Your Brain on Literacy
Clive Thompson has a wonderful article in the NY Times Magazine on Watson, the supercomputer programmed to excel at Jeopardy. Thompson delves into the clever heuristics used to generate singular answers to ambiguous questions. (Watson relies on massive amounts of parallel processing, so that “he” is running thousands of Google searches simultaneously.) While Watson’s performance is certainly impressive, I thought the most interesting part of the story involved the failings of the machine. It’s easy to rhapsodize about the ever escalating speed of microchips, but it turns out that Watson is often too slow at ringing the buzzer: In more than 20 games I witnessed between Watson and former “Jeopardy!”
Graphic Science | Mind & Brain See Inside Cupid's arrows, laced with neurotransmitters, find their marks By Mark Fischetti | February 14, 2011 | Men and women can now thank a dozen brain regions for their romantic fervor.
BIOS now closed The BIOS Centre closed as a research centre of the School on 31 December 2011. The BIOS research group is moving to King's College London as of January 2012 to become the research arm of a new Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine. Nikolas Rose will also be leaving the LSE at that time to become Head of this new Department. Further information and resources Research programmes and other activities previously undertaken in the BIOS Centre:
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