World Economic Forum – Artificial general intelligence (AGI) is still a pipe dream. It’s simply too difficult to master. And while it may be achieved one of these days, it is certainly not in our foreseeable future.
The Atlantic – Some neuroscientists have become increasingly disenchanted by their colleagues’ obsession with their toys. And in a new paper that’s part philosophical treatise and part shot across the bow, they argue that this technological fetish is leading the field astray.
Crain's Detroit Business – Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University School of Medicine received a five-year $9 million grant to conduct the nation's largest study on how cancer disproportionately affects African-Americans.
Quartz – Nobody yet understands how a collection of mushy cells in the brain gives rise to the brilliance of consciousness seen in higher-order animals, including humans. But two discoveries give scientists vital clues to how human consciousness works.
WIRED – “From what we know in the complaint, this seems to be fairly straightforward,” says Shawn Thompson, a former FBI attorney. “From a criminal perspective, I would be surprised if the FBI weren’t looking into this.”
STAT – A federally appointed ethics panel has rejected an application from a team of scientists to deliberately infect people with the Zika virus, a decision that threatens to further slow the search for an effective vaccine.
Forbes – As I’m sure many in the technology industry have thought today, there should have been a way to avoid the Oscars Envelopegate. But, is artificial intelligence the answer to all of our human error problems?