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Recipe Networks and Combinatorial Cuisine

The field of network science continues to find new data sets for exploring technology, economics, biological systems, and social relationships. Two recent articles use recipe ingredients and foods from different cuisines to demonstrate how the lens of network science can create analytics to provide us with new insights into how we eat and what gets eaten.

"Your profile got hacked by spambots"/"No, I've been tweeting about spambots"

A couple days ago, I had an interesting IM conversation with a friend of mine that can be summed up, roughly, as follows: "Your Linkedin profile has gotten taken over by spambots." To which I responded, after looking at my account, "No... I've just been tweeting about spambots."

What if Your Doctor Prescribed a Chatbot for You?

A couple weeks ago during a research meeting for our upcoming year, our colleague Lyn Jeffery challenged us to imagine a future where, at some point in the next decade, doctors start prescribing chatbots, robots and other forms of artificial intelligence as a relatively routine matter of medical practice.

Do Androids Dream of Origami Unicorns?

Swiss artist Matthieu Cherubini was kind enough to share some his thoughts and process behind the social bot rep.licants. is a service allowing users to install an artificial intelligence (bot) on their Facebook and/or Twitter account. From keywords, content analysis and activity analysis, the bot attempts to simulate the activity of the user, to improve it by feeding his account and to create new contacts with other users.


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