This week, I interviewed Yuval Noah Harari, the author of three best-selling books about the history and future of our species, and Fei-Fei Li, one of the pioneers in the field of artificial intelligence. The event was hosted by the Stanford Center for Ethics and Society, the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, and the Stanford Humanities Center. A transcript of the event follows, and a video is posted below. Nicholas Thompson: Thank you, Stanford, for inviting us all here. I want this conversation to have three parts: First, lay out where we are; then talk about some of the choices we have to make now; and last, talk about some advice for all the wonderful people in the hall. Yuval, the last time we talked, you said many, many brilliant things, but one that stuck out was a line where you said, “We are not just in a technological crisis. We are in a philosophical crisis.” So explain what you meant and explain how it ties to AI. Let's get going … [Read more...] about Will Artificial Intelligence Enhance or Hack Humanity?
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Hydrogen production based on wind power can already be commercially viable today. Until now, it was generally assumed that this environmentally friendly power-to-gas technology could not be implemented profitably. Economists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the University of Mannheim and Stanford University have now described, based on the market situations in Germany and Texas, how flexible production facilities could make this technology a key component in the transition of the energy system. From fertilizer production, as a coolant for power stations or in fuel cells for cars: Hydrogen is a highly versatile gas. Today, most hydrogen for industrial applications is produced using fossil fuels, above all with natural gas and coal. In an environmentally friendly energy system, however, hydrogen could play a different role: as an important storage medium and a means of balancing power distribution networks: excess wind and solar energy can be used to produce hydrogen through … [Read more...] about How Power-to-Gas Technology can be Green and Profitable
Becoming data-driven is the new mantra in business. The consensus is that the most value can be achieved by getting the data in the hands of the decision makers at the top. This is however only true if these data consumers know how to handle data. Getting managers to think like data scientists is one way to approach this challenge, another is to make data more approachable and more human. As such it is no surprise that Natural Language Processing is the talk of the data-driven town. Emergence of a new type of languageWhen considering the next generation of digital user interaction Natural Language Processing (NLP) might not be the first that comes to mind, as it is by no means a new concept or technology. NLP, as referenced on Wikipedia, is a subfield of computer science, information engineering and artificial intelligence concerned with the interactions between computers and human (natural) languages. In particular, how to program computers to process and analyse large … [Read more...] about Talking with data: Deriving value from data through Natural Language Processing
Both China and Russia now have the capabilities to launch cyber attacks that could at least temporarily disrupt US critical infrastructure such as gas pipelines or power networks, according to intelligence officials.The Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community is a document published each year, which itemises the significant threats to the US and its allies. It said that currently China and Russia pose the greatest espionage and cyber attack threats to the US but also warned that other adversaries and strategic competitors will increasingly build and integrate cyber espionage, attack, and influence capabilities into their efforts to influence US policies.It warned that rivals to the US have experimented with growing capabilities to "shape and alter the information and systems" which the country relies on. "As we connect and integrate billions of new digital devices into our lives and business processes, adversaries and strategic competitors almost certainly … [Read more...] about Cyber attacks: China and Russia can disrupt US power networks warns intelligence report
Sarah El Deeb and Lee Keath, Associated Press Updated 1:23 am CDT, Thursday, October 11, 2018 FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2015, file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain. The disappearance of Khashoggi, during a visit to his country’s consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018, raises a dark question for anyone who dares criticize governments or speak out against those in power: Will the world have their back? less FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2015, file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain. The disappearance of Khashoggi, during a visit to his country’s consulate in ... more Photo: Hasan Jamali, AP FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 file photo, members of the Turkish-Arab Journalist Association hold posters with photos of missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, as they hold a protest near the Saudi … [Read more...] about Sense of impunity emboldens autocrats to get rid of enemies