Intelligent Machines: Making AI Work in the Real World
Eric Schmidt suggests, somewhat controversially, that Apple Music’s use of humans rather than algorithms is “elitist.”
—Will Knight, senior editor, AI
The Innovation Game
The Economist made some cool and informative illustrations of data from the “Global Innovation Index,” a high-profile annual report that ranks countries according to certain measures of their ability to innovate.
—Mike Orcutt, associate editor
Coal Use in China Is Slowing
The Energy Information Administration has an interesting post looking at how and why China’s coal consumption patterns are changing.
How Inefficient Climate Policies Can Build Support for Efficient Ones
In typical bare-knuckles fashion, Vox climate-change essayist David Roberts goes after those who think industrial policies favoring clean energy are a bad idea: “Serious political change requires … that the status quo be substantially disrupted.“
—Richard Martin, senior editor, energy
These materials were meant to revolutionize the solar industry. Why hasn’t it happened?
Perovskites are promising, but real-world conditions have held them back.
Why China is still obsessed with disinfecting everything
Most public health bodies dealing with covid have long since moved on from the idea of surface transmission. China’s didn’t—and that helps it control the narrative about the disease’s origins and danger.
Anti-aging drugs are being tested as a way to treat covid
Drugs that rejuvenate our immune systems and make us biologically younger could help protect us from the disease’s worst effects.
A quick guide to the most important AI law you’ve never heard of
The European Union is planning new legislation aimed at curbing the worst harms associated with artificial intelligence.
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