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December 2021


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Save Social Media by Treating It like a City

Save Social Media by Treating It like a City

Make online spaces more similar to offline ones to limit the reach of bad actors and keep people safe


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Does AI Understand Our Language?

Does AI Understand Our Language?

Can large language models teach us about the nature of language, understanding, intelligence, sociality, and personhood?


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The Benefits of Rust

The Benefits of Rust

An in-depth discussion about the virtue of Rust, its future, and more


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The Future of Robot Nannies

The Future of Robot Nannies

A machine can't love our children, but our children might love them


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2021 Was the Year of Monster AI Models

2021 Was the Year of Monster AI Models

GPT-3 kicked off a new trend in AI for bigger and bigger models, but how large will they get?


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What Does the Data Say about the Current State of K-12 STEM Education in the U.S.?

What Does the Data Say about the Current State of K-12 STEM Education in the U.S.?

A conversation with Julia Phillips of the National Science Board on the state of elementary and secondary STEM education in the nation.


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Why It's Too Early to Get Excited About Web3

Why It's Too Early to Get Excited About Web3

Idealism surrounding the Web3 vision is great, but we’ve been there before


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What Does It Mean for AI to Understand?

What Does It Mean for AI to Understand?

It's simple enough for AI to seem to comprehend data, but devising a true test of a machine's knowledge has proved difficult


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AWS Is Too Big to Fail

AWS Is Too Big to Fail

Quite simply, AWS is too big and has too many customers for the good of society


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Caution Ahead: Navigating Risks to Freedoms Posed by AI

Caution Ahead: Navigating Risks to Freedoms Posed by AI

Applications of AI could pierce through boundaries that safeguard our rights and liberties


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Log4j Vulnerability: Why Your Hot Take on It Is Wrong

Log4j Vulnerability: Why Your Hot Take on It Is Wrong

Log4j vulnerability is too complex to be boiled down to just single cause


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Who Killed the Robot Dog?

Who Killed the Robot Dog?

The robotic companion was once a dream of techno-utopianism, but has instead become a terrifying weapon


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The Dream of U.S.-Made Computer Chips

The Dream of U.S.-Made Computer Chips

Before we invest in making more chips on U.S. soil, we should be asking what we're trying to achieve


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Quantum Computing Nears a Quantum Leap

Quantum Computing Nears a Quantum Leap

Quantum computers have experienced a number of notable improvements in recent weeks


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AWS Has a Sexy New Modernization Play: Mainframes

AWS Has a Sexy New Modernization Play: Mainframes

AWS announced a range of cool services at re:Invent 2021, but none more important than its Mainframe Modernization service


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Your Response to AWS Going Down Shouldn't Be Multicloud

Your Response to AWS Going Down Shouldn't Be Multicloud

It's convenient but wrong to assume multicloud will solve your application resilience woes


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Courts Must Stop Social Media Cos. from Co-opting the First Amendment

Courts Must Stop Social Media Cos. from Co-opting the First Amendment

Federal appeals courts should strike down Florida and Texas laws but reject social media companies' broader arguments


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It's Too Late for Meta to Win over Washington

 It's Too Late for Meta to Win over Washington

Lawmakers are not interested in the company's proposed concessions


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Facebook's Missteps Should Be a Lesson for Web3

Facebook's Missteps Should Be a Lesson for Web3

The new crop of technologists building Web3 can still learn a lot from Open Graph's problems


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How Much Has Quantum Computing Actually Advanced?

How Much Has Quantum Computing Actually Advanced?

John Martinis, former chief architect of Google Sycamore, offers a measured perspective on quantum's progress


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The Urgency of the Moment for Congress on AI and National Security

The Urgency of the Moment for Congress on AI and National Security

Congressional oversight of the intelligence community is critical to keeping pace with adversaries and gleaning accurate insights


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An AWS Inconvenience

An AWS Inconvenience

The company's recent outage took down Adele, Netflix, Tinder, and more, but it could've been worse


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China Will Soon Lead the U.S. in Tech

China Will Soon Lead the U.S. in Tech

Beijing pulls ahead in 5G and artificial intelligence, while catching up in semiconductors


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Truly Ethical AI Needs Research to Be Independent from Big Tech

Truly Ethical AI Needs Research to Be Independent from Big Tech

Curb the power of Silicon Valley and protect those who speak up about the harms of AI


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Why We Must Rethink AI Benchmarks

Why We Must Rethink AI Benchmarks

While helpful in comparing AI performance, benchmarks are often taken out of context, sometimes to harmful results


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The Intersection of Math, Computers, and Everything Else

 The Intersection of Math, Computers, and Everything Else

MIT senior Shardul Chiplunkar aims to be a translator between the tech world and the rest of society


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Human-Centered Explainable AI and Social Transparency

Human-Centered Explainable AI and Social Transparency

An interview with doctoral candidate Upol Ehsan, who researched human-centered explainable AI


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Securing Kubernetes Environments

Securing Kubernetes Environments

Lack of resources is a massive blocker, so IT leaders need to prioritize


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The Father of Web3 Wants You to Trust Less

The Father of Web3 Wants You to Trust Less

Gavin Wood believes decentralized technologies are the only hope of preserving liberal democracy


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Four AI Trends for 2022

Four AI Trends for 2022

Look for improvements to neural networks, strategic ethics, hiring practices, and even gastronomy

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