Researchers are too focused on whether AI systems can ace tests of dubious value. They should be testing whether systems grasp how the world works.
Money. We all use it. But is it real? I mean, you can touch a coin or bill, but who decided that’s worth anything? And what about all those 1’s and 0’s getting swapped and traded by computers thousands of times per second? How are those worth anything?
We use algorithms every day for things like image searches, predictive text, and securing sensitive data. But algorithms show up all over nature, too, in places like your immune system and schools of fish—and computer scientists have learned a lot from studying them.
If our efforts to automate trains are any indication, the cars and trucks of the future may be more dependent on human help than we imagine.
There are labs so silent that many people can't stand being inside them, but that stillness lets us run some of our most sensitive experiments.
Randomness is important for all kinds of things, from science to security, but to generate true randomness, engineers have turned to some pretty odd tricks.