I sent my friend Sarah a surprise yesterday - a copy of The Upside of Irrationality. Looks like it arrived. :)
According to John Canny, one of the annotated data sources used for speech recognition is...reality TV shows with transcripts. My mind is blown - I thought that reality TV couldn't be useful for anything. Apparently, I thought wrong.
Now I want to think about other ways that something I consider useless could, in fact, be turned to work for good.