Category Archives: Politics

AI for Science and Management in 2019: You haven't seen disruption yet

For all of its explosive growth, AI still has to make deep roads in management (as opposed to operations) and theoretical science beyond data analysis. But both frontiers will be pushed back faster and further than most people think, and with unprecedented impact. The difficulty so far lies in the balance between the complexity of […]

The politics of crime-fighting software

Call it machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, or simply computational intelligence: countries are rushing to apply new technologies to combat crimes, but how they do so — and even what counts as crime — varies among them, and says much about their societies, priorities, and future. One one extreme of the arc of possibilities there's China. […]

The mystical underpinnings of Facebook's anti-fake news algorithms

Imagine you're Rene Descartes, data scientist at Facebook in charge of saying true things. Problem is, your only input is what people say, and everybody lies. It's not a moral failure, it's just that you've built Facebook into the world's largest integrated content distribution machine, and convincing people of things that aren't true is where […]