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November 2021


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The U.S. Needs a Department of Tech and Science Policy

The U.S. Needs a Department of Tech and Science Policy

Two former NIH directors call for a cabinet-level department to formulate science policy, oversee tech development


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Be Wary of Trusting Algorithms in Volatile Markets

Be Wary of Trusting Algorithms in Volatile Markets

IT leaders can prevent disaster by understanding and articulating the risks of relying on increasingly complex algorithms


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The Inherent Limitations of GPT-3

The Inherent Limitations of GPT-3

Why GPT-3 as is will not cost many people their jobs or soon lead to AGI


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A Fix-It Job for Government Tech

A Fix-It Job for Government Tech

To build trust in the government, it would help if the website worked


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Stop the Blame Game to Achieve Research Integrity

Stop the Blame Game to Achieve Research Integrity

Helping every scientist to improve is more effective than ferreting out a few frauds


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How to Fix Facebook

How to Fix Facebook

Twelve leading experts share bold solutions to the company's urgent problems


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AI Reality Check

AI Reality Check

The limitations in getting machines to understand a world they don't live in


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China's AI Dream and the AI 'Arms Race'

China's AI Dream and the AI 'Arms Race'

Stanford postdoctoral fellow discusses research exploring impact of AI in a possible U.S.-China power transition


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An Insider's View of 'Algorithmic Warfare'

An Insider's View of 'Algorithmic Warfare'

Artificial intelligence will change the nature of war, says a former U.S. deputy secretary of defense.


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AI Needs to Prevent Cyberattacks, Not Just Detect Them

AI Needs to Prevent Cyberattacks, Not Just Detect Them

AI should be enabling faster, automated, more ubiquitous prevention of cyberattacks


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Let Crypto Regulate Itself

Let Crypto Regulate Itself

What's needed is a self-regulatory organization for digital assets to promote ethical trading and governance


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Self-Supervised Learning and Large Language Models

Self-Supervised Learning and Large Language Models

Stanford PhD student discusses recent research on understanding, building, and controlling pre-trained models


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AI Is Not A-OK

AI Is Not A-OK

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt says humans will need to find a way to coexist with artificial intelligence


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Henry Kissinger's Last Crusade: Stopping Dangerous AI

Henry Kissinger's Last Crusade: Stopping Dangerous AI

Former secretary of state has a whole new area of interest: artificial intelligence


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Imagining AI's Potential for Good

Imagining AI's Potential for Good

Kai-Fu Lee and Yoky Matsuoka discuss "human-in-the-loop" technology, and how AI might be used for health and caregiving


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New York, Miami, and the Future of Crypto Cities

New York, Miami, and the Future of Crypto Cities

Cities and the crypto community can gain a lot from a closer relationship


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The Turing Test Is Bad for Business

The Turing Test Is Bad for Business

Technology should focus on the complementarity game, not the imitation game


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The Chip That Could Transform Computing

The Chip That Could Transform Computing

Apple's new M1 processors are generating loads of power...and excitement


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Teens and Social Media: The Question We're Not Asking

Teens and Social Media: The Question We're Not Asking

Should they be using these services at all?


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Artificial Intelligence Needs to Slow Down

Artificial Intelligence Needs to Slow Down

Timnit Gebru believes the incentives around AI research are all wrong


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AI and the Intelligence Community: The Tangled Web of Budget and Acquisition

AI and the Intelligence Community: The Tangled Web of Budget and Acquisition

The intelligence community still faces basic hurdles as it moves to transition and integrate AI at speed and scale


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'Yeah, We're Spooked', Says Expert about AI's Potential Impact

'Yeah, We're Spooked', Says Expert about AI's Potential Impact

Professor Stuart Russell says field of AI needs to grow up quickly to ensure humans remain in control


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Why We Forgive Humans More Readily Than Machines

Why We Forgive Humans More Readily Than Machines

When things go wrong, flexible moral intuitions cause us to judge computers more severely


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Social Media Cos. Help African Governments Abuse 'Disinformation Laws'

Social Media Cos. Help African Governments Abuse 'Disinformation Laws'

Social media platforms alternate between ignoring disinformation and launching broad crackdowns on user speech


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Meta's Andrew Bosworth on Moving Facebook to the Metaverse

Meta's Andrew Bosworth on Moving Facebook to the Metaverse

'The magnitude of technological shifts that we are trying to manifest here hasn't been attempted in a long time'


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RL Benchmarking, Climate Impacts of AI, and AI for Law

RL Benchmarking, Climate Impacts of AI, and AI for Law

Stanford JD-PhD candidate Peter Henderson talks about creating robust decision-making systems and ML methods that benefit society


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Complexity Is Killing Software Developers

Complexity Is Killing Software Developers

How to regain control, without losing out on the best these technologies have to offer


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The Metaverse Is Simply Big Tech, but Bigger

The Metaverse Is Simply Big Tech, but Bigger

It's a rebrand of Silicon Valley's increasing power and reach, and it's made for companies, not people


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Anne Carpenter: Her Machine Learning Tools Pull Insights from Cell Images

Anne Carpenter: Her Machine Learning Tools Pull Insights from Cell Images

Computational biologist brings the power of machine learning to researchers seeking answers in mountains of cell images


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Strong AI Requires Autonomous Building of Composable Models

Strong AI Requires Autonomous Building of Composable Models

Models built by AI must encode the fundamental patterns of experience

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