Mapping TED’s Ideas Worth Spreading

TEDTalks duo ecologist Eric Berlow and physicist Sean Gourley questioned how to connect TEDx ideas – some 24,000 video clips in a content library in the cloud. Identifying patterns, they developed an algorithm, or mathematical structure to correlate relationships of this data.

Things to know when watching:

Natural language processing (NLP) – for speech-to-text translation to extract key concepts of an idea

Meme-ome – mathematics that underlines an idea, the results from NLP

Interestingly, tags do not generate ideas, but rather a network structure of network IDs. These architectural complexities are examples of creative synthesis, central topic points or bridging of ideas.

We constantly try to make connections in our lives from those with people and events that shape who we are. In this blog I try to make connections and with the beauty of tagging, you can see those keywords at the end of each post.


The brain behind Google Engineering – Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil, futuristic thinker, TEDTalks, SXSW speaker, and founder of Kurzweil Education Systems. He is the man who thinks he will live forever and inventor of the Kurzweil Reading Machine, developed with optical character recognition (OCR) technology and text-to-speech software for sighted and blind people.

In 2012, Larry Page hired him as the director of engineering at Google. Following my last post, Kurzweil is working on projects with machine learning (AI) and natural language processing.  By 2029, Kurzweil hopes artificial intelligence will be able to recognize human emotion and advanced syntactic parsing.


For clarification, [Kurzweil]:

My mission at Google is to develop natural language understanding with a team and in collaboration with other researchers at Google. Search has moved beyond just finding keywords, but it still doesn’t read all these billions of web pages and book pages for semantic content. If you write a blog post, you’ve got something to say, you’re not just creating words and synonyms. We’d like the computers to actually pick up on that semantic meaning. If that happens, and I believe that it’s feasible, people could ask more complex questions.

Kurzweil is using Google as a catalyst to propel artificial intelligence into the future. With great anticipation, I can’t wait to see Google’s transcendence into machine learning research.

reCaptcha, Duolingo and their founder, Luis von Ahn

TEDTalks chat with Luis von Ahn sheds light on web CAPTCHA code

When you purchase an item online, say through Ticketmaster or sign up for a new GMail account, you are required to type a series of words or erroneous characters to verify you are human. This is a security measure against computer inputs and spammers.


But did you know the word scramble is an effort to digitize books? Luis von Ahn is one of the founders of reCaptcha, working to do just this for Google Books and the New York Times archives. ‘As of 2012, thirty years of The New York Times had been digitized and the project planned to have completed the remaining years by the end of 2013.’ Google now owns reCaptcha.

von Ahn’s next project Duolingo helps you learn new foreign languages while translating the web.