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Artificial intelligence

The Pentagon’s Silicon Valley Problem

How Big Tech is losing the wars of the future

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Artificial Intelligence

From blog posts by Sam Altman since 2013. Altman is the CEO of OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT. My best advice for communicating clearly is to first make sure your…

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Where Tomorrow Meets Today

“Let me persuade you to come to the place where tomorrow meets today,” a voice-over invites near the beginning of Design for Dreaming, a General Motors promotional film from 1956.…

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The Crisis of Work

It’s more complicated than “take this job and shove it”

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You Talkin’ to Me?

From “Sentience and Sensibility,” which was published in the September/October issue of The Baffler. It was all too easy to dismiss the Washington Post story about Blake Lemoine—the Google engineer…

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Made, Not Begotten

This is the new world that I read about at breakfast. This is the great age, make no mistake about it; the robot has been born somewhat appropriately along with…

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Routine Maintenance

Embracing habit in an automated world

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Actuary of the Apocalypse

From “The Anti-Extinction Engine,” which appeared in the Winter 2020 issue of The Yale Review. In Good Morning Revolution—­a volume of Langston Hughes’s contributions to revolutionary magazines—­there is a small…

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Motherboard Issues

From a conversation between Vladimir Alexeev, a data journalist, and GPT-3, a language generator developed by the artificial-intelligence laboratory OpenAI. GPT-3 learned to respond to questions by analyzing online data.…

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