Nov 22

Algorithm can describe what’s in your photos

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.futurity.org/artificial-intelligence-photos-805462/

Computer software smart enough to recognize objects in photos is still fairly new. But now, researchers have created a system that can describe what’s happening in any digital image.

Pairs of photographs that face-recognition software failed to identify correctly. The top two photos are of the same person, while the bottom two photos are of different people. Credit: UT Dallas

“The system can analyze an unknown image and explain it in words and phrases that make sense,” says Fei-Fei Li, a professor of computer science and director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab.

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Nov 22

David Cronenberg on Predicting the Future and What a Dog’s Reality Is Like

Posted by: Administrator in Entertainment |

http://www.wired.com/2014/11/geeks-guide-david-cronenberg/

David Cronenberg

Canadian director David Cronenberg has always been fascinated by technology, whether it’s the grotesque hand/gun hybrid in Videodrome or the fleshy ports in eXistenZ that allow gamers to plug
directly into their spines. That interest is fully on display in Cronenberg’s first novel,
Consumed, a murder mystery which explores the way that YouTube and 3D printing are
shaping our reality.

“I definitely belong on your blog,” David Cronenberg says in Episode 125 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “I was definitely a geek. I don’t think I was a nerd, socially, but I was definitely a geek and loved technology.”

Consumed concerns a young couple, Nathan and Naomi, who travel the world in search of ever more scandalous material to post online. They text each other constantly but rarely meet face to face, masters of the digital world but strangely disconnected from the real one. The novel regards their peculiar fascinations and casual self-absorption with a dispassionate eye, refusing to judge, but one idea comes through clearly—these characters are a product of their environment.


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Nov 22

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

Posted by: Administrator in Entertainment |

http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/382837/who-made-pop-music-so-repetitive-you-did/

The music industry has learned how to use data from apps like Spotify and Shazam to predict new hits. However, just a glimpse at the Billboard charts will tell you that today's pop music is more homogenous that it has been in decades. Why? Because we like to hear the same songs, over and over again.  Shazam searches are just one of several new types of data guiding the pop-music business. Concert promoters study Spotify listens to route tours through towns with the most fans, and some artists look for patterns in Pandora streaming to figure out which songs to play at each stop on a tour. In fact, all of our searching, streaming, downloading, and sharing is being used to answer the question the music industry has been asking for a century: What do people want to hear next?

 

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Nov 22

Is a chocolate shortage on the way?

Posted by: Administrator in News |

http://www.wusa9.com/story/life/food/2014/11/17/chocolate-shortage-2020/19179079/

Despite reports that the world's supply of cocoa is running thin, you may not need to worry about stockpiling your chocolate reserves quite yet.

Lost cocoa farms will be bad news for chocoholics [GETTY: Pic posed by model] Lost cocoa farms will be bad news for chocoholics [GETTY: Pic posed by model]

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Nov 21

Artificial Intelligence Software Using Images Boosts Web Searches

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.science20.com/news_articles/artificial_intelligence_software_using_images_boosts_web_searches-149466

New artificial intelligence software uses photos to locate documents on the Internet with far greater accuracy than ever before, showing for the first time that a machine learning algorithm for image recognition and retrieval is accurate and efficient enough to improve large-scale document searches online. 

The system uses pixel data in images and potentially video - rather than just text -- to locate documents. It learns to recognize the pixels associated with a search phrase by studying the results from text-based image search engines. The knowledge gleaned from those results can then be applied to other photos without tags or captions, making for more accurate document search results. 

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Nov 21

Credit scores can reveal if you’re healthy or not

Posted by: Administrator in Business & Economy |

http://www.futurity.org/credit-scores-heart-health-804522/

A new study confirms what insurance companies already know: Credit scores can reveal how healthy you are.

PHOTO: Credit scores can predict your behavior. Credit scores can predict your behavior. (Getty Images)

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Nov 21

Here’s What Texting Actually Does to Your Spine

Posted by: Administrator in News |

http://www.ryot.org/text-neck-syndrome-spine-weight-stress-texting/870809

spine

Photo: Chronchiro.com

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Nov 21

We live much longer than we predict we will, researchers find

Posted by: Administrator in News |

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/11/14/live-much-longer-than-predict-will-researchers-find/

 

How long do you think you'll live? New research suggests you can tack a few more years on to whatever number you came up with. In 1992, University of Michigan researchers asked 26,000 Americans between the ages of 51 and 61 if they thought they would make it to 75.

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Nov 21

Should more nurses have bachelor’s degrees?

Posted by: Administrator in News |

http://www.futurity.org/nurses-education-802342/

When hospital nurses have bachelor of science degrees, patients have shorter stays, fewer readmissions, and lower odds of dying, report researchers.

nurses push gurney in hospital

The new study—which only looked at patients at one hospital—shows care by BSN-educated nurses reduces the odds of patient mortality by roughly 11 percent. Hospital stays shorten by about 2 percent and the odds of readmission drop by nearly 19 percent.

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Nov 21

How to debunk falsehoods

Posted by: Administrator in News |

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20141113-the-best-way-to-debunk-myths

Fed up with futile internet arguments, a bunch of psychologists investigated how best to correct false ideas. Tom Stafford discovers how to debunk properly. 

(Getty)

We all resist changing our beliefs about the world, but what happens when some of those beliefs are based on misinformation? Is there a right way to correct someone when they believe something that's wrong?

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