GNU Collaborative International Dictionary of English The mathematics of discovering new things A visualization of the new model for how one new idea allows others. (Tria et al) Here’s your cool math for the day: a model showing that when one new thing happens, more will follow. It seems like common sense. If you listen to a new artist on your online music engine for the first time, you’ll likely become aware of many other of songs by that artists that you’ve never heard before. And by discovering one new artist's music, you’ll be opened up to songs that the algorithm finds to be similar to it. The same occurs in biological evolution. So to Cornell University mathematics professor (and popular math communicator) Steven Strogatz, the paper that he and his colleagues released in Scientific Reportslooks at evolution in the broadest sense of the word. To explain the mathematical prints they detected, Strogatz and colleagues use a model that’s common in mathematics: An urn is filled with different colored balls, and one is drawn at random. But the new model gets a bit more complex.
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What 33 Successful Entrepreneurs Learned From Failure Skimfeed V3 - Tech News Aggregator The Industries Plagued by the Most Uncertainty - Jeff Dyer, Nathan Furr, and Curtis Lefrandt by Jeff Dyer, Nathan Furr and Curtis Lefrandt | 9:00 AM September 11, 2014 It’s a cliché to say that the world is more uncertain than ever before, but few realize just how much uncertainty has increased over the past 50 years. To illustrate this, consider that patent applications in the U.S. have increased by 6x (from 100k to 600k annually) and, worldwide, start-ups have increased from 10 million to almost 100 million per year. That means new technologies and new competitors are hitting the market at an unprecedented rate. Although uncertainty is accelerating, it isn’t affecting all industries the same way. That’s because there are two primary types of uncertainty — demand uncertainty (will customers buy your product?) Demand uncertainty arises from the unknowns associated with solving any problem, such as hidden customer preferences. Technological uncertainty results from unknowns regarding the technologies that might emerge or be combined to create a new solution.
Quixey's Deep Mobile Search Will Change The Way You Use Your Phone Search is broken. That's because just when we figured out how to crawl and organize the infinite pages of the World Wide Web, we switched to a new way of accessing the Internet: apps. Now, nearly 2 billion smartphones later, humanity has one experience searching the desktop web and quite another when it come to finding things on the devices we carry with us everywhere. The result? A fractured mess. Quixey, a deep mobile search company, is trying to patch things up by changing the way search works on mobile devices. "We think Google is all the world's information, but it isn't," says Quixey cofounder and CEO Tomer Kagan. "You can't really get that out of Google, because you can't crawl it effectively," he says. Quixey's solution is to chip away at the walled gardens in which today's apps live and make the contents and functionality of each one easy to crawl, index, and search. Say, for instance, that you search for your favorite Katy Perry song. Secondly, there's app discovery. We'll see.
How Google Works (13) Techmeme Frozen Poop Pills Fight Life-Threatening Infections Fecal transplant pills help patients avoid invasive procedures while restoring healthy gut bacteria. Courtesy of the Hohmann Lab hide caption itoggle caption Courtesy of the Hohmann Lab Fecal transplant pills help patients avoid invasive procedures while restoring healthy gut bacteria. Courtesy of the Hohmann Lab Fecal transplants can be life-saving for people with stubborn bacterial infections, but they're not for the faint of heart. People infected with Clostridium difficile suffer debilitating diarrhea, but the bug often defies antibiotics. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital figured they could improve on that. "Just getting the tube down is a problem," Dr. Enter the poop pill. A pill wouldn't require invasive procedures, the researchers speculated, and would be less likely to cause vomiting. To test that hypothesis, the researchers got donations from young, healthy volunteers screened to make sure they didn't have HIV, hepatitis or other infectious diseases.
Google's slippery slope: If search giant pays Twitter for content, should it pay all publishers? | VentureBeat | Media | by Chris O'Brien Toward the end of Bloomberg’s story about a potential deal between Google and Twitter to display tweets in search results, this bit at the end made me sit up: “There’s no advertising revenue involved in the deal between Twitter and Google, one of the people said. That suggests Twitter will receive data-licensing revenue, which was $41 million in the third quarter, up from $16 million a year earlier.” In other words, Google is going to pay Twitter for better access to its content. But if that turns out to be accurate, it would seem to have huge implications for content across the Web, particularly for news organizations. For years, publishers have been arguing to various degrees that Google should be paying for their content. Those snippets have in particular become a hot-button issue in Europe between Google and publishers. Meanwhile, Germany passed a similar law that caused Google to pull the plug on snippets there last fall. “Where’s our check?” Powered by VBProfiles Like this story?
Web Summit Blog Hundreds of fascinating companies are exhibiting at Web Summit – register your company here to be a part of it There are some genuine game-changers in this week’s selection of START companies, and they only add to the already impressive list of disruptive startups on their way to Web Summit in just a few weeks. Just like our previous rundown of startups exhibiting in the same field at Web Summit 2014, the below companies cover all kinds of industries, from entertainment and recruitment to cartography and municipal politics. Some of them will be travelling to Web Summit from as far away as India or Los Angeles, while there are a couple of startups based just up the road from Web Summit HQ. Duda Mobile – Palo Alto, USA First launched as a white label mobile website builder in early 2010, and later as a DIY site builder for SMBs, Duda has risen to become one of the leading platforms in the web design industry. MoviePilot – Venice, USA Teamwork – Cork, Ireland Mindmixer – Kansas City, USA
Anomaly Detection is the New Black Ted Dunning, Chief Applications Architect, MapR Technologies In a smooth-running business, something that stands out from normal usually is not good. But even if it’s a happy accident, you still need to look at it. Sounds simple, but with huge amounts of data this can be challenging, and the volume of incoming data is growing fast. More and more things are being attached to the Internet, and these things are often continuously making measurements to determine how they are working and what is around them. The answer is to build an automated, self-adaptive anomaly detection system. Who needs anomaly detection? Good anomaly detection provides benefits in many areas, including: Security. And, perhaps most importantly, good anomaly detection allows you to find problems before your CEO does. Let’s look at how to build anomaly detectors. Discover, Don’t Define Related Stories The Internet of Things: More Connectivity Can Mean More Vulnerability.Read the story » Why is probability important? Figure 1.
Imitation is what makes us human and creative – Kat McGowan Imitation might be a form of flattery, but it is also a good way to end up in legal trouble. More than 6,000 lawsuits over patent infringements were filed in the United States last year. Samsung and Apple, locked in what’s been called the bloodiest corporate war in history, have jointly spent more than $1 billion in the past four years trying to prove that one poached the other’s smartphone technology. In today’s world, inventors are our heroes and our saviours – the geniuses who keep the world economy surging forward, who bring us the newest playthings and the latest comforts. We rely on inventors to build a cleaner, happier, more prosperous future. Copycats are a threat to this cheerful vision. Popular now Step by step, Americans are sacrificing the right to walk Is there such a thing as an almost-rape? Judge, jury and executioner: the unaccountable algorithm But according to a cluster of like-minded researchers, we’ve misunderstood how innovation really works. Daily Weekly Explore Aeon