A group of computer scientists have come up with a mathematical

technique to detect surprising features in dense information streams.

They tested their method by comparing it to what human’s considered

surprising, and the results were… surprisingly good! A mathematical

model of surprise could be very useful in next-generation information

systems, user-interfaces, situation rooms, and even fighter jet

cockpits, for filtering signal from noise and helping to focus

attention on what’s most important at a given time.