Fish leg counts: What the web knows and doesn’t know

Michael Giberson David Pennock hears another another tick of the clock in the countdown to web sentience. [In 2003] we trained a computer to answer questions from the then-hit game show by querying Google. We combined words from the questions with words from each answer in mildly clever ways, picking the question-answer pair with the … More Fish leg counts: What the web knows and doesn’t know

Why hasn’t the web revolutionized scholarly publication?

Michael Giberson When Tim Berners-Lee created the Web in 1991, it was with the aim of better facilitating scientific communication and the dissemination of scientific research. Put another way, the Web was designed to disrupt scientific publishing. It was not designed to disrupt bookstores, telecommunications, matchmaking services, newspapers, pornography, stock trading, music distribution, or a … More Why hasn’t the web revolutionized scholarly publication?

Walk score: comparing my new and old neighborhoods

Michael Giberson At the Freakonomics blog they mentioned Walk Score, a website that will calculate walk-ability for an address based on number of nearby stores, parks, and other useful places.  They admit that there scoring formula doesn’t get everything, but it did a reasonable job comparing my new address in Lubbock, Texas and my old … More Walk score: comparing my new and old neighborhoods