As we consider AI’s power, we seem to forget one central, indisputable fact: AI is a product of human interactions. You’d never guess this from reading the frequent headlines on the subject. Commentators see future AI as a kind of Skynet-style artificial general intelligence (AGI), where computer systems will not just beat someone at Go but will become the next Picasso or Drake or merciless cyber-overlords. Even Stanford’s admirable attempt to bridge disciplinary gaps in the field of machine learning and computer intelligence, its new Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, plays subtly into this fallacy that humans are somehow tangential to AI. Yet there can be no data without humans. There can be no training of models or analysis of results without humans. There can be no application of those results without humans. We impact every single moment in the process, directly and indirectly. The division between artificial — the product of human … [Read more...] about We need to embrace AI’s humanity to unlock its creative promise
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If you're thinking of smartening up the lights in your home, then Philips Hue is one of the first names you should consider. Among all of today's smart lighting platforms, it's the most well-established, the most well-developed and the most well-connected, too. It doesn't matter if you're an Alexa user, an Apple HomeKit fan, an IFTTT nerd, a Razer gamer, a Google Home devotee, a Logitech Harmony connoisseur, a Nest aficionado, or about a bajillion other examples -- Philips Hue's lights work with all of it.If you barely understand what any of that last sentence means, don't worry: Philips Hue is a great pick for smart lighting newbies, too. And hey, maybe that's why you're here. You want to know more about the platform before you buy in -- especially because a lot of these lights don't come cheap. Well, we're here to help, with everything you need to know about Philips Hue in one place: What it is, how it works, how to put it to use in your home, which bulbs to buy first -- and … [Read more...] about The complete guide to Philips Hue
“Supper clubs have been around for a while, it’s as old as the hills. What we’re doing is providing the infrastructure.” So says Seni Glaister, founder and CEO of WeFiFo (short for We Find Food), a marketplace for food events and supper clubs. Similar to Airbnb, the platform allows people to open up their homes as hosts to foodie evenings, or as a way for chefs to diversify their skills. Glaister may think supper clubs are as old as the hills, but they’re increasingly becoming the cool way to socialise. Alice Levine and Laura Jackson are often credited with reinvigorating the supper club trend with their must-attend events, and you can now find a supper club on any given night in London, whether it's a Italian-themed or even veggie. For Glaister, it’s about connecting people through food, with the help of some tech too. Here’s what you need to know about WeFiFo and the communities connecting through delicious dinners. How … [Read more...] about How WeFiFo uses tech to bring people together at supper clubs
Laptops are great for productivity, but prolonged use can sometimes cause neck pain and other problems. Various types of stands can help address this issue, but most are bulky and aren’t exactly portable. Well, the MOFT invisible laptop stand sets out to change that and make your MacBook — or any other laptop — more comfortable to use. Short for “mobile office for travelers,” the MOFT invisible laptop stand weights just 2.3 ounces and is roughly a ninth of an inch thick. Constructed out of a unique polyurethane and fiberglass material, the stand attaches to the back of any laptop with the use of glue, so it won’t leave mark or scratches on the finish. Once attached, the MOFT is easy to open and close. It functions with magnets and can offer up to two different elevation levels for various levels of comfort. One adjustment puts your laptop up to an elevation of 3 inches or 25 degrees, and a second applies a “low-lifting mode.” … [Read more...] about The MOFT laptop stand hides a secret that makes MacBooks comfortable to use
By CLIVE THOMPSON NOV. 14, 2018 Intelligent chatbots could automate away nearly all of our commercial interactions — for better or for worse. The Tech And Design Issue May A.I. Help You? The Future of Aging Just Might Be in Margaritaville 20 Americans Die Each Day Waiting for Organs. Can Pigs Save Them? Gaming Out a Chance at Motherhood — Later Prev Next Intelligent chatbots could automate away nearly all of our commercial interactions — for better or for worse. By CLIVE THOMPSONNOV. 14, 2018 Two years ago, Alison Darcy built a robot to help out the depressed. As a clinical research psychologist at Stanford University, she knew that one powerful way to help people suffering from depression or anxiety is cognitive behavioral therapy, or C.B.T. It’s a form of treatment in which a therapist teaches patients simple techniques that help them break negative patterns of thinking. C.B.T. is not … [Read more...] about May A.I. Help You?