The Limits of Empathy
Can attempts to foster empathy through simulation hurt more than they can help?
Found: Another Star System With Eight Planets, Just Like Ours
Only a handful of star systems have more than a single planet. With eight worlds, our solar system has long taken the prize for the biggest lineup. But no longer.
The Washington Post
Inside The Future Of Artificial Intelligence
As developers design machines that teach themselves, questions remain over humans’ ability to effectively interact with artificially intelligent computers.
The State of Things, WUNC
How To Make AI The Best Thing To Happen To Us
We can thrive with AI if we win the race between the growing power of our technology and the wisdom with which we manage it, but we must ditch the idea of learning from our mistakes, says Max Tegmark.
13.7: Cosmos & Culture, NPR
How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds
Research suggests that as the brain grows dependent on phone technology, the intellect weakens.
The Wall Street Journal
Will AI Enable the Third Stage of Life on Earth?
In an excerpt from his new book, an MIT physicist explores the next stage of human evolution.
The Secret to a Good Robot Teacher
It doesn’t just impart information. It also expresses social cues.
Gray Matter, The New York Times
What Would An A.I.-Influenced Society Look Like In 10,000 Years?
Physicist Max Tegmark contemplates how artificial intelligence could reshape work, justice, and society in the future.
A Physicist Explores the Future of Artificial Intelligence
Book review of Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark.
AI Can Be a Troublesome Teammate
AI is a focused intelligence, groomed for maximum perfection. That’s why, research shows, most people don’t trust it.
Harvard Business Review
Physical Remoteness Makes Killing Easier
People seem less reluctant to end the life of another being when they are not physically present for the distasteful act.
Should Your Driverless Car Hit a Pedestrian to Save Your Life?
Surveys show that people generally believe autonomous vehicles should make an emergency decision for the greatest good — except if it might kill them.
The New York Times
Moral Math of Robots: Can Life and Death Decisions Be Coded?
A self-driving car has a split second to decide whether to turn into oncoming traffic or hit a child who has lost control of her bicycle. An autonomous drone needs to decide whether to risk the lives of a busload of civilians or lose a long-sought terrorist.
World Science Festival
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