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September 2022


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Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Demos

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Demos

One way to examine the relationship between AI and democracy is to turn the attention toward the very basic unit common to all forms of democracy: the people.


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Open-Endedness and Evolution through Large Models

Open-Endedness and Evolution through Large Models

A conversation with Joel Lehman, machine-learning scientist formerly of OpenAI and Uber AI Labs.


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We've Got Misinformation All Wrong

We've Got Misinformation All Wrong

We must accept that misinformation is not one problem, but a whole set of problems.


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Democratization of AI Could Prevent the Great Resignation

Democratization of AI Could Prevent the Great Resignation

To guard against the effect of the Great Resignation, enterprises need to reassess their training programs.


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AI Needs Pragmatists and Blue-Sky Visionaries

AI Needs Pragmatists and Blue-Sky Visionaries

For humanity's brightest future, the blue-sky, lofty thinkers in AI need the help of the muddy-boots pragmatists.


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Designing to Avoid Worst-Case Outcomes

Designing to Avoid Worst-Case Outcomes

Interaction designer Jonathan Shariat discusses harmful software design.


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The Pope's AI Adviser on Ensuring Algorithms Respect Human Dignity

The Pope's AI Adviser on Ensuring Algorithms Respect Human Dignity

Franciscan monk Paolo Benanti is the brains behind the Rome Call, a pact aimed at making sure AI is developed with ethics in mind.


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Linguistics and the Development of NLP

Linguistics and the Development of NLP

An interview with Christopher Manning, director of the Stanford University AI Lab and an associate director of Stanford's Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Institute.


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Calling Out the 'Toxic Culture' of Computer Science

Calling Out the 'Toxic Culture' of Computer Science

Berkeley Professor Emeritus Edward Lee tells why he chastised the rejection culture at computer science conferences.


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How AI Could Accidentally Extinguish Humankind

How AI Could Accidentally Extinguish Humankind

Humanity is not prepared for artificial superintelligence right now.


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I Was There When: AI Helped Create a Vaccine

I Was There When: AI Helped Create a Vaccine

An interview with Dave Johnson, chief data and artificial intelligence officer at Moderna.


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The AI Researcher Giving Her Field Its Bitter Medicine

The AI Researcher Giving Her Field Its Bitter Medicine

Anima Anandkumar wants computer scientists to move beyond the matrix, among other challenges.


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Blowing Up the Internet...to Protect Kids Online

Blowing Up the Internet...to Protect Kids Online

Framed as a bill to protect kids online, the California Age Appropriate Design Code Act would radically reshape the Internet—and harm both kids and adults.


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On the Model of Computation: Point: We Must Extend Our Model of Computation to Account for Cost and Location

On the Model of Computation: Point

We must extend our model of computation to account for cost and location.


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On the Model of Computation: Counterpoint: Parallel Programming Wall and Multicore Software Spiral: Denial Hence Crisis

On the Model of Computation: Counterpoint

Parallel programming wall and multicore software spiral: Denial hence crisis.


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These Are Not the Apes You Are Looking For

These Are Not the Apes You Are Looking For

Considering copyright licensing issues involving non-fungible tokens to manage creative works.


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Security by Labeling

Security by Labeling

Protecting and empowering the digital consumer.


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The Atlas Milestone

The Atlas Milestone

Celebrating virtual memory, which has made such a difference in how we approach programming, memory management, and secure computing.


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Let Us Not Put All Our Eggs in One Basket

Let Us Not Put All Our Eggs in One Basket

Toward new research directions in computer science.

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