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15 May 2018

Uncovering Uncertain Identities – David Kernot

David Kernot from the Australian National University talks with us about his research into using William Shakespeare's texts for training an algorithm to uncover authors' identities and personalities from their written words. His article "Using Shakespeare’s Sotto Voce to Determine True Identity F...
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1 May 2018

Linguistic Artifacts in Creole – Nicole Creanza

Vanderbilt University's Nicole Creanza talks with us about her research into the colonial migrations of those who contributed to the historical evolution of the creole language, Sranan. Her article "Using features of a Creole language to reconstruct population history and cultural evolution: tracing ...
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2 Apr 2018

How Misinformation Spreads Online – Soroush Vosoughi

Soroush Vosoughi from MIT's Laboratory for Social Machines and Harvard's Berkman Klein Center talks with us about his research into how false spreads differently than true news in Twitter. His article "The spread of true and false news online", co-authored with Deb Roy and Sinan Aral, was published in the...
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20 Feb 2018

Universals in Songs – Sam Mehr and Manvir Singh

Sam Mehr and Manvir Singh from Harvard's Music Lab talk with us about their research which suggests that humans across the world are able to detect the social purpose of other cultures' songs based only on how they sound. Their article, "Form and function in human song"  was published in Current Biolo...
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9 Jan 2018

Capacity for Number – Rafael Núñez

In this episode we talk with Rafael Núñez from the University of California San Diego about his research into if human understanding of number has developed through biological evolution, or through the evolution of language and culture. His article, "Is There Really an Evolved Capacity for Number?", w...
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5 Sep 2017

Semantic Meaning in Images – Devi Parikh

A picture may be worth 1000 words, but can we also teach computers to create stories from the stories that lie inside our images? In this episode, Devi Parikh of Georgia Tech’s school of interactive computing discusses her work training computers to determine the semantic meaning within images. D...
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