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Communication Corner

The 7% rule revisited

by Philip Yaffe

The whole objective of most speeches is to convey information, or to defend or rally people to a point of view. Gestures and tone may help inspire people to adopt your point of view, but is non-verbal communication truly 93% of all communication? ...

Communication Corner

Banishing the fear of public speaking

by Philip Yaffe

Everyone knows speaking in public will not result in painful or permanent impairment. But public speaking seems to be an ever-present threat. However if you write well, you will probably speak well. But if you write poorly, you will probably speak poorly. ...


Big data: big data or big brother? that is the question now.

August 2018
by Jeffrey Johnson, Peter Denning, Kemal A. Delic, David Sousa-Rodrigues

This ACM Ubiquity Big Data Symposium presented some of the current thinking about big data developments across four topical dimensions: social, technological, application, and educational. Big digital data has changed and will change the world in many ways. It will bring some big benefits in the future, but combined with big AI and big IoT devices creates several big challenges. These must be carefully addressed and properly resolved for the future benefit of humanity. ...


Artificial intelligence in politics: an interview with Sven Körner and Mathias Landhäußer of thingsTHINKING

August 2018
Interviewed by Walter Tichy

Natural language processing, an area of artificial intelligence (AI), has attained remarkable successes. Digital assistants such as Siri and Alexa respond to spoken commands, and understand several languages. Google has demonstrated a machine can call up a restaurant and make a reservation in a manner that is indistinguishable from a human. Automated translation services are used around the world in over a hundred languages. This interview discusses a new and surprising application of language processing in politics. Though the AI software analyzes texts in German, it could be adapted to any language. The underlying technology has wider applications in text analysis, including legal tech, contracting, and others. Here is a summary. ...