“For the past two years, researchers at Northwestern University have been analyzing the habits of tens of thousands of scientists—using Dropbox.
“We imagine humanity as a fixed state. People come into being, usually the old-fashioned way. They progress along a timeline of milestones that varies little from person to person. They get sick, occasionally at first, and then inexorably. They die. There are outliers at every step—except for the last one, at least so far—but the… Read More
“You’ve probably heard of machine learning and artificial intelligence, but are you sure you know what they are? If you’re struggling to make sense of them, you’re not alone. There’s a lot of buzz that makes it hard to tell what’s science and what’s science fiction. Starting with the names themselves…” The simplest explanation of… Read More
“Microsoft has become the latest company dragged into the tech industry’s ethical reckoning over the use of its products by government agencies. On Sunday, critics noted a blog post from January in which Microsoft touted its work with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The post celebrated a government certification that allowed Microsoft Azure, the… Read More
“Elon Musk busies himself building other people’s futures. A serial entrepreneur who made his first fortune in the early days of the world wide web, he has since helped found a solar-power company to generate green electricity, an electric-car firm to liberate motorists from the internal-combustion engine, and a rocketry business—SpaceX—to pursue his desire to… Read More
“Supercomputers usually fill entire rooms. But the one on the fifth floor of an office building in the centre of Bristol fits in an average-sized drawer. Its 16 processors punch more than 1,600 teraflops, a measure of computer performance. This puts the machine among the world’s 100 fastest, at least when solving certain artificial-intelligence (AI)… Read More
“A self-driving Waymo minivan being driven by its human operator crashed in Chandler, Arizona, Friday afternoon, threatening to resurrect tough questions about the safety of autonomous technology and rip the barely-crusted scab off the technology’s reputation, which was badly wounded when an Uber self-driving car hit and killed a pedestrian in the same state just… Read More