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Machines With Feelings

John Bates | Posted 08.04.2014 | 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...

Algorithms

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?

Fat Finger? No Way

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 10.06.2012 | Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

Speed traders make a fraction of a penny in fees, paid by stock exchanges, for each of the quadrillions of orders that traders can execute within mere seconds -- while losing no money, ever.

Internet Trolls: Disconnect and Reflect on Alan Turing

John Pavley | Posted 06.23.2012 | Technology
John Pavley

One of the world's greatest mathematicians and computer scientists would have been 100-years-old today. We are all in Alan Turing's debt. For all the wonderful gifts that Turing gave us, however, he was treated horribly.

Polarization and Algorithms

Richard Geldard | Posted 05.01.2012 | Technology
Richard Geldard

The effect of algorithmic control this political season has resulted in an increase in polarization. The result is that increasingly we grow to despise the other side.

Italian Borsa Move May Breed Brave New World of Algos

John Bates | Posted 04.28.2012 | Business
John Bates

The Borsa's solution, especially if it is embraced by other trading destinations, may spawn a new generation of intelligent "sensing" algos.

Sniffing Out Socialbots: The Combustive Potential of Social Media-Based Algorithms

John Bates | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business
John Bates

With the high frequency-obsessed trading community, speed is essential. And social media, particularly Twitter, is becoming a key source of high-speed information for feeding trading algorithms.

Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world

Kevin Slavin | Posted 12.06.2011 | Technology
Kevin Slavin

2011-12-06-vindjfidjggd.jpgIn staring down a Genetic Algorithm, you are staring down the larger questions of what happens when no one is driving, no one is editing, a world without supervision.

Kevin Slavin: How Algorithms Shape Our World

Ted | Posted 12.09.2011 | Technology

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How To Create A Data-Driven Startup

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 01.11.2012 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Building a successful - and sustainable - data-driven enterprise is so much more than simply having better algorithms or a more performant box: It takes great people with data DNA and a model that creates competitive moats around the business.