The Washington Post wrote earlier this week on Google’s increasing use of knowledge boxes in its searches – the inset boxes at the top of search results that attempt to shortcut the search process by displaying the actual factoid of interest on top of the traditional infinite page of hyperlinks. As users increasingly access the web through mobile and voice, the goal of such systems is to get the user an answer such as “how many ounces in a pound” or “who is the president of Estonia” as quickly as possible. Whereas search engines of the past simply returned a pile of links for a user to wade through, the goal of knowledge boxes is to provide the actual response the user is looking for by leveraging advances in natural language processing to have machines actually understand the user’s question.
Researchers at ETH Zurich have manufactured transparent electrodes for use in touchscreens using a novel nanoprinting process. The new electrodes are some of the most transparent and conductive that have ever been developed.
A team of scientists has developed an algorithm that captures our learning abilities, enabling computers to recognize and draw simple visual concepts that are mostly indistinguishable from those created by humans.