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2-Mar-2019 12:00 AM

Excerpts From the New Work Summit

2-Mar-2019 12:00 AM

The New Work Summit, convened earlier this week by The New York Times, featured panel discussions about the opportunities and risks that are emerging as the use of artificial intelligence accelerates across industries. Here are some excerpts. They have been edited and condensed.Credit Mike Cohen...

2-Mar-2019 12:00 AM

The Newfound Power of Tech Workers

2-Mar-2019 12:00 AM

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — Ashton B. Carter, the former secretary of defense, understands why employees of technology companies have opposed partnerships and contracts with the United States government when it comes to artificial intelligence. “My first reaction was ‘good on you’ because you are...

1-Mar-2019 12:00 AM

Seeking Ground Rules for A.I.

1-Mar-2019 12:00 AM

About seven years ago, three researchers at the University of Toronto built a system that could analyze thousands of photos and teach itself to recognize everyday objects, like dogs, cars and flowers. The system was so effective that Google bought the tiny start-up these researchers were only just...

1-Mar-2019 12:00 AM

Read This. Then Put Away Your Phone.

1-Mar-2019 12:00 AM

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — See if you can get to the end of this article without being interrupted by another piece of technology. Tristan Harris, a former Google executive, said it could be a challenge, and he compared phones and apps to slot machines that command attention and endlessly...

1-Mar-2019 12:00 AM

Is Ethical A.I. Even Possible?

1-Mar-2019 12:00 AM

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — When a news article revealed that Clarifai was working with the Pentagon and some employees questioned the ethics of building artificial intelligence that analyzed video captured by drones, the company said the project would save the lives of civilians and...

1-Mar-2019 12:00 AM

Evan Spiegel on the Call for Regulation

1-Mar-2019 12:00 AM

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — With the continued pressure to regulate Silicon Valley, many wonder when, and how, the United States will act. Sam Altman, president of the start-up incubator Y Combinator, said the onus was on the government. “The idea that these companies who are not accountable to us or...

26-Feb-2019 12:00 AM

A.I. Still Needs H.I. (Human Intelligence), for Now

26-Feb-2019 12:00 AM

BANGALORE, India — Fifteen years ago I came to Bangalore, India’s Silicon Valley, to do a documentary on outsourcing. One of our first stops was a company called 24/7 whose main business was answering customer service calls and selling products, like credit cards, for U.S. companies half a world...

13-Feb-2019 12:00 AM

3Q: Machine learning and climate modeling

13-Feb-2019 12:00 AM

Today, predicting what the future has in store for Earth’s climate means dealing in uncertainties. For example, the core climate projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has put the global temperature bump from a doubling of atmospheric CO2 levels — referred to as...

11-Feb-2019 12:00 AM

Creating new spaces for art

11-Feb-2019 12:00 AM

For the first half of 2018, a large contemporary artwork greeted people entering the famed Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. An image two stories high on the museum’s façade showed people in a refugee boat looking upward — where a drone was taking photos.“Global Displacement,” stated text...

31-Jan-2019 5:54 PM

3 Ways to Robot-Proof Your Job

31-Jan-2019 5:54 PM

Whether you work behind a cash register or a laptop all day, for many of us, there is a growing dread that our industries -- and our livelihoods -- may be going the way of the wooly mammoth sooner than we’d like.Northeastern University president Joseph Aoun, author of Robot-Proof: Higher Education...