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    1. The Rise of Social Bots

      The Rise of Social Bots

      Share Bots (short for software robots) have been around since the early days of computers. One compelling example of bots is chatbots, algorithms designed to hold a conversation with a human, as envisioned by Alan Turing in the 1950s. 33 The dream of designing a computer algorithm that passes the Turing test has driven artificial intelligence research for decades, as witnessed by initiatives like the Loebner Prize, awarding progress in natural language processing.

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    2. The Power of Big Ideas

      The Power of Big Ideas

      Share I've been thinking about "big ideas" recently and how powerful they can be. What strikes me is that so many of these ideas are so easily stated, such as "Cure Cancer" or "Put a man on the moon," but are really difficult to accomplish. Their simplicity hides enormous challenges, infinite details. At Google, the company began with a goal "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."

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    3. Reimagining Search

      Reimagining Search

      Share Ever since Gerard Salton of Cornell University developed the first computerized search engine (Salton's Magical Automatic Retriever of Text, or SMART) in the 1960s, search developers have spent decades essentially refining Salton's idea: take a query string, match it against a collection of documents, then calculate a set of relevant results and display them in a list.

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