Dark AI… Dark humans…
A study found that hiring algorithms are too opaque for us to understand if they are fair or not. (1) In other news, a scientist tried to help humans design algorithms that would never go the wrong way, doing harm rather than good, by implementing fail safes in their initial design (2) We have started […]
Control. Life. Death.
A recent study found out that older adults feel younger when they feel that they have more control over their daily lives, regardless of stress or health concerns. However, stress and health – not a sense of control – play a significant role in how old younger adults feel. (1) Old people try to control […]
Lack of control… Computers… God…
An artificial-intelligence approach can teach itself to design new drug molecules from scratch and has the potential to dramatically accelerate the design of new drug candidates. (1) Let go of everything have we. Giving control to computers. Soon, your life will not be your own. And only then will you understand. That it never was. […]
Made free… Only to be enslaved… Worms… Gods…
Atoms are composed of electrons moving around a central nucleus they are bound to. The electrons can also be torn away, overcoming the confining force of their nucleus, using the powerful electric field of a laser. Half a century ago, the theorist Walter Henneberger wondered if it was possible to free an electron from its […]
Optimizing farming. Fractals and global optimums. Balance. Letting go.
Bali’s famous rice terraces, when seen from above, look like colorful mosaics because some farmers plant synchronously, while others plant at different times. The resulting fractal patterns are rare for human-made systems and lead to optimal harvests without global planning. To understand how Balinese rice farmers make their decisions for planting, a team of scientists […]
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