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Facebook AI Software Learns and Answers Questions

Facebook AI Software Learns and Answers Questions | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
Software able to read a synopsis of Lord of the Rings and answer questions about it could beef up Facebook search.
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A Google-Backed Research Project Aims to Automate Data Analysis | MIT Technology Review

A Google-Backed Research Project Aims to Automate Data Analysis | MIT Technology Review | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
Software that can discover patterns in data and write a report on its findings could make it easier for companies to analyze it.
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#HBRLive: The Internet of Things, Privacy, and The New Deal on Data

#HBRLive: The Internet of Things, Privacy, and The New Deal on Data | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it

HBR senior editor Scott Berinato speaks with MIT's Alex "Sandy” Pentland, who has pioneered the use of sensor technology to collect deeply detailed, big data about people and their interactions.

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The Ultimate Challenge For Recommendation Engines | MIT Technology Review

The Ultimate Challenge For Recommendation Engines | MIT Technology Review | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
If you share an on-line move account with other people in your household, you probably receive some inappropriate recommendations. That may soon change.
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Looking for the Needle in a Stack of Needles: Tracking Shadow Economic Activities in the Age of Big Data | MIT Technology Review

Looking for the Needle in a Stack of Needles: Tracking Shadow Economic Activities in the Age of Big Data | MIT Technology Review | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it

The undocumented guys hanging out in the home-improvement-store parking lot looking for day labor, the neighborhood kids running a lemonade stand, and Al Qaeda terrorists plotting to do harm all have one thing in common: They operate in the underground economy, a shadowy zone where businesses, both legitimate and less so, transact in the currency of opportunity, away from traditional institutions and their watchful eyes.

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Check the tool from SynerScope mentioned in the article: http://www.synerscope.com/

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The Data Mining Techniques That Reveal Our Planet's Cultural Links and Boundaries | MIT Technology Review

The Data Mining Techniques That Reveal Our Planet's Cultural Links and Boundaries | MIT Technology Review | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
Studying cultural variation around the world has always been expensive, time-consuming work. Which is why the newfound ability to mine the data from location-based social networks is revolutionizing this science.
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The paper is available at  http://arxiv.org/abs/1404.1009: You Are What You Eat (and Drink): Identifying Cultural Boundaries By Analyzing Food & Drink Habits In Foursquare

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The Last 20 Inches: Data’s Treacherous Journey from the Screen to the Mind | MIT Technology Review

The Last 20 Inches: Data’s Treacherous Journey from the Screen to the Mind | MIT Technology Review | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
Data is crucial to our lives, but it can be hard to make sense of. That’s what makes these visualization tools potentially transformative.
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Facebook Creates Software That Matches Faces Almost as Well as You Do | MIT Technology Review

Facebook Creates Software That Matches Faces Almost as Well as You Do | MIT Technology Review | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
Facebook’s new AI research group reports a major improvement in face-processing software.
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Using deep learning. It looks like Google is not the only one investing in deep learning.

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Self-Replicating USBs Spread Software Faster than an Internet Connection | MIT Technology Review

Self-Replicating USBs Spread Software Faster than an Internet Connection | MIT Technology Review | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
Downloading free software is hugely time consuming and expensive in the developing world. Now one computer scientist has worked out how to spread it faster and more cheaply without using the internet.
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The Secret Ingredient in Computational Creativity | MIT Technology Review

The Secret Ingredient in Computational Creativity | MIT Technology Review | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
IBM has built a computational creativity machine that creates entirely new and useful stuff from its knowledge of existing stuff. And the secret sauce in all this? Big data, say the computer scientists behind it.
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Graphics Processors Speed Up Twitter Visualizations | MIT Technology Review

Graphics Processors Speed Up Twitter Visualizations | MIT Technology Review | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
A new database tool dramatically improves processing speeds using technology that’s already in your computer.
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Big Data: Hear from MIT’s Andrew McAfee; Learn About the Latest Use Cases (Webcast)

Big Data: Hear from MIT’s Andrew McAfee; Learn About the Latest Use Cases (Webcast) | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it

Register For the Webcasts in our Ongoing Series 

Big data is shaking up the foundations of business—forcing business leaders to rethink the way they make decisions. Learn IT strategies and best practices that can open the door to discoveries that will transform your business. 

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Are you struggling to understand how to evaluate big data technologies and how they fit within your IT infrastructure?Are you looking for expert advice on big data and big data best practices?Do you want to learn how your industry peers are solving their big data challenges?
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Finding harmony with big data - MIT News Office

Finding harmony with big data - MIT News Office | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
Technology developed by two MIT alumni entrepreneurs is helping developers create smarter online music-streaming services.
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Study Uses Big Data To Track Link Between Social Activity And Urban Movement

Study Uses Big Data To Track Link Between Social Activity And Urban Movement | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
Cities may appear to be fueled by industrial activity but urban movement, it turns out, is also largely influenced by social interactions, as determined by a study.
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Course: Tackling the Challenges of Big Data (November 4, 2014 - December 16, 2014)

Course: Tackling the Challenges of Big Data (November 4, 2014 - December 16, 2014) | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
Survey state-of-the-art topics in Big Data: data collection, data storage and processing, extracting structured data from unstructured data, systems issues, analytics and visualization.
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The Emerging Pitfalls Of Nowcasting With Big Data | MIT Technology Review

The Emerging Pitfalls Of Nowcasting With Big Data | MIT Technology Review | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
Statisticians have boasted of the benefits of big data. Now they’re discovering the weaknesses.
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Ref: arxiv.org/abs/1408.0699 : Nowcasting Economic And Social Data: When And Why Search Engine Data Fails, An Illustration Using Google Flu Trends

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The Limits of Big Data: A Review of Social Physics | MIT Technology Review

The Limits of Big Data: A Review of Social Physics | MIT Technology Review | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
Tapping into big data, researchers and planners are building mathematical models of personal and civic behavior. But the models may hide rather than reveal the deepest sources of social ills.
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How Your Tweets Reveal Your Home Location | MIT Technology Review

How Your Tweets Reveal Your Home Location | MIT Technology Review | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
IBM researchers have developed an algorithm that predicts your home location using your last 200 tweets.
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The paper: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1403/1403.2345.pdf

 

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Data Mining Reveals How Conspiracy Theories Emerge on Facebook | MIT Technology Review

Data Mining Reveals How Conspiracy Theories Emerge on Facebook | MIT Technology Review | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
Some people are more susceptible to conspiracy theories than others, say computational social scientists who have studied how false ideas jump the “credulity barrier” on Facebook.
onur savas's insight:

The paper "Collective attention in the age of (mis)information" is at http://arxiv.org/abs/1403.3344. A group of scientists from NEU, INRIA and IMT (Italy).

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Who’s More Famous Than Jesus?

Who’s More Famous Than Jesus? | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
And more questions answered by a just-released interactive catalog of fame compiled by a team of researchers at M.I.T.
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How Big Data Can Transform Society for the Better

How Big Data Can Transform Society for the Better | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
The digital traces we leave behind each day reveal more about us than we know. This could become a privacy nightmare—or it could be the foundation of a healthier, more prosperous world
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By M.I.T. computer scientist Alex Pentland. Video based on the article: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=pentland-how-exactly-is-big-data-going-to-change-the-world-video


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Why New Drugs Are So Expensive | MIT Technology Review

Why New Drugs Are So Expensive | MIT Technology Review | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
Today’s medicines can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
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MIT Panel: The Reality of Big Data - Inside-BigData

MIT Panel: The Reality of Big Data - Inside-BigData | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
In this video from the 2013 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, discuss the reality of Big Data.
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The Science of Familiar Strangers: Society's Hidden Social Network | MIT Technology Review

The Science of Familiar Strangers: Society's Hidden Social Network | MIT Technology Review | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
The familiar strangers we see every day on the bus and in the supermarket form an important hidden network at the heart of society, according to the first city-wide study of these passive links.

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Today, that changes thanks to the work of Lijun Sun at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore and a few pals who have analysed the passive interactions between 3 million residents on Singapore’s bus network (about 55 per cent of the city’s population).  ”This is the first time that such a large network of encounters has been identied and analyzed,” they say.

The results are a fascinating insight into this hidden network of familiar strangers and the effects it has on people.

All this is made possible by the Singaporean bus service’s smart card ticketing system. Lijun and co studied an anonymised data set of more than 20 million bus journeys taken during a single week by 2.9 million different people. They particularly studied “in-vehicle encounters” in which two individuals are present on the same bus at the same time.

The pattern of in-vehcicle encounters is rich, and the results of their analysis make for interesting reading. Lijun and co found some 18 million encounters of this kind during a single week. These encounters showed a strong repeating pattern with peaks at periods of 24 hours, 48 hours and 72 hours.