Peter Thiel’s Bitcoin Paranoia

Apr 13, 2021

Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel finds himself in a confusing moral quandary as he struggles to weigh the merits of his nerdish belief in cryptocurrency against his patriotic paranoia focused on China’s economic rivalry with the United States. Participating in “a virtual event held for...

The Unbearable Shallowness of “Deep AI”
Mar 31, 2021

The Unbearable Shallowness of “Deep AI”

YouTube Shows Its Concern for My Sanity
Mar 30, 2021

YouTube Shows Its Concern for My Sanity

The Other Side of the Indian Farmers’ Protests
Mar 25, 2021

The Other Side of the Indian Farmers’ Protests

The Quantum Age Will Require a Quantum Generation

The Quantum Age Will Require a Quantum Generation

Mar 23, 2021

Past the glow of the Shanghai evening, a single red beam threads its way into the silent stratosphere. It is a laser originating from a laboratory whose machinery few can operate or explain. The laser is meant to bounce off a distant satellite before returning for the purpose of encrypting an...

Facebook Throws a Fit, a Culture Fit

Facebook Throws a Fit, a Culture Fit

Mar 15, 2021

Sam Biddle of The Intercept recounts the story of a black woman who applied for a job at Facebook only to discover the nature of the cult-like empire Mark Zuckerberg has created. Her candidacy was rejected. Some surmise from this that Facebook’s policies are racist. That is certainly true, but...

How Artificial Intelligence Can Slow the Spread of COVID-19

How Artificial Intelligence Can Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Mar 14, 2021

A new machine learning approach to COVID-19 testing has produced encouraging results in Greece. The technology, named Eva, dynamically used recent testing results collected at the Greek border to detect and limit the importation of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases among arriving international...

Narendra Modi’s War With Social Media

Narendra Modi’s War With Social Media

Mar 10, 2021

The Wall Street Journal reports on the Indian government’s intention to clamp down on social platforms that have played a role in the recent farmers’ protests. According to Wall Street Journal sources, Narendra Modi’s government has threatened to jail employees of Facebook, WhatsApp and...

NFTs and the Cynicism of Contemporary Art

NFTs and the Cynicism of Contemporary Art

Mar 08, 2021

Many will remember 2020 as the year of COVID-19, an invisible pestilence that is still haunting the world a full year after its outbreak in the form of a global pandemic. Though it is still rather early, 2021 may one day be remembered as the year of an unexpected financial epidemic, the craze for...

AI, Our Ultimate Moral Censor

AI, Our Ultimate Moral Censor

Mar 05, 2021

Wired this week features a story by Will Knight with the title, “Why a YouTube Chat About Chess Got Flagged for Hate Speech.” It highlights the curious relationship between the natural behavior of human beings and the sophisticated but fundamentally unnatural logic of artificial intelligence...

The COVID-19 Crisis Has Catalyzed Vision 2030

The COVID-19 Crisis Has Catalyzed Vision 2030

Mar 02, 2021

A look back at history shows that desperate times do indeed call for desperate measures. After all, it was not until Saudi officials watched in horror as oil prices plummeted by 70% that, in 2016, Vision 2030 was born. While other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members presented their own...

India Is on a Solar Mission

India Is on a Solar Mission

Feb 23, 2021

Globally, the short-term changes in pollution levels associated with COVID-19 lockdown measures highlighted the importance of investment in renewable energy sources more than ever. India's National Solar Mission was set as one of the policy initiatives under the National Action Plan on Climate...

Making Journalism Dependent on Facebook Is Not the Answer

Making Journalism Dependent on Facebook Is Not the Answer

Feb 22, 2021

The battle of media titans over their profits — and our data — triggered by Australia’s attempt to make Google and Facebook pay for the news they use has little to do with the public interest. If we are worried about the quality of news and information, there’s not much to choose between...

How Appropriate Is Kendall Jenner’s Cultural Appropriation?

How Appropriate Is Kendall Jenner’s Cultural Appropriation?

Feb 22, 2021

Humanity can be divided into two groups: those who know about and understand an influential American family known as the Kardashian-Jenner clan and those who may have heard their names mentioned but have no idea why. The author of this column belongs to the second group.  Of the five...

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