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.

Why It’s So Hard to Predict Where the Covid-19 Pandemic Is Headed Next

Why It’s So Hard to Predict Where the Covid-19 Pandemic Is Headed Next

The question comes in many variations—what next week will be like, or the next school year , or the next winter —and has so for as long as the virus has been with us.So has vaccination, including the extent to which vaccinated people spread the virus , and how well immunity holds up over time.

Can the Wisdom of Crowds Help Fix Social Media’s Trust Issue?

Can the Wisdom of Crowds Help Fix Social Media’s Trust Issue?

And so if the laypeople ratings correlated with the average fact checker score as closely as the individual fact checkers agreed with each other, it would be fair to say that the crowd was performing as well as or better than a professional.

For Transplanted Tortoises, Who Lives and Who Dies?

For Transplanted Tortoises, Who Lives and Who Dies?

© Brad Shaffer The desert tortoise is protected under the Endangered Species Act. It’s been on the list as threatened since 1990.© Brad Shaffer Every animal, including human, has two sources of DNA.

As More Women Enter Science, It’s Time to Redefine Mentorship

As More Women Enter Science, It’s Time to Redefine Mentorship

When a group of researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi published a paper in Nature Communications last fall suggesting that young women scientists should seek out men as mentors, the backlash was swift and vociferous.

Biden Wants the Government to Run on EVs. It Won’t Be Easy

Biden Wants the Government to Run on EVs. It Won’t Be Easy

“If people see that their mail delivery people are driving electric vehicles, they’ll get the confidence they’ll need,” says Doug Kettles, director of the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition, a Department of Energy-supported group that promotes advanced vehicle technologies.

How to Bust Your Spotify Feedback Loop and Find New Music

How to Bust Your Spotify Feedback Loop and Find New Music

Such is the popularity of recommendation systems that we’ve come to rely on them to serve us what we want without us even having to ask, with music streaming services such as Spotify , Pandora, and Deezer all using personalized systems to suggest playlists or tracks tailored to the user.

How to Reduce (but Not Eliminate) Covid Risk at Holiday Gatherings

How to Reduce (but Not Eliminate) Covid Risk at Holiday Gatherings

He said his own Thanksgiving may look very different this year and warned people to be careful about social gatherings, calling gathering for holidays a risk.Public health experts tell WIRED there is no completely safe way to hold a Thanksgiving gathering this year, but there are ways to reduce risk.

These Oceanographers Want to Turn Marine Slime Into Drugs

These Oceanographers Want to Turn Marine Slime Into Drugs

The expedition’s chief scientist, Lisa Levin, a professor of integrative oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, says the goal of the cruise is to understand the habitat and how animals interact with the mineral-laden rocks.

The NIH Launches a Global Hunt for Animal-to-Human Diseases

The NIH Launches a Global Hunt for Animal-to-Human Diseases

What was not at at all normal: The group was launching an international network to detect pathogens that can jump from wildlife to the human population, a field of inquiry that’s become politicized since the coronavirus pandemic began—and they were doing it with federal money, even though the United States government has been the source of the politicization.

A Radical New Model of the Brain Illuminates Its Wiring

A Radical New Model of the Brain Illuminates Its Wiring

Phrenology depended on the assumption that different parts of the brain are associated with different traits and abilities, a position called “localizationism.” And the absurdity of skull-measuring did not necessarily invalidate this notion.

Llamas—Yes, Llamas—Could Help Us Fight Covid-19

Llamas—Yes, Llamas—Could Help Us Fight Covid-19

Like all antibodies, the nanobodies that Owens and his team developed have the ability to recognize and attach to a specific spot on a specific protein—in this case, the so-called spike proteins that cover the surface of the novel coronavirus.

Facebook Names the 20 People Who Can Overrule Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Names the 20 People Who Can Overrule Mark Zuckerberg

No, it’s not the casting call for a wonky sequel to Knives Out. These are a few of the newly announced members of the Facebook Oversight Board , the independent body that the social networking behemoth has launched to reconsider some of its most important content decisions.

Don't Be Fooled by Covid-19 Carpetbaggers

Don't Be Fooled by Covid-19 Carpetbaggers

One story of a suspected Covid-19 opportunist involves Aaron Ginn, a Silicon Valley technologist whose five minutes of fame arrived in March after he wrote a contrarian essay proposing that evidence didn’t support the “hysteria” over the consequences of the pandemic, that the problem might be sorta bad, but not really, really bad.

How ProMED Crowdsourced the Arrival of Covid-19 and SARS

How ProMED Crowdsourced the Arrival of Covid-19 and SARS

In her inbox was a note from a frequent and reliable contributor to ProMED, an email list of disease alerts for which Pollack serves as deputy editor.

The Elegant Mathematics of Social Distancing

The Elegant Mathematics of Social Distancing

“This is not black and white,” says Ben Lopman, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.From a mathematical perspective, determining how big a crowd is safe depends on a couple of key questions: How many people in a given area are infected with the disease?

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.

Why Are Parking Lots So Tricky for Self-Driving Cars?

Why Are Parking Lots So Tricky for Self-Driving Cars?

(Musk has said that a Tesla purchased today has all the hardware needs to become a totally self-driving car —once, of course, the company pushes out the right software update.)

IBM Says Google’s Quantum Leap Was a Quantum Flop

IBM Says Google’s Quantum Leap Was a Quantum Flop

In 2017, after the company said it was closing in on the milestone, IBM researchers published results that appeared to move the goalposts.Soon, researchers from Chinese ecommerce company Alibaba, which has its own quantum computing program, released analysis claiming that the device could not do what Google said.

The Exaggerated Promise of So-Called Unbiased Data Mining

The Exaggerated Promise of So-Called Unbiased Data Mining

The Exaggerated Promise of So-Called Unbiased Data Mining Getty Images Nobel laureate Richard Feynman once asked his Caltech students to calculate the probability that, if he walked outside the classroom, the first car in the parking lot would have a specific license plate, say 6ZNA74.

California Could Soon Have Its Own Version of the Internet

California Could Soon Have Its Own Version of the Internet

Meanwhile, search results within the European Union can differ from those elsewhere due to its right to be forgotten law, and web publishers around the world are still grappling with the effect of the sweeping EU privacy regulations that took effect this year.A series of laws passed in California this year raise a new possibility: that individual US states will splinter off into their own versions of the internet.

Tumblr's Porn-Detecting AI Has One Job—and It's Bad at It

Tumblr's Porn-Detecting AI Has One Job—and It's Bad at It

“I believe they've forgot about adding enough cartoon data in this case, and probably other types of examples that matter and are SFW,” he says.“Computers are only recently opening their eyes, and it's foolish to think they can see perfectly.”Reza Zadeh, MatroidWIRED tried running several Tumblr posts that were reportedly flagged as adult content through Matroid’s NSFW natural imagery classifier, including a picture of chocolate ghosts, a photo of Joe Biden, and one of Burstein’s patents, this time for LED light-up jeans.

Why Bitcoin Is Plunging (This Time)

Why Bitcoin Is Plunging (This Time)

Why Bitcoin Is Plunging (This Time)HotlittlepotatoThe price of bitcoin dropped another 10 percent Tuesday, extending a decline that has sent the virtual currency down 33 percent in the past month and 46 percent in the past year.Boom and bust cycles are par for the course for bitcoin.

Forest size of Yorkshire must be planted for UK to meet its climate targets, scientists warn

Forest size of Yorkshire must be planted for UK to meet its climate targets, scientists warn

Huge fields of crops and tracts of forest should be planted across the British countryside to suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to a new report. “To get to net zero we need to find methods to take 130 million tons of carbon dioxide actively out of the atmosphere every single year.”

Is the ‘Heat Day’ the New Snow Day?

Is the ‘Heat Day’ the New Snow Day?

By the end of the century, there could be 33 of those very hot days annually in Cranford, according to a New York Times analysis, meaning that the number of “extreme heat days” during the school year could rise sharply.On Wednesday, three high school students at the Bergen Arts and Science Charter High School in Hackensack, N.J., were taken to the hospital to be treated for heat-related illness after running a mile in gym class as temperatures climbed above 90 degrees.“I’m very upset with the school,” said Joseph Dymarczyk, the father of a sophomore who was treated for exhaustion.

Ancient civilisation? Was prehistoric global warming caused by pre-human species

Ancient civilisation? Was prehistoric global warming caused by pre-human species

Was prehistoric global warming caused by pre-human speciesA new study from a climatologist and a professor of astrophysics has revealed a massive spike in global warming 56 million years ago.This spike was discovered in a dramatic change in the geological composition buried deep beneath Earth’s surface in an era known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM).To investigate the idea of a possible pre-historic intelligent civilisation, the duo, Professor Adam Frank, of the University of Rochester and Gavin Schmidt, director of Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), examined what evidence we, as humans, would leave behind if we were to become extinct.Writing in The Atlantic, Professor Frank said: “There is a conundrum here.

Hothouse Earth: Humanity under threat as scientists predict NINE catastrophes brewing

Hothouse Earth: Humanity under threat as scientists predict NINE catastrophes brewing

Professor Johan Rockstrom, a leading member of the research team from the University of Stockholm, Sweden, said several "tipping points" will act as like a "row of dominoes", occurring one after the other and posing catastrophic risk to climate change.

Have these scientists just SOLVED GLOBAL WARMING? New mineral EATS carbon dioxide

Have these scientists just SOLVED GLOBAL WARMING? New mineral EATS carbon dioxide

This is a process which takes hundreds to thousands of years in nature at Earth's surface."The second thing we have done is to demonstrate a pathway which speeds this process up dramatically.Have these scientists just SOLVED GLOBAL WARMING?

Earth quickly heading for 'point of no return' unless we takes immediate action, climate scientists warn

Earth quickly heading for 'point of no return' unless we takes immediate action, climate scientists warn

The researchers also say that the deadline to stop global warming reaching 1.5C has already passed, unless we commit to radical action now. Without that action, Earth will fall past the point of no return and it will be impossible to stop global warming, they warn.

Global warming could mean crop losses from insect damage double in ‘breadbasket of Europe’ by 2050

Global warming could mean crop losses from insect damage double in ‘breadbasket of Europe’ by 2050

“In some temperate countries, insect pest damage to crops is projected to rise sharply as temperatures continue to climb, putting serious pressure on grain producers,” said Professor Joshua Tewksbury, co-lead author of the study and a research professor at the University of Colorado Boulder.