Tag Archives: Social

How the Internet amplifies irrational group behavior

Social network graph (credit: DarwinPeacock/Wikimedia Commons) New research from the University of Copenhagen combines formal philosophy, social psychology, and decision theory to understand and tackle these phenomena. “Group behavior that encourages us to make decisions based on false beliefs has always existed. However, with the advent of the Internet and social media, this kind of behavior is more […]

Global e-mail patterns reveal ‘clash of civilizations’

The mesh of civilizations in e-mail patterns (credit: Bogdan State et al.) The global pattern of e-mail communication reflects the cultural fault lines thought to determine future conflict, say computational social scientists. In 1992, the Harvard-based political scientist Samuel Hartington suggested that future conflicts would be driven largely by cultural differences. He went on to […]

SOCIAL MEDIA: FIVE PREDICTIONS FOR 2013

(Credit: Tout) What does 2013 hold in store for the world of social media? CNET predicts: 1. MySpace relaunches; no one cares (no-brainer) 2. Twitter-Instagram photo rivalry continues to develop 3. Tout (video-sharing service) breaks out 4. Bigger bucks for Twitter (ads possible) 5. Facebook buys RockMelt? (its own browser)

HEAD-MOUNTED CAMERAS COULD HELP ROBOTS UNDERSTAND SOCIAL INTERACTIONS

A method to reconstruct 3D gaze concurrences from videos taken by head-mounted cameras (credit: Hyun Soo Park, Eakta Jain, and Yaser Sheikh) Robots (and some people) have trouble understanding what’s going on in a social setting. But it may become essential for robots designed to interact with humans, so researchers at Carnegie Mellon University‘s Robotics Institute […]

SGI’s Twitter heartbeat maps could track Australia’s mood

US sentiment on a live Twitter feed with the red showing negative sentiment and blue showing positive sentiment. Picture: SGI THE technology used to create “heat maps” that track sentiment on Twitter may have uses in Australian politics and business, its inventors say. California-based Silicon Graphics International (SGI) trialled the technology during November’s US presidential elections and October’s Hurricane Sandy. […]

2012 STATE OF THE FUTURE

“The world is getting richer, healthier, better educated, more peaceful, and better connected, and people are living longer; yet half the world is potentially unstable,” according to Jerome C. Glenn, CEO of The Millennium Project and co-author of the “2012 State of the Future,” an overview of our global situation, problems, solutions, and prospects for the future. The […]

THE MOST IMPORTANT EDUCATION REVOLUTION IN 200 YEARS

Four of the 19 Coursera courses on AI and robotics (credit: Coursera) Education is about to change dramatically, says Anant Agarwal, who heads edX, a $60 million MIT-Harvard effort to stream a college education over the Web, free, with plans to teach a billion students, Technology Review reports. “Massive open online courses,” or MOOCs, offered by new education ventures […]

ARE DROIDS TAKING OUR JOBS?

Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating — jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain’t seen nothing yet. But then he steps back to look at big history, and comes […]

The consequences of machine intelligence

In their 2011 book, Race Against The Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy, authors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee argued that “technological progress is accelerating innovation even as it leaves many types of workers behind,” says Rice University professor of computational engineering Moshe Y. Vardi in The Atlantic. “While the […]