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Why It's So Hard to Make Tech More Diverse
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Why It's So Hard to Make Tech More Diverse

Block Party founder Tracy Chou reflects on the obstacles she's encountered as a tech entrepreneur.

The Coming Productivity Boom
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The Coming Productivity Boom

AI and other digital technologies have been surprisingly slow to improve economic growth. But that could be about to change.

When AI Becomes Child's Play
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When AI Becomes Child's Play

Algorithms trained in pattern recognition struggle to understand kids.

Stop Talking About AI Ethics. It's Time to Talk About Power
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Stop Talking About AI Ethics. It's Time to Talk About Power

AI scholar Kate Crawford explores the history of artificial intelligence and its impact on the physical world in her new book, Atlas of AI.

AI Pioneer Geoff Hinton: 'Deep Learning Is Going to Be Able to Do Everything'
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AI Pioneer Geoff Hinton: 'Deep Learning Is Going to Be Able to Do Everything'

Thirty years ago, Geoffrey Hinton's belief in neural networks was contrarian. Now it's hard to find people who disagree with him.

Why the Most Controversial U.S. Internet Law Is Worth Saving
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Why the Most Controversial U.S. Internet Law Is Worth Saving

Donald Trump and Joe Biden both want to throw out Section 230. Here's why America should fix it instead. By Paul M. Barrett, deputy director of the NYU Stern Center...

The Field of Natural Language Processing is Chasing the Wrong Goal
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The Field of Natural Language Processing is Chasing the Wrong Goal

Researchers are too focused on whether AI systems can ace tests of dubious value. They should be testing whether systems grasp how the world works.

Here’s One Way to Make Daily Covid-19 Testing Feasible on a Mass Scale
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Here’s One Way to Make Daily Covid-19 Testing Feasible on a Mass Scale

Pooling tests with the help of machine learning can allow us to safely reopen without a vaccine.

How to Know if Artificial Intelligence is About to Destroy Civilization
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How to Know if Artificial Intelligence is About to Destroy Civilization

These canaries in the coal mines of AI would be signs that superintelligent robot overlords are approaching.

The AI Community Needs fo Take Responsibility for Its Technology and Its Actions
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The AI Community Needs fo Take Responsibility for Its Technology and Its Actions

Celeste Kidd, a cognitive psychologist, challenged the audience to think critically about the future they want to build.

The AI Community Needs fo Take Responsibility for Its Technology and Its Actions
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The AI Community Needs fo Take Responsibility for Its Technology and Its Actions

Celeste Kidd, a cognitive psychologist, challenged the audience to think critically about the future they want to build.

AI Researchers Need to Stop Hiding the Climate Toll of Their Work
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AI Researchers Need to Stop Hiding the Climate Toll of Their Work

Researchers are sounding the alarm about the surprisingly large carbon footprint of the computations required for deep learning.

Here Are 10 Ways AI Could Help Fight Climate Change
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Here Are 10 Ways AI Could Help Fight Climate Change

An international team of 22 big name AI researchers have laid out a road map suggesting how machine learning can help save the planet and humanity from imminent...

How the Data Mining of Failure Could Teach ­s the Secrets of Success
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How the Data Mining of Failure Could Teach ­s the Secrets of Success

Thomas Edison is often described as America's greatest inventor. His successes include electric power generation, sound recording, and the electric lightbulb.

No, Scientists Didn't Just 'Reverse Time' with a Quantum Computer
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No, Scientists Didn't Just 'Reverse Time' with a Quantum Computer


A Second 737 Max Crash Raises Questions about Airplane Automation
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A Second 737 Max Crash Raises Questions about Airplane Automation

As you read this, over a million people are in flight. Close to a third of the commercial airplanes in the sky at any given moment are Boeing 737s: it is the best...

This Is Why AI Has Yet to Reshape Most Businesses
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This Is Why AI Has Yet to Reshape Most Businesses

The art of making perfumes and colognes hasn't changed much since the 1880s, when synthetic ingredients began to be used.

Five Emerging Cyber-Threats to Worry About in 2019
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Five Emerging Cyber-Threats to Worry About in 2019

Last year was full of cybersecurity disasters, from the revelation of security flaws in billions of microchips to massive data breaches and attacks using malicious...

When Chinese Hackers Declared War on the Rest of ­s
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When Chinese Hackers Declared War on the Rest of ­s

Late one Wednesday in March 2015, an alarm sounded in the offices of GitHub, a San Francisco-based software firm. The company's offices exemplified the kind of...

Never Mind Killer Robots; Here Are Six Real AI Dangers to Watch Out for in 2019
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Never Mind Killer Robots; Here Are Six Real AI Dangers to Watch Out for in 2019

Once it was fashionable to fret about the prospect of super-intelligent machines taking over the world. The past year showed that AI may cause all sorts of hazards...
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