Posts Tagged ‘project’

TransProse Uses Sentiment Analysis to Turn Novels into Music

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Katharine Gammon of Inside Science reports, “When reading a novel, it’s common to let one’s mind wander into the imaginary: What might these characters look or sound like? Now, a new project uses algorithms to translate the emotions conveyed within a text into music that reflects the same sentiments. TransProse, as the project is called, is a collaboration between Hannah Davis, a New York-based programmer and artist, and Saif Mohammad, a research officer at the National Research Council Canada in Ottawa. The inspiration for the project came when Davis was in a master’s program for creative communication technology.” Read more

Watson is Heading to Africa to Address Pressing Problems

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BBC News reports, “The vast brainpower of IBM’s supercomputer Watson is to be utilised in Africa to attempt to solve some of the continent’s most pressing problems. Better agriculture, education and health are just three of the improvements the system could bring, said the firm. Watson uses artificial intelligence to analyse huge amounts of data and can also understand human language. Experts said such a system could help the African economy ‘leapfrog’ others. The project dubbed, Lucy, after the earliest known human ancestor fossil which was found in east Africa, will cost $100m (£61m) and take 10 years to complete.” Read more

Fujitsu Supports Artificial Brain Project with Prep School Test Challenge

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Tokyo, Nov 25, 2013 – (JCN Newswire) – Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. and Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII) announced today that under NII’s “artificial brain” project, known as “Todai Robot Project – Can a Robot Pass the University of Tokyo (Todai) Entrance Exam?,” for short, their entry has taken a practice exam held by Yoyogi Seminar – Education Research Institute, a leading Japanese preparatory school.

 

Under the Todai Robot project, Fujitsu Laboratories has been conducting joint research and participating as the core members of the math team. The overall project, led by NII professor Noriko Arai, commenced in 2011 with the goal of enabling an artificial brain to score high marks on the test administered by the National Center for University Entrance Examinations by 2016 (the “Center Test”), and crossing the threshold required for admission to the University of Tokyo by 2021. Read more

Facebook Wants You to Catalog the Known World

Tom Simonite of the MIT Technology Review reports, “More than one billion people visit Facebook each month, mostly to see photos and messages posted by friends. Facebook hopes to encourage some of them to do a little work for it while they’re there. By asking people to contribute data—from business locations to book titles—and to check one another’s work, Facebook is building a rich stock of knowledge that could make its software smarter and boost the usefulness of its search engine. ‘We’re trying to map what the real world looks like onto Facebook so you can run really expressive and powerful queries,’ says Mitu Singh, product manager for Facebook’s entities team, a group charged with building a resource called the entity graph.” Read more

Moving Ahead with a National Digital Library Platform

Kenny Whitebloom of the Digital Public Library of America reports that the Library is moving forward. He writes, “The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an ambitious project to build a national digital library platform for the United States that will make the cultural and scientific record available, free to all Americans. Hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, the DPLA is an international community of over1,200 volunteers and participants from public and research libraries, academia, all levels of government, publishing, cultural organizations, the creative community, and private industry devoted to building a free, open, and growing national resource.” Read more

Where Was that Picture Taken? Carnegie Mellon Can Tell You

John Biggs of TechCrunch recently discussed an intriguing program at Carnegie Mellon that uses a complex algorithm and Google Street View to identify cities based on their unique traits. The project description states, “Given a large repository of geotagged imagery, we seek to automatically find visual elements, e.g. windows, balconies, and street signs, that are most distinctive for a certain geo-spatial area, for example the city of Paris. This is a tremendously difficult task as the visual features distinguishing architectural elements of different places can be very subtle.” Read more

Linked Open Vocabularies Now an Official OKF Project

Pierre-Yves Vandenbussche recently wrote, “We are delighted to announce that Linked Open Vocabularies is now being hosted on Open Knowledge Foundation servers and is now officially an Open Knowledge Foundation project… The LOV project was born in the framework of the Datalift project which aims at providing a platform to lift data from semi-structured formats (csv, xls, etc.) to linked data. Part of this project under Mondeca‘s company responsibility was focused on vocabulary selection and re-use. The LOV project purpose goes now far beyond this original catalogue. The LOV dataset is maintained by Bernard Vatant and Pierre-Yves Vandenbussche.” Read more

Collecting a World of Data at FuturICT

Many organizations have attempted to calculate how much data there is in the world, but now an organization is actually trying “to collect all the data in the world and use it to peer into the future. Seriously. What’s more, an organization called the European Commission is even willing to pump 1 billion euros into this dream. The project is called the FutureICT Knowledge Accelerator and Crisis-Relief System, or FuturICT for short. FuturITC is building a Living Earth Platform. In the words of the FuturICT founders, the Living Earth Platform will be ‘a simulation, visualization, and participation platform to support decision making of policymakers, business people, and citizens.’” Read more

LoC Uses Linked Data and RDF for New Bibliographic Framework

The Library of Congress is working on a bibliographic framework for the digital age. According to the article, “The new bibliographic framework project will be focused on the Web environment, Linked Data principles and mechanisms, and the Resource Description Framework (RDF) as a basic data model.  The protocols and ideas behind Linked Data are natural exchange mechanisms for the Web that have found substantial resonance even beyond the cultural heritage sector.  Likewise, it is expected that the use of RDF and other W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) developments will enable the integration of library data and other cultural heritage data on the Web for more expansive user access to information.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Wikimedia Germany

Wikimedia Germany has multiple openings for semantic web professionals in Berlin, Germany. The post states, “Wikimedia Germany is a non-profit organization committed to promoting open knowledge. We support projects for the creation, promotion and distribution of free content. One of the most important projects is Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia. Wikimedia Germany has a rapidly growing office in Berlin, with currently 19 employees.” Read more

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