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.
This artist is dominating AI-generated art. And he’s not happy about it.
Greg Rutkowski is a more popular prompt than Picasso.
VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence
On key metrics, a VR experience elicited a response indistinguishable from subjects who took medium doses of LSD or magic mushrooms.
This nanoparticle could be the key to a universal covid vaccine
Ending the covid pandemic might well require a vaccine that protects against any new strains. Researchers may have found a strategy that will work.
How do strong muscles keep your brain healthy?
There’s a robust molecular language being spoken between your muscles and your brain.
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