The <pointy brackets> are an archetypal pair of characters in the world of computing. But if you’ve ever wondered how they became so pervasive, you’re in luck.
Neural networks are increasingly taking on jobs that used to be the preserve of the human brain. So Erik Bernhardsson decided to see what would happen if he threw 50,000 fonts at a neural network and left it to chew at them. The results, it turns out, are pretty interesting.
Marvin Minsky isn’t quite as well known as some of the early computer or internet pioneers, but artificial intelligence—a concept he worked to make real—has undoubtedly influence the way we all live our lives.
Google Glass is dead, and the company is doing everything it can to make the world forget it ever sold the wearable experiment. It wasn’t a complete disaster, though. The product had occasional moments of brilliance, like this Lego Assistant app that walks users through building a complex model, without the need for a…
Truly rousing political speeches are, sadly, few and far between. But those that are a little less inspiring can, it turns out, be convincingly written by an artificial intelligence system. Yes, politicians may be a little like robots.
If programming isn’t political enough for you, maybe you need to try a new language. How about TrumpScript, which lets you create code that the great Donald Trump would be proud to execute. If he could, you know, understand it.
If a UK intelligence agency’s holiday puzzle wasn’t enough to keep you entertained, how about something a little more difficult? This crossword puzzle is based on the computer science language of regular expressions, and it should keep you busy for... some time.
Bummed that your latest cat pic didn’t get more traction on Instagram? Wondering how to make people remember your company’s logo first and foremost? A clever algorithm developed by MIT computer scientists may be able to help with a new online tool.
Your first computer is (kind of) like your first kiss: exciting at the time, deeply memorable later in life, and yet still potentially embarrassing when recounted in public. For those reasons, watching dozens of computer scientists recall their first (computer) in this video is oddly compelling.
A team of researchers from MIT has developed an artificial intelligence system that can fool human judges into thinking it’s a person when it comes to drawing unfamiliar letter-like characters.
Today a kid in college told me he was debating whether to major in CS or not. How would you settle that debate?
Take one neural network that describes what it sees in an image. Provide it with a webcam feed from the MacBook it’s running on. Then, wander around a city and see what happens. Here are the results of exactly that experiment.
No real faces were used in the making of this face. Instead, it’s what happens when you average out the appearance of a bunch of inanimate objects that people think look like faces.
Who needs a peep hole when a wifi network will do? Researchers from MIT have developed technology that uses wireless signals to see your silhouette through a wall—and it can even tell you apart from other people, too.
Facial recognition systems use all kinds of clever software to work out who you are and even how you’re feeling. But in this video explainer, Dr Michel Valstar explains how a simple piece on analysis known as a Local Binary Pattern can help detect your expression.
Yesterday, Facebook launched a new initiative called TechPrep. Aimed particularly at women and minorities, it’s designed to help youngsters find a trajectory into the world of tech—with the help of their parents.
A team of British researchers have a salacious hypothesis: People like robots more when they exhibit the same sorts of flaws that characterize humans. This makes some sense—after all, the notion of a perfect, all-knowing robot is the stuff of dystopian science fiction. But do you know what’s worse than a perfect,…
When it comes to image filters, these day’s it often a case of choosing between Instagram’s Hudson or Hefe. But in reality those filters are combination of several, simpler effects — and this video explains how they work.
Professor Brian Kernighan is computing heavyweight: he worked at Bell Labs, helped develop Unix and was one of two authors of the C programming language. Here, he talks with one of the UK’s foremost computer science professors, Professor David Brailsford. Time to geek out.