Is AI the Killer App for Cancer?

Is AI the Killer App for Cancer?

Remember Watson, IBM’s supercomputing Jeopardy! champ and gourmet chef? It’s growing up. Watson skipped university and took a career as a super-elite MD deploying AI software and predictive analytics for research trials at blue-chip healthcare institutions. Yet Watson still needs a whole lot of schooling before making independent decisions and in the meantime, nurses and […]

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Fei-Fei Li: If We Want Machines to Think, We Need to Teach Them to See

Fei-Fei Li: If We Want Machines to Think, We Need to Teach Them to See

  It’s 2025 (give or take), and the long-awaited Big One has hit the San Francisco Bay Area. In the frenetic aftermath, teams of specialized rescue workers begin tearing through piles of wreckage—searching for signs of life, administering care, and calling for backup. These first responders aren’t Red Cross volunteers or paramedics. As Stanford University’s […]

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Why We Need a Human ‘Intention Genome’

Why We Need a Human ‘Intention Genome’

Dan Ariely has devoted his career to scrutinizing the bizarre logic that often guides human behavior—and amassing the evidence that exposes us as incorrigible liars and hypocrites, irrational decision-makers, and incompetent money managers. His latest projects poke at humans’ pathological addiction to procrastination and poor time management. Yet for a guy who began his research […]

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Erik Brynjolfsson: How to Outsmart the Robots in the Next Hiring Boom

Erik Brynjolfsson: How to Outsmart the Robots in the Next Hiring Boom

When commencement speakers share their wisdom and career advice with college grads next month, they might want to add a dose of techno-realism to the inspirational anecdotes. Because the truth is that the labor market is on the verge of a long-term boom—that is, for intelligent machines that will compete in the years to come […]

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NEWS FLASH: AI Startups Are Reinventing Media

NEWS FLASH: AI Startups Are Reinventing Media

No technology trend today comes with more hype than artificial intelligence. Yet AI researchers often joke that most people don’t quite see how it’s changing the world—because as soon as something like Siri or Nest weaves itself into our lives, people forget it’s “artificial.” That sort of quiet takeover of AI has already begun in […]

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NEWS FLASH: AI Startups Are Reinventing Media

NEWS FLASH: AI Startups Are Reinventing Media

No technology trend today comes with more hype than artificial intelligence. Yet AI researchers often joke that most people don’t quite see how it’s changing the world—because as soon as something like Siri or Nest weaves itself into our lives, people forget it’s “artificial.” That sort of quiet takeover of AI has already begun in […]

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Rise of the Machines: The Future has Lots of Robots, Few Jobs for Humans

Rise of the Machines: The Future has Lots of Robots, Few Jobs for Humans

  The robots haven’t just landed in the workplace—they’re expanding skills, moving up the corporate ladder, showing awesome productivity and retention rates, and increasingly shoving aside their human counterparts. One multi-tasker bot, from Momentum Machines, can make (and flip) a gourmet hamburger in 10 seconds and could soon replace an entire McDonalds crew. A manufacturing […]

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Behind the Scenes with #maketechhuman Luminaries

Behind the Scenes with #maketechhuman Luminaries

As we all know, there is much to be excited about in terms of the human possibilities of technology. But there’s also much concern about the unintended consequences to humanity of future innovations– in just the past few months, no less than Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking have all expressed their own fears […]

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How We Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Bots

How We Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Bots

A sharp dichotomy has emerged in the big debate about where technology is taking us (or vice versa). In one high-profile camp are technologists and scientists sounding the alarm about the perils of artificial intelligence. Elon Musk likens AI’s emergence to “summoning the demon,” calling it the biggest single threat to our survival. Stephen Hawking […]

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Tech Luminaries Tackle Big Questions on Small Napkins

Tech Luminaries Tackle Big Questions on Small Napkins

NOKIA AND WIRED took the #maketechhuman conversation to TED, convening an all-star gathering of scientists, technologists, executives and thought leaders to ask: “How can we make sure tech serves humanity and not the other way around?” The evening debate addressed both the promise and peril of AI, as well as how to encode it with […]

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