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March 2022


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We Need a 911 for the Metaverse

We Need a 911 for the Metaverse

Citizens of the metaverse deserve an industrywide standard for reporting abuse and harassment.


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What Stewart Brand Sees on the Horizon

What Stewart Brand Sees on the Horizon

Silicon Valley prophet thinks tech can clean itself up.


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Quantum Computing Has a Hype Problem

Quantum Computing Has a Hype Problem

Quantum computing startups are all the rage, but it is unclear if they will be able to produce anything of use in the near future.


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Democratize Machine Learning with No-Code AI

Democratize Machine Learning with No-Code AI

Organizations lacking skilled data scientists and ML engineers can create and deploy ML models, too.


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How Compute and the Climate Go Hand-in-Hand

How Compute and the Climate Go Hand-in-Hand

Data is critical to the success of all climate tech projects, whether to drive development or improve efficiency.


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Fixing AI's Bias Issues Requires More Than a 'Human in the Loop'

Fixing AI's Bias Issues Requires More Than a 'Human in the Loop'

Organizations must account for the biases of their own workers to be able to combat AI blunders.


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Recognize Science's Unsung Global Pioneers to Alter Its Future

Recognize Science's Unsung Global Pioneers to Alter Its Future

Modern science wasn't invented in Europe but came about as part of a global exchange.


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Congress's Antitrust Bills Have a Problem: The Happy Customer

Congress's Antitrust Bills Have a Problem: The Happy Customer

Politicians must walk a fine line as they try to rein in Big Tech's self-preferencing tactics.


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Intel CEO Says Semiconductors Are Like Oil

Intel CEO Says Semiconductors Are Like Oil

Increasing production in U.S. can help to avoid global crises, says Gelsinger.


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Why You Haven't Heard about the Secret Cyberwar in Ukraine

Why You Haven't Heard about the Secret Cyberwar in Ukraine

Cyberwar has come, but the digital confrontation is playing out in the shadows.


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AI Suggested 40,000 New Chemical Weapons in Six Hours

AI Suggested 40,000 New Chemical Weapons in Six Hours

Drug-developing artificial intelligence invents 40,000 potentially lethal molecules in quarter of a day.


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Humans Should Be at the Center of AI

Humans Should Be at the Center of AI

Human-centered AI aims to reduce fears of existential threats and increase benefits for users and society.


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Web Scraping

Web Scraping

The increasing use of computational approaches for data collection and data analysis in social sciences research.


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Here's How AI Will Change Chip Design

Here's How AI Will Change Chip Design

Artificial intelligence's promise and potential for the semiconductor industry.


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Russia Is Risking the Creation of an Irreversible 'Splinternet'

 Russia Is Risking the Creation of an Irreversible 'Splinternet'

If Russia disconnects—or is booted—from the Internet's governing bodies, the Internet may never be the same.


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Deepfake Luke Skywalker Should Scare Us

Deepfake Luke Skywalker Should Scare Us

The power to create convincing deepfake icons could destabilize society


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Encourage Women in Tech to Protect against AI Bias

Encourage Women in Tech to Protect against AI Bias

Need to ensure tech accurately reflects the structure of society


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Deep Learning Is Hitting a Wall

Deep Learning Is Hitting a Wall

What would it take for artificial intelligence to make real progress?


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Yoshua Bengio: 'I Have Rarely Been as Enthusiastic about a New Research Direction'

Yoshua Bengio: 'I Have Rarely Been as Enthusiastic about a New Research Direction'

Yoshua Bengio gushes about GFlowNets, calling them "a new beast" for which the appropriate optimization algorithms are still making rapid progress


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Meta's Yann LeCun on His Vision for Human-level AI

Meta's Yann LeCun on His Vision for Human-level AI

Rather than try to replace natural intelligence, create AI that is compatible with human intelligence


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Security: The Lock and the Key to Blockchain's Future

Security: The Lock and the Key to Blockchain's Future

For blockchain technology to fulfill its full potential, the security standard needs to mature


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Silicon Valley Enabled Russian State Propaganda, and Now It's Too Late

Silicon Valley Enabled Russian State Propaganda, and Now It's Too Late

Facebook and YouTube could have limited the reach of RT and Sputnik years ago, but they didn't


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Europe Is in Danger of Using the Wrong Definition of AI

Europe Is in Danger of Using the Wrong Definition of AI

Some intelligent systems are at risk of being excluded from oversight in the EU's proposed legislation


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Why You Can't Rebuild Wikipedia with Crypto

Why You Can't Rebuild Wikipedia with Crypto

Software engineer and Wikipedia editor talks about her Web3 skepticism


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The Ecological Impacts of Computation and the Cloud

The Ecological Impacts of Computation and the Cloud

The cloud is not only material but also an ecological force


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Intelligence and Comprehension

Intelligence and Comprehension

What does it mean to say a computer model 'understands'?


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Web3 Threatens to Segregate Our Online Lives

Web3 Threatens to Segregate Our Online Lives

Governance tokens may seem like a way to moderate content, but they only give the appearance of democracy.


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Crypto and Technology for the People

Crypto and Technology for the People

Brown University professor Seny Kamara talks about the intersection between social responsibility and cryptography/technology


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What Are the Rules for Celebrities Promoting NFTs?

What Are the Rules for Celebrities Promoting NFTs?

Non-fungible tokens are the next frontier of promotional content on social media, but right now, it's the Wild West.


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Futures of Digital Governance

Futures of Digital Governance

Seeking to increase the interoperability among the technical and social sciences toward new forms of governance associated with digital technology.

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