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Numbers Are for Computers, Strings Are for Humans
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Numbers Are for Computers, Strings Are for Humans

How and where software should translate data into a human-readable form.

A* Search
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A* Search: What's in a Name?

A search for algorithmic answers returns unique results.

The AI Community Needs fo Take Responsibility for Its Technology and Its Actions
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The AI Community Needs fo Take Responsibility for Its Technology and Its Actions

Celeste Kidd, a cognitive psychologist, challenged the audience to think critically about the future they want to build.

The AI Community Needs fo Take Responsibility for Its Technology and Its Actions
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The AI Community Needs fo Take Responsibility for Its Technology and Its Actions

Celeste Kidd, a cognitive psychologist, challenged the audience to think critically about the future they want to build.

Why 'Move Fast and Break Things' Doesn't Work Anymore
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Why 'Move Fast and Break Things' Doesn't Work Anymore

For the past few decades, agility in the technology sector has largely meant moving faster and faster down a predetermined path.

AIs Should Have The Same Ethical Protections As Animals
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AIs Should Have The Same Ethical Protections As Animals

We will soon have AI as cognitively sophisticated as mice or dogs, so it is time to start thinking about whether these AIs deserve the ethical protections we typically...

Uncertainty
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Uncertainty

Considering how to best navigate stability and randomness.

Koding Academies
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Koding Academies

A low-risk path to becoming a front-end plumber.

Algorithms, Platforms, and Ethnic Bias
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Algorithms, Platforms, and Ethnic Bias

How computing platforms and algorithms can potentially either reinforce or identify and address ethnic biases.

Are We Witnessing A New Sputnik Moment In IT?
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Are We Witnessing A New Sputnik Moment In IT?

Google's engineers have succeeded in designing a quantum computer which, for the first time ever, has solved a problem a conventional computer is not able to. Are...

Silicon Valley Wants To Read Your Mind. You Should Be Worried
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Silicon Valley Wants To Read Your Mind. You Should Be Worried

Mind-reading systems such as Facebook's brainwave-reading device and Neuralink's brain implants can affect privacy, security, identity, equality and personal safety...

MUST and MUST NOT
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MUST and MUST NOT

On writing documentation.

Richard Feynman Was Wrong About Beauty and Truth in Science
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Richard Feynman Was Wrong About Beauty and Truth in Science

Richard Feynman was unquestionably one of the outstanding physicists of the 20th century. In the area of philosophy of science, though, Feynman didn't really shine—to...

Black Hole Hunters: Q&A With Katie Bouman
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Black Hole Hunters: Q&A With Katie Bouman

Scientists have revealed the first-ever image of a black hole. The picture is the result of a global collaboration in which scientists linked together telescopes...

The ­.S. Campaign Against Huawei Can Offer No ­.S.-Based Alternatives
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The ­.S. Campaign Against Huawei Can Offer No ­.S.-Based Alternatives

As U.S. officials have pressured allies not to use networking gear from Chinese technology giant Huawei over spying concerns, President Trump has urged American...

­Untold History of AI: The DARPA Dreamer Who Aimed for Cyborg Intelligence
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­Untold History of AI: The DARPA Dreamer Who Aimed for Cyborg Intelligence

At 10:30pm on 29 October 1969, a graduate student at UCLA sent a two-letter message from an SDS Sigma 7 computer to another machine a few hundred miles away at...

The Robocall Crisis Will Never Be Totally Fixed
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The Robocall Crisis Will Never Be Totally Fixed

Years into the robocalling frenzy, your phone probably still rings off the hook with "important information about your account," updates from the "Chinese embassy...

AI Pioneer: 'The Dangers of Abuse Are Very Real'
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AI Pioneer: 'The Dangers of Abuse Are Very Real'

Yoshua Bengio is one of three computer scientists who last week shared the US$1-million A. M. Turing award—one of the field's top prizes.

A Journey, If You Dare, Into the Minds of Silicon Valley Programmers
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A Journey, If You Dare, Into the Minds of Silicon Valley Programmers

Code seems cold and objective, the raw logic of the internet, and Silicon Valley likes it that way.

Despite Consumer Worries, the Future of Aviation Will Be More Automated
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Despite Consumer Worries, the Future of Aviation Will Be More Automated

In the wake of the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes of Boeing 737 Max planes, people are thinking about how much of their air travel is handled by software...
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