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"I Had To Hire Henry": The New Yorker Documents A Brown CS Student's "Hacking The Humanities"

Last update on July 13, 2015.

Writing in The New Yorker, Brown University's Elias I. Muhanna, Manning Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, describes the experience of working with "Henry", a Brown CS student who helped him develop an algorithm that could detect different types of rhetorical figures in a large corpus of poetry.

"Our collaboration," he explains, "didn’t need ...

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MIT Technology Review, Smithsonian, And Others Cover The Tellex Lab's Minecraft AI Project

Last update on July 13, 2015.

MIT Technology Review, Smithsonian, And Others Cover The Tellex Lab's Minecraft AI Project

Recent work by PhD candidate David Abel, Professor Stefanie Tellex, and other members of the Tellex lab has attracted recent attention from such media outlets as MIT Technology Review, Smithsonian SmartNews, Big Think, and Business Insider. Their algorithm (originally described here on CS News) uses the video game Minecraft to help robots better plan their ...

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VRFocus Praises The Yurt's "Boundless" Potential

Last update on June 23, 2015.

VRFocus Praises The Yurt's

Biology, math, computer science, archaeology, astronomy, art, poetry, and video gaming are just some of the areas that Peter Graham of VRFocus sees the Yurt (Brown University's new fully immersive 3D virtual reality environment) benefiting with its "boundless" uses. He notes the Yurt's improvements upon its predecessor, explaining how its ability to surround ...

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John Hughes Delivers An Invited Lecture At The Collège De France

Last update on June 12, 2015.

John Hughes Delivers An Invited Lecture At The Collège De France

There are plants that bloom once a century, and sometimes the right city --this time the one called La Ville Lumière for both its intellectual contributions and early adoption of street lighting-- and the right person can here and now, from blank canvas, evoke the spirit of a science and an art in transition.

This ...

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GQ Raves About Providence: "The Coolest City"

Last update on June 10, 2015.

GQ Raves About Providence:

Continuing a multi-year trend, rave reviews of Providence continue to roll in. This time, GQ cites Brown as one of three contributors to an "intimidatingly smart" city, waxing lyrical on the subjects of food, caffeine, and Lovecraft.

The full article is available here.

Photo by Jef Nickerson, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Michael Littman Quoted By The Libertarian Republic On The Risks Of AI

Last update on May 28, 2015.

Michael Littman Quoted By The Libertarian Republic On The Risks Of AI

Here's a provocative question: "What do actual AI researchers think of the risks of AI?"

Ramez Naam of The Libertarian Republic notes that Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and Bill Gates have all expressed recent concern about "killer AI" scenarios despite having a lack of AI expertise. Instead, he turns to Michael Littman of Brown ...

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With Friends Like These: Timothy Edgar Writes For Lawfare On The Politics Of The USA Freedom Act

Last update on May 26, 2015.

With Friends Like These: Timothy Edgar Writes For Lawfare On The Politics Of The USA Freedom Act

Writing on the topic of surveillance reform in Lawfare, Timothy Edgar, a Visiting Fellow at the Watson Institute, again proves himself one of the few scholars able to consistently pierce the bubble of political rhetoric for the benefit of the layperson.
 
"[Rand] Paul’s machinations have no chance of causing the Patriot Act to permanently ...

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Digital Den Cites Brown CS As A "Well Recognized" VR Leader

Last update on May 26, 2015.

Digital Den Cites Brown CS As A

Digital Den recently toured the Yurt as part of last week's Visualization and Creativity in Immersive 3D Environments — From Cave to YURT symposium, describing it as "a wonderful event...fascinating".  You can read the whole article here

Brown's Cave And Yurt Featured In RI NSF EPSCoR Magazine

Last update on May 19, 2015.

Brown's Cave And Yurt Featured In RI NSF EPSCoR Magazine

As the countdown to the Visualization and Creativity in Immersive 3D Environments -- from Cave to YURT symposium continues and excitement about the Yurt grows, the online magazine of Rhode Island National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) has taken notice. Take a look at page 22 of The Current to ...

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Shriram Krishnamurthi Named A 2015 Quora Top Writer

Last update on May 18, 2015.

Shriram Krishnamurthi Named A 2015 Quora Top Writer

His readers and followers across a variety of media platforms will be interested to note that Shriram Krishnamurthi has burnished his list of honors with an unusual addition: he's now a Quora Top Writer for 2015. Citing the "consistency, quality, and thoughtfulness" of his posts, he's been recognized for his unique contributions to ...

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