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The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium
Algorithms are the new medium between people and people, people and data, data and data.
Curated by Pierre Levy
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Code as a research object: updates, prototypes, next steps | Mozilla Science Lab

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Data Center Storage Algorithm from MIT, Bell Labs, and Alcatel-Lucent Promises to Cut Electricity Use in Data Centers by 35 Percent for Streaming Services

Data Center Storage Algorithm from MIT, Bell Labs, and Alcatel-Lucent Promises to Cut Electricity Use in Data Centers by 35 Percent for Streaming Services | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Storing video and other files more intelligently reduces the demand on servers in a data center.
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The new technology, called network coding, cuts way back on the redundancy without sacrificing the smooth experience. Algorithms transform the data that makes up a video into a series of mathematical functions that can, if needed, be solved not just for that piece of the video, but also for different parts. This provides a form of backup that doesn’t rely on keeping complete copies of the data. Software at the data center could simply encode the data as it is stored and decode it as consumers request it.

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First Stanford code poetry slam reveals the literary side of computer code

First Stanford code poetry slam reveals the literary side of computer code | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
The high-tech poetry competition, which explored how computer code can be read as poetic language, is accepting submissions for the next competition.
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Mlik Sahib's curator insight, December 28, 2013 10:57 PM

So what exactly is code poetry? According to Kagen, "Code poetry can mean a lot of different things depending on whom you ask.

"It can be a piece of text that can be read as code and run as program, but also read as poetry. It can mean a human language poetry that has mathematical elements and codes in it, or even code that aims for elegant expression within severe constraints, like a haiku or a sonnet, or code that generates automatic poetry. Poems that are readable to humans and readable to computers perform a kind of cyborg double coding."

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Yolande Villemaire's curator insight, December 29, 2013 11:25 AM

My favorite (from Website link, previous slams):

All.go.rhythm   Paul Hertz

include everything.*; void wonder(Universe u) { while (ever || never) { for (Poem i in u.now()) { Word dust = u.speak(i); for (Moment mote in dust) { wonder(new Universe(mote)); } } } }