Wolfram Alpha

Artificial Des-Intelligence or Why machines will not take over the world. At least not now.

Part I: There is no Artificial Intelligence.<p>Illustration by Karen Zach, March 2016, https://twitter.com/teenybiscuit<p>It’s pattern recognition, …

Machine Learning

Websites for Hour of Code by Grade

This December will again host the <b>Hour of Code</b>, a one-hour introduction to programming designed to demystify the subject and show that anyone can be a …

Teaching

How A Former VC Wants To Disrupt American Education

<i>For more than two decades Ted Dintersmith was a successful venture capitalist at Charles River Ventures, based in Cambridge, Mass. He remains a Partner Emeritus at the firm, but these days Dintersmith has turned his energies to K-12 and higher education. He claims that education in the U.S. has</i> …

Opinion

How to get Siri to spell a word for you

If you're having trouble spelling a word, you don't have to look it up in the dictionary or even search Google for it. Just ask Siri!Everyone I know …

Language

How to find things online even Google doesn't know

Research like an expert.<p>The internet is a big place overflowing with information—which makes it a great place to do research. However, as good as your Google skills might be, even the most well-known search engine doesn't always cut it. Sometimes, you just don't get the results you want—or any …

SEO

These Free Apps Will Help You Avoid Sunburn

There's nothing like hitting the beach or the pool on a hot day and soaking in some rays -- that is until you get home and realise what you've soaked …

NOAA

Wolfram Alpha Founder Discusses Computational Thinking at Ed School | News | The Harvard Crimson

Stephen Wolfram—founder of Wolfram Alpha and CEO of Wolfram Research—discussed computational thinking in the 21st century with Graduate School of …

Learning

How to preorder an iPhone X the right way

Preorders for Apple’s futuristic iPhone X open in less than a week, but getting your hands on one won’t be easy.<p>Supply of the iPhone X is expected to be shockingly low during launch, so your only real chance of getting one on November 3 is to be one of the first customers to preorder on October 27. …

Apple Store

Top 3 Hardware Investment Trends in 2017

Investment trends that hardware entrepreneurs need to know to attract investment dollars this year.<p>I recently sat down with Chris Quintero of Bolt.io, a leading early stage hardware VC, to discuss the state of hardware investing in 2017. This year has seen it's share of hardware successes and …

Venture Capital

Try These 24 Great Education Tools Teachers Love Using

<b>A Web Whiteboard</b>—The perfect tool for class brainstorming sessions. This is an online whiteboard app for computer, tablet, or smartphone.<p><b>Articulate</b>—A …

Learning

The Extraordinary Education of an Elite, 13-Year-Old Problem-Solver

Emma Yang is a remarkable coder with vision, people skills, and high-powered mentors. But her extraordinary education shows just how far we are from …

Education

The Secret Life Of a High School Teacher

I have to confess that I don’t think I’ve really shared to my best capability as a young, millennial could. I have all the knowledge, and the tools …

Sewing

My Big Fat Data Breach Cost Post, Part I

Data breach costs are very expensive. No, wait they’re not. Over 60% of companies go bankrupt after a data breach! But probably not. What about …

Data Science

Wolfram Alpha Shows its Work

The bane of math students everywhere is the teacher asking for you to show your work. If you’ve grown up where a computer is a normal part of school …

Mathematics

Solution: ‘The Prime Rib Problem’

Pradeep Mutalik and Quanta readers explore an open question about prime numbers: What is the lowest valued, longest consecutive sequence of integers …

Mathematics

The joys of using someone else's computer

The cloud allows users to store data and files through the internet, instead of directly onto their computer.<p>The cloud, or as I like to call it, …

Google Docs

Facebook Advertising Tools: The Complete Resource (Updated 2017)

If you want a complete resource on the best Facebook advertising tools available today, then you are in the right place!<p>We tested more than 150 free …

Web Design

That’s ‘Professor Bot’ to you! How AI is changing education

There didn’t seem to be anything strange about the new teaching assistant, Jill Watson, who messaged students about assignments and due dates in …

Education

A concurrent perspective on smart contracts

A concurrent perspective on smart contracts Sergey & Hobor, <i>Workshop on Trusted Smart Contracts, 2017</i>Maurice Herlihy gave a keynote on ‘Blockchains …

Programming

Letter Home from Camp Wolfram | Backchannel

<b>On the very first day</b> of Wolfram Camp, I called Stephen Wolfram “Steve.”<p>“It’s Stephen, actually,” said the world’s most controversial physicist in …

How to be overly prepared for college with apps

As we enter the thick of back-to-school season, companies are discounting school supplies and kids are packing up to return to the dorms. No matter who you are or what school you attend, there are numerous apps that can help your college life feel a little easier and less stressful. Some of the …

Khan Academy

How Eclipses Drove 2,000 Years of Math: A Q&A With Stephen Wolfram

One of the biggest names in mathematical computing has built a new tool to help skywatchers prepare for the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, and …

Astronomy

You Can Now Call Contacts Through Google Home For Free

The smart, voice-activated speaker can dial your mom while your hands are busy.<p>Smart speakers can already respond to your voice commands to turn on your lights, play music, and answer trivia questions — and now, they can call your mom.<p>Google Home, a voice-activated smart speaker powered by …

Google Home

Plasticity wants to help chatbots seem less robotic

Y Combinator backed Plasticity is tackling the problem of getting software systems to better understand text, using deep learning models trained to understand what they’re reading on Wikipedia articles — and offering an API for developers to enhance their own interfaces.<p>Specifically they’re …

Startups

This Optical Illusion Is Blowing the Internet's Collective Mind

From a brick wall to the dress, we may be the most technologically advanced generation, but there's nothing we enjoy more than a good mental magic trick. It should come as no surprise, then, that any time someone spots one of these gems in the wild, it immediately makes its way to social media — …

Cool Stuff

These skills make you most employable. Why isn’t coding in the top 10?

<i>Caveats: Our methodology is rough and has a number of important weaknesses, so don’t put too much weight on the findings for now. See a brief</i> …

Careers

Wolfram Alpha, Finnegans Wake, and Quaternions

I stumbled on a Twitter account yesterday called Wolfram|Alpha Can’t. It posts bizarre queries that Wolfram Alpha can’t answer. Here’s one that …

Computer Science

22 iOS Apps Worth Paying For

Many of the apps in Apple's App Store are free, but these are the ones worth a few bucks.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

Artificial intelligence will transform universities. Here’s how

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a technology whose time has come.<p>As AI surpasses human abilities in Go and poker – two decades after Deep Blue …

Intelligence

Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

<i>Welcome to the third in this series of posts promting the idea of going to SAMR and beyond. In this post I would like to introduce you to way that</i> …

Learning