What the Boston School Bus Schedule Can Teach Us About AI

What the Boston School Bus Schedule Can Teach Us About AI

The algorithm used to set these times had been designed by MIT researchers, and about a week later, Kade Crockford, director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts, emailed asking me to cosign an op-ed that would call on policymakers to be more thoughtful and democratic when they consider using algorithms to change policies that affect the lives of residents.

Free Speech Is Not the Same As Free Reach

Free Speech Is Not the Same As Free Reach

Free Speech Is Not the Same As Free ReachJabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty ImagesThe algorithms that govern how we find information online are once again in the news—but you have to squint to find them.“Trump Accuses Google of Burying Conservative News in Search Results,” reads an August 28 New York Times headline.

I Invented Autocorrect. Sorry About That; You're Welcome

I Invented Autocorrect. Sorry About That; You're Welcome

To be a smartphone user is to accept the ergonomics and software of small touchscreen keyboards.When I started working with a small team of engineers and designers at Apple in late 2005 to create a touchscreen operating system for Purple—the codename of the super-secret skunk works project that became the iPhone—we didn’t know if typing on a small, touch-sensitive sheet of glass was technologically feasible or a fool’s errand.

Meet the Rosehip Cell, a New Kind of Human Neuron

Meet the Rosehip Cell, a New Kind of Human Neuron

Sequencing technologies, for one, can reveal how cells with the same exact DNA turn their genes on or off in unique ways—and these methods are beginning to reveal that the brain is a more diverse forest of bristling nodes and branching energies than even Ramón y Cajal could have imagined.On Monday, an international team of researchers introduced the world to a new kind of neuron, which, at this point, is believed to exist only in the human brain.