Month: February 2011

Why IBMs Watson computer is important

Yesterday, IBMs computer named Watson beat two human competitors in a 3-day Jeopardy TV show contest. All in all, Watson did very well, minus a few glaring mistakes (such as mistaking Toronto for a city in the U.S.). Many of…

The brain is… networks!

A great new book has been published called Networks of the Brain, written by Dr. Olaf Sporns. The press release for this new book has the following quote from Dr. Sporns: “There’s a big movement all across the social and…

Getting a Ph.D. Is it worth it?

There are a lot of discussions going on right now at the Chronicle of Higher Education website and other blogs regarding the value of the Ph.D. Specifically, the discussion centers on the fact that there aren’t enough jobs to support…