Monthly Archive November 2018
Quantity vs Quality: Can AI Help Scientists Produce Better Papers?What happens when scientists simply can't read all their peers' papers and still find time for original research?
Has Neuroscience Disproved Thinking?A philosopher argues that Nobel Prize-winning research shows that the theory of mind is just another illusion, useful for survival and success
Robert J. Marks Talks Computers with Michael MedvedComputers can magnify what we do, he says, and that's the real threat
Can Plants Be as Smart as Animals?Seeking to thrive and grow, plants communicate extensively, without a mind or a brain
None of the plants' extensive "social life" requires reason, emotion, value systems, mind, consciousness, or a sense of self. It requires only that the plant, like an animal, seek to continue its highly organized existence. But plants' ability to process information for that purpose gives pause for thought.Read More ›
AI Winter Is ComingRoughly every decade since the late 1960s has experienced a promising wave of AI that later crashed on real-world problems, leading to collapses in research funding.
Does Democracy Demand a War on Twitterbots?A key concern is that citizens could be induced to vote for a demagogue by Twitterbots spreading fake news.
Human Consciousness May Not Be ComputableOne model of consciousness would mean that conscious computers are a physical impossibility
Can the Air Force Create Thinking Planes?Smart drones? They are working on general artificial intelligence (GAI)
Do Quasars Provide Evidence for Free Will?Possibly. They certainly rule out experimenter interference.
Is AI Creating the Conditions for Marxist Revolution?An analyst looks at the conditions then and now
Tom Stoppard’s New Play Tackles Consciousness ItselfConsciousness is a hard problem for science, principally because no one quite understands what makes us the subjects of our experiences.
Too Big to Fail Safe?If artificial intelligence makes disastrous decisions from very complex calculations, will we still understand what went wrong?
AI Social Media Could Totally Manipulate YouDeep learning specialist: And the scary thing is, the AI needed is not especially advanced
Readers familiar with The Two Towers will recall that that’s precisely what Worm-Tongue did to Theoden King: The king heard nothing but what was conveyed to him from his would-be overlord by Worm-tongue, until someone separated him, rather forcibly, from his "social medium."Read More ›
How the KGB Found CIA AgentsAn illustration of complex, specified information (CSI) in the world of foreign intelligence agencies
The Death of the Ad Agency Was Widely PublicizedBut, like so many industries, advertising turned out to be weathering the digital storm after all
A recent surge in jobs could be temporary. But it’s beginning to look as though the iconic ad culture is adjusting to the digital age. There's a film in that too. Probably a lot of them.Read More ›
Yes, Even Lizards Can Be SmartIf you catch them at the right time. But can we give machines what the lizard has by nature?
Crows Can Be as Smart as ApesBut they have quite different brains. The intelligence doesn't seem to reside in the details of the mechanism
Is the Future of Work Relentlessly Urban?Amazon’s new combined New York and Washington headquarters may provide an unintended test
Facial Recognition Aids Persecution of Chinese Christians, MuslimsWestern companies still seek business ties with an increasingly authoritarian regime
The crackdown on religion is said to stem from Xi Jinping, who became President in 2012. After he got term limits removed in March 2018, some have begun to privately call him “Emperor Xi.”Read More ›