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Trying to rate the world's literary giants is tricky at best. Do you go by the number of books sold? The long-term cultural impact? If you're Dartmouth College researcher Allen Riddell, you make computers decide. As part of an effort to determine which books would be most valuable in the public do...

November 19th 2014 at 10:25pm 0 Comments
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Us humans are normally good at making quick judgments about neighborhoods. We can figure out whether we're safe, or if we're likely to find a certain store. Computers haven't had such an easy time of it, but that's changing now that MIT researchers have created a deep learning algorithm that sizes...

September 25th 2014 at 4:02pm 0 Comments
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Twitter has already started to look more like Facebook, and it might soon start acting more like it too. You see, company CFO Anthony Noto hinted yesterday that the reverse-chronological firehose of tweets that some users hold so dear may give way to a more curated collection of messages cast into...

September 4th 2014 at 4:36pm 0 Comments
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Word to the wise, kids: do not muck around with your phone while driving. Some of you probably won't be able to help it (tsk tsk), but a team from Santa Catarina State University in Brazil just might have the solution -- according to MIT Technology Review, they've cooked up an in-car hardware/soft...

August 16th 2014 at 3:02am 0 Comments
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The coming robot apocalypse will need robot executives to rule over it, but it looks like they're going to have to start with more mundane business first. A Hong Kong venture capital firm has just "appointed" an artificial intelligence tool called VITAL to its board of directors to help find promi...

May 15th 2014 at 5:46am 0 Comments
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Disney Research has had some neat ideas in the past (capacitive touch feedback for plants, as an example), but the lab's amped up the cute factor lately. Its newest project? Getting tiny, LED-adorned robots to illustrate things such as The Big Bang. Like a good deal of Mickey's science projects, t...

May 12th 2014 at 7:06pm 0 Comments
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Even the smartest object recognition systems tend to require at least some human input to be effective, even if it's just to get the ball rolling. Not a new system from Brigham Young University, however. A team led by Dah-Jye Lee has built a genetic algorithm that decides which features are import...

January 15th 2014 at 11:13pm 0 Comments
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We knew Apple was tweaking its algorithms for ranking top apps, but a new report by app-testing firm Appurify gives us a much better idea of just how heavily weighted ratings are becoming. The company's study examines at the ratings of the top 1,000 apps on the App Store. Perhaps not surprisingly...

September 6th 2013 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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Although robots are getting better at adapting to the real world, they still tend to tackle challenges with a fixed set of alternatives that can quickly become impractical as objects (and more advanced robots) complicate the situation. Two MIT students, Jennifer Barry and Annie Holladay, have deve...

February 26th 2013 at 9:32am 0 Comments