Recommended Reads on the Robot and AI Beat This Week
Super-Literate Software Reads and Comprehends Better than Humans
An interesting story in New Scientist about an effort at Columbia University to teach computers how to extract deeper meaning from text.
We Need a Pronoun for Artificial Intelligence
An odd article in the Atlantic considers the pitfalls of referring to artificial intelligence as “he,” “she,” or even “it,” and suggests we need an entirely new pronoun, like “ze.” It’s an interesting thought, but surely there are slightly more pressing problems, like the impact of AI on jobs and economic inequalities?
Is OpenAI Solving the Wrong Problem?
Harvard Business Review challenges the idea, central to a high-profile, billion-dollar new nonprofit called OpenAI, that financial obligations are incompatible with protecting humanity from the dangers of superintelligent AI.
Autonomous Weaponized Robots: Not Just Science Fiction
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, an academic warns that automated weapons are closer than you think, and calls for “a bill of human technological rights” to check their progress.
A Starfish-Killing, Artificially Intelligent Robot Is Set to Patrol the Great Barrier Reef
An autonomous underwater robot that will protect the Great Barrier Reef by killing destructive starfish.
Chinese Researchers Unveil Brain-Powered Car
Here’s a slightly out-there project: a vehicle you can control with an off-the-shelf EEG device. It’s a neat trick, but given how unreliable EEG sensing is, not terribly sensible.
Geoffrey Hinton tells us why he’s now scared of the tech he helped build
“I have suddenly switched my views on whether these things are going to be more intelligent than us.”
ChatGPT is going to change education, not destroy it
The narrative around cheating students doesn’t tell the whole story. Meet the teachers who think generative AI could actually make learning better.
Meet the people who use Notion to plan their whole lives
The workplace tool’s appeal extends far beyond organizing work projects. Many users find it’s just as useful for managing their free time.
Learning to code isn’t enough
Historically, learn-to-code efforts have provided opportunities for the few, but new efforts are aiming to be inclusive.
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