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September 11, 2017

A recent article on TechCrunch warns that hackers are sending silent commands to speed recognition systems with ultrasound. These sorts of attacks are interesting because are sometimes plausible, sometimes outrageous, and oftentimes teach us something about security concerns we didn't know to worry about previou... View More >

August 27, 2017
Plimpton 322

by Kyle Polich

I recently came across the Guardian's coverage of Daniel Mansfield's work on an ancient mathematical tablet. I found the coverage to be deeply disappointing, in no small part to the misleading way, IMO, that Mansfield presents the res... View More >

August 24, 2017
Farcon 2017

by Kyle Polich

I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at Farcon 2017. Here's my summary of the conference.... View More >

April 11, 2017
Computational Humor

by Kristine de Leon

When you think about how you see and process the world, imagine how you would teach a computer to do that? This is a problem that falls under computational humor, which many people believe lies in the AI-complete category of AI problems, meaning that if it is solved, computers can be said to be as intelligent as humans. Computational humor also falls under natural language understanding<... View More >

March 29, 2017

Two separate artificial intelligence (AI) programs recently surpassed humans in a game that was once considered too difficult for artificial intelligence to master. Each one of these events represents a significant milestone in AI by beating professional poker players at Heads-up (two player only) No-Limit Texas Hold'em, one of the more complex variants of po... View More >

March 13, 2017

Digital devices have permeated our everyday lives. Not only are we creating more devices that connect to the Internet, more devices are becoming part of our everyday lives. We are generating data faster than ever before; every second we create new data. The EMC Digital Universe study, in conjunction with IDC http://www.idc.com/, projects that the amount of data will reach a staggering 44 zettabytes, or 44 trillion gigabytes, by the year 20... View More >

March 4, 2017

As the human population continues to spawn - to perhaps nearly 10 billion by 2050 - the size of the planet stays the same, meaning the same amount of land must somehow support more people. Intensified further by the volatility of extreme weather events and the resulting water shortage, humanity is going to have a hard time finding ways to support itself. And with the increasing urbanization of life and more humans moving to live in the cities, more and more people will be less engaged with food product... View More >

January 14, 2017

Last year, a department within the United Nations published several global ideals, including eliminating poverty by 2030. However, as many experts argue, fixing wealth disparities requires first knowing the locations of the world's poorest places. Economic data is often scarce or not collected in poor countries, and analysts know they can take a notable first step towards getting rid of poverty by collecting d... View More >