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I’d Like to Thank the Algorithm that Made this Film Possible

Just under a year ago, I wrote about algorithms producing producing rap lyrics and said, “Perhaps the next project will be an algorithm that produces films.” In fact, that project has arrived, and its name is Benjamin (formerly known as Jetson).

Benjamin is the self-chosen name of “the world’s first automated screenwriter,” according to its own Facebook page. Benjamin’s site gives a slightly longer description of the screenwriter as “a self-improving LSTM RNN [Long short-term memory recurrent neural network] machine intelligence trained on human screenplays.”

Benjamin already has written a film entitled “Sunspring” with some prompting from Ross Goodwin, “creative technologist, artist, hacker, data scientist,” and the filmmaker Oscar Sharp. To qualify for the Sci-Fi London 48 Hour Film Challenge, the entire film was made from start to finish in just 48 hours with three human actors playing the roles.

It is available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube.

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Data for Good: Tracking Legislative Influence

If you want to learn about the process of getting a proposed bill passed, you can read the official explanation on a state senate site. It’s remarkably similar to the steps involved for federal legislation, according to the explanation offered to the protagonist of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. What the explanations don’t reveal, however, are the entities behind the proposed legislation.

The actual authors of proposed legislation don’t sign their names, but they do leave signatures of a sort, the signals of individual style that can be found throughout their written work. All it takes is reading through thousands of proposed bills to find the textual clues that link bills to the same source. The only drawback is coming up with the time it takes for humans to read through it all. But this is one problem that technology can solve.

Data-Driven Hiring Takes Command

How do you know that a new hire will work out? Even a perfect resume doesn’t guarantee it because there are many other factors that determine if an individual will be happy and productive at a particular organization. That’s the premise of job matching startup called

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Ariella Brown Wearable Tech Finds Its Style

Now those in the market for wearables can select the sensors that fit their personal style choices.

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Algorithm Predicts Relationship Success

“He loves me. He loves me not.” Flower petals predictions have a 50 percent accuracy rate. Marriage therapists have a somewhat better rate of accuracy, but a computer algorithm beats most of them with nearly 79 percent accuracy. What puts the odds in its favor is measuring the tone of voice in couple interaction.

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A Data-Driven Game-Changer for Football

Many brands boast of being “The official… of the NFL.” This season, a technology company called Zebra claims a more unique position. It’s the Official On-Field Player-Tracking Provider of the National Football League.

Smartphones Open Doors, Literally

On August 11, Hilton Worldwide added a new feature to its Hilton HHonors app, the Digital Key. The hotel anticipates rolling it out to 250 Hilton properties in 2016, a brand that includes Waldorf Astoria, Contrad, and Canopy. The hotel chain had already offered digital check-in, but this allows guests to use their phones not only to reserve and register their rooms but to open them, eliminating the need to stop at the front desk altogether

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Predictive Analytics: Data and Retail Expertise

According to Dean Abbott, co-founder and chief data scientist at SmarterHQ and author of Applied Predictive Analytics: Principles and Techniques for the Professional Data Analyst, it is ushering a cultural change for retail..

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An Algorithm Gets Rhythm

Most of us have heard of DeepBlue, the computer that harnessed artificial intelligence to beat a chess champion back in 1997. Now there’s DeepBeat, a machine learning algorithm that raps.

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The Legal Limits for On-Call Shifts

Flexibility is considered a virtue and an essential component of an agile organization that can respond to changing needs in real-time. However, when that type of flexibility comes at the expense of employees, the company may not only be crossing the line of ethics but of law..

Analytics Startup Prescribes Fix for RX Errors

We’re all familiar with the stereotype of the doctor with bad handwriting whose prescriptions are all but illegible. While the use of electronic medical records (EMR) eliminates that chicken-scratch problem, it unfortunately doesn't fix other, often fatal, errors.

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Detecting Fraud With Voice Analytics

The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but people's voices are what belie their emotional states and even identities. For businesses, that type of insight can help authenticate callers and prevent fraud. Making it work in real-time allows businesses to save time on calls without compromising security.

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A Soft Sell for Sensors

Fitting the device to the body, rather than the body to the device, is what defines the technology developed by MC10....

Reading & Being Read by E-Books

Would you like your true reading habits to be tracked for your book recommendations, and do you think they will lead to better books in the future?

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AllAnalytics - Ariella Brown - Healthcare Analysis: Doctor vs. Device

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In today's digital age, the adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" takes on new meaning. Apple's iPhone offers a range of health monitoring apps, from glucometers to portable elect...