When You Fall in Love, This Is What Facebook Sees

When You Fall in Love, This Is What Facebook Sees

Technology
Young love and new relationships can be tough sometimes, but to a website like Facebook, it sees your relationship as a data point. Data scientists at Facebook posted a blog outlining statistical evidence of the platform knowing when a relationship is beginning to form. Basically, two individuals will post more on each others walls during the "courtship" period. This spike in posting is followed by a decrease which signifies that the pair is spending more time together. Read more on The Atlantic.
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DJ 51 Builds a Perfect Party Playlist from Everyone’s Spotify Profiles [Via LifeHacker]

DJ 51 Builds a Perfect Party Playlist from Everyone’s Spotify Profiles [Via LifeHacker]

Interesting, Technology, Video
Check Out The Original Post Over On Life Hacker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDZ_grwtXYY Android/iOS: DJ 51 uses shared music from your Spotify account and from all of your friends’ accounts to build the perfect playlist for your party, study session, or any other get-together. As long as everyone’s shares music through the app, DJ 51 mixes it all into a constant stream of tunes all of you will love. To work, DJ 51 creates a “room,” or a small network that you and all of your friends (as long as you all have the app) join together. Connect your Spotify accounts and start contributing music that you think fits the mood, whether it’s a big party, a laid-back cocktail party, or a study session with friends. From there, the app studies where your…
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MIT Figured Out How To 3D Print Using Glass Instead Of Plastic

MIT Figured Out How To 3D Print Using Glass Instead Of Plastic

Awesome, Engineering, Interesting, Technology, Video
Check out the original article over on Engadget https://vimeo.com/136764796 Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology unveiled a new 3D printing method on Friday that employs transparent glass as precursor instead of plastic. The method, called G3DP, works basically the same way that conventional 3D printing does though the team found that they could modulate the light transmission, reflection and refraction qualities by precisely varying the thickness of the print. The system uses a pair of heated chambers stacked atop one another; the 1900-degree F upper chamber acting as a Kiln Cartridge and the lower chamber serving to anneal the constructed structures. Researchers at MIT Media Lab collaborated with the school's Mechanical Engineering Department, the MIT Glass Lab and Wyss Institute to create the G3DP. The team believes that method could…
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Google DeepMind: Ground-breaking AlphaGo masters the game of Go [Via DeepMind]

Google DeepMind: Ground-breaking AlphaGo masters the game of Go [Via DeepMind]

Engineering, Interesting, Technology, Video
The content of this article is attributed to the video below. 2828 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUbqykXVx0A In a paper published in Nature on 28th January 2016, we describe a new approach to computer Go. This is the first time ever that a computer program “AlphaGo” has defeated a human professional player. The game of Go is widely viewed as an unsolved “grand challenge” for artificial intelligence. Games are a great testing ground for inventing smarter, more flexible algorithms that have the ability to tackle problems in ways similar to humans. The first classic game mastered by a computer was noughts and crosses (also known as tic-tac-toe) in 1952. But until now, one game has thwarted A.I. researchers: the ancient game of Go. Despite decades of work, the strongest computer Go programs only played…
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Podcast Review: How Electronic Stock Trading Came To Be

Podcast Review: How Electronic Stock Trading Came To Be

Interesting, Podcast, Technology
Original Podcast by Planet Money (NPR) "#396: A Father Of High-Speed Trading Thinks We Should Slow Down". This podcast was a great listen. The gentleman that NP discusses in this podcast, Thomas Peterffy, is one of the richest men in the world and he made the first portion of his wealth by option trading. Back in the day before computers were heavily utilized, stock options were essentially guesses created by large players and traders in the market. If people felt that flour option prices were low, then they were. Peterffy used this to his advantage by using algorithms to calculate what the price should have been and then used technology to his advantage. After some serious hardware modifications, he was able to network a computer into a NASDAQ terminal and the…
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Presenting “Pixar in a Box” by Khan Academy and Pixar Animation

Presenting “Pixar in a Box” by Khan Academy and Pixar Animation

Awesome, Disney, Science, Technology, Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=10&v=3Iu1Z0h1i1Y Khan Academy and Pixar Animation Studios have partnered to create Pixar In a Box, an all-in-one walkthrough of how Pixar movies are created. Its an incredible many-step process that describes character and environment modeling, animations, lighting, rendering and more. Each of these topics includes descriptions and video examples and even goes as far as giving a few math examples relating to the movie magic. I will probably be looking through this in the next few weeks, but I wanted to share as I know how excellent the many other Khan Academy videos are. Check out the article I found on Lifehacker or start learning more about the Pixar process over on Khan Academy!
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Henry the Porcupine: Oculus Rift’s Peek Into The Future of Entertainment

Henry the Porcupine: Oculus Rift’s Peek Into The Future of Entertainment

Interesting, Technology, Video
  https://vimeo.com/oculusstorystudio/henrypremiere Oculus Rift has big things planned for the near future. The potential for the soon-to-be-released virtual reality hardware is now looking beyond video games and into full-fledged entertainment. Meet Henry, the hug-loving porcupine starring in one of Oculus' upcoming short videos. Instead of interacting with his "pre-programmed" environment, Henry will interact with YOU. When you move around his home, filled with colorful balloon animals and birthday decorations, Henry will follow. His eyes meet yours and you begin to become part of the story and how it will play out. This preview only scratches the surface for interactive entertainment in all age groups and is a huge leap forward to being part of the game, movie, or otherwise fully immersive experience coming to a Rift near you. See the full post…
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