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A Plea for AI That Serves Humanity Instead of Replacing It
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A Plea for AI That Serves Humanity Instead of Replacing It

Sixty-two years ago this summer, Dartmouth professor John McCarthy coined the term artificial intelligence. Joi Ito, director of MIT's Media Lab, has come to think...

Misinformation and Biases Infect Social Media, Both Intentionally and Accidentally
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Misinformation and Biases Infect Social Media, Both Intentionally and Accidentally

Social media are among the primary sources of news in the U.S. and across the world.

The Erosion of Reality
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The Erosion of Reality

Let me say this upfront: I'm not convinced that 'superintelligent' AI are the most pressing threat from coming generations of deep learning machines.

Going To the World Cup? Leave the Laptop at Home
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Going To the World Cup? Leave the Laptop at Home

A Russian sports official earlier this year estimated that as many as 2 million people would flock to the country during the World Cup, the month-long celebration...

Teleportation: Will It Ever Be a Possibility?
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Teleportation: Will It Ever Be a Possibility?

Star Trek has a lot to answer for.

Connected Cars Can Lie, Posing a New Threat to Smart Cities
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Connected Cars Can Lie, Posing a New Threat to Smart Cities

The day when cars can talk to each other—and to traffic lights, stop signs, guardrails and even pavement markings—is rapidly approaching.

The Many Shades of Bad Physics
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The Many Shades of Bad Physics

What happens when you see bad physics in the world? Does it make you angry? Does it make you laugh?

How We're Using Darwin's Theory of Evolution to Build Robots that Can Adapt and Learn on Their Own
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How We're Using Darwin's Theory of Evolution to Build Robots that Can Adapt and Learn on Their Own

The uptake of robotics technology is increasing at a startling rate.

We Know You Hate the Internet of Things, but It's Saving Megafauna from Poachers
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We Know You Hate the Internet of Things, but It's Saving Megafauna from Poachers

For much of this decade, organizations seeking to protect wildlife have attempted to use emerging technology as a conservation tool, allowing small numbers of people...

Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore
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Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore

The telephone swept into Americans' lives in the first decades of the 20th century.

Before Reproducibility Must Come Preproducibility
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Before Reproducibility Must Come Preproducibility

From time to time over the past few years, I've politely refused requests to referee an article on the grounds that it lacks enough information for me to check...

What Are These 'Levels' of Autonomous Vehicles?
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What Are These 'Levels' of Autonomous Vehicles?

As automated and autonomous vehicles become more common on U.S. roads, it's worth a look at what these machines can—and can't—do.

Effectiveness of Anonymization in Double-Blind Review
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Effectiveness of Anonymization in Double-Blind Review

Assessing the effectiveness of anonymization in the review process.

Watchdogs vs. Snowflakes
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Watchdogs vs. Snowflakes

Taking wild guesses.

Automated Health Care Offers Freedom from Shame, But Is It What Patients Need?
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Automated Health Care Offers Freedom from Shame, But Is It What Patients Need?

A few years ago, Timothy Bickmore, a computer scientist at Northeastern University, developed an artificial-intelligence program to help low-income patients at...

So, Umm, Google Duplex's Chatter Is Not Quite Human
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So, Umm, Google Duplex's Chatter Is Not Quite Human

Google's Duplex voice assistant drew applause last week at the company's annual I/O developer conference after CEO Sundar Pichai demonstrated the artificially intelligent...

How the Enlightenment Ends
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How the Enlightenment Ends

Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it...

The Singularity Is Not Near: The Intellectual Fraud of the 'Singularitarians'
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The Singularity Is Not Near: The Intellectual Fraud of the 'Singularitarians'

Technology was identified as the true official religion of the modern state more than seventy years ago by the late Christian anarchist philosopher Jacques Ellul...

Facial Recognition Tech Is Creepy When It Works, And Creepier When It Doesn't
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Facial Recognition Tech Is Creepy When It Works, And Creepier When It Doesn't

For the last few years, police forces around China have invested heavily to build the world's largest video surveillance and facial recognition system, incorporating...
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