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Watson beats humans on ‘Jeopardy!’ in second round

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Watson beats humans on ‘Jeopardy!’ in second round
February 15, 2011

jeopardytfv The Watson IBM supercomputer finished the second round of the TV show “Jeopardy!” on Tuesday night ahead, with $35,734 vs. $10,800 and $4,800 for the human competitors. See WHEN TO WATCH guide for local listings for the second and third rounds. News reports

Latest Future Arts

Graphical expression of emotion — possible concept for a language all intelligences (even AI) could understand, communicate? A new kind of Turing test?
February 15, 2011

poptech logo   PopTech — Emily Spivack | Designer Orlagh O’Brien asks, “What if we try to visually represent the emotions that are running through our body?” She gave a simple emotion-specific quiz to a group of 250 people. Asking respondents to describe five emotions — anger, joy, fear, sadness, and love —  in drawings, colors, and words, O’Brien … more…

Cloverfield special effects from DVD release — computer graphics, compositing
February 15, 2011

cloverfield poster The making of visual effects for Cloverfield. In the second video: “Subway Parasites” segment from the Cloverfield DVD’s “Cloverfield Visual Effects” extra. This 2008 U.S.-made disaster/monster “mockumentary” was directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams and written by Drew Goddard. The film follows six New Yorkers attending a party on the night that a gigantic … more…

Latest Humor

humor | I am the very model of a Singularitarian
February 15, 2011

“I Am the Very Model of a Singularitarian” by and featuring Charlie Kam, to the tune of “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical The Pirates of Penzance.


ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Dates: May 7 – 12, 2011
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia


New books

The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom
author Evgeny Morozov

netdelusion  Amazon | “The revolution will be Twittered!” declared journalist Andrew Sullivan after protests erupted in Iran in June 2009. Yet for all the talk about the democratizing power of the Internet, regimes in Iran and China are as stable and repressive as ever. In fact, authoritarian governments are effectively using the Internet to suppress free … more…

Latest Kurzweil Corner posts

Cyborgs, the wave of the future: The Transcendent Man screens next week

LAist logo  Source: LAist — February 8, 2011 | Katherine Peach

It’s those times when all meat starts to taste like chicken and the rum and Coke you ordered tastes like Froot Loops, that the notion there is just a glitch in the Matrix starts to seem like a possibility. The sci-fi scenario of robots running amok is not just a thing for the books, according … more…

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