Category: philosophy

The curious case of the closed access data set in the open access journal

Earlier this year, I ran across a news article that got me really excited in the science-nerdy kind of way. The article talked about how we could measure how happy the people in each U.S. state are just by looking

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Is the Open Science movement prone to call-outs, and is that a good thing?

I had a discussion with a couple scientists this week who are critical of the Open Science movement. Among the usual counter-arguments, one argument stuck out to me as particularly thought-provoking: (paraphrased) Open Science is prone to call-outs, and that

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Could the reddit model replace the current scientific publication system?

Just today, Subhajit Ganguly put up a blog post that piqued my interest: “Imminent Changes In The Publication Process In Sciences.” In this blog post, Subhajit repeats the battle cry we so often hear from the Open Science movement: traditional

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Why I love open source, and wish science worked this way

Yesterday, I got bored and hastily hacked together a script to scrape word frequencies from Reddit and make word clouds out of them. Of course, I included the source code on github so everyone else could use the script if

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Neuroevolution: an alternative route to Artificial Intelligence

If you were to ask a random person what the best example of Artificial Intelligence is out there, what do you think it would be? Most likely, it would be IBM’s Watson. In a stunning display of knowledge and accuracy,

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David Eagleman: are we taking the right approach to Artificial Intelligence?

I watched a YouTube video earlier today of an interview with David Eagleman, where he discussed his thoughts on the current approach that most researchers are taking to the problem of Artificial Intelligence. To me, this is an extremely interesting

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