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From Here to Human-Level Artificial General Intelligence in Four (Not All That) Simple Steps

From Here to Human-Level Artificial General Intelligence in Four (Not All That) Simple Steps In the 15 years since I first introduced the term “artificial general intelligence” (AGI), the AI field has advanced tremendously. We now have self-driving cars, automated face recognition and image captioning, machine translation and expert AI game-players, and so much more.…
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From Here to Human-Level Artificial General Intelligence in Four (Not All That) Simple Steps

From Here to Human-Level Artificial General Intelligence in Four (Not All That) Simple Steps In the 15 years since I first introduced the term “artificial general intelligence” (AGI), the AI field has advanced tremendously. We now have self-driving cars, automated face recognition and image captioning, machine translation and expert AI game-players, and so much more.…
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Laws of Flight: As Drones Take Off, Regulation Lags

Laws of Flight: As Drones Take Off, Regulation Lags In 2014, a drone got tangled in the power lines outside a South Carolina prison carrying a small payload of marijuana and a cellphone. Police arrested a man in a nearby campsite who’d been running this smuggling operation using radio-controlled drones. A year later, a civilian-operated…
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What Makes People Distrust Science? Surprisingly, Not Politics

What Makes People Distrust Science? Surprisingly, Not Politics Today, there is a crisis of trust in science. Many people—including politicians and, yes, even presidents—publicly express doubts about the validity of scientific findings. Meanwhile, scientific institutions and journals express their concerns about the public’s increasing distrust in science. How is it possible that science, the products…
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Leading With Purpose: How to Turn Your Mission Into a Movement

Leading With Purpose: How to Turn Your Mission Into a Movement Jennifer Dulski is an entrepreneur, social impact change agent, and business leader. Dulski is currently the head of Facebook Groups, which helps more than a billion people participate in communities that matter to them, including topics like health, parenting, and mobilization around disaster response.…
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Why We Need to Fine-Tune Our Definition of Artificial Intelligence

Why We Need to Fine-Tune Our Definition of Artificial Intelligence Sophia’s uncanny-valley face, made of Hanson Robotics’ patented Frubber, is rapidly becoming an iconic image in the field of artificial intelligence. She has been interviewed on shows like 60 Minutes, made a Saudi citizen, and even appeared before the United Nations. Every media appearance sparks…
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The Biggest New Laws to Regulate Tech Giants—and Why They Matter

The Biggest New Laws to Regulate Tech Giants—and Why They Matter The world’s first stop sign appeared in Michigan around 1915, decades after the first privately owned passenger car came into being. Ever since, laws and regulations have piled up concerning everything from insurance requirements to vehicle safety, road safety, and driver education. Such is…
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Is It Moral to Seek Immortality? A Discussion at the Vatican

Is It Moral to Seek Immortality? A Discussion at the Vatican Earlier this month, I participated in a discussion/debate at the Vatican on the topic of “The Morality of Immortality.” The discussion was moderated by CNN medical anchor Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and included Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman, Elder Dale Renlund, Reverend Father Dr. Nicancor Austriaco…
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The Power of Unsafe Thinking to Bring Bold, World-Changing Ideas to Life

The Power of Unsafe Thinking to Bring Bold, World-Changing Ideas to Life Jonah Sachs is a storyteller, entrepreneur, and “unsafe thinker.” Sachs is the founder and former CEO of Free Range studios, a pioneering creative firm that helped create some of the first viral marketing campaigns around social issues, such as the “The Story of…
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Will Europe’s Looming Tech Rules Prove to Be a Template for the World?

Will Europe’s Looming Tech Rules Prove to Be a Template for the World? There was a time when people bought most of the software on their computer, but this is, of course, now ancient history. Some software you still buy, but much of today’s most-used software is free. No one buys browsers or search engines…
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