The news is no longer contained in an object we can hold, but flows around us through a variety of apps and services, and the design or algorithmic choices those platforms make can affect how we see the world around us
North Carolina State researchers built a deep learning system that was able to predict players’ goals in an open-ended video game nearly 63 percent of time. It’s not perfect and it’s not proof of a gaming revolution, but it’s a big improvement and a good start.
The National Science Foundation is giving a combined $20 million to two projects that are building cloud computing testbeds for scientists. They’ll features a wide variety of processor, storage and networking options so researchers can test their workloads against new architectures.
Three online communities have formed a partnership called DERP, aimed at helping academic researchers get access to data about their users — data that will be ethically acquired and open-sourced, the group says
Microsoft and Amazon Web Services both announced research grant programs on Tuesday, promising millions of hours of cloud computing resources to winning researchers, as well as access to mountains of government data.
The London startup’s product, Overleaf, lets researchers collaborate on scientific papers that use the LaTeX markup language.
Facebook is constantly experimenting on its users by tweaking the newsfeed in both large and small ways, a former member of the company’s data science team confirms, and some of the social network’s defenders argue that it isn’t doing anything media companies don’t also do
Facebook(s fb)’s emotional manipulation study has shocked many people for its apparent breach of research ethics (700,000 subjects had no idea they were being manipulated), and it has raised the alarm among Europe’s privacy regulators too. As The Register first reported on Tuesday (and I confirmed on Wednesday morning), the UK Information Commissioner intends to speak with Facebook about it, and will also be liaising with his Irish counterpart, who has jurisdiction over Facebook’s activities across Europe. The Irish Data Protection Commissioner said he is awaiting a “comprehensive report” from the social network over privacy issues relating to the study, including consent.
A study manipulated the news feeds of hundreds of thousands of Facebook users in an attempt to show that emotional responses can be affected by the behavior of our social connections, and many are outraged by what they see as an ethical lapse by the company in doing so
Can we turn ordinary plants into sensors, in order to learn more about the environment? A bunch of European researchers with nearly $1.5 million in funding think it can be done.