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Giving algorithms a sense of uncertainty could make them more ethical Algorithms are best at pursuing a single mathematical objective—but humans often want multiple incompatible things.
Never mind killer robots—here are six real AI dangers to watch out for in 2019 Last year a string of controversies revealed a darker (and dumber) side to artificial intelligence.
The Reunion: a new science-fiction story about surveillance in China Technology is making people unhinged and violent. Can an algorithm stop them?
Seven New Year’s resolutions for Big Tech in 2019 2018 was a no good, very bad year for Silicon Valley. Here’s some of the things tech giants should commit to do next year to avoid a repeat performance.
The day I tasted climate change Every one of us will have a moment when global warming gets personal.
All the reasons 2018 was a breakout year for DNA data Gene information on millions of people is revolutionizing how we predict disease, catch criminals, and find new drugs.
How Google took on China—and lost It used to be that while Google wanted China, China really needed Google. Not any more.
The biggest technology failures of 2018 From gene-edited babies to guaranteed-fatal brain uploads, it was a bumper year for technology misfires and misuses.
Cryptocurrencies crashed in 2018. Now they’re right where they should be. A year ago, Bitcoin and its brethren were headed to the moon. These days they’re much more grounded.
The biggest technology failures of 2018 From gene-edited babies to guaranteed-fatal brain uploads, it was a bumper year for technology misfires and misuses.
Science vs. the state: a family saga at the Caltech of China Three generations of personal and political history show the tensions between the Communist Party’s need for knowledge and its need for ideological control.
China vs. the US: Who wins and who loses An interview with Yasheng Huang, MIT professor and expert on entrepreneurship in China.
The day I tasted climate change Every one of us will have a moment when global warming gets personal.
Years before CRISPR babies, this man was the first to edit human embryos In 2015, an unknown Chinese scientist edited the DNA of human embryos. It was a step on an inexorable path to designer babies.
One of the fathers of AI is worried about its future Yoshua Bengio wants to stop talk of an AI arms race and make the technology more accessible to the developing world.
The US military is testing stratospheric balloons that ride the wind so they never have to come down A sensor that can spot the wind direction from miles away will let DARPA’s surveillance balloons hover at the very edge of space in one spot indefinitely.
Digital immortality: How your life’s data means a version of you could live forever Your family and friends will be able to interact with a digital “you” that doles out advice—even when you’re gone.
We can now customize cancer treatments, tumor by tumor But can any company afford to manufacture one-off medical care?
Your next doctor’s appointment might be with an AI A new wave of chatbots are replacing physicians and providing frontline medical advice—but are they as good as the real thing?
Why we can’t quit the QWERTY keyboard We’ve been using it to type for 144 years. Here’s why it works, and what it would take for us to give it up.