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Posts tagged with "Computer science"

  • Unsecured Futures
    Lucy Seal, curator

    Exhibition ,

    An AI-driven artist’s exhibition hints at, but never fully explores, the ethics of algorithms

    My train ride from London to Oxford is filled with anticipation. Having just watched the latest season of Black Mirror, I anticipate the same blending of wit, unintended consequences, and dystopian paradox from the new exhibition that has just opened at the Barn Gallery in St John’s College, Oxford. Unsecured Futures is the solo show… Read More
  • The Great Firewall of China: How to Build and Control an Alternative Version of the Internet
    James Griffiths

    Book ,

    China’s “great firewall” points toward a profound new mechanism of social control

    Chinese internet users do not search on Google; they use Baidu. Their life story is found not on Facebook but on WeChat. Purchases come not from Amazon but from Alibaba. If this were merely an accident of history, a development arising from geographical and linguistic isolation, it would be just a footnote in the history… Read More
  • Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots
    Kate Devlin


    Advances in robotics and AI bring new concerns to age-old questions about human intimacy

    Sex robots are so hot right now. Robot brothels are popping up around the world, and the sex robot “Harmony” even has her own Tinder profile. (She reportedly matched with dozens of men within hours.) In Turned On, computer scientist Kate Devlin tackles the transition of sex-tech from novelty to just another feature of our… Read More
  • Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms
    Hannah Fry


    Hello World

    In her opening explanation of the title to her book Hello World, mathematician Hannah Fry sets up a tantalizing question about the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in modern society by evoking the riddle about the chicken and the egg. In this instance, the riddle frames how we should think about the role that algorithms… Read More
  • Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions That Shape Social Media
    Tarleton Gillespie

    Book ,

    A Microsoft researcher confronts how companies shape what we see and say online

    On 1 March 2018, Twitter announced a new initiative aimed at measuring and evaluating the platform’s “conversational health,” that is, how well it promotes lively conversation and critical thinking while also minimizing the social impact of abuse, spam, and manipulation. The initiative is one piece of a larger effort by social media companies both to… Read More
  • Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
    Max Tegmark

    Book ,

    A physicist explores the future of artificial intelligence

    Whether it’s reports of a new and wondrous technological accomplishment or of the danger we face in a future filled with unbridled machines, artificial intelligence (AI) has recently been receiving a great deal of attention. If you want to understand what the fuss is all about, Max Tegmark’s original, accessible, and provocative Life 3.0: Being… Read More
  • Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead
    Hod Lipson, Melba Kurman

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    Contemplating the path forward for autonomous vehicles

    Everyone is talking about driverless cars. Recent advancements in power storage, computational power, sensory technology, communication bandwidth, algorithm efficiency, and more have moved autonomous vehicles from the realm of science fiction into the real world. In Driverless, authors Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman delve into these and other contributing technologies. Included is an exhaustive revie… Read More