A collection of species, each loaded with an arsenal of algorithms ready to tackle diverse problems, such as building adaptive transportation networks, securing systems from outside attackers, and tracking adversaries.
Computer scientists are now seriously studying these "algorithms in nature" to generate new solutions to basic engineering problems.
Recently, my lab at the Salk Institute has been studying how the tiny brain of a fruit fly solves a human technology problem called "similarity search." For example, when we say, “that band sounds like Nirvana,” or “that fruit smells like an orange,” our brains are performing a similarity search to find previously experienced items that are comparable to a new item, such as a song or an odor.
If you did, you got a mostly chronological feed, but Twitter would still insert some tweets out of order and from people you didn’t follow, which it decided were relevant based on how you interacted with tweets on the site.
If it’s the Emmys or a natural disaster, say, where we just want to know what’s happening as it happens, the spokesperson said, Twitter imagines people using the chronological Timeline.
Now, for every tweet you see—even from people you follow—you’ll have a dropdown option to say “Show Less Often.” From there, according to a Twitter representative, you’ll be able to give feedback like “This isn’t relevant to me,” or “Show fewer tweets from this person.” Both are ways to take a more active role in curating your feed without actually muting or unfollowing someone.