Wolfram Alpha

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

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 …

Silicon Valley

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

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

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>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on …

Ziff-Davis

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 …

4 Million Americans Could Get Free Food From Chipotle by Making Music. Are You One of Them?

It's one of the more innovative promotions in a while.<p>Promotions that turn into disasters are a dime a dozen these days, or would be if the companies didn't spend so much money on them. But there is the occasional brilliant use of technology to take marketing to a new level. That's exactly what …

Wu-Tang Clan

This simple change can help students become better thinkers

The math lesson on variables began with a simple prompt.As Dan Rothstein, executive director of the Right Question Institute, tells the story: “The …

Education

Tech’s 5 biggest players now worth $3 trillion

Tech’s most valuable players today crossed the $3 trillion aggregate market cap mark according to Google Finance data. It’s a feat that marks a new threshold for tech amidst the current boom.<p>As “Nasdaq 5,000” was a critical moment in the dot-com rally, the $3 trillion result for the firms that we …

Economy

Students using site powered by A.I. to cheat?

New technology and artificial intelligence are making it even easier for students to cheat. CBS News contributor and Wired editor-in-chief Nicholas …

Cheat

Wolfram Alpha use worries educators, but students and the tool's maker say it's a study aid

17 Android Apps Actually Worth Paying For

Traditionally, Android users haven't been willing to buy apps, but they should reconsider.<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on …

Apps

AI Is Making It Extremely Easy for Students to Cheat | Backchannel

<b>Denise Garcia knows that her students</b> sometimes cheat, but the situation she unearthed in February seemed different. A math teacher in West Hartford, …

Mathematics

The terrifying totals of calories, fat, and sodium consumed at Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut continued his reign as the chowing champion on Tuesday at the annual hot-dog-eating-contest at the flagship Nathan's Famous restaurant in New York.<p>The contest, held in Coney Island every Fourth of July, is (perhaps regrettably) an American staple.<p>Over a dozen participants scarf …

Science

I ask 100 information questions to four digital assistants. All of them fail at least half.

Despite the massively larger size of the Google Home speaker, the winner of “who can actually hear a user” is the Echo Dot, which was able to hear me …

These Free Apps Will Help You Avoid Sunburn

There’s nothing like hitting the beach or the pool on a hot summer day and soaking in some rays — that is until you get home and realize what you’ve …

Lifestyle

An Open-Source (and Cute) Alternative to Amazon Echo - MIT Technology Review

Mark 1 is no Amazon Echo: it looks like an ’80s clock radio mashed up with WALL-E, and speaks with a robotic, bass-heavy British accent. But the …

Open Source Movement

How to Write White Papers People Actually Want to Read

What’s the first thing that enters your mind when you hear “white paper”? If you’ve never written one before (or work at Dunder Mifflin), you might …

Digital Marketing

Program an SMS Bot Using Python and Twilio

This winter I went to Utah with some friends, and explored some of the most remote and beautiful places in the world. I hiked through Star Wars looking terrains, and was in awe at the bright red canyons. However, there was one problem: we were in such remote places, the cellular connection was …

Python Programming

Here's all the food The Rock eats in a single day

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson wakes up incredibly early and works out more than the average human being. To keep his body fueled through a long day of workouts, movie shoots, press appearances, and the occasional wrestling match, The Rock eats an insane amount of food. To prepare for the title role in …

Eating

Google Assistant Most Accurate, Cortana Closing Gap, Per Study

Voice search and personal assistants that can carry out tasks are an important part of a search marketer's campaign strategy, and accuracy plays a …

Google Assistant

The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of April 24: Apple Mail, Browsers, and Mac on Windows Networks

A German group’s discussion of using Macs in a Windows network is the highlight of this week’s MUG Event Calendar, which has more “TBD” notations …

How to Tell If You’ve Given Your Baby an ‘Elite’ Name

Today, a delightful post from <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i> explains a practice called “elite naming.” Experts on naming — including the author of ten books …

Babies

The Future Is Adaptive: An Interview with TrueShelf’s Shiva Kintali

As a teacher, mathematician and cyclist, TrueShelf CEO and founder Dr. Shiva Kintali knows from experience that not everyone moves at the same pace …

Learning

Modern Binary Reverse-Engineering with node.js, for Elm

Seems I haven’t posted anything for a while, since Sep 2014 to be precise—even though I had nice topics to discuss. So here’s a new try to get back …

Programming

Three things we know Samsung’s new assistant can do on the Galaxy S8

Samsung’s new virtual assistant, Bixby, is a different sort of thing than what you’re used to. Where Siri, Google, and Alexa are focused on collecting and understanding information out on the internet and then answering your questions about it, Bixby is trying to help you use your own phone. …

Samsung