The Millennium Project is beginning a project designed to identify how the world could be transformed into a better place, and symptoms or examples of transformations that have already begun. This is in the form of an Alternate Reality Game, “The Ever Present Future”. The process of formulating and conducting the Butterfly Delphi is the main element of the game and will be seen in periodic TV webisodes.
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes”Tom Simonite reports at MIT Technology News that a new research group within Facebook is working on an emerging and powerful approach to artificial intelligence known as deep learning, which uses simulated networks of brain cells to process data. Applying this method to data shared on Facebook could allow for novel features, and perhaps boost the companys ad targeting. Deep learning has shown already potential to enable software to do things such as work out the emotions or events described in text even if they arent explicitly referenced, recognize objects in photos, and make sophisticated predictions about peoples likely future behavior. Facebooks chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer, says that one obvious place to use deep learning is to improve the news feed, the personalized list of recent updates he calls Facebooks killer app. Facebook already uses conventional machine learning techniques to prune the 1,500 updates that average Facebook users could possibly see down to 30 to 60 that are judged to be most likely to be important to them. The data set is increasing in size, people are getting more friends, and with the advent of mobile, people are online more frequently, says Schroepfer. Its not that I look at my news feed once at the end of the day; I constantly pull out my phone while Im waiting for my friend, or Im at the coffee shop. We have five minutes to really delight you.”
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