time it's echoes that matter, not vibrations. An echo arises when a pulse of sound hits something and bounces back. Sound travels quite fast, but it's not instantaneous, so the geometry of the room creates delays in the timing.

The Algorithm of Hollywood

Seth Jaret | Posted 07.10.2013 | Media
Seth Jaret

While I'm in favor of any great idea that might improve the quality of a screenplay -- or movies as a whole -- I am conflicted about what this means for the future of Hollywood... and humankind.

How Matchmaking Technology Can Help Reduce Teacher Turnover

Cassie Slane | Posted 04.19.2013 | Impact
Cassie Slane

The U.S education system faces a number of challenges, but I think we all can agree that good teachers are the backbone of our education system. Witho...


Tony Fish | Posted 06.17.2013 | Technology
Tony Fish

We love algorithms that help and save time. We are less enthusiastic when an algorithm determines our credit-worthiness unfavorably. So, how do we feel about algorithms that make decisions for us in a self-drive car?

Job References Are Pointless

Liz Ryan | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

If we cared about talent in our organizations, we'd recruit differently. If we cared about talent, we'd scrap the early-twentieth-century recruiting process we follow in nearly every organization.

Lost and Found in Translation

Geoff Cramer | Posted 01.12.2013 | Impact
Geoff Cramer

In 2011, post-9/11 male veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 faced an unemployment rate of 29 percent. Think about that for a moment. Think about that for a moment. Can you imagine a young person, after serving their country in very dangerous situations for a modest paycheck, coming home to an environment where around a third of his or her friends can't find a decent job?