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Gretchen McCulloch
Because Internet: 2019
"Your experience of the internet and the language therein is shaped by who you were and who else was around at the time you joined. How much tech savvy was required to participate in conversations? Were you going online because your friends were alrea..."

Nov 2019

Dan Bilefsky
“He Helped Create A.I. Now, He Worries About ‘Killer Robots.’”: 2019
"Yoshua Bengio is worried that innovations in artificial intelligence that he helped pioneer could lead to a dark future, if “killer robots” get into the wrong hands. But the soft-spoken, 55-year-old Canadian computer scientist, a recipient of this ye..."

Oct 2019

David E. Sanger
The Perfect Weapon: 2018
"In the cyber world, we have not yet seen the equivalent of the Blitz. The early damage has been limited — centrifuges in Iran, a steel plant in Germany, a casino in Las Vegas, a crippled petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia, missiles gone mysteriously..."

Sep 2019

Clive Thompson
Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World: 2019
"Sometimes it seems that the software we use just sort of sprang into existence, like grass growing on the lawn. But it didn’t. It was created by someone who wrote out — in code — a long, painstaking set of instructions telling the computer precisely ..."

Aug 2019

Josephine Wolff
You’ll See This Message When It Is Too Late: 2018
"The most recent cybersecurity breaches grab our attention not just because they are breaking news, but also because there’s a strong sense that the older incidents, the ones that happened a few months ago — or, even worse, a few years ago — have noth..."

Jul 2019

Brian McCullough
How the Internet Happened: 2018
"But even when computers began to enter our everyday lives, our offices, our homes, they still were a bit esoteric. You might use a word processor at your job. Your kids might play computer games in your basement. But you didn’t really need or use a c..."

Jun 2019

John MacCormick
What Can Be Computed?: 2018
"Finally, let’s address the most important question: Why should we learn about the theory of computation? Why do we need to know ‘what can be computed’? There are two high-level answers to this: (a) it’s useful and (b) the ideas are beautiful and impo..."

May 2019

Judea Pearl
The Book of Why: 2018
"When I began my journey into causation, I was following the tracks of an anomaly. With Bayesian networks, we had taught machines to think in shades of gray, and this was an important step toward humanlike thinking. But we still couldn’t teach machine..."

Apr 2019

Francesca Rossi
"How do you teach a machine to be moral?": 2015
"For this [human-machine] cooperation to work safely and beneficially for both humans and machines, artificial agents should follow moral values and ethical principles (appropriate to where they will act), as well as safety constraints. When directed ..."

Mar 2019

Siobhan Roberts
"The Yoda of Silicon Valley": 2018
"Following Dr. Knuth’s doctrine helps to ward off moronry. He is known for introducing the notion of “literate programming,” emphasizing the importance of writing code that is readable by humans as well as computers — a notion that nowadays seems almo..."

Feb 2019

 
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