A team of seven former rivals has won a three-year contest to improve Netflix’s recommendation system. They pipped another team to the million dollar prize by just twenty minutes. The contest involved the system the movie rental firm uses to predict which films a particular customer might like, based on how they’ve rated previous titles. […]
By Natania Barron Contributing Writer, [GAS] I have a theory. I believe it is impossible to remain sad in the presence of a ukulele. There have been moments in my life where despair has crept in, and in spite of efforts to the contrary, very little has managed to scatter those dark clouds. Except my […]
A few weeks back, when Sony dropped the price of the PS3 to $299, they started airing the following ad to promote the new deal: But now that this has been running for a few weeks, it seems that Nigeria is Mad at Sony and wants them to withdraw the ad. The country also “demands […]
Every so often you’ll see a print-on-demand machine which is billed as changing the way publishing works. The dream is to be able to walk into a bookstore and quickly print off a copy of any book you like rather than be limited by what is currently in stock on the shelves. That’s likely still […]
Part of me knows that “Glee” is an attempt by the Fox Network to tap into the High School Musical craze brought forth by Disney a few years ago. Part of me is resistant to such a marketing ploy. But the other part of me, the one who once dreamed of singing “On My Own” […]
Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the United States. The Force is strong in this one. This was taken during a photo op to promote Chicago for the 2016 Olympics. You can see Photoshop treatments in the comments at Gawker and at Buzzfeed. And everywhere else on the ‘net soon!
Literary geeks, rejoice! They’ve made a film about John Keats. I’m a Romantic poetry fangirl, I totally admit it. As a young English geek (and later, English major geek) I came across the Romantics in high school, and up until that point I had never read anything so profound. The language was so beautiful, the […]
You may have seen photographs of the Stata Center at MIT. It was designed by Frank Gehry and looks more like a giant art installation than a building at a university. However, having spent quite a bit of time in computer science buildings at various universities myself, I’ve noticed that many of them tend to […]
Did You Know 4.0 is another official update to the widely popular Shift Happens video. This new version includes facts and stats focusing on the changing media landscape, including convergence and technology, and was developed in partnership with The Economist.
So, where were YOU when the Death Star fell?
By Natania Barron Contributing Writer, [GAS] One of the biggest draws about steampunk technology, for me, is that much of it actually existed in some form or another. Last night, through the joy of Twitter, I discovered the endless wonder of GoogleBook’s expansive Popular Mechanics archive, and spent far too long ogling the various inventions […]
Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for most people. But how do we do it? In the following video presentation, Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples’ thoughts — and judges their actions.