Tech's Next Big Wave: Big Data Meets Biology


The quest to retrieve, analyze, and leverage health data has become the new gold rush. And a vanguard of tech titans—not to mention a bevy of hot startups—are on the hunt for it.

Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens


The Chinese government plans to launch its Social Credit System in 2020. The aim? To judge the trustworthiness – or otherwise – of its 1.3 billion residents

Facial recognition is accurate, if you're a white guy

The New York Times

Facial recognition technology is improving by leaps an bounds.

Many animals can count, some better than you

The New York Times

Every night during breeding season, the male tungara frog of Central America will stake out a performance patch in the local pond and spend unbroken hour broadcasting his splendor to the world.

Artists envisioned the future of work, and the results are pure fantasy

MIT Technology Review

From landfill recycler to skyscraper printer: predictions of how you will be employed in 2030.

Reinforcement Learning

MIT Technology Review

By experimenting, computers are figuring out how to do things that no programmer could teach them.

More efficient machine learning could upend the AI paradigm

MIT Technology Review

Smaller algorithms that don’t need mountains of data to train are coming.

The Emotional Chatbots are Here to Probe Our Feelings


When Eugenia Kuyda created her chatbot, Replika, she wanted it to stand out among the voice assistants and home robots that had begun to take root in peoples lives. Sure, AI made it possible to schedule an appointment or get the weather forecast by barking into your phone.