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Exclusive: How Google's Algorithm Rules the Web | Wired Magazine | Wired.com

Exclusive: How Google's Algorithm Rules the Web | Wired Magazine | Wired.com | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Want to know how Google is about to change your life? Stop by the Ouagadougou conference room on a Thursday morning. It is here, at the Mountain View, Cali
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Catherine Pascal's curator insight, January 30, 6:33 AM

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luiy's curator insight, January 30, 8:50 AM

Google is famously creative at encouraging these breakthroughs; every year, it holds an internal demo fair called CSI — Crazy Search Ideas — in an attempt to spark offbeat but productive approaches. But for the most part, the improvement process is a relentless slog, grinding through bad results to determine what isn’t working. One unsuccessful search became a legend: Sometime in 2001, Singhal learned of poor results when people typed the name “audrey fino” into the search box. Google kept returning Italian sites praising Audrey Hepburn. (Fino means fine in Italian.) “We realized that this is actually a person’s name,” Singhal says. “But we didn’t have the smarts in the system.”

 

The Audrey Fino failure led Singhal on a multiyear quest to improve the way the system deals with names — which account for 8 percent of all searches. To crack it, he had to master the black art of “bi-gram breakage” — that is, separating multiple words into discrete units. For instance, “new york” represents two words that go together (a bi-gram). But so would the three words in “new york times,” which clearly indicate a different kind of search. And everything changes when the query is “new york times square.” Humans can make these distinctions instantly, but Google does not have a Brazil-like back room with hundreds of thousands of cubicle jockeys. It relies on algorithms.

Mlik Sahib's curator insight, January 31, 12:08 AM

"The comparison demonstrates the power, even intelligence, of Google’s algorithm, honed over countless iterations. It possesses the seemingly magical ability to interpret searchers’ requests — no matter how awkward or misspelled. Google refers to that ability as search quality, and for years the company has closely guarded the process by which it delivers such accurate results. But now I am sitting with Singhal in the search giant’s Building 43, where the core search team works, because Google has offered to give me an unprecedented look at just how it attains search quality. The subtext is clear: You may think the algorithm is little more than an engine, but wait until you get under the hood and see what this baby can really do."

The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium
Algorithms are the new medium between people and people, people and data, data and data.
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Canadian court forces Google to remove search results worldwide, as fears of "memory hole" grow

Canadian court forces Google to remove search results worldwide, as fears of "memory hole" grow | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
A Canadian court is forcing Google to remove search listings not just for google.ca, but beyond the country’s borders too. The case could lead to more regional censorship practices becoming global.
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Dell becomes largest retailer to accept bitcoin payments

Dell becomes largest retailer to accept bitcoin payments | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Coinbase helped Dell install bitcoin payments in just two weeks.
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For Google, the ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Is an Unforgettable Fiasco | Business | WIRED

For Google, the ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Is an Unforgettable Fiasco | Business | WIRED | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
The recent European Union ruling that granted citizens the “right to be forgotten” from Google’s search results is morphing into a nightmare for the web giant. British news organizations are reporting that Google is now removing links to some of their articles, including stories that involve the disgraceful actions of powerful people. On Wednesday, BBC…
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affordance.info: Sème antique : la guerre du sens est déclarée.

affordance.info: Sème antique : la guerre du sens est déclarée. | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
La recherche sémantique est l'un des derniers graals de l'industrie du "search". Chaque annonce dans ce domaine est suivie de près, particulièrement quand elle provient du leader Google. Lequel vient donc d'officialiser le lancement de son "knowkedge graph", qui se...
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Google's Ray Kurzweil on the moment when computers will become conscious

Google's Ray Kurzweil on the moment when computers will become conscious | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Google hired the noted inventor and futurist to build artificial intelligence that can think like a human. His vision is a computer with a structure modeled on the human brain, giving it a capacity for abstract thought.
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Kurzweil is damn wrong!

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FREE BUSINESS REPOR The Internet of Things MIT Technology Review

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Here's how Apple's smart home program will work

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Apple’s smart home news in the Financial Times got people excited, but my sources reveal a program that’s much less about a whole-home experience and more about fighting fragmentation.
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The Internet of Things will thrive by 2025 but raise privacy, complexity concerns, experts say | KurzweilAI

The Internet of Things will thrive by 2025 but raise privacy, complexity concerns, experts say | KurzweilAI | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
(Credit: IBM) The Internet of Things will make substantial inroads into many aspects of everyday life in the next decade, according to predictions by more
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Oculus Rift CEO: we want to put 1 billion people in virtual reality

Oculus Rift CEO: we want to put 1 billion people in virtual reality | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Powered by $2bn Facebook purchase, Oculus Rift wants to create a 1 billion-person virtual reality world beyond gaming. By Samuel Gibbs
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Scientific computing’s future: Can any coding language top a 1950s behemoth?

Scientific computing’s future: Can any coding language top a 1950s behemoth? | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Cutting-edge research still universally involves Fortran; a trio of challengers wants in.
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Why Gigaom thinks it's time to reinvent the internet

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The internet has profoundly changed the world. But if you were to design it in 2014, knowing now what we know about how much we’ve all come to depend on this resource, you might do a few things differently.
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Amazon wants you to buy products on Twitter with hashtags

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Amazon is launching a new service today that lets customers add products to their shopping carts through the Twitter hashtag #amazoncart.
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Ambient intelligence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ambient intelligence

In computing, ambient intelligence ( AmI) refers to electronic environments that are sensitive and responsive to the presence of people. Ambient intelligence is a vision on the future of consumer electronics, telecommunications and computing that was originally developed in the late 1990s for the time frame 2010-2020.

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Tipo de inteligência artificial, algoritmo define o que você vê na tela

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Recomendar produtos interessantes, mostrar as notícias mais importantes, sugerir restaurantes, mostrar a nova foto do amigo. Todas essas ações rotineiras da internet alimentam um mesmo gigante: o chamado algoritmo.

Não é você, usuário, que decide o que vai enxergar na tela, mas sim esse tal algoritmo, uma sequência de comandos capaz de definir critérios de relevância para o serviço que você usa, seja ele um sistema de buscas ou a página de uma rede social.

Segundo o cientista da computação Luiz Camolesi Jr., da Faculdade de Tecnologia da Unicamp (Universidade Estadual de Campinas), o algoritmo precisa traduzir a linguagem e o pensamento humano para a máquina.

"No caso de sites de compra, por exemplo, o algoritmo é feito para 'pensar' como um amigo real do usuário. Ele considera idade, perfil, hobby e gostos do cadastrado para sugerir uma compra."

Já se o exemplo for o Facebook, o comando tem como meta filtrar as 300 publicações mais importantes do dia, dentre as cerca de 1.500 disponíveis, em média, segundo dados da própria empresa.


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Make Your Own World With Programmable Matter - IEEE Spectrum

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People will conjure objects as easily as we now play music or movies
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Google might not be a monopoly, after all

Google might not be a monopoly, after all | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
TweetBe Sociable, Share! Tweet Related columns: Google Chrome: a new OS War TweetNot browser, OS.  More about that in a moment. . But, first, our kind, venture capitalists, loves disruption. When the established companies take too much room on the Petri dish, there is no way for a new bacterium to prosper.  When a Microsoft(...)
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Quantified Self Technology

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If leveraged correctly, the quantified self-movement could provide valuable patient insights as well as reduce long-term costs for healthcare brands.

 

But before talking about the benefits to brands, we must first understand their importance to the consumer. After all, it’s the customer (or in this case, patient), that should always come first. These products don’t just monitor activity or measure how long you’re at the gym. They allow users to connect their actions with the effect of those actions. Quantified self products engage the wearer with their lifestyle goals, stress levels and current healthcare regimens. This unprecedented awareness of one’s actions can provide insights into behaviors that are negatively affecting health.

 See More at : http://www.prophet.com/theinspiratory/2013/11/21/healthcare-zoom-series-quantified-self-technology

 


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ICTCC 2014 : The International Conference on NaTure of Computation and Communication

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The Future of Computer Intelligence Is Everything but Artificial | Science | WIRED

The Future of Computer Intelligence Is Everything but Artificial | Science | WIRED | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Computers are already smart, just in their own ways. They catalogue the breadth of human knowledge, find meaning in mushroom clouds of data, and fly spacecraft to other worlds. And they're getting better. Below are four domains of computing where the machines are rising.

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#Algorithmic culture. “Culture now has two audiences: people and machines" | #cyberculture

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“ A conversation with Ted Striphas”


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luiy's curator insight, May 21, 6:37 AM

How will you define the “Culture of Algorithms”?


My preferred phrase is “algorithmic culture,” which I use in the first instance to refer to the the ways in which computers, running complex mathematical formulae, engage in what’s often considered to be the traditional work of culture: the sorting, classifying, and hierarchizing of people, places, objects, and ideas. The Google example from above illustrates the point, although it’s also the case elsewhere on the internet. Facebook engages in much the same work in determining which of your friends, and which of their posts, will appear prominently in your news feed. The same goes for shopping sites and video or music streaming services, when they offer you products based on the ones you (or someone purportedly like you) have already consumed.

 

What’s important to note, though, is the way in which algorithmic culture then feeds back to produce new habits of thought, conduct, and expression that likely wouldn’t exist in its absence—a culture of algorithms, as it were. The worry here, pointed out by Eli Pariser and others, is that this culture tends to reinforce more than it challenges one’s existing preferences or ways of doing things. This is what is often called “personalization,” though Pariser calls it a “you loop” instead. By the same token, it is possible for algorithmic systems to introduce you to cultural goods that you might not have encountered otherwise. Today, culture may only be as good as its algorithms.

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Urban Engines launches to use data to make city transportation better

Urban Engines launches to use data to make city transportation better | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
A hot startup just emerged around data and urban mobility. Meet Urban Engines.
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Are Smart Cities Really Smart?

Are Smart Cities Really Smart? | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
What exactly do we mean by smart city?
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London police will soon wear video cameras

London police will soon wear video cameras | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Manufacturer says cameras are a "game changer," cops not so excited.
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Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?'

Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?' | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
With the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clashing visions for the future of humanity, it's tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as mere science fiction. But this would be a mistake, and potentially our worst mistake in history.
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Symposium IX

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Symposium international de la créativité immersive présenté à Montréal du 21 au 25 mai - International symposium on immersive creativity presented in Montréal from May 21 to 25.
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