Elle O'Brien, computational scientist, software developer and science writer on her fascination with romance novels .. " — the kind they sell at the drugstore for a couple of dollars, usually with some attractive, soft-lit couples on the cover. So when I started futzing around with text-generating neural networks a few weeks ago, I developed an urgent curiosity to discover what artificial intelligence could contribute to the ever-popular genre. Maybe one day there will be entire books written by computers. For now, let’s start with titles.Read More
Humanity has already changed a lot over its lifetime as a species. While our biology is not drastically different than it was 70,000 years ago, the capabilities enabled by our scientific, technological, and sociocultural achievements have changed what it is to be human. Whether through the processes of agriculture, the invention of the steam engine, or the practices of storing and passing on knowledge and ideas, and working together effectively as large groups, we have dramatically augmented our biological abilities. We can lift heavier things than our biology allows, store and access more information than our brains can hold, and collectively solve problems that we could not individually.Read More
Why I don’t fear super intelligence.
It is wise to think through the implications of new technology. I understand the good intentions of Jaron Lanier and others who have raised an alarm about AI. But I think their method of considering the challenges of AI relies too much on fear, and is not based on the evidence we have so farRead More
G'day, mate! Learn these Australian slang words and phrases
and you'll feel at home on your first day Down Under
You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don't know what they're talking about. Don't trust them.
Actually, don't trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.Read More
Can We Quantify Machine Consciousness?
Artificial intelligence might endow some computers with self-awareness. Here’s how we’d know
By CHRISTOF KOCH AND GIULIO TONONI Posted 25 May 2017 | 15:00 GMTRead More
Artificial Intelligence is colossally hyped these days, but the dirty little secret is that it still has a long, long way to go. Sure, A.I. systems have mastered an array of games, from chess and Go to “Jeopardy” and poker, but the technology continues to struggle in the real world. Robots fall over while opening doors, prototype driverless cars frequently need human intervention, and nobody has yet designed a machine that can read reliably at the level of a sixth grader, let alone a college student. Computers that can educate themselves — a mark of true intelligence — remain a dream.Read More
Once you have read James Baldwin’s “Giovanni’s Room” and Larry Kramer’s “Faggots,” both classic gay novels, here are 25 recent works that have shaped the L.G.B.T.Q. literary genre over the last two decades.Read More
If words can cause stress, and if prolonged stress can cause physical harm, then it seems that speech — at least certain types of speech — can be a form of violence. But which types?
This question has taken on some urgency in the past few years, as professed defenders of social justice have clashed with professed defenders of free speech on college campuses
The price of Bitcoin has hit record highs in recent months, more than doubling in price since the start of the year. Despite these gains, Bitcoin is on the verge of losing its position as the dominant virtual currency.
The value of Ether, the digital money that lives on an upstart network known as Ethereum, has risen an eye-popping 4,500 percent since the beginning of the year.Read More
There’s many stones to step on towards gaining international equality, acceptance and safety, but movements towards this are relentless and tomorrow’s creative icons are making their cases heard. Meet the individuals shaping arts, design, tech, fashion and culture whilst championing inclusivity, as nominated by industry leaders; Tea Uglow, Kate Moross, Hello Mr, A Nasty Boy, Martin Firrell, The Nest, Matt Lambert and John Down.Read More
Sometimes. When people write REALLY lovely things about me. I keep them. Especially as it is the very very very last thing she mentions and I thought I was (understandably) not going to get a mention at all.
My personal favourite: delightful and profound, philosophical in a way that doesn't alienate the somewhat intellectually lazy (me).
TL “Tea” Uglow is creative director of Google's Creative Lab. A brilliant, quicksilver visionary whose mind darts through her multiple interests ranging from non-linear, immersive storytelling to quantum physics to the nature of reality, about which she says “your confidence in your reality is very, very misplaced”. It is really worth looking up her body of work, which frequently explores how we can use tech to augment traditional art forms; notably a reimagining of digital books as non-linear and interactive. Her closing words were “… maybe between us we can deal with this multi-dimensional, non-linear, information-saturated world,” and out of all the speakers, she left me feeling hopeful that perhaps the future is not a dystopian episode of Black Mirror, and that perhaps, between us, we can.
What's the point if we don't understand what the machines are actually learning? When, in order to know something we have to accept we will never know why.Read More
We are all idiots.Read More
Complicated but fascinating essayRead More
Doing exactly what it says it does...Read More