articles tagged: computer models
why riot is not as scary as you’d think
# tech

why riot is not as scary as you’d think

Riot is being pitched as a digital, hyper-aware spy. It's nothing more than a simple data aggregator from public social media profiles.

why computers can’t predict revolutions
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why computers can’t predict revolutions

No, computers didn't predict the Arab Spring. Their vague outputs are just being sold as predictions after the fact.

computing the universe, one model at a time
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computing the universe, one model at a time

Is it possible to simulate and compute our way to solving the mysteries of the universe and actually get it right in the end?

making computers think, one stat at a time
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making computers think, one stat at a time

A new computer language wants computers to learn about the world the same way we do: using statistics.

when the singularity feels like the matrix…
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when the singularity feels like the matrix…

The idea that simulating a brain in a computer will yield an intelligent being has become an unshakeable belief amongst Singularitarians.

installing supercomputers in the boardroom
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installing supercomputers in the boardroom

Before you let IBM sell you a computer to help lead your company, consider the downsides of outsourcing your strategy to a machine learning algorithm.

ok, so maybe it’s not exactly the cat’s meow…
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ok, so maybe it’s not exactly the cat’s meow…

Two IBM project leaders are arguing about the results of the Blue Matter experiments. The critics seem to have the upper hand, scientifically speaking.

looking for a.i., one cortex at a time…
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looking for a.i., one cortex at a time…

Researchers at IBM seem to believe that simulating the background activity of the brain will create a conscious, self-aware mind.

ok everybody, test tubes down
# astrobiology

ok everybody, test tubes down

Simulations are great starting points. But there are only so many conclusions we can draw from them.