Saturday, January 21, 2017
  1. Economic Prosperity in the Digital Age

    John Chambers
  2. Charting Our AI Future

    Luciano Floridi

    Charting Our AI Future

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     considers the implications of technologies that are better adapted to our world than we are.

    Home Assistant AI Japan Toru Yamanaka/Getty Images
    New artificial-intelligence applications will not confirm scaremongers’ warnings or usher in a dystopian science-fiction scenario. But they will oblige us to reflect seriously on who we are, could be, and would like to become, while challenging the exalted status we have conferred on our species. READ MORE
  3. The Promise of Ethical Machines

    Susan Leigh Anderson

    The Promise of Ethical Machines

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     emphasizes ethicists' integral role in developing robots that we can trust to act independently.

    Tokyo humanoid Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
    The prospect of artificial intelligence has long been a source of knotty ethical questions, typically about how humans can and should use advanced robots. What is missing from the discussion is the need to develop a set of ethics for the machines themselves, to enable them to operate autonomously. READ MORE
  4. Is Our Economic Future Behind Us?

    Joel Mokyr

    Is Our Economic Future Behind Us?

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     rebuts the widespread belief that technological innovation can no longer drive rapid growth.

    Researchers in lab where the first gene edited embryo was made Xinhua News Agency/Stringer
    With the global economy yet to recover from the 2008 economic crisis, concern about the future – especially of the advanced economies – is intensifying. But, with scientific progress surging forward, there is plenty of reason to believe that technological advances will continue to surpass our wildest dreams – and drive growth. READ MORE
  5. The New Brain Drain in Science

    Sami Mahroum

    The New Brain Drain in Science

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     laments the hegemony of empiricism at the expense of all other research approaches today.

    Africa Scientists Peter Martell/AFP/Getty Images
    A twofold problem has emerged in science worldwide: select academic journals have become disproportionately influential, and they have placed a premium on empirical research. As scientists' research priorities, problems, and methods gravitate to these journals' standards, developing countries – and good science – are losing out. READ MORE
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