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New Algorithm Can Spot the Bots in Your Twitter Feed | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

New Algorithm Can Spot the Bots in Your Twitter Feed | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Researchers have created an algorithm that can tell—with 85 percent accuracy—whether a Twitter account is home to a bot or (worse) a corporate shill.
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luiy's curator insight, October 19, 2013 2:04 PM

You know Twitter spam when you see it—but wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to see it?

 

Unfortunately, email-style filters, which analyze message contents, are of little help. Due to the rigors of 140-character communication, even legitimate tweets tend to read like Nigerian phishing scams, while the hucksters often hide their pitches in links. So Twitter simply puts the onus on users to report offending accounts.

 

But a fascinating recent study from Imperial College London suggests a new approach. Borrowing some tricks from computational neuroscience, coauthors Gabriela Tavares and Aldo Faisal have come up with an algorithm that can tell—with 85 percent accuracy—whether a Twitter account is home to a bot or (worse) a corporate shill instead of a regular person.

 

It’s all in the timing. By analyzing the timestamps on 165,000 tweets, the researchers found that these three user types—individuals, companies, and robots—have very distinct activity patterns. Think of it as temporal fingerprinting. The approach could eventually be used to create more effective filters for all kinds of social networks.

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artificial intelligence is a tool, not a threat - Rethink Robotics

artificial intelligence is a tool, not a threat - Rethink Robotics | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Recently there has been a spate of articles in the mainstream press, and a spate of high profile people who are in tech but not AI, speculating about the dangers of malevolent AI being developed,... Read More
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NYC Launches Free Gigabit Speed Wi-Fi Network

NYC Launches Free Gigabit Speed Wi-Fi Network | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
NYC is rolling out a free, super-fast Wi-fi offering gigabit speed connectivity over an encrypted network and set to go online in 2015.
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Larry Page wants a Google 2.0 that will build cities and airports, report says

Larry Page wants a Google 2.0 that will build cities and airports, report says | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
As if self-driving cars, balloon-carried internet, or the eradication of death weren't ambitious enough projects, Google CEO Larry Page has apparently been working behind the scenes to set up even...
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Google's Secretive DeepMind Startup Unveils a "Neural Turing Machine" | MIT Technology Review

Google's Secretive DeepMind Startup Unveils a "Neural Turing Machine" | MIT Technology Review | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
DeepMind has built a neural network that can access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine. The result is a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain.
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Breakthrough paves way for DNA-based electrical circuits

Breakthrough paves way for DNA-based electrical circuits | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Israeli-led research could reignite interest in the use of DNA-based wires and devices in the development of programmable circuits.
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If you don’t like algorithmic filters, you’re probably not going to like the future of Twitter

If you don’t like algorithmic filters, you’re probably not going to like the future of Twitter | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Twitter appears to be set to move forward with its plans to algorithmically filter or re-order your timeline — for your own good, of course — despite a groundswell of complaints that this will ruin the essential Twitter experience
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Gadgets: New toys in town - Technology - NZ Herald News

Gadgets: New toys in town - Technology - NZ Herald News | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
The battle for your wrists, your eyes -and now, with the coming launch of Virtual Reality headsets - your face, is set to dominate the gadget world for the rest of the year, and well - New Zealand Herald
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Apple Pay setup step-by-step: It's unsurprisingly easy and fast

Apple Pay setup step-by-step: It's unsurprisingly easy and fast | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Apple Pay is now available in the U.S. and while the setup process is similar to Google Wallet, it’s a little bit faster and easier.
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The internet of things is here, but the rules to run it are not

The internet of things is here, but the rules to run it are not | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
The objects around us — from cars to clothes to baby monitors — are now internet-connected, and acting almost on their own. What laws do we need to control and protect ourselves when these objects act up?
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The spirit of experimentation and the evolution of your home timeline | Twitter Blogs

The spirit of experimentation and the evolution of your home timeline | Twitter Blogs | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
How experimentation informs the continued improvement of your home timeline.
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Amazon and rise of mobile challenge Google's search position, says chairman

Amazon and rise of mobile challenge Google's search position, says chairman | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Are EU regulators over-estimating Google’s influence? Chairman Eric Schmidt pointed to new competitive threats, including Amazon, in a speech in Berlin.
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[Ulule] Dernier jour pour soutenir l'Homido

[Ulule] Dernier jour pour soutenir l'Homido | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Le mois dernier, Cfirote, l'un de nos membres, nous présentait sur le Community le dirévi pour mobiles de sa société lilloi

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Is the web dying, killed off by mobile apps? It’s complicated

Is the web dying, killed off by mobile apps? It’s complicated | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
The growth in mobile app usage has some concerned that the open web is in decline, or being threatened — but much of mobile usage doesn’t come at the expense of the web. If anything, mobile apps are helping the web grow even faster
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Artificial Intelligence Research

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You have to pay for publishing in this journal!

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Visualizing The Explosive Growth Of The #Robotics Industry | #SNA #dataviz

Visualizing The Explosive Growth Of The #Robotics Industry | #SNA #dataviz | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Meet the overlords of your new overlords.

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luiy's curator insight, November 3, 8:54 AM

Over the past several years, a new wave of robot technology has offered us a glimpse at our heavily automated future, featuring drones, telepresence bots, therapeutic robots, and surgery bots that assist (or maybe take over for) doctors. The robotics industry has actually been around for a long time, with numerous companies working on warehouse automation, industrial robotics, and the like since the middle of the last century.

 

But as this interactive visualization from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Quid reveals, the industry is expanding at near-warp speed.

 

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City slicker: Data are slowly changing the way cities operate

City slicker: Data are slowly changing the way cities operate | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
WAITING for a bus on a drizzly winter morning is miserable. But for London commuters Citymapper, an app, makes it a little more bearable. Users enter their...
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Thingful - a search engine for the Internet of Things

Thingful is a search engine for the Internet of Things, providing a geographical index of where things are, who owns them, and how and why they are used.
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UK suicide-prevention charity Samaritans checks Twitter timelines for worrying posts

UK suicide-prevention charity Samaritans checks Twitter timelines for worrying posts | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
The charity has launched a service called Samaritans Radar, which helps and encourages Twitter users to support potentially depressed contacts. However, some see it as invasive and counterproductive.
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Twitter’s new Fabric offering isn’t just a pitch for developers — the company’s future is at stake

Twitter’s new Fabric offering isn’t just a pitch for developers — the company’s future is at stake | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
With the launch of the Fabric suite of tools, Twitter is betting the company on a plan to become a full-fledged mobile services provider for other apps and services — but it needs to convince developers that it is no longer the rapacious and self-interested dictator it once was
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Why a guitar is a better multi-touch interface than the iPhone and how touchscreens can catch up

Why a guitar is a better multi-touch interface than the iPhone and how touchscreens can catch up | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
According to Qeexo CTO Chris Harrison, touchscreen devices are moving from multi-touch controls into a new type of interface he calls “rich touch.”
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Disrupting city hall

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Harvard Kennedy School and Law School experts say city life will be transformed by city governments that are plugged into technology.
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Technology and data analytics should transform municipal government...
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Are we overreacting to Twitter’s latest blog post, or are retweets-as-faves here to stay?

Are we overreacting to Twitter’s latest blog post, or are retweets-as-faves here to stay? | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Twitter’s recent vaguely worded blog post got a big rise out of everyone from The Washington Post to The Guardian. But the company’s message was misinterpreted.
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Why the Internet of Things Narrative Has to Change

Why the Internet of Things Narrative Has to Change | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
It's time to approach the idea of the Internet of Things properly and start avoiding common misconceptions.
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IBM Smarter PlanetVoice: IBM Watson Takes On Global Challenges In Healthcare, Business And Finance

IBM Smarter PlanetVoice: IBM Watson Takes On Global Challenges In Healthcare, Business And Finance | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
By Michael Rhodin, IBM It’s hard to believe it’s only been 10 short months since the IBM Watson Group was announced. We talked of bringing together a unique group of people – incredibly talented professionals from across IBM – into a new unit. This included the single largest movement of IBM Research [...]
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