Author: Radhika Boruah

Facebook's dodgy history with advertisement is one of the most researched online algorithms. The proprietary algorithm supposedly optimises Facebook posts making it more likely that they will reach people who are predisposed to liking them. For a moment, let us leave the ethical issues with tracking each user’s digital footprint on Facebook and subsequently customising their feed aside. Instead, let us focus on what happens...

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For a long time now, the cross-generational dialogue between baby boomers and millennials has been built atop several recurring themes. Boomers — the generation born roughly between 1946 and 1965 — scoff that millennials expect “participation trophies” for doing the bare minimum. "OK Boomer" is a catchphrase, internet meme and a form of age-based discrimination that gained popularity among younger cohorts throughout 2019, used to dismiss...

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Thanksgiving Day bears its origin from the harvest festival. Generally, Americans give thanks to God for their autumn harvest and every other success they have achieved in the year. Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. is observed on the fourth Thursday in November. Turkey is the most common food served during the Thanksgiving Dinner. For this reason, Thanksgiving Day is also called the Turkey Day. The day...

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Speech synthesis is the artificial production of human speech. A computer system used for this purpose is called a speech computer or speech synthesizer, and can be implemented in software or hardware products. Stephen Hawking began using a text-to-speech technology called Perfect Paul after he lost his ability to speak. Hawking was able to communicate despite his paralyzing neurodegenerative disease, however, Perfect Paul wasn’t actually perfect. It not only made Hawking sound like a robot;...

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Labour trafficking in the United States is a form of human trafficking where victims are made to perform a task through force, fraud or coercion as it occurs in the United States. In the agriculture sector, the most common victims of trafficking are U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, undocumented immigrants, and foreign nationals with temporary visas. Due to the nature of agricultural work as being seasonal and transient, the...

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Pain is a difficult outcome to measure due to its multifaceted and subjective nature. The need for selecting proper outcome measures is high because of the increasing demand for scientifically valid demonstrations of treatment efficacy. It is a complex and subjective experience that poses a number of measurement challenges. However, in the current culture of evidence-based medicine, it is important that clinicians and researchers utilise...

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  You probably use technologies that are powered by algorithms every day. Algorithms can add a new level of intelligence to many of the products and services we use. Northeastern University's computer science professor Christo Wilson wants to make people aware of how algorithms work while getting the companies that use them to be more open about and accountable for how they work. Some of the world’s largest...

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Woodrow Hartzog is a professor of the Northeastern University who specializes in privacy, data protection, robotics, and automated technologies. He shared his insights on scoring systems, the internet of things, and police body cameras in a gathering where online privacy was also discussed significantly. Recently he has testified before federal lawmakers about how to improve online privacy, warning that the current laws that govern privacy on...

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In January President Joseph E. Aoun announced an institutional reorganisation designed to purposefully integrate learning and discovery holistically across the entire global university system of Northeastern University. This transformation will support in meeting and exceeding the ambitious Northeastern 2025 goals. Provost James C. Bean and Chancellor Ken Henderson of Northeastern University told faculty and staff at a town hall-style meeting about how they are going to...

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  Vince Lombardi said, “Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing”. Maybe keep this in mind, three students Kalon Boston, Leo Belyi, and Blake Hatch launched their website, named Vastus. They are from Northeastern University and have created an online platform where users can compete in fitness challenges to win prizes, and connect with personal trainers. Their goal was lowering the cost of personal training and making it...

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