A Stanford Proposal Over AI's 'Foundations' Ignites Debate

A Stanford Proposal Over AI's 'Foundations' Ignites Debate

Thomas Dietterich, a professor at Oregon State University and former president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, says he has “huge respect” for the researchers behind the new Stanford center, and he believes they are genuinely concerned about the problems these models raise.

A New Survey Links Vaping to Higher Covid-19 Risk

A New Survey Links Vaping to Higher Covid-19 Risk

Researchers from Stanford University show that teenagers and young adults ages 13 to 24 who use e-cigarettes are five times more likely to be diagnosed with Covid-19 than their non-vaping peers.

Here’s How Covid-19 Immunity Compares to Other Diseases

Here’s How Covid-19 Immunity Compares to Other Diseases

But when it comes to SARS-CoV-2, “because this is such a new infection, we’re not sure how long those antibodies hang around for,” says Dr. Seema Yasmin, director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative.

The Social Network Becomes a Social Science Subject

The Social Network Becomes a Social Science Subject

In the Foo Camp session, Stanford Law School’s Nate Persily, cohead of Social Science One, said that after 20 months of negotiations, Facebook was finally releasing the data to researchers.

3 Ways for Big Tech to Protect Teens From Harm

3 Ways for Big Tech to Protect Teens From Harm

With our colleagues from Brainstorm, Stanford’s Lab for Mental Health Innovation, we’ve created guiding principles that companies can follow to create products that protect users and have potential to help: Do no harm :Do not allow teens to be harmed by what they consume.

How to Be Humane to a Lab-Grown Brain

How to Be Humane to a Lab-Grown Brain

“In order for it to be a good model, you want it to be as human as possible,” said Hank Greely, a law professor at Stanford University who specializes in ethical and legal issues in the biosciences.

Enhanced Intelligence, VR Sex, and Our Cyborg Future

Enhanced Intelligence, VR Sex, and Our Cyborg Future

If you could press a button to merge your mind with an artificial intelligence computer—expanding your brain power, your memory, and your creative capacity—would you take the leap?“I would press it in a microsecond,” says Sebastian Thrun, who previously led Stanford University’s AI Lab. Turning yourself into a cyborg might sound like pure sci-fi, but recent progress in AI, neural implants , and wearable gadgets make it seem increasingly imaginable.

Planned Eric Schmidt Talk at AI Conference Draws Protest

Planned Eric Schmidt Talk at AI Conference Draws Protest

Stanford's Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, host of the conference, defended Schmidt's role in the event in a statement.The letter opposing Schmidt's appearance points to public statements in which he was dismissive of employee complaints over a now canceled Google project that tested a search engine designed to comply with Chinese internet censorship .

Beware the Epiphany-Industrial Complex

Beware the Epiphany-Industrial Complex

The Stanford Prison Experiment has burrowed its way into the culture, inspiring an epiphany-industrial complex that deploys social science research in support of facile claims about human nature, public policy, and interpersonal relationships.

Will Artificial Intelligence Enhance or Hack Humanity?

Will Artificial Intelligence Enhance or Hack Humanity?

And responding to those kinds of questions and crisis that's facing humanity, I think one of the proposed solutions, that Stanford is making an effort about is, can we reframe the education, the research and the dialog of AI and technology in general in a human-centered way ?

Is the Universe a Hologram? Maybe! This Math Trick Shows How

Is the Universe a Hologram? Maybe! This Math Trick Shows How

There is “tantalizing evidence,” said Xi Dong of the University of California, Santa Barbara, who led the research, that the new model is a piece of “a unified framework for quantum gravity in de Sitter [space].” Dong and co-authors Eva Silverstein of Stanford University and Gonzalo Torroba of the Bariloche Atomic Center in Argentina constructed a hologram of dS space by taking two AdS universes, cutting them, warping them and gluing their boundaries together.

Scientists Reconstruct an Object by Photographing Its Shadow

Scientists Reconstruct an Object by Photographing Its Shadow

“They’ve demonstrated that in some situations, you really don’t need expensive sensors,” says Gordon Wetzstein, an electrical engineer at Stanford University, who was not involved with the work but is developing a similar camera, using lasers.

11 Fantastic Science Books to Binge Over the Holidays

11 Fantastic Science Books to Binge Over the Holidays

[ Amazon ] —Robbie Gonzales Knopf John Carreyrou, Bad Blood The astonishing thing about Elizabeth Holmes, the Stanford dropout who raised $1.4 billion to start the blood-testing company Theranos, was how badly the people in her orbit wanted to believe her story.

Rogue Scientist Says Another Crispr Pregnancy Is Under Way

Rogue Scientist Says Another Crispr Pregnancy Is Under Way

“The trial is paused due to the current situation,” says He.He is now under investigation by his own university, and other legal bodies in China.After He’s presentation, he took questions from the audience and the moderators, including Lovell-Badge and Matthew Porteus, a Stanford researcher and the scientific founder of Crispr Therapeutics, a company developing Crispr-based drugs to treat genetic diseases.

How Fei-Fei Li Will Make Artificial Intelligence Better for Humanity

How Fei-Fei Li Will Make Artificial Intelligence Better for Humanity

As the researcher who built ImageNet, a database that helps computers recognize images, she’s one of a tiny group of scientists—a group perhaps small enough to fit around a kitchen table—who are responsible for AI’s recent remarkable advances.That June, Li was serving as the chief AI scientist at Google Cloud and was on leave from her position as director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab. But she was appearing in front of the committee because she was also the cofounder of a nonprofit focused on recruiting women and people of color to become builders of artificial intelligence.It was no surprise that the legislators sought her expertise that day.

Startups Flock to Turn Young Blood Into an Elixir of Youth

Startups Flock to Turn Young Blood Into an Elixir of Youth

The grisly experiments rejuvenated the aging mice, making them stronger and healthier, and introducing the 21st century’s longevity enthusiasts to the therapeutic potential of young blood.While much work remains to be done on how this regenerative process actually works, Stanford’s parabiosis studies have since inspired the creation of a handful of ambitious startups aimed at producing similarly dramatic effects in humans.