[Essay] Known Unknowns | New Dark Age by James Bridle | Harper’s Magazine
This cautionary tale, repeated often in the academic literature on machine learning, is probably apocryphal, but it illustrates an important question about artificial intelligence: What can we know about what a machine knows? Whatever artificial intelligence might come to be, it will be fundamentally different from us, and ultimately inscrutable. Despite increasingly sophisticated systems of computation and visualization, we do not truly understand how machine learning does what it does; we can only adjudicate the results.
His views aren’t as confused as they seem. In fact, they’re remarkably consistent—and they have a long history. One of the most common misconceptions about Donald Trump is that he is opportunistic and makes up his views as he goes along.
In 2011, the Dutch industrial giant Philips unveiled something it called the Microbial Home.
Authenticity is real. It is a repair process within the order of symbols, within the hyperreal, in which efforts to destroy the order of symbols are channeled into acts that strengthen and expand it. What is authenticity? Once upon a time things seemed pretty real.
The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem. For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies.
Over the last few months, Select All has interviewed more than a dozen prominent technology figures about what has gone wrong with the contemporary internet for a project called “The Internet Apologizes.” We’re now publishing lengthier transcripts of each individual interview.
The Wellcome Library, in London, specializes in the history of medicine. While the institution has long offered a good digital collection for browsing, the library announced yesterday that they are making more than 100,000 historical images free to download under a Creative Commons CC-BY license.
AlphaGo, fake news, cyberwar: 2017 has felt science-fictional in the here and now. Space settlement and sea-steading seem just around the bend; so, at times, do nuclear war and pandemic.