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Boon or Bane?: The Unknown Future of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is changing the nature of everything from jobs and the economy, to warfare, communications, privacy, and ethics. But its long-term impact remains to be seen. Will A.I. lead to a better, brighter future, or move us toward disaster? “Like every powerful technology, A.I. is potentially dangerous,” said Facebook's well-regarded A.I. Research Director Yann LeCun, speaking at a Data Driven NYC event on Tuesday.   More

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Can Tech Bring Equality and Peace?

Some talk as if a digital utopia is within our grasp, but could tech in fact be widening the gulf between rich and poor? It’s impossible not to worry about growing global discord. Will tech bring us together, or drive us further apart? At last month's Techonomy 2014, The New Yorker's James Surowiecki joined Intel's Genevieve Bell, Twitter's Jack Dorsey, David Miliband of the International Rescue Committee, and Nandan Nilekani of the Unique Identification Authority of India to discuss tech's potential to foster peace and equality.   More

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Is the Offline You a Better Person? One Man Finds Out

There's a Liz Phair lyric that sums up tech journalist Paul Miller's year without the internet: "...if you do it and you're still unhappy, then you know that the problem is you." The story of the 26-year-old Verge editor’s experiment is a subject of fascination in the press this week. Suffering from burnout and quarter-life existential angst, Miller cut himself off from online access. He downgraded to a dumb phone, delivered assignments via thumbdrive, and contacted sources, friends, and family by phone instead of email or Skype. And he kept that up for a mostly painful 365 days.   More