Disney's new rendering technique could usher in a new era of animation

An animation studio can spend days rendering a scene that features water, smoke and other substances that affect light (and its simulation) in complex ways. Now, a team led by Disney Research Zürich has developed a computational algorithm that can reduce rendering times for such scenes by a factor of up to 1,000. » 11/19/13 9:00am 11/19/13 9:00am

Bonini's Paradox proves that you can't make a useful AND accurate model

Charles Bonini was a business professor who noticed a problem with the way people understand complex situations. When he investigated, he found that it wasn't a problem so much as an unresolvable paradox. » 10/18/13 1:00pm 10/18/13 1:00pm

How close are we to a real-life Person of Interest?

In the television show Person of Interest the Machine uses government surveillance data to predict individuals who will be involved in a crime, whether as a perpetrator or a victim. How close are we to a real-life version of the Machine? Current statistical modeling systems suggest we're not far off. » 4/22/12 10:00am 4/22/12 10:00am