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Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story Than a Human Reporter?

Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story Than a Human Reporter?
Had Narrative Science — a company that trains computers to write news stories—created this piece, it probably would not mention that the company’s Chicago headquarters lie only a long baseball toss from the Tribune newspaper building. Nor would it dwell on the fact that this potentially job-killing technology was incubated in part at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Those ironies are obvious to a human. But not to a computer. At least not yet. For now consider this: Every 30 seconds or so, the algorithmic bull pen of Narrative Science, a 30-person company occupying a large room on the fringes of the Chicago Loop, extrudes a story whose very byline is a question of philosophical inquiry. And the articles don’t read like robots wrote them: Friona fell 10-8 to Boys Ranch in five innings on Monday at Friona despite racking up seven hits and eight runs. OK, it’s not Roger Angell. Hammond assures me I have nothing to worry about.

Comment les ministres usent et abusent de Twitter Le gouvernement de Jean-Marc Ayrault est le premier gouvernement français où la grande majorité, 30 des 34 ministres ont un compte Twitter personnel. Revue de détail des comportements et relations politiques sur Twitter. Article rédigé par Matthias Lüfkens. Le gouvernement de Jean-Marc Ayrault est le premier gouvernement français où la grande majorité, 30 des 34 ministres ont un compte Twitter personnel. Au lendemain du premier Conseil des ministres seules cinq des 30 ministres sur Twitter avaient remis à jour leur bio sur Twitter mentionnant leurs nouveaux titres à savoir Najat Belkacem, George Pau Langevin, Fleur Pellerin, Christiane Taubira et Bernard Cazeneuve. La Ministre Déléguée aux Personnes âgées et de la dépendance est accro à Twitter avec bientôt 10.000 tweets au compteur en l’espace de 15 mois. Qui a le plus grand nombre de followers ? Qui suit qui ? Jean Marc Ayrault semble être apprécié par sa nouvelle équipe qui le suit majoritairement sur Twitter. Qui ose le dialogue ?

Cognitive Load Theory: Implications of Cognitive Load Theory on the Design of Learning (Paul Kirschner) Guest editorial / Learning and Instruction 12 (2002) 1–10 these problems (Kirschner, van Vilsteren, Hummel, & Wigman, 1997). According toKeen (1992), competencies refer to the ability to operate in ill-de fi ned and ever-changing environments, to deal with non-routine and abstract work processes, tohandle decisions and responsibilities, to work in groups, to understand dynamic sys-tems, and to operate within expanding geographical and time horizons. nboer, 1999; see also Fletcher, 1997a,b; Spencer & Spencer, 1993).The design of education based on a competency based paradigm is fundamentallydifferent from what instructional designers are used to doing. in whichcognition, meta-cognition and transfer are the most important variables requiresus to better understand and make use of the possibilities and take into account thelimitations of the human mind. cient learning. rst attempt to construct a background for thereader of the fundamental elements in CLT. 2. Short-term or working memory

George Zimmerman Charged: How Journalists on Twitter Covered the Story George Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder in February’s shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey announced the charges at 6 p.m. ET. The alleged murder of Martin by Zimmerman has been trending online since the 17-year-old’s parents set up a Change.org petition to prosecute Zimmerman in their son’s death. The petition had 2,257,985 signees at time of this writing.

Will Robots Replace Our Pastors? | Things I Write (I usually write about God’s hospitality over at my main blog, A Friendly Emptiness, but this topic grabbed my attention and lured me back to this–otherwise unused–blog. Enjoy! –Wayne) I, like most bloggers, usually focus my posts on the issues everybody’s talking about. Today, though, I’d like to address an issue nobody is talking about—yet. According to Kevin Kelly’s article in December’s issue of Wired magazine, “Better Than Human: Why Robots Will — And Must — Take Our Jobs”, by the end of this century, 70% of today’s workers will be replaced by robots. “The rote tasks of any information-intensive job can be automated. My first reaction to these claims was—and I’m sure yours is too—that my job was a clear exception to this prediction. Could pastors like me be replaced by robots? Let’s break this down by the different tasks and roles pastors fill. Preaching An obvious place to start is preaching. Counseling/Pastoral Care Let me introduce you to MindMentor, the automated therapist.

Les douches horizontales, une nouvelle manière de se relaxer Prendre une douche permet généralement de se détendre. Dornbracht veut amener le concept plus loin en proposant des “douches horizontales”, offrant différents types de jets “relaxants” et une ambiance modulable pour tous les utilisateurs. Pas très pratique pour se laver, certes, les douches horizontales pourraient néanmoins bien devenir une nouvelle tendance. D’après Dornbracht, elles ont en tout cas un énorme potentiel de relaxation. La technologie n’aurait jamais été rendue possible sans eTool, un concept original qui consiste en une longue bar laissant passer l’eau par plusieurs trous jusqu’à une sorte de table de relaxation où l’utilisateur prend place. Ce qui change par rapport à une douche traditionnelle? Le concept semble relativement innovant en et promet une approche différente de la salle de bain. On en parle sur le forum. Articles similaires:

Mind-reading robot teachers keep students focused - tech - 29 May 2012 An automated system that detects when online pupils are distracted or snoozing and then uses tricks to keep them alert WE ALL remember dozing off during a boring class at school. A robotic teacher that monitors students' attention levels and mimics the techniques human teachers use to hold their pupils' attention promises to end the snoozing, especially for students who have their lessons online. Tests indicate the robot can boost how much students remember from their lessons. Intelligent tutoring systems that use virtual teachers to interact with students could play a crucial role in the expanding field of online education. "We wanted to look at how learning happens in the real world," says Mutlu. The pair programmed a Wakamaru humanoid robot to tell students a story in a one-on-one situation and then tested them afterwards to see how much they had remembered. During this story the robot raised its voice or used arm gestures to regain the student's attention if the EEG levels dipped.

Why Twitter might make lawyers as important as ever The legal profession has undergone a lot of change and embarked on a lot of soul searching over the past few years, but don’t dismiss it as an anachronism just yet. As the web changes the way citizens consume and digest information — always faster and in greater quantity — it seems likely certain lawyers will find themselves retaining their positions of power, still able to command whatever rates their hearts desire. Journalists are like law professors for the rest of us Already, legal journalists are taking on a role that makes them akin to law professors for the general public. The subject of legal reporting and constitutional interpretation was the subject of a recent panel discussion at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, during which the panelists — all of whom are journalists who also have law degrees — seemed to agree there’s a big difference between presenting a legal argument to readers and presenting them with what they need or want to know. And then there’s Twitter.

Why superintelligence can be dangerous (Opinion) Machines have surpassed humans in physical strength, speed and stamina. What if they surpassed human intellect as well? Science fiction movies have explored this question. In the classic "2001: A Space Odyssey," astronaut David Bowman, played by Keir Dullea, struggles for control of the spacecraft against the sentient computer HAL 9000. In "The Matrix," Keanu Reeves stars as Neo, who must find a way to win the war against the Matrix, intelligent machines that have taken over the world. Human-friendly robots C-3P0, left, and R2-D2 in the "Star Wars" series. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a cyborg assassin in "The Terminator." Good robots known as the Autobots and bad robots, the Decepticons, fight for dominance on Earth in the "Transformers" franchise. In "Blade Runner," Rutger Hauer plays Roy Batty, a replicant, which is a bioengineered android that looks indistinguishable from humans. Will Smith stars as Detective Del Spooner and Bridget Moynahan as Dr. Imagining artificial intelligence

Des hologrammes 3D pour la visioconférence C’est une grande avancée pour le domaine de la visioconférence, bientôt les interlocuteurs ne se contenteront plus d’une simple image en 2D et pourront interagir avec un hologramme en 3D à taille réelle. Ce sont des chercheurs de la Queen’s University au Canada qui ont mis au point ce dispositif d’un nouveau genre. Le projet baptisé « Telehuman » permet d’avoir en face de soi la personne avec qui on souhaite communiquer en grandeur nature grâce à l’utilisation des hologrammes. Le système se compose d’un écran cylindrique, à l’intérieur du tube est projeté l’hologramme d’un interlocuteur en 3D. L’image n’est donc pas plate et donne l’impression que la personne se trouve réellement en face de vous. « L’écran cylindrique de 1,80 mètre est une feuille acrylique translucide surmontée d’un miroir convexe. Les scientifiques pensent déjà à des applications de ce dispositif dans de nombreux domaines tels que la télémédecine, les jeux vidéo ou pour les duplex à la télévision par exemple. Inactif

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