Hello World

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weiner So, first post. I suppose I had better talk about why I am starting this blog and what you, dear reader, can expect from it. I am a PhD student at the University of Nottingham’s Horizon Doctoral Training Centre. I am in my first year out of four […]

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Ready, Set, Go! Meet Yuandong Tian: AI Maverick

Chinese AI talent in US – Facebook Artificial Intelligence Researcher Yuandong Tian Yuandong Tian loves to seize a challenge. When the ambitious young AI researcher joined Facebook in 2015, he came up with the “crazy idea” of building a Go program from scratch. Go is the world’s oldest and most complex strategic board game, and […]

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25 Tweets to Know You: A New Model to Predict Personality with Social Media

(All figures in this review are cited from this paper: Arnoux P H, Xu A, Boyette N, et al. 25 Tweets to Know You: A New Model to Predict Personality with Social Media[J]. ICWSM 2017) Abstract In order to provide personalized ads, tech giants such as Google and Facebook are trying to abstract their users’ […]

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Facebook passwords

SEATTLE (AP) — Two U.S. senators are asking Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether employers asking for Facebook passwords during job interviews are violating federal law, their offices announced Sunday. Troubled by reports of the practice, Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said they are calling on the […]

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The Face of Artificial Intelligence

Facebook’s new servers for artificial intelligence research, inside the company’s data center in Prineville, Oregon (Source: Technology Review) Source: Technology Review Source: IEEE Spectrum   Ex Machina (2015) Source: MadAboutMovies Source: http://www.lkessler.com/brutefor.shtml Lee Se-dol, one of the world’s top Go players, won just one of the matches against the AlphaGo program, missing out on the […]

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13-Year-Old Facebook Dominates Social Media

  Facebook was launched on February 4, 2004 when Thefacebook.com went live. Its home screen read, says David Kirkpatrick in The Facebook Effect, “Thefacebook is an online directory that connects people though social networks at colleges.” Zuckerberg’s classmate Andrew McCollum designed a logo using an image of Al Pacino he’s found online that he covered […]

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The Rise of the ‘Tech’ Giants

Financial Times: [August 1, 2016] was something of a red-letter day for the tech industry. When the stock market closed, the five most valuable companies on the planet were, for the first time, technology concerns. And they all hailed from the West Coast of the US, whether the San Francisco Bay Area (Apple, Alphabet and […]

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What has @Facebook Wrought: No More Six Degrees of Separation

Facebook: How connected is the world? Playwrights [1], poets [2], and scientists [3] have proposed that everyone on the planet is connected to everyone else by six other people. In honor of Friends Day, we’ve crunched the Facebook friend graph and determined that the number is 3.57. Each person in the world (at least among […]

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