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How Your Location Data Is Being Used To Predict The Events You Will Want To Attend | MIT Technology Review

How Your Location Data Is Being Used To Predict The Events You Will Want To Attend | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The next generation of recommendation engines will use your location data to suggest music festivals, sporting events and conferences you will want to attend.
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I wonder if this event recommendation technology would be useful in education. Could a curriculum be developed in place of task analysis? 

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Now You Can Build Google's $1M Artificial Brain on the Cheap | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Now You Can Build Google's $1M Artificial Brain on the Cheap | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Andrew Ng wants to bring deep learning -- an emerging computer science field that seeks to mimic the human brain with hardware and software -- into the DIY era.
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“GPUs are so incredibly powerful,” says David Anderson, a computer scientist at Berkeley. “Programs that previously ran on supercomputers, we’re now realizing we can rewrite to run on GPUs at a fraction of the price.” His team at Berkeley recently rejigged the volunteer-parallel-computing platform, BOINC, to be able to run on GPUs. BOINC helps scientists analyze astronomical and biomedical data.

 
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33rd Square: RoboEarth Project Aims To Build Cloud for Robots

33rd Square: RoboEarth Project Aims To Build Cloud for Robots | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The RoboEarth project aims to build a cloud computing platform for robotics.
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MIT's 110-core Execution Migration CPU chip moves instructions to the data

MIT's 110-core Execution Migration CPU chip moves instructions to the data | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Computer scientists at MIT have developed a 110-core CPU chip based on a new architecture in which, instead of bringing data across the chip to the core that happens to want it, the program is moved to the core where the data is stored. In practice, this new architecture reduces the amount of on-chip data exchange tenfold, along with cutting the heat and infrastructure demanded by conventional chip architecture.

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It looks like a new way to improve computer power and speed of processing.

 

from the article: "The historical brute-force approach to improving computer performance has been built on these foundations. It is time for computer designers to work smart instead of strong, which is just what Devadas is doing."

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Can Computers Be Funny?

Can Computers Be Funny? | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Researchers are teaching computers to be funny — and, in the process, showing humans why we laugh. (RT @stevenstrogatz: "...
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The robotic future won't look anything like what you imagine

The robotic future won't look anything like what you imagine | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
In late autumn, I walked through drifts of crunchy leaves in Berkeley's warehouse district to find a strange lab on the shores of San Francisco Bay.

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Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience

Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The new computing approach is based on the biological nervous system, specifically on how neurons react to stimuli and connect with other neurons to interpret information.
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How Quantum Computers and Machine Learning Will Revolutionize Big Data - Wired Science

How Quantum Computers and Machine Learning Will Revolutionize Big Data - Wired Science | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

since 2005, many of the gains in computing power have come from adding more parallelism via multiple cores, with multiple levels of memory. The preferred architecture no longer features a single central processing unit (CPU) augmented with random access memory (RAM) and a hard drive for long-term storage. Even the big, centralized parallel supercomputers that dominated the 1980s and 1990s are giving way to distributed data centers and cloud computing, often networked across many organizations and vast geographical distances.

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“Processing speed has been completely irrelevant for five years,” Boyd said. “The challenge is not how to solve problems with a single, ultra-fast processor, but how to solve them with 100,000 slower processors.”

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Scientists invent a self-repairing computer that will never crash

Scientists invent a self-repairing computer that will never crash | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
To prevent those frustrating computer crashes, scientists at University College London (UCL) have created a self-healing computer. The "systemic" machine, according to a report in the New Scientist...
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