Business it’s not just fairness but it’s also trust

Increasingly, businesses rely on algorithms that use data provided by users to make decisions that affect people. For example, Amazon, Google, and Facebook use algorithms to tailor what users see, and Uber and Lyft use them to match passengers with drivers and set prices. Do users, customers, employees, and others have a right to know Read more about Business it’s not just fairness but it’s also trust[…]

How review ratings boost e-commerce

Recommender systems are used in e-commerce to guide consumers with messages like “People who purchased this item also purchased …” Past research has shown that these systems affect consumers’ choices and generally boost sales, but few studies have examined how product-specific attributes or review ratings influence the effectiveness of such systems. A new study sought Read more about How review ratings boost e-commerce[…]

Teaching the computer to teach

Intelligent tutoring systems have been shown to be effective in helping to teach certain subjects, such as algebra or grammar, but creating these computerized systems is difficult and laborious. Now, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have shown they can rapidly build them by, in effect, teaching the computer to teach. Using a new method that Read more about Teaching the computer to teach[…]

Self-folding materials are quicker and cheaper to produce than solid 3-D objects

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have used an inexpensive 3-D printer to produce flat plastic items that, when heated, fold themselves into predetermined shapes, such as a rose, a boat or even a bunny. Lining Yao, assistant professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute and director of the Morphing Matter Lab, said these self-folding plastic objects Read more about Self-folding materials are quicker and cheaper to produce than solid 3-D objects[…]

Smart Walls React to Human Touch, Sense Activity in Room

Walls are what they are — big, dull dividers. With a few applications of conductive paint and some electronics, however, walls can become smart infrastructure that sense human touch, and detect things like gestures and when appliances are used. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research found that they could transform dumb walls into Read more about Smart Walls React to Human Touch, Sense Activity in Room[…]

Printing your own bioprinter

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a low-cost 3-D bioprinter by modifying a standard desktop 3-D printer, and they have released the breakthrough designs as open source so that anyone can build their own system. The researchers—Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and Biomedical Engineering (BME) Associate Professor Adam Feinberg, BME postdoctoral fellow TJ Hinton, and Kira Pusch, Read more about Printing your own bioprinter[…]

Computational Design Tool Transforms Flat Materials Into 3-D Shapes

A new computational design tool can turn a flat sheet of plastic or metal into a complex 3-D shape, such as a mask, a sculpture or even a lady’s high-heel shoe. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL), say the tool enables designers to fully and Read more about Computational Design Tool Transforms Flat Materials Into 3-D Shapes[…]