April 9th, 2012
05:54 PM ET

Recap: Language creator David Peterson on 'The Next List'

For linguist David Peterson, inventing a new language is “like creation itself.”

Peterson is the inventor of the Dothraki language, spoken in the HBO hit series, “Game of Thrones.” (Disclosure: HBO shares a parent company with CNN). And just as J.R.R. Tolkien’s languages infused “The Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogies with an authenticity rarely seen in fantasy fiction, “Game of Thrones” writers and executive producers Dan Weiss and David Benioff say Peterson’s Dothraki brings a depth to their savage warrior culture beyond that found even in George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire.” FULL POST

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Inside Netflix's popular 'recommendation' algorithm
April 9th, 2012
10:04 AM ET

Inside Netflix's popular 'recommendation' algorithm

By John D. Sutter, CNN

(CNN) - Netflix recently lifted the hood on its recommendation algorithm, which helps people who use that video-streaming service to find movies and shows that they may not know about but that they would like.

The most interesting stat the company listed on its corporate blog: 75% of the videos people watch are found via some kind of recommendation that the company employs on its apps and website. That means most pieces of content people end up watching on Netflix are found with the help of a computer equation that thinks it know what you want to watch - or via Facebook, for people outside the United States (Netflix doesn't connect with Facebook in the U.S. because some say the Video Privacy Protection Act prohibits video rental records from being shared. There is some confusion over when and how that law applies.)

In any event, here's what Netflix has to say about the popularity of its digital recommendations: FULL POST

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