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The Brutal Truth About Bitcoin
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The Brutal Truth About Bitcoin

Are cryptocurrencies the wave of the future and should you be using and investing in them?

Amid a Pandemic, a Health Care Algorithm Shows Promise and Peril
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Amid a Pandemic, a Health Care Algorithm Shows Promise and Peril

A machine learning-based score designed to aid triage decisions is gaining in popularity, but lacking in transparency.

Climate Policy Models Need to Get Real About People—Here's How
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Climate Policy Models Need to Get Real About People—Here's How

To predict how society and political systems might actually respond to warming, upgrade integrated assessment models.

Wanted: Rules for Pandemic Data Access That Everyone Can Trust
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Wanted: Rules for Pandemic Data Access That Everyone Can Trust

In the wake of COVID-19, a pandemic treaty could be a way to agree on data access before the next emergency strikes.

What Makes Quantum Computing So Hard to Explain?
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What Makes Quantum Computing So Hard to Explain?

To understand what quantum computers can do—and what they can’t—avoid falling for overly simple explanations.

The U.S. Needs a National Strategic Computing Reserve
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The U.S. Needs a National Strategic Computing Reserve

One year after supercomputers worked together to fight COVID-19, it's time to broaden the partnership to prepare for other crises.

Reward Is Enough for Generalized AI
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Reward Is Enough for Generalized AI

The generic objective of maximizing reward is enough to drive behavior that exhibits most abilities studied in natural and artificial intelligence.

Reducing Racial Bias in AI Models for Clinical Use
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Reducing Racial Bias in AI Models for Clinical Use

To fully address the issue of racial bias in AI models for clinical use, a top-down intervention is required.

Polarized Scientific Views Are Worse Than Ever
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Polarized Scientific Views Are Worse Than Ever

Interactions between science and politics are now so complex, so numerous, and often so opaque that it’s not clear anymore whom to trust.

Getting More People With Disabilities Developing Technology Is Good for Everyone
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Getting More People With Disabilities Developing Technology Is Good for Everyone

It's not just a matter of fairness and inclusion. Accessible technology is generally better for everyone.

Machine Learning Security Needs New Perspectives and Incentives
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Machine Learning Security Needs New Perspectives and Incentives

Researchers and developers racing to make deep learning available to different applications need to actively seek out and address security challenges before they...

Theorists and Experimentalists Must Join Forces
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Theorists and Experimentalists Must Join Forces

Collaborations between theorists and experimentalists are crucial for accelerating research.

For Companies That Use ML, Labeled Data Is the Key Differentiator
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For Companies That Use ML, Labeled Data Is the Key Differentiator

Any company that is considering using machine learning cannot overlook one technical choice: supervised or unsupervised learning.

Should Alexa Read Our Moods?
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Should Alexa Read Our Moods?

Companies should be barred from analyzing what people say and how they sound to recommend products or personalize advertising messages.

How to Be Responsible in AI Publication
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How to Be Responsible in AI Publication

A white paper from Partnership on AI advises on navigating the risks of AI research and responsible publication.

Caution Ahead: Navigating Risks to Freedoms Posed by AI
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Caution Ahead: Navigating Risks to Freedoms Posed by AI

NSCAI commissioners and PCLOB members urge a task force to examine the challenges of using AI systems across federal agencies.

Data Scientists' Important Role in Defeating COVID Vaccine Skepticism
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Data Scientists' Important Role in Defeating COVID Vaccine Skepticism

Without a basic understanding of data measures and how they're computed, data-driven vaccine safety and effectiveness messages can become meaningless sound bites...

Can Machines Control Our Brains?
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Can Machines Control Our Brains?

Advances in brain-computer interface technology are impressive, but not close to anything resembling mind control.

'Clearly AI Is Going to Win'
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'Clearly AI Is Going to Win'

Nobel-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman discusses listening to science, avoiding system noise, and the inevitability of AI over human intelligence.
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