A.I. amplifies ‘help speech’ to fight hate speech online

Artificial intelligence can help fight hate speech online by boosting social media comments that support marginalized groups, researchers say.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture internet languages refugees rhetoric social-media

Should targeted groups reclaim slurs to neutralize them?

"When a group is seen as taking control of a historically disparaging term, it can indeed neutralize the insulting content of the term,"

Neil Schoenherr-WUSTL | Nov. 18, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture uncategorized languages laws

Discovery is a key to deciphering this lost Minoan language

The eccentric English architect Michael Ventris famously cracked Linear B in 1952. A new discovery is a step toward deciphering a tougher challenge: Linear A.

Andrew Trounson-Melbourne | Nov. 15, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture greece history languages

Good old days? Index charts national happiness since 1820

Analyzing 8 million books and 65 million newspaper articles let researchers measure national happiness levels from 1820 - 2009 for the first time.

Sheila Kiggins-Warwick | Oct. 15, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture books data-science happiness history languages money wars

Bird call ‘building blocks’ mirror human language

The building blocks of bird calls from the chestnut-crowned babbler mirror the meaningless sounds that add up to form words in our languages.

U. Zurich | Sept. 9, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology birds communication languages

Can hearing lots of languages offer the benefits of bilingualism?

Brain scans suggest that places with language diversity might offer monolingual people some of the benefits of bilingualism.

Pat Harriman-UC Irvine | Aug. 30, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology society-and-culture brains cognition diversity languages

Brain maps look alike for podcasts and reading

Brain maps offer evidence that podcasts, audiobooks, and reading fire up our brains in very similar ways.

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley | Aug. 20, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology brains hearing languages maps reading sounds speech

Machine learning says ‘sound words’ predict psychosis

Two variables—including more frequent use of words related to sound—can predict whether an at-risk person will later develop psychosis with 93% accuracy.

Carol Clark-Emory | June 17, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine communication languages machine-learning prediction psychosis schizophrenia sounds speech

To grasp metaphors, our brains get touchy-feely

The brain's sensory motor region has a role in how we understand metaphors, research finds.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona | April 4, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology brains cognition languages

Your pre-adult language learning could fit into 1.5 MB

All the stuff you learned about your native language by age 18 could fit on a floppy disk.

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley | March 28, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology cognition languages learning machine-learning

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