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Written By: grant on October 29, 2014 No Comment

You know it’s real when there’s money involved. Well, real-ish. New Scientist has more on the Google acquisition of DeepMind Technologies and their Neural Turing Machine:

DeepMind Technologies, a London-based artificial-intelligence firm acquired by Google this year, has revealed that it is designing computers that combine the way ordinary computers work with the way [...]

Written By: grant on September 16, 2014 No Comment

Daily Beast looks over Washington University research that’s found that the singular diagnosis of schizophrenia is actually a compound disease, caused by eight different genetic disorders that “cluster” into different combinations:

As senior investigator Dr. C. Robert Cloninger notes, “[genes] don’t work by themselves. They function in concert much like an orchestra, and to [...]

Written By: grant on August 21, 2014 No Comment

The Atlantic gives hope to the new generation of WebMD obsessives with a fascinating tale of an athlete who used the internet to figure out what was *really* going on in her malfunctioning body:

She cycled, ran, climbed and skied through the Rockies for hours every day, and was a veteran of Ironman triathlons. [...]

Written By: grant on July 8, 2014 No Comment

Nature has more on the suitably self-recursive premiere of a uniquely mathematical piece of music:

The piece, “The Hilbert Heartbreak Hotel” by Danish composer Niels Marthinsen, was the brainchild of computer scientist Thore Husfeldt of Lund University in Sweden and IT University of Copenhagen. “I probably have some latent frustration about the increasing fragmentation [...]

Written By: grant on July 7, 2014 No Comment

Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece on how old smart phones are being used to listen for disrupted sleep patterns, illegal loggers, gunshots, breeding cicadas and a host of other sounds:

App makers have long focused on detecting speech and music, but some upstarts are turning to a wider variety of sound-detection tasks. [...]

Written By: grant on June 16, 2014 No Comment

Argalnath makes music from hard drives and floppy drives. Like a DJ, Argalnath spins.

Written By: grant on March 28, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily has a lively take on computing, with new circuits made of living slime molds:

Andrew Adamatzky (University of the West of England, Bristol, UK) and Theresa Schubert (Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany) have constructed logical circuits that exploit networks of interconnected slime mold tubes to process information.

One is more likely to find the slime [...]

Written By: grant on March 26, 2014 No Comment

If you never thought cosmic loneliness was a computing problem, think again. In Popular Mechanics, SETI leader Seth Shostak says Moore’s Law means we’ll find aliens in the next 20 years:

If you’re trying to determine when we’re going to succeed with SETI, that really depends on only two questions. First, how many societies [...]

Written By: grant on November 12, 2013 No Comment

Digital Trends looks up in awe at the lumbering, prehistoric majesty of the mighty Argentinasaurus (virtual, 2.0 edition) taking its first steps:

When a group of scientists claimed the size of the world’s biggest dinosaur must have been exaggerated as such a huge creature would never have been able to walk, a research team [...]

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