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Facebook Launches Advanced AI Effort To Find Meaning In Your Posts 125

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Tom Simonite reports at MIT Technology News that a new research group within Facebook is working on an emerging and powerful approach to artificial intelligence known as deep learning, which uses simulated networks of brain cells to process data. Applying this method to data shared on Facebook could allow for novel features, and perhaps boost the company's ad targeting. Deep learning has shown already potential to enable software to do things such as work out the emotions or events described in text even if they aren't explicitly referenced, recognize objects in photos, and make sophisticated predictions about people's likely future behavior. Facebook's chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer, says that one obvious place to use deep learning is to improve the news feed, the personalized list of recent updates he calls Facebook's 'killer app.' Facebook already uses conventional machine learning techniques to prune the 1,500 updates that average Facebook users could possibly see down to 30 to 60 that are judged to be most likely to be important to them. 'The data set is increasing in size, people are getting more friends, and with the advent of mobile, people are online more frequently,' says Schroepfer. 'It's not that I look at my news feed once at the end of the day; I constantly pull out my phone while I'm waiting for my friend, or I'm at the coffee shop. We have five minutes to really delight you.'"

Comment Re:Not really surprised (Score 1) 120

Why are you even wasting time looking for a USB cable?

Next, on Amazing Discoveries... Wifi-enabled devices can share files using existing network protocols!

On my home network I use SharesFinder and AirDroid. (If anyone cares to recommend better and/or more secure alternatives for either or both of these, feel free to do so!)

I never had a single problem that I can recall with the GMail app freezing up on any of my 3 Android devices but I suppose MMMV.

Comment Re:Look over here, look over here! (Score 1) 479

"See look at all that ice, global warming is a communist lie to make us give up our livers!!!!"

You really shouldn't give away lines like that for free. You'll never know how close that came to being appropriated for my new sig. :)

Look at all that ice--global warming is a capitalist lie to make us give up our livers!

--Thoughts from Chairman Mao

Comment Re:It'll be news once they do it (Score 0) 104

The only reason ReiserFS was dropped as the default was because he was convicted of murder. There was no technical reason.


SUSE switched its default away from reiserfs in 2006, which was about 2 years before Hans even got charged with anything, much less convicted.

(Longtime OpenSUSE user here. I switched to ext3 because SUSE works exactly as icebike says in this regard, so when they changed the default, I tried ext3 as well as jfs, and found that reiserfs sucked balls compared to both. For this reason, I've not used reiserfs in years, and it isn't popular anymore because there are many better alternatives now available, and because it's not been actively developed for at least 5 years.)

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