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Unthinking machines Robert Hickson Sep 16

It’s interesting how “Watson”, the computing system from IBM, is gathering a persona around itself (or rather one is being woven for it). “Watson”, which garnered fame several years ago by winning a game show, is now doing scientific research, among other noble things. Though it’s still a distant forebear of HAL 9000, so the cult of persona doesn’t seem warranted.
“Open the lab door, Watson”
“I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that”
Researchers from Watson Discovery Advisor, Baylor College of Medicine & the MD Anderson Cancer Center have taught the operating system to analyse 70,000 articles [abstract] to find new protein kinases that …

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Excellent elephant conservation blog by Daniel Stiles Brendan Moyle Sep 16

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I am always amazed at how some people will crudely misrepresent the scientific literature in their efforts to pretend their particular political agenda is scientifically valid. The way they will dredge …

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Quantum computing and New Zealand Guest Work Sep 15

SciBlogs is running guest posts from some of the Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Awards 2014 finalists. In this guest post  Jack Wynne from St. Patrick’s College Wellington explores the potential …

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