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Apple has acquired social media search and analytics company Topsy Labs, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing unnamed sources. The price is a nice piece of change for a start up -- $200 million, according to the Journal.
Just as Google and Facebook are trying to be more like Apple, Apple is trying to be more like them. According to The Wall Street Journal, the maker of the Mac, the iPhone, the iPad, and the iPod just paid more than $200 million for Topsy -- a startup offering a rather impressive search engine for Twitter and other social sites -- and that makes two social search buys in two months.
Use of the term "data science" is increasingly common, as is "big data. " But what does it mean?
With the London Symphony Orchestra performing machine-written symphonies, Amazon selling books written by algorithms and film-makers scripting screenplays after conversations with a PC, are computers evolving from being a mere tool into becoming a creative force in their own right? One of the differences between humans and machines has often been said to be creative thought.
Computer pioneer Willis Ware saw the future, and it worried him.
In 1966, Ware, who worked as an engineer at Rand Corp., foresaw not only the omnipresence of personal computers, but also social networks like Twitter and Facebook.
He might look like an extra member of Daft Punk, but Russia's robot humanoid is set to be joining astronauts aboard the International Space Station as early as next year. Scientists at the Gagarin Cosmonauts' Training Centre in Star City Centre, just outside Moscow, have shown off their creation, called SAR-401.
We will soon be able to watch live footage of Earth from outer space thanks to HD webcams that are about to be permanently fitted to the International Space Station. The cameras blasted off from Russia today and once installed, will beam live footage of our planet to Earth.
Apple just bought itself a 3D sensor company, a move that has some intriguing possibilities. This past weekend, Apple confirmed its acquisition of PrimeSense, an Israel-based company best known for its work on the original Microsoft Kinect, a gaming accessory that lets you control on-screen action by moving your body.
Controversial quantum device maker D-Wave is hoping to find a home for its cutting-edge technology in the high-performance computing (HPC) market. Colin Williams, the business development director for D-Wave, made a direct appeal to system administrators at the SC13 supercomputing conference, held last week in Denver.
The theme for this year's International Robot Exhibition (IREX) in Tokyo was "Making a Future with Robot. " We're not exactly sure what that means, but we're definitely in favor of it, and here are some of the coolest things that we saw.
Researchers are trying to plant a digital seed for artificial intelligence by letting a massive computer system browse millions of pictures and decide for itself what they all mean.
The system at Carnegie Mellon University is called NEIL, short for Never Ending Image Learning. In mid-July, it began searching the Internet for images 24/7 and, in tiny steps, is deciding for itself how those images relate to each other. The goal is to recreate what we call common sense — the ability to learn things without being specifically taught.
"I'd say about 95% of the time Amazon suggests a book to me, it's one I already have," he says. This is not due to a lack of interest on the part of Haufe, a professor at Case Western University who specializes in the history and philosophy of science.
U.S. federal officials apparently like what they see in self-driving cars: their potential to operate more safely and fuel-efficiently than the vast majority of human drivers. These huge possible benefits prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to give a cautious green light to the autonomous driving projects of automakers and technology companies.
This is a special series of SA Forum essays produced with the World Economic Forum and to run during theSummit on the Global Agenda, held in Abu Dhabi from November 18 to November 20 Much of the academic world still turns to the American higher education system for leadership, with a few stellar institutions dominating annual rankings. There is a growing consensus, though, that the country took the wrong path a generation ago, and that its reputation for excellence cannot be sustained.
Policy-makers should talk to experts about how to harness this new technology of 'autonomous aerial vehicles,' instead of clipping its wings This is a special series of SA Forum essays produced with the World Economic Forum and to run during theSummit on the Global Agenda, held in Abu Dhabi from November 18 to November 20 The word "drone", a short term for an unmanned aerial vehicle, usually conjures up images of a menacing machine that spies and shoots from on high. However, over the past three years, a new generation of drones has emerged to address civilian and humanitarian needs, from surveying disaster zones to delivering aid.