The Intelligent Life of Droids
Artificial Intelligence:If robots can be devious, self-righteous, and expressive, why not sentient?
Why Computers Will Never Write Good Novels
Literature:The power of narrative flows only from the human brain.
The Doctor Will Sniff You Now
Health:Step aside, Dr. House, Deep Nose will one day be the best diagnostician in medicine.
How to Fix the Vaccine Rollout
Health:A computational biologist charts a fair and efficient course for vaccine distribution.
Build Your Own Artificial Neural Network. It’s Easy!
The first artificial neural networks weren’t abstractions inside a computer, but actual physical systems made of whirring motors and big bundles of wire. Here I’ll describe how you can build one for yourself using SnapCircuits, a kid’s electronics kit. I’ll also muse about how to build a network that works optically using a webcam. And […]
At the Math Olympiad, Computers Prepare to Go for the Gold
Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine‘s Abstractions blog. The 61st International Mathematical Olympiad, or IMO, began yesterday. It may go down in history for at least two reasons: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it’s the first time the event has been held remotely, and it may also be the last time that artificial intelligence doesn’t compete. […]
Welcome to the Next Level of Bullshit
Artificial Intelligence:The language algorithm GPT-3 continues our descent into a post-truth world.
Why Mathematicians Should Stop Naming Things After Each Other
Math:A past generation’s glory can be the next generation’s headache.
How Rising Education for Women Is Shaping the Global Population
In their 1968 book The Population Bomb, biologists Paul Ehrlich and his wife Anne foretold a Malthusian future of famine and disease if humanity failed to control its growth. The Ehrlichs’ warning made sense. At the time, the global population sat at about 3.5 billion, and its rate of growth was 2.1 percent—close to […]