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Yet another idea on how computers and humans will work together...

"...The stray object in the path that might once have immobilised a robot won't immobilise it if the robot can ring up tech support and informed that it's just a stray object, go around dummy...[...].... It's very hard to design a machine that can improvise when confronted by the unfamiliar or reason its way through most difficulties—just as it's rare to find a human who can seamlessly navigate his way across all of America's public roads, large and small, without some sort of guide. But just as any regular joe with access to Wikipedia can do a passable impression of someone with enormous intellectual powers, the extended mind of the cloud could lead to impressive improvements in robot capabilities."
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The pain of being the only engineer in a business meeting (or being a computer scientist in a business school :-p)
The pain of being the only engineer in a business meeting is perfectly illustrated in the comedy sketch, "The Expert." The sketch was written and directed by Lauris Beinerts and is based on the (Ru...
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I have a hypothesis: Marketplaces that allow their sellers to grow without an obvious ceiling, are more likely to grow big, compared to marketplaces that require sellers to sell their time.
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How a cat became a co-author in a Physical Review Letters paper...
 


Hetherington & Willard (1975). One of the authors of this paper was a cat (No, seriously.)

The paper’s title was “Two-, Three-, and Four-Atom Exchange Effects in bcc ³He”, which is already pretty cool. So what was odd about this paper? Well you see, one of the authors was a cat.

Physicist Jack Hetherington had prepared his manuscript using the typical formal writing style used in many papers. He used active voice but avoided singular personal pronouns. Unfortunately, at the time, using plural pronouns in a single author paper was grounds for rejection from Phys. Rev. Lett. (apparently, they disapprove of people using “the royal we”). In those days, Hetherington had used a typewriter to compose his manuscript, so changing all the pronouns in the paper would have been immensely troublesome. Instead, as ever-pragmatic as many physicists are, he simply decided to include his siamese cat Chester as a co-author.

Because a single name would never suffice, and doubtless to prevent colleagues from recognising who this extra author really was, Chester was given the full name of F.D.C. Willard, Short for Felis Domesticus Chester Willard (Willard having been the name of the cat’s father).

The paper, Hetherington & Willard (1975), was published and does indeed have Chester the cat listed as Hetherington’s co-author! He’s therefore the only cat to have ever published anything in the field of low temperature phsics. Amusingly, this also means that this Cat has an Erdös number of 7, which I’m pretty sure is lower than mine. He probably has a lot more citations too.

paper: http://prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v35/i21/p1442_1

Erdős number: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erd%C5%91s_number

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An attempt to identify the research problems in crowdsourcing that also appear in similar forms in other fields, together with an attempt to identify what are the differences when facing the problem in a crowdsourcing setting.
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The Informative Herd: why humans and other animals imitate more when conditions are adverse

Decisions in a group often result in imitation and aggregation, which are enhanced in panic, dangerous, stressful or negative situations. Current explanations of this enhancement are restricted to particular contexts, such as anti-predatory behavior, deflection of responsibility in humans, or cases in which the negative situation is associated with an increase in uncertainty. But this effect is observed across taxa and in very diverse conditions, suggesting that it may arise from a more general cause, such as a fundamental characteristic of social decision-making. Current decision-making theories do not explain it, but we noted that they concentrate on estimating which of the available options is the best one, implicitly neglecting the cases in which several options can be good at the same time. We explore a more general model of decision-making that instead estimates the probability that each option is good, allowing several options to be good simultaneously. This model predicts with great generality the enhanced imitation in negative situations. Fish and human behavioral data showing an increased imitation behavior in negative circumstances are well described by this type of decisions to choose a good option.
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Sadly, this model seems to extend to explain the success of fearmongering. By influencing people's perceptions of outcomes -- and, in particular, increasing their fear of the negative outcomes -- the model would seem to predict that you can move them as a group to a particular decision.
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Online Markets: Selling products vs. selling time
We had an interesting discussion a few days back about online job markets, and why they are not a huge success so far, when other, comparatively less important products are getting huge valuation and visibility. For example, oDesk reached a total transactio...
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Michelle Obama photobombs Miami Heat with an apple in face, awkward guffaw

Haha, this is too weird but awesome!

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Why I do not buy the criticism of MOOCs that compares MOOCs with traditional courses; plus a comparison of MOOCs with genetically modified foods.
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Completely agree that MOOCs will be used to supplement and improve access to education (like Khan Academy and MIT OpenCourseWare have done for a while).  However, Udacity and Coursera did open the door to criticism here by badly overpromising.  For example, Sebastian Thrun in a Wired interview famously said that MOOcs would replace universities: "He imagines that in 10 years, job applicants will tout their Udacity degrees. In 50 years, he says, there will be only 10 institutions in the world delivering higher education and Udacity has a shot at being one of them." http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/03/ff_aiclass/all/

I wish Udacity and Coursera had focused more on personalized education -- massive scale machine learning and user modeling to improve the efficiency of education  -- which is something they talked about early on but dropped in their land rush to launch hordes of low quality courses.  They still could go back to personalized education.  For more on that, please see https://plus.google.com/102076128417589427747/posts/SKNiEkRWKL8
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