via Motherboard writer Michael Byrne, comes this well-wrought piece on the apparent proliferation of 'bots on Twitter, ie., the implications of algorithm-driven entities on the Twitterverse. The fascinating component to this study by Onur Varol, Emilio Ferrara, Clayton A. Davis, Filippo Menczer and Alessandro Flammini, was the utilization of a machine-learning apparatus (and the feature-sets therein) to tease out the truth. Additional documentation (in the form of the paper) is available on arXIv. Today's MustRead.
"Part of what makes the new research interesting is the sheer number of features used in the classification model..." - Motherboard's Michael Byrne
It doesn't take a Nostradamus to envision profound implications to modern civilization, of which, a number of those implications will be evidenced with the application of CNC techniques to food production and in several (about-to-be-changed-forever) economic sectors: Impacted sectors will be Food Production, Labor (Farm and otherwise), Chemical Manufacturing, Durable Goods and Transport. Contemplate, for a moment, this superb machine, planting and watering, in excruciating robotic certitude, food for this family.
Steve: Thomas Kelly (youtu.be/p8iib9uR4ZU)
Writer/Director: Meghann Artes (meghannartes.com)
Director of Photography: Scott Thiele (thieleworks.com)
Music: Robert Steel (robsteelmusic.com)
Sound Designer: Suzanne Goldish (goldish.net)
Animator: Molly McCandless (mollymccandless.com)
Via Sean Gallagher, writing at Ars Technica, comes this outstanding screed targeting a new Google Inc. (NasdaqGS: GOOG) robotic working canine at the United States Marine Corps Combat Development Command situated at USMC Base Quantico. If you read anything today about military robotics, read Mr. Gallagher's piece. Absolutely Outstanding.