A few months ago I made the trek to the sylvan campus of the IBM research labs in Yorktown Heights, New York, to catch an early glimpse of the fast-arriving, long-overdue future of artificial intelligence. This was the home of Watson, the electronic genius that conquered Jeopardy! in 2011. The original Watson is still here—it's…See More
The world’s best-known consciousness researcher says machines could one day become self-aware.Is a worm conscious? How about a bumblebee? Does a computer that can play chess “feel” anything?To Christof Koch, chief scientific officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, the answer to these questions may lie in…See More
Twenty-five years after the world wide web was created, it is now caught in the greatest controversy of its existence: surveillance.With many concerned that governments and corporations can monitor our every move, Horizon meets the hackers and scientists whose technology is fighting back. It is a controversial technology, and some law enforcement officers believe it is leading to 'risk-free crime' on the 'dark web' - a place where almost anything can be bought, from guns and drugs to credit…See More
It was one of the most tedious jobs on the internet. A team of Googlers would spend day after day staring at computer screens, scrutinizing tiny snippets of street photographs, asking themselves the same question over and over again: “Am I looking at an address or not?’ Click. Yes. Click. Yes. Click. No.This was a critical part of…See More
In regards to the message you sent me this morning. Start here at Scribd and scroll through the articles, examining those that pique your interest by title as you go. Let me know which articles interest you most, and I can refine your reading obligations to a select few of the most pertinent that I have distilled on each of McKenna's lecture topics from my personal reservoir of material.