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2011-11-15 20:47:47

Novices are more motivated by positive feedback than experts, who prefer a harsh critic, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. "In our work, we asked: When is positive or negative feedback more effective for motivating behavior and changing attitudes as a function of a person's expertise level?" write authors Stacey Finkelstein (University of Chicago) and Ayelet Fishbach (University of Chicago). Consumers commonly receive positive and negative feedback on their...

Song Birds' Brains Store Music Chart For Duet
2011-11-04 05:28:53

Researchers have determined that the brains of a male and female song bird store a record of their complete duet. Neuroscientist Eric Fortune of Johns Hopkins University and colleagues went to the slopes of Antisana volcano in Ecuador to study the plain-tailed wren.  The two birds alternated singing back and forth, singing a duet that sounds as if a single bird sang it. The researchers found that both brains of each bird had a complete duet memorized, which is a performance that...

2011-10-15 05:00:00

Our era in Ruffo Caselliâs Cybernetic Existentialism. A sponsorhip opportunity for corporate partners. New York, NY (PRWEB) October 15, 2011 A retrospective of Italian artist Ruffo Caselli, the painter of microchips, is now available in the United States for a traveling exhibit and welcomes corporate sponsors with suitable locations. At 79, Florence born Ruffo Caselli never owned a computer, a blackberry, an IPod, not even an answering machine, but his canvasses painted with...

2011-09-15 12:00:11

New model for speech and sound recognition People are adept at recognizing sensations such as sounds or smells, even when many stimuli appear simultaneously. But how the association works between the current event and memory is still poorly understood. Scientists at the Bernstein Center and the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (LMU) München have developed a mathematical model that accurately mimics this process with little computational effort and may explain...

2011-08-18 22:29:59

Computer scientists in the field of artificial intelligence have made an important advance that blends computer vision, machine learning and automated planning, and created a new system that may improve everything from factory efficiency to airport operation or nursing care. And it's based on watching the Oregon State University Beavers play football. The idea is for a computer to observe a complex operation, learn how to do it, and then optimize those operations or accomplish other related...

2011-08-05 00:00:29

San Diego artificial intelligence startup acquired by leading provider of machine learning SDKs as market for advanced applications gets hot. San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 04, 2011 ai-one announced today that it acquired Auto-Semantics, a local start-up providing artificial intelligence services to corporate IT departments. The acquisition is the latest in a series of joint-ventures and acquisitions by ai-one that consolidates its leadership position within the emerging market for machine...

2011-06-21 12:27:50

Analysis verifies safety of distributed car control system Driver assistance technologies, such as adaptive cruise control and automatic braking, promise to someday ease traffic on crowded routes and prevent accidents. Proving that these automated systems will work as intended is a daunting task, but computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have now demonstrated it is possible to verify the safety of these highly complex systems. To do so, the researchers first developed a model of a...

2011-06-02 22:34:21

When we've got a problem to solve, we don't just use our brains but the rest of our bodies, too. The connection, as neurologists know, is not uni-directional. Now there's evidence from cognitive psychology of the same fact. "Being able to use your body in problem solving alters the way you solve the problems," says University of Wisconsin psychology professor Martha Alibali. "Body movements are one of the resources we bring to cognitive processes." These conclusions, of a new study by Alibali...

2011-05-17 08:00:00

CARDIFF, Calif., May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mind Technologies, Inc. (http://mindtechnologiesinc.com) (Pink Sheets: MTEK), a leader in thought controlled technology applications and software, announced today that Dr. Gerwin Schalk was featured in an article from NPR titled Mind Reading: Technology Turns Thought Into Action on May 16, 2011. The article describes how the technology can help people that are paralyzed by disease or injury to enable them to operate "bionic arms" and other...


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2010-11-24 14:54:48

A black box can referred to as almost anything from a transistor to an algorithm to a human mind. The black box is a device, system, or object which can be view in terms of its input, output, and transfer characteristics without any knowledge of its internal workings. The opposite is a system where the inner components or logic are available for inspection which is sometimes known as a white box, a glass box, or a clear box. The term "black box" came into the English language around 1945....

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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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