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October 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Toshiba Embedded Glasses Display

Toshiba Embedded Glasses Display

Another example of a head mounted display, competing with Google Glass.  More wearable tech. "  ... Called Toshiba Glass, they have a tiny, lightweight projector clipped onto one of the arms near the lens. That projector displays


From Schneier on Security

Surveillance in Schools

Surveillance in Schools

This essay, "Grooming students for a lifetime of surveillance," talks about the general trends in student surveillance. Related: essay on the need for student privacy in online learning....


From XRDS

XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students

XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students


From XRDS

Do no evil in research

Do no evil in research

Inbal Talgam-Cohen, Sean Follmer


From XRDS

Diverse responses to our diversty issue

Diverse responses to our diversty issue

XRDS Staff


From XRDS

New directions in language processing

New directions in language processing

Adrian Scoică, Daniel Bauer


From XRDS

Technology for talking

Technology for talking

Jay Patel


From XRDS

From zero to excellence

From zero to excellence

Claudia Schulz


From XRDS

A call for passion

A call for passion

Oded Green, Yoav Green


From XRDS

Successfully transitioning from academia to entrepreneurship

Successfully transitioning from academia to entrepreneurship

Farnaz Ronaghi


From XRDS

Why to get involved in the open source community?

Why to get involved in the open source community?

Maria Kechagia


From XRDS

The geometric origins of spectral graph theory

The geometric origins of spectral graph theory

Olivia Simpson


From XRDS

Talking to computers in natural language

Talking to computers in natural language

Percy LiangNatural language understanding is as old as computing itself, but recent advances in machine learning and the rising demand of natural-language interfaces make it a promising time to once again tackle the long-standing


From XRDS

To err is human, to correct is divine

To err is human, to correct is divine

Mariano Felice, Zheng YuanTechnology has made language learning a more interactive and enjoyable experience, but it has never been smart enough to replace human tutors. However, the latest advances in automated grammatical error


From XRDS

From wax tablets to touchscreens: an introduction to text-entry research

From wax tablets to touchscreens: an introduction to text-entry research

Per Ola KristenssonHow we can enable users to transmit text to mobile and ubiquitous computer systems as quickly and as accurately as possible.


From XRDS

Ancient Sumerian online: challenges and opportunities

Ancient Sumerian online: challenges and opportunities

Terhi Nurmikko-FullerFar from its beginnings as symbols pressed into clay tablets, Ancient Sumerian is now being digitized and shared through cutting edge semantic web technologies.


From XRDS

Detecting influencers in social media discussions

Detecting influencers in social media discussions

Sara RosenthalKnowing who's influential can help when planning political campaigns, advertising strategies, or even combating terrorism; and now research into influence detection promises to automate such detection.


From XRDS

Spoken dialogue systems: the new frontier in human-computer interaction

Spoken dialogue systems: the new frontier in human-computer interaction

Pierre Lison, Raveesh MeenaWouldn't it be great if we could simply talk to our technical devices instead of relying on cumbersome displays and keyboards to convey what we want?


From XRDS

A hybrid system for code switch point detection in informal Arabic text

A hybrid system for code switch point detection in informal Arabic text

Heba Elfardy, Mohamed Al-Badrashiny, Mona DiabHow to detect the switch between a standard and a dialectal form of a language in written text and why this is important for natural language processing tasks.


From XRDS

Miriam Plieninger on language learning with Babbel

Miriam Plieninger on language learning with Babbel

Daniel Bauer, Billy RathjeBabbel's Director of Didactics, Miriam Plieninger, weighs in on how mobile apps are rapidly changing the way we approach language learning.


From XRDS

Profile Geoffrey Hinton: unlocking the language of the brain

Profile Geoffrey Hinton: unlocking the language of the brain

Adrian Scoică


From XRDS

National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM): Manchester, United Kingdom

National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM): Manchester, United Kingdom

Georgios Kontonatsios, Matt Shardlow


From XRDS

Speech synthesis

Speech synthesis

Finn Kuusisto


From XRDS

Dynamics of news from the <i>New York Times</i>

Dynamics of news from the <i>New York Times</i>

Marinka Zitnik


From The Eponymous Pickle

Salesforce and Wave Analytics

Salesforce and Wave Analytics

Just announced:  " .... Wave is the product of two years' worth of engineering and runs on top of Salesforce's core platform, Buscemi said. That means it's integrated with Salesforce's applications for CRM (customer relationship


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Bricolage by smart people

Bricolage by smart people

Scientific research is fundamentally about learning, about trial and error. Luck and unplanned interactions are a central part of it. Thus research cannot be planned and managed like, say, teaching duties or a Walmart store.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Parenting with a Story

Parenting with a Story

I see that my P&G colleague Paul Smith has a new book coming out Nov 12: Parenting with a Story. A domain sequel to his business oriented book:  Lead with a Story, which was covered here.  Great build on the popular storytelling


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Reciprocity Advantage

The Reciprocity Advantage

Reading The Reciprocity Advantage: A New Way to Partner for Innovation and Growth.  by Bob Johansen and Karl Ronn.  Nicely done with real life enterprise examples, including IBM, TED, Microsoft, Google Apple Store and more.I"


From The Eponymous Pickle

Examining Data Valuation Methods

Examining Data Valuation Methods

Brought this up here some time ago, but thought I would again ....  New analytical methods used with big data have led many companies to think about the value of their data. What is it worth, now and in the future? How abouthttp


From Computational Complexity

Luddite or not?

My first ever guest post for Lance was on Are you a luddite. I certainly am to some extent a luddite, but there are some things where it not clear if they are luddite-ish or not.

  1. I prefer reading books to blogs. This came up