Cracking the TV Genome
Deb Roy studies how children learn language, and designs machines that communicate in human-like ways. Roy has applied his research at the MIT Media Lab to Bluefin Labs, a technology company he co-founded. With Bluefin Labs, Roy has created a platform that analyzes social media commentary and measures real-time audience response to TV ads and shows. Roy’s work was recently featured at the TED 2011 conference in his popular talk The Birth of a Word.
MIT Media Lab researcher Deb Roy has applied his study of linguistics and childhood development to a company he founded called BlueFin Labs, which has built a machine to connect impressions on TV and expressions in social media. This has extraordinary implications for advertising, and also promises to "rewire how our democratic process works in the future."
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It's not just a case of "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
- A new study suggests children who endure trauma grow up to be adults with more empathy than others.
- The effect is not universal, however. Only one kind of empathy was greatly effected.
- The study may lead to further investigations into how people cope with trauma and lead to new ways to help victims bounce back.
It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?
- Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
- Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
- Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.
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