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Excerpt: Big Data

A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think<p>Book Summary<p>This revelatory exploration of big data, which refers to our newfound ability to crunch vast amounts of information, analyze it instantly and draw profound and surprising conclusions from it, discusses how it will change our …

Paul Krugman Is Brilliant, but Is He Meta-Rational?

Nobel laureate, Princeton economics professor, and <i>New York Times</i> columnist Paul Krugman is a brilliant man. I am not so brilliant. So when Krugman …

Why bankers are intellectually naked | Financial Times

<b>The Bankers’ New Clothes: What’s Wrong with Banking and What to Do About It</b>, by Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig, <i>Princeton, RRP£19.95, RRP$29.95</i><p>The …

Economics

Brief encounter with the mysterian

Colin McGinn interviewed by Richard Marshall.<p>Colin McGinn has no time for interviews because he’s too busy writing his books, practicing his backhand …

The Chemistry of Kibble

The billion-dollar, cutting-edge science of convincing dogs and cats to eat what’s in front of them.<p>Despite the cryptic name and anonymous office-park architecture, the nature of the enterprise located at AFB International is clear the moment you sit down for a meeting. The conference room smells …

A Point of View: Chess and 18th Century artificial intelligence

<b>An 18th Century automaton that could beat human chess opponents seemingly marked the arrival of artificial intelligence. But what turned out to be an elaborate hoax had its own sense of genius, says Adam Gopnik.</b><p>Lately I've been thinking a lot about the Turk. That sounds, I know, like a very 19th …