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High probability of success - MIT News Office

High probability of success - MIT News Office | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
MIT alumnus and entrepreneur Ben Vigoda took his probability-processing technology to market with help from the Institute.

 

Helping computers navigate ambiguity

Vigoda’s group is creating computer chips that perform inferences and machine learning on uncertain data — data that can be incomplete or contradictory — more efficiently than today’s chips. 

“If a normal computer program receives an unanticipated or noisy input, it will ordinarily either give the user an error message, crash the program or even, in some rare cases, crash the machine,” Vigoda says. “With probabilistic processing, the hope is to help the computer directly understand that the world is noisy, ambiguous, or even contradictory, and to be able to cope with that in a more native way.”

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Mathematical model explains how complex societies emerge, collapse

Mathematical model explains how complex societies emerge, collapse | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

The instability of large, complex societies is a predictable phenomenon, according to a new mathematical model that explores the emergence of early human societies via warfare. Capturing hundreds of years of human history, the model reveals the dynamical nature of societies, which can be difficult to uncover in archaeological data.


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