Improbable research: The Limerick laureate works his magic In 2003, an independent scholar from New Jersey began submitting limericks for a competition in mini-AIR, the monthly online supplement to my magazine, Annals of Improbable Research. The contest challenges readers to read an off-putting scholarly citation, and explain it in limerick form. Martin Eiger so consistently won that we eventually banned him as an unfair competitor, gave him the title Limerick laureate, and now publish him every month. He handles a huge range of subject matter. An early Eiger limerick summarised a Japanese study called Pharmacological Aspects of Ipecac Syrup (TJN-119) - Induced Emesis in Ferrets: If you're hoping to hash out a thesis,And stuck for a topic: emesis,As triggered in ferretsUndoubtedly meritsMuch more than a mere exegesis. Warwick University mathematician Jonathan Warren's 1999 treatise On the Joining of Sticky Brownian Motion includes a three-page proof of the Non-cosiness of Sticky Brownian Motion.
Before You See 'The Counselor': Watch 1977 Film 'The Gardener's Son,' Cormac McCarthy's First Produced Script While there's still no sign of Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" at either Venice, Toronto or New York (perhaps it'll pop up in Telluride?), the anticipation for the film still remains very high. Not only does it feature a ridiculous cast (Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and more), it also has a script from one of America's literary titans, Cormac McCarthy. This is something written directly for the screen, not an adaption of a book, but as hardcore fans know, this isn't the first script he's written. Way, way back in 1977 PBS unveiled "The Gardener's Son," as part of their "Visions" series of original programming, and it's a feature length film penned by none other than McCarthy. Nominated for two primetime Emmy awards, the movie has been somewhat forgotten.
Eugene Goostman chatbot passes Turing Test It might be time to start being nicer to your laptop, because a supercomputer program has passed the Turing Test for the first time in history. On Saturday, at the Turing Test 2014, the chatbot Eugene Goostman convinced the judges 33 percent of the time that it was a human being and not a computer. The event was organized by the University of Reading’s School of Systems Engineering and held on Saturday at the Royal Society in London. Devised by the mathematician Alan Turing in 1950 in his paper "Computing Machinery and Intelligence,” the Turing Test is considered the gold standard for gauging how far we’ve come in the field of artificial intelligence. The test is named after Turing, but the roots of the it go back to René Descartes in the 17th century. The idea is that an interrogator communicates with two contestants, one human and the other a machine, solely by text. There are actually several versions of the test, each with its own rules and criteria of what constitutes success.
Web scraping Web scraping, web harvesting, or web data extraction is data scraping used for extracting data from websites. Web scraping software may access the World Wide Web directly using the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or through a web browser. While web scraping can be done manually by a software user, the term typically refers to automated processes implemented using a bot or web crawler. It is a form of copying, in which specific data is gathered and copied from the web, typically into a central local database or spreadsheet, for later retrieval or analysis. Web scraping a web page involves fetching it and extracting from it. Fetching is the downloading of a page (which a browser does when you view the page). Newer forms of web scraping involve listening to data feeds from web servers. There are methods that some websites use to prevent web scraping, such as detecting and disallowing bots from crawling (viewing) their pages. Techniques Human copy-and-paste DOM parsing
Hypnotique : quand les plus belles peintures prennent vie Comment remettre la peinture classique et figurative au goût du jour ? Réponse du réalisateur italien Rino Stefano Tagliafierro : en les animant dans une vidéo. Sa dernière création intitulée "Beauty" a dépassé le million de vues en une semaine. Pendant dix minutes les personnages figés se mettent en action, la pluie tombe, les rivières des peintres paysagistes à couler. C'est comme si ces images conservées jusqu'à aujourd'hui à travers l'histoire de l'art pouvaient aujourd'hui se mouvoir grâce au feu de l'invention digitale", lit-on sur le site du réalisateur de films d'animation. La vidéo fait ainsi défiler 100 peintures néo-classiques, romantiques et baroques, de la Renaissance à la fin du XIXe siècle. Les peintures animées racontent aussi une histoire, en deux temps. La deuxième partie, symétrique, met en scène le malheur, l'apocalypse, la souffrance et le deuil. Alice Maruani - Le Nouvel Observateur
Stanford Prison Exp What happened in the basement of the psych building 40 years ago shocked the world. How do the guards, prisoners and researchers in the Stanford Prison Experiment feel about it now? It began with an ad in the classifieds. Male college students needed for psychological study of prison life. $15 per day for 1-2 weeks. More than 70 people volunteered to take part in the study, to be conducted in a fake prison housed inside Jordan Hall, on Stanford's Main Quad. The leader of the study was 38-year-old psychology professor Philip Zimbardo. Zimbardo encouraged the guards to think of themselves as actual guards in a real prison. The study began on Sunday, August 17, 1971. Forty years later, the Stanford Prison Experiment remains among the most notable—and notorious—research projects ever carried out at the University. In 1973, an investigation by the American Psychological Association concluded that the prison study had satisfied the profession's existing ethical standards. Zimbardo. Maslach.
50 Best Horror Movies of All Time Come on in, the blood's fine Horror movies aren’t for everyone. You’ve heard it a million times, or else you’ve said it a million times: “I just don’t like them”. What you should say — what’s far more likely — is that you don’t like most horror movies. Truth is, skimming our list of the best 50 horror films of all time on this very special Friday the 13th should do more to convince you than any argument ever will. Methodology: like our books piece, the selections for our Definitive Men’s Movie Collection represent our favorites, “considered in the light of how much they changed our lives, and might change yours.”
The Internet With A Human Face - Beyond Tellerrand 2014 Conference Talk Anyone who works with computers learns to fear their capacity to forget. Like so many things with computers, memory is strictly binary. There is either perfect recall or total oblivion, with nothing in between. It doesn't matter how important or trivial the information is. The computer can forget anything in an instant. If it remembers, it remembers for keeps. This doesn't map well onto human experience of memory, which is fuzzy. Every programmer has firsthand experience of accidentally deleting something important. And because we live in a time when storage grows ever cheaper, we learn to save everything, log everything, and keep it forever. Unfortunately, we've let this detail of how computers work percolate up into the design of our online communities. Our lives have become split between two worlds with two very different norms around memory. The offline world works like it always has. I saw people taking pictures, but there's a nice set of gestures and conventions in place for that.
The HDF Group - Information, Support, and Software Leveraging APIs as Part of Digital Strategy | Innovation Insights Image: Daniel Y. Go/Flickr In our world where businesses become more and more digitalized, also business strategy inevitably needs to emphasize more on the digital strategy as a part of it. What is the API Economy? I found the definition of the Cutter Consortium very appropriate: The API Economy is the economy where companies expose their (internal) business assets or services in the form of (Web) APIs to third parties with the goal of unlocking additional business value through the creation of new asset classes. Exposing assets (data, functionality, or computing resources) broadly leads to three types of emerging benefits of APIs: Wider reach (e.g., of an organization’s brand),External sources of innovation (i.e., facilitating the idea of open innovation),New or extended sources of revenues. Well-defined APIs do not only deliver benefits if they are exposed externally. A middle-way would be to provide APIs only to selected external partners. Theory of Strategy and APIs Where are we now?
Walking Through Doorways Causes Forgetting We’ve all experienced it: The frustration of entering a room and forgetting what we were going to do. Or get. Or find. New research from University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky suggests that passing through doorways is the cause of these memory lapses. “Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away,” Radvansky explains. “Recalling the decision or activity that was made in a different room is difficult because it has been compartmentalized.” The study was published recently in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Conducting three experiments in both real and virtual environments, Radvansky’s subjects—all college students—performed memory tasks while crossing a room and while exiting a doorway. Learn More >
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The internet mystery that has the world baffled Sleepily – it was late, and he had work in the morning – Eriksson thought he’d try his luck decoding the message from "3301”. After only a few minutes work he’d got somewhere: a reference to "Tiberius Claudius Caesar” and a line of meaningless letters. Joel deduced it might be an embedded "Caesar cipher” – an encryption technique named after Julius Caesar, who used it in private correspondence. It replaces characters by a letter a certain number of positions down the alphabet. Feeling satisfied, he clicked the link. It was a picture of a duck with the message: "Woops! "If something is too easy or too routine, I quickly lose interest,” says Eriksson. Eriksson didn’t realise it then, but he was embarking on one of the internet’s most enduring puzzles; a scavenger hunt that has led thousands of competitors across the web, down telephone lines, out to several physical locations around the globe, and into unchartered areas of the "darknet”. "It was exhilarating,” said Eriksson. Except no.