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Google and Others Are Building AI Systems That Doubt Themselves - MIT Technology Review

The most powerful approach in AI, deep learning, is gaining a new capability: a sense of uncertainty.<p>Researchers at Uber and Google are working on …

Machine Learning

McKinsey: automation may wipe out 1/3 of America’s workforce by 2030

In a new study that is optimistic about automation yet stark in its appraisal of the challenge ahead, McKinsey says massive government intervention …

Research

The Unexamined Brutality of the Male Libido

After weeks of continuously unfolding abuse scandals, men have become, quite literally, unbelievable. What any given man might say about gender politics and how he treats women are separate and unrelated phenomena. Liberal or conservative, feminist or chauvinist, woke or benighted, young or old, …

Feminism

How to Have That Talk With Your Son—Without Dying of Embarrassment

When it comes to initiating that awkward but necessary discussion about puberty with your kids, there has always been a sense of urgency about girls: …

Middle School

YouTube’s algorithms are terrorizing a generation of children

<i>Please be advised: This essay describes disturbing things and links to disturbing graphic and video content. You don’t have to read it, and are advised to take caution exploring further.</i><p>As someone who grew up on the internet, I credit it as one of the most important influences on who I am today. I …

Google’s AI Wizard Unveils a New Twist on Neural Networks

If you want to blame someone for the hoopla around artificial intelligence, 69-year-old Google researcher Geoff Hinton is a good candidate.<p>The droll …

A historian says most science fiction has the same major flaw — except one legendary novel

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. — It's science fiction's job to entertain us, not sooth-say. Yet even older, tongue-in-cheek sci-fi works have predicted numerous technologies we now take for granted.<p>If there's one book or movie that best foretells what humanity could become, though, it's Aldous Huxley's 1932 …

AI May Soon Replace Even the Most Elite Consultants

Amazon’s Alexa just got a new job. In addition to her other 15,000 skills like playing music and telling knock-knock jokes, she can now also answer economic questions for clients of the Swiss global financial services company, UBS Group AG.<p>According to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> (WSJ), a new …

This amazing woman is the forgotten architect of the American Social Security system

You can thank her for your retirement benefits<p>In the early 1930s, homeless Americans were picking food scraps off the street and cooking over oil …

Do not praise the heroes of slavery

If you know anything about Robert E. Lee, it’s probably a mythic image, constructed by apologists for the Confederacy. He’s a heroic figure mounted …

Black History

McKinsey: AI, jobs, and workforce automation

Machine intelligence will have a profound impact on business and jobs. Learn how artificial intelligence and machine learning will affect your …

113 enterprise AI companies you should know

Enterprise companies comprise a $3.4 trillion market worldwide of which an increasingly larger share is being allocated to artificial intelligence technologies.<p>By our definition, “enterprise” technology companies create tools for workplace roles and functions that a large number of businesses use. …

Google's nit-picky interview process is a huge turnoff for some experienced coders

But in one important way, the company may have shot itself in the foot: its legendarily difficult interview process.<p>Google is right now being sued on allegations of age discrimination by a couple of job candidates who didn't get offered a job there. Google is fighting the suit and calls the …

Shifting Trends in Special Education | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

In this Fordham Institute paper, analysts examine public data and find that the national proportion of students with disabilities peaked in 2004-05 …

Education

The Most Practical Big Data Use Cases Of 2016

Big data is sexy. Data scientists are the unicorns of the job market right now. Some days, it feels as though we are living right on the edge of some science fiction utopian future.<p>But unicorns and sci-fi aside, for businesses, implementing something like a big data strategy has to be more than …

Big Data

35 Books Time Magazine Suggests To Open Your Mind

<b>35. 1984, George Orwell</b><p><b>34. Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes</b><p><b>33. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley</b><p><b>Douglas Adams</b><p><b>Kurt Vonnegut</b><p><b>Joseph Heller</b><p><b>29. Do Androids</b> …

Artificial Intelligence Shoots Down EVRY Human Fighter Pilot

<b>Artificial Intelligence Shoots Down Human Fighter Pilot, Every Time by Alex Tabarrok, Foundation For Economic Education</b><p>A pilot A.I. developed by a …

How Syfy is Leading The Charge With Imagining Diverse Futures

Over the last couple of seasons of television, critics and audiences have begun to pay a considerable amount of attention to the role of women and …

Science Fiction

'The Secret War' tells the remarkable story of World War II espionage

The highly respected British military historian Max Hastings has written an authoritative and engaging book that will stand as the definitive single …

Humans are losing the battle against Kardashian-loving algorithms for the soul of new media

In the never-ending war between art and commerce, commerce seems to be winning. The latest proof emerged earlier this month with Vanity Fair’s look at the workings of Yahoo’s heavily-trafficked homepage. Sarah Ellison reports:<p>The home-page editing staff has been cut way back from its peak, and the …

Journalism

The Revolutionary Life and Strange Death of a Radical Black Mayor

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba began to make Jackson, Mississippi, a model for new African American politics and economics. And then he died.<p><i>This article appeared in the April issue of VICE magazine. Click HERE to subscribe.</i><p>On February 21, 2014, 49 years to the day after Malcolm X's earthly form fell to …

Zaha Hadid Was Just Getting Started

China is no longer a nation of tech copycats

<i>This article was first published in the April 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted</i> …

AI Goes Mainstream

This year’s Detroit auto show is proving that autonomous driving is no longer a techie’s pipe dream. Even holdout Akio Toyoda has finally joined the …

How Anakin Skywalker and the Prequels Factor into ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Warning: Spoilers abound!<p>With the exception of Darth Vader’s mask and a shout-out or two for the Empire, <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> largely ignores …

Spooked

What do we learn about science from a controversy in physics?<p>What makes science science? The pious answers are: its ceaseless curiosity in the face of mystery, its keen edge of experimental objectivity, its endless accumulation of new data, and the cool machines it uses. We stare, the scientists …

7 games with a Zen state of mind

You've had a long day. Your alarm didn't go off, so you rush to get to work. To make matters worse, you get to your bus just as it's pulling away, so you have to wait 15 minutes for the next one. Then you spill coffee down the front of your shirt right before a meeting with a client. And to top it …

5 People Changing the World As We Know It

There are important changes happening on so many levels in our society. Collectively we are waking up, driven by the deep lack of satisfaction that …

5 Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read

<i>“’Tell me what you read and I’ll tell you who you are’ is true enough, but I’d know you better if you told me what you reread.”</i> ― François Mauriac<p>I get asked a lot what books I’m reading or what books I recommend for entrepreneurs. I love to read, so I’ve always got my nose in a book. Even on my …

This Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Has a Few Concerns

Author: Natalie Wolchover. Natalie Wolchover Science<p>Date of Publication: 05.23.15.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>In January, the …

Artificial Intelligence