We have robots that can read books at extreme speeds, and now we have algorithms that can write them at breakneck pace. This isn't your twenty-monkeys-in-a-room-with-a-typewriter-for-twenty-years type story either. These books are on Amazon.
If you've ever had a problem with some of Google's frivolity, it'll all be forgiven after hearing this: researchers have used Google's webpage algorithm to find cancer biomarkers, which can lead to early diagnosis and better treatment.
In 2009 Netflix held a contest challenging teams of developers to create an algorithm to increase the accuracy of its film recommendations by 10 percent. The award was $1 million, and it turns out Netflix pretty much flushed that money down the drain. The company doesn't use the winning algorithm. So, why?
I do so like that weird period between Christmas and New Year — 2009 still isn't through and we're already getting end-of-the-world stories. A 22-year-old algorithm that encrypts cellphone conversations has been cracked by a German computer scientist. Karsten Nohl...