computers

Why “Othering” AI Keeps Us From Understanding It

AI is not coming to get us. It’s already here and adding real value to our daily lives. Deployed with vision and foresight, robotics and machine-learning has the promise to make us more human in...

The Year the World Finally Became Techonomic

Zooming from home, tech stock insanity, ceaseless digital transformation and even a new cyberwar–in 2020 tech finally landed decisively at the center of modern life. The world is forever altered.

We Should Rename “Artificial Intelligence” (A Modest Proposal)

"Artificial Intelligence" is phrase of the year, yet the term is widely called misleading. And it's ridiculed by industry CEOs. But what can we use instead? "Augmented intelligence"? "Intelligence amplification"? We have a proposal that...

How Entrepreneurship Built My Confidence as a Woman in Tech

A few months ago, I was a Muslim immigrant woman studying computer science at the City College of New York. I didn't guess I would help found prize-winning edtech startup Enrich. It helps students and...

Food Production in a Technology-driven Economy

The Open Agriculture Initiative at the MIT Media Lab aims to drive a paradigm shift from the industrial to the networked age of agricultural production—giving rise to a computationally-based food systems revolution that will account...

Next Week’s Techonomy Bio: A Focus on Systems of Life

At last year's Techonomy Bio, we put venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson on a panel of investors. In his enthusiasm for the unbridled potential of innovation in the life sciences to transform society, Jurvetson at one...

Davos 2015: Berkeley Psychologist Alison Gopnik on Computer Learning

UC Berkeley Professor of Psychology Alison Gopnik visits Hub Culture at the World Economic Forum Davos 2015. Gopnik explores the idea of computer learning and designing computers to "think" like a child.

Your Computer Will Feel Your Pain

What if your computer could empathize with you? The evolving field known as affective computing is likely to make it happen soon. Scientists and engineers are developing systems and devices that can recognize, interpret, process,...

Making Sense of the Mainframe, 50 Years Later

Computing has changed a lot in the last 50 years, but one 50-year-old technology remains significant. The durability of the mainframe illustrates the maxim that new technologies don't usually replace old ones, but rather coexist...

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