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MIT Media Lab: Reality Mining

MIT Media Lab: Reality Mining
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Autopoiesis & how hyper-connectivity is literally bringing the networks to life When I started writing my book Living Networks in early 2002 I thought that it was important to demonstrate that the concept of ‘living networks’ was not just a metaphor, but a reality: we, together with the networks that connect us, are literally a new life form. To show this I drew on the literature on autopoiesis, which was proposed as a new way of understanding the nature of life, and wrote a lengthy introduction to the book. My editor, very rightly, thought it was the wrong way to begin the book, and the introduction never saw the light of day. This morning when someone mentioned living networks to me I remembered that this was a literal phrase that I had never explained, so here is the introduction, seen for the first time. We are indeed part of an emerging higher-order life form, and that is a wonderful thing… Introduction: How Connectivity is Bringing Our World to Life: We who are privileged to be alive today are participating in the birth of a new lifeform: the global networks.

The Anatomy of a Search Engine Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page {sergey, page}@cs.stanford.edu Computer Science Department, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 Abstract In this paper, we present Google, a prototype of a large-scale search engine which makes heavy use of the structure present in hypertext. 1. (Note: There are two versions of this paper -- a longer full version and a shorter printed version. 1.1 Web Search Engines -- Scaling Up: 1994 - 2000 Search engine technology has had to scale dramatically to keep up with the growth of the web. 1.2. Creating a search engine which scales even to today's web presents many challenges. These tasks are becoming increasingly difficult as the Web grows. 1.3 Design Goals 1.3.1 Improved Search Quality Our main goal is to improve the quality of web search engines. 1.3.2 Academic Search Engine Research Aside from tremendous growth, the Web has also become increasingly commercial over time. 2. 2.1 PageRank: Bringing Order to the Web 2.1.1 Description of PageRank Calculation Vitae

Location Technologies Primer The rise of the mobile device is upon us, even if it’s arriving a little late to the U.S. The reason why mobile devices will become so important – they’ll help us (and our friends, and maybe everyone) know where we are at all times, driving social, advertising and other applications. Being location aware is the single most important feature in a mobile device that otherwise suffers in comparison with desktop and laptop Internet devices – terrible screen size and resolution, poor battery life, slow connectivity and less than satisfying data input choices. But being location aware more than makes up for those limitations. Other types of killer applications will also be built on the back of location aware technologies, and the advertising possibilities are substantial (care to stop by that Starbucks you are diving by for a free latte?). Eric Carr, the VP of Location Technologies at Loopt, is the guy we go to when we have questions about new location technologies. His post is below.

5 companies turning your data into dollars Big data and the marketing world go together like peanut butter and jelly. Marketers want to present their brands in the most-effective manner possible and always put the right ad in front of the right person. In theory, big data makes that possible at a whole new level. Today’s analytic techniques and technologies can tell marketers not only what campaigns are working, but also where to spend next and — in some cases — the very language to use on their web sites. 1. Most people in the directed marketing world have heard about Acxiom — it has been around for more than forty years and has lots of identity data about people — but they’re about to think about the company in a whole new light if new CEO Scott Howe has his way. Phil Mui Howe’s plan involves, among other things, transitioning the company into a software-as-a-service model where customers can access and analyze their own data as well as Acxiom’s voluminous data sets. Oh, but the data does matter. 2. 3. 4. 5. Wes Nichols

Complexity Society - Home Page CTR Study: Mobile vs. Desktop | seoClarity Get Your Copy of the Latest, Largest, and Most Reliable CTR Study Ever Conducted This blog post is an excerpt from a recent research study – part one of a three-part series released in September exclusively to our clients at Clarity ‘14, our annual user conference, prior to SMX East. It’s the largest study of its kind ever done, and now, we’re making it available to everyone. When you download the complete study (there’s a form to the right ->), you’ll gain access to deep insights into brand vs. non-brand and specific industry CTR data. Overview Click through rate studies have been compiled by various researchers and companies since the advent of search marketing. What makes seoClarity’s study remarkably different from all other studies is the sheer volume of actual data analyzed. Why another CTR study? When we looked at the landscape of available studies we realized that As with ANY CTR study, there are a few caveats which we’ve listed at the end of this report. The Results Analysis

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Nokia Siemens to Expand Apertio Beyond the HLR Putting the subscriber at the heart of a company’s strategy is a concept with the air of a public relations pitch. But when your job is managing subscriber data, like Apertio’s, the concept earns you 140 million Euros and the chance to expand your business beyond the Home Location Registry. Nokia Siemens Networks’ acquisition of Apertio closed last month and with it closed the book on certain aspects of the merged giant’s IMS portfolio; the company is standardizing on Apertio subscriber databases instead. With it, too, may close the book on the idea of standalone subscriber databases such as the Home Location Registry (HLR) and Home Subscriber Server (HSS). "Technology-wise, Apertio is more open and had advantages in time-to-market. What the NGN needs is databases with open architectures and interfaces that lead the industry not only into HLRs and HSSs, but into new areas of taking advantage of subscriber data, Clever says. So, too, is the competition.

30 Places to Find Open Data on the Web | Visually Blog Finding an interesting data set and a story it tells can be the most difficult part of producing an infographic or data visualization. Data visualization is the end artifact, but it involves multiple steps – finding reliable data, getting the data in the right format, cleaning it up (an often underestimated step in the amount of time it takes!) and then finding the story you will eventually visualize. Following is a list useful resources for finding data. Your needs will vary from one project to another, but this list is a great place to start — and bookmark. 1. Data.gov: This is the go-to resource for government-related data. 2. These are the places that house data from all kinds of sources. 3. Usually, the best place to get social data for an API is the site itself: Instagram, GetGlue, Foursquare, pretty much all social media sites have their own API’s. 4. Wunderground has detailed weather information and also let’s you search historical data by zip code or city. 5. 6. 7.

Institute for the Study of Complex Systems Reliable multicast A reliable multicast protocol is a computer networking protocol that provides a reliable sequence of packets to multiple recipients simultaneously, making it suitable for applications like multi-receiver file transfer or streaming media. Overview[edit] Reliability[edit] Existing or proposed protocols[edit] Pragmatic General Multicast (PGM)(Mesongo)'s Rapid Messaging Framework (RMF)Tibco Software's TRDP (part of RV). Library support[edit] JGroups (Java API): popular project/implementationjGCS : Generic Java API supporting other implementations: Spread, Appia, NeEM, JGroupsSpread: C/C++ API, Java API, Python APIAppia (Java API)NeEM (Java API)RMF (C# API) References[edit]

Computer Science 101 UPDATE: we're doing a live, updated MOOC of this course at stanford-online July-2014 (not this Coursera version). See here: CS101 teaches the essential ideas of Computer Science for a zero-prior-experience audience. Computers can appear very complicated, but in reality, computers work within just a few, simple patterns. CS101 demystifies and brings those patterns to life, which is useful for anyone using computers today. In CS101, students play and experiment with short bits of "computer code" to bring to life to the power and limitations of computers. Here is another video Nick created for this class.

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