How a Computer Programmer looks at DNAAnd finds it to be "amazing" code
Self-driving vehicles are just around the cornerOn the other side of a vast chasm…
Could AI write novels?George Orwell thought so, as long as no thinking was involved
Brain hacksDo we understand the brain better if we see it as a computer?
How Do Bitcoins Work Anyway?And what's their future? A roundup for non-geeks
Everywhere these days one hears people foretelling the fortunes of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin—like so many fairies, good and bad, wishing around a cradle. Most people, including New Yorker staff writer Nick Paumgarten, have hoped to just avoid the scene, partly because few enthusiasts can even explain what the cryptocurrencies are or why they exist. But Paumgarten dove in and his recent long form article offers helpful explanations along with illuminating profiles of digital currency pioneers. First, why? Bitcoin and Ethereum enthusiasts want, in Paumgarten’s words, “a better, decentralized version of the World Wide Web—a Web 3.0—more in keeping with the Internet’s early utopian promise than with the invidious, monopolistic hellscape it has become. They want to seize back the tubes, and Read More ›
Guess what? You already own a self-driving carTech hype hits the stratosphere
Would Google be happier if America were run more like China?This might be a good time to ask
Facebook’s old motto was “Move fast and break things”With the current advertising scandal, it might be breaking itself
AI computer chips made simpleThe artificial intelligence chips that run your computer are not especially difficult to understand
The $60 Billion-Dollar Medical Data Market is Coming Under ScrutinyAs a patient, you do not own the data and are not as anonymous as you think
Does information theory support design in nature?William Dembski makes a convincing case, using accepted information theory principles relevant to computer science
George Gilder explains what’s wrong with “Google Marxism”In discussion with Mark Levin, host of Life, Liberty & Levin
Do we just imagine design in nature?Or is seeing design fundamental to discovering and using nature’s secrets?
A Short Argument Against the Materialist Account of the MindYou can simply picture yourself eating a chocolate ice cream sundae.
Does brain stimulation research challenge free will?If we can be forced to want something, is the will still free?
Hacks damage Facebook, kill Google+The internet changes everything. For example, it makes the Big Guys more vulnerable, not less vulnerable, than bit players
Did AI teach itself to “not like” women?No, the program did not teach itself anything. But the situation taught the company something important about what we can safely automate.
Back in 2014, it was a “holy grail” machine learning program, developed in Scotland, that would sift through online resumes, using a one-to-five star rating system and cull the top five of 100, saving time and money. Within a year, a problem surfaced: It was “not rating candidates for software developer jobs and other technical posts in a gender-neutral way.”Read More ›