articles tagged: computers
when philosophers keep hearing the siren call of digital communism
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when philosophers keep hearing the siren call of digital communism

To address income inequality, economists and philosophers keep coming up with the same ideas, most of which involve resurrecting heavy-handed control economies and adding computers.

house republicans take on google, own selves in process
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house republicans take on google, own selves in process

When the internet really doesn’t like you, there isn’t much you can do but get better. Just don’t tell that to angry aging lawmakers. They will refuse to believe you.

dissecting the one supercomputer to rule them all
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dissecting the one supercomputer to rule them all

Imagine a computer the size of a solar system, powered by a star and built for speed. It sounds impressive, but it may not be as good of an idea as it may seem.

do memristor chips remember electric sheep?
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do memristor chips remember electric sheep?

A new set of chips shows a lot of promise in drastically reducing the vast amount of energy used by artificial neural networks.

nevermind the a.i., beware of human
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nevermind the a.i., beware of human

Technophobes and worried Singularitarians concerned about a violent AI need to stop worrying about the machines and start worrying about who's programming them.

when no one really knows if you broke the law
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when no one really knows if you broke the law

When the courts encounter computer science and chemistry, the end result isn't sophisticated regulation but utter confusion as judges and lawyers try to figure out what's legal, what's not, and what should be.

why bitcoin is not doomed, but not it’s not the next global currency either
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why bitcoin is not doomed, but not it’s not the next global currency either

Bitcoin isn't about to crash, but it's very unlikely to scale up to a currency freely used around the world.

how bad questions inspire equally bad answers
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how bad questions inspire equally bad answers

Big Think's informative and educational Q&A feature once again produces answers that fail to inform or educate.

no, computers can’t be trusted with math’s future
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no, computers can’t be trusted with math’s future

A widely covered article about math confuses readers by equating volume of proof and code with quality of proof and code to imply that computers will take over math as a discipline.

learning your abc’s and int/void mains?
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learning your abc’s and int/void mains?

Coding is a useful skill, but some Silicon Valley luminaries are tackling their mission to teach kids how to write apps with a little too much zeal and overly rosy stats.

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