Inside the Hunt for the Master Algorithm
Here’s a nice interview with Pedro Domingos, a professor at the University of Washington and the author of an excellent new book, The Master Algorithm. In the book, Domingos argues that the field of artificial intelligence needs a grand unified theory of machine learning.
Don’t Fear the Robots
The New York Times writer Steve Lohr argues that the advance of robotics is less worrying than that of the multitude of algorithms that increasingly guide businesses and shape our lives; and he mentions some interesting efforts to make those algorithms more accessible and accountable.
Inside the Surprisingly Sexist World of Artificial Intelligence
Quartz asks if bringing more women and minorities into computer science and AI research might not help broaden and improve the two fields’ goals and perspectives.
Killer Robots Must Be Stopped, Activists Say
NewsWeek has a decent overview of the campaign to ban “autonomous” weapons. It seems unlikely that the effort will slow the development of these systems, though.
Foreign Affairs magazine has a special issue with several nice articles on the possible social and economic implications of robots and automation. Free registration is required to read them.
Walmart Seeks to Test Drones for Home Delivery, Pickup
The U.S. retail giant apparently plans to get in an aerial delivery dogfight with Amazon, Google, and others vying to delivery products by air.
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.
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.
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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