The science of identifying the positions of arms, legs and joints within images is becoming a popular pastime among deep learning researchers. The techniques they develop could be particularly important in fields such as human-computer interaction and computer animation.
Twitter is offering up access to its entire corpus of tweets to a select group of researchers through a new data grant program. But the program raises a simmering question over whether such valuable data shouldn’t be more open in the first place.
A new research paper out of Carnegie Mellon University suggests that Facebook, LinkedIn, Netflix and other membership-based websites will see steady activity in daily active users while others will flounder. How their initial growth happens might play a big role in long-term success.
A Japanese project aimed at creating a computer system smart enough to pass the University of Tokyo entrance exam scored above average on a recent test run of sample math questions, highlighting some its progress as well as some problems.
Data scientists are in high demand, which is bound to lure some of them out of academia and into industry. Their biggest challenge won’t be finding a job, but finding the right one — and maybe opting for entrepreneurship over employment.
A group of British researchers recently analyzed 2.5 million newspaper articles in order to prove that new data analysis techniques, such as machine learning and natural-language processing, can accurately classify media content. They hope their approach can save academicians untold hours of manual labor.
By pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into big data research and development, the Obama administration thinks it can push the current state of the art well beyond what’s possible today, and into entirely new research areas. It’s a noble goal, but also a necessary one.
The same disruption that is occurring in the traditional media industry is starting to affect academic publishing, with many scientists boycotting publisher Elsevier because of its control over the industry — which raises the question: why do we need expensive, paywalled academic journals at all?
Snazzy logos aren’t just for corporations anymore. Occupy.com, the soon-to-be-launched website for the international Occupy protest movement, has turned to crowdsourced design website 99Designs to find a logo. The “Occupy 99Designs” design contest has garnered nearly 400 entries in its first few hours online.
Employees who are super active on social networking sites have a very different idea of what is appropriate workplace behavior than other workers, and run into on-the-job ethical violations more often, according to a new study published this week by the Ethics Resource Center.