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AI researchers want to study AI the same way social scientists study humans Much ink has been spilled on the black-box nature of AI systems—and how it makes us uncomfortable that we often can’t understand why they reach the decisions they do. As algorithms have come to mediate everything from our social and cultural to economic and political interactions, computer scientists have attempted to respond to rising demands for their explainability by developing technical methods to understand their behaviors. But a group of researchers from academia and industry are now arguing that we don’t need to penetrate these black boxes in order to understand, and thus control, their effect on our lives. After all, these are not the first inscrutable black boxes we’ve come across. “We've developed scientific methods to study black boxes for hundreds of years now, but these methods have primarily been applied to [living beings] up to this point,” says Nick Obradovich, an MIT Media Lab researcher and co-author of a new paper published last week in Nature.

Drones will soon decide who to kill The US Army recently announced that it is developing the first drones that can spot and target vehicles and people using artificial intelligence (AI). This is a big step forward. Whereas current military drones are still controlled by people, this new technology will decide who to kill with almost no human involvement. Once complete, these drones will represent the ultimate militarisation of AI and trigger vast legal and ethical implications for wider society. Charity Navigator - Rating for The Clinton Foundation International : Development and Relief Services Strengthening the capacity of people to meet the challenges of global interdependence Board Leadership Bruce Lindsey Chairman CEO Donna Shalala President This rating was published 09/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time. All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Clinton Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Your Life in Numbers one two three Explore how much the world has changed since you were born Is life getting better or worse? Watching the news, it’s easy to become pessimistic. But don’t forget that reporting is often selective. We need robots for low-value human interaction services - Robosteam 2017 We need robots for low-value human interaction services Imagine boarding a plane at a busy airport. You’ve managed to get through the security and found the right gate. Your very simple task is to get past the boarding squad and find your seat at the plane. But have you ever thought about the quality of interaction with the personnel at security and at the gate?

Rules of Machine Learning:   Martin Zinkevich This document is intended to help those with a basic knowledge of machine learning get the benefit of Google's best practices in machine learning. It presents a style for machine learning, similar to the Google C++ Style Guide and other popular guides to practical programming. Can Amazon's Alexa Be Your Friend? In 1966, Joseph Weizenbaum sat in MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, a room crowded less by people than hulking frames of computer hardware. Before him was a teleprinter, an electronic typewriter that displays both input and output — a paper computer display. Weizenbaum put his fingers to the keys and typed "I am very unhappy these days." He waited for a response.

How to Be a Stoic: An Interview With Massimo Pigliucci We first interviewed Professor Massimo Pigliucci back in 2015 after his popular piece in New York Times on Stoicism became one of the most shared and viewed articles on the site. And today, with the release of his new book on stoic philosophy we decided to again reach out and ask him about all the imaginary conversations he had with Epictetus in the book (a once common literary structure that is sadly rare these days). We also used the opportunity to ask him about useful Stoic exercises we can apply in our day-to-day to pop culture recommendations to his thoughts on the rise in popularity—and accompanying criticism—of Stoicism. Enjoy the interview that follows and don’t forget to check out his new book, How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life, which is out now. Your new book offers an exploration of Stoicism through conversations with Epictetus. How did you decide to take this approach?

This Is the Tech That Will Make Learning as Addictive as Video Games The way we learn today is just wrong. Learning needs to be less like memorization, and more like…Angry Birds. Half of school dropouts name boredom as the number one reason they left.