Time: How American Elections Got So Vulnerable—and What We All Can Do Now

March 27, 2020 at 03:31PM America’s democracy is at risk from more than Russian Twitter trolls. Our voting systems, the information technology that undergirds our elections, are dangerously outdated and vulnerable to attack. And for Finnish data security expert Harri Hursti, the best defense we have might be counting paper ballots. We don’t have toContinue reading “Time: How American Elections Got So Vulnerable—and What We All Can Do Now”

Time: How Social Media Is Shaping Our Fears of — And Response to — the Coronavirus

March 16, 2020 at 09:57PM As many school districts across the nation close to prevent the spread of COVID-19, social media groups and comments sections are becoming ground zero for intense arguments over whether such measures are warranted. “Classic overreaction,” wrote one Facebook user, remarking on a March 4 decision by Washington State’s Northshore SchoolContinue reading “Time: How Social Media Is Shaping Our Fears of — And Response to — the Coronavirus”

Time: Coronavirus Researchers Are Using High-Tech Methods to Predict Where the Virus Might Go Next

February 11, 2020 at 01:45PM As the deadly 2019-nCov coronavirus spreads, raising fears of a worldwide pandemic, researchers and startups are using artificial intelligence and other technologies to predict where the virus might appear next — and even potentially sound the alarm before other new, potentially threatening viruses become public health crises. “What we’re doingContinue reading “Time: Coronavirus Researchers Are Using High-Tech Methods to Predict Where the Virus Might Go Next”

Time: AI Is About to Spark a Radical Shift in White Collar Work. But There’s Still ‘Plenty of Work for People to Do’

January 23, 2020 at 06:27PM The story of automation in America has long been told in shuttered factories and declining Midwestern cities. But the latest wave of advancements in artificial intelligence may be bring the prospect of machine replacement beyond blue collar work. Developers are creating algorithms that promise to take over vast amounts ofContinue reading “Time: AI Is About to Spark a Radical Shift in White Collar Work. But There’s Still ‘Plenty of Work for People to Do’”

Time: These Researchers Are Using AI Drones to More Safely Track Wildlife

November 01, 2019 at 01:50PM In the late ’90s, wildlife conservationists Zoe Jewell and Sky Alibhai were grappling with a troubling realization. The pair had been studying black rhino populations in Zimbabwe, and they spent a good deal of their time shooting the animals with tranquilizer darts and affixing radio collars around their necks. ButContinue reading “Time: These Researchers Are Using AI Drones to More Safely Track Wildlife”

Time: Meet the Researchers Working to Make Sure Artificial Intelligence Is a Force for Good

August 23, 2019 at 07:32PM With glass interior walls, exposed plumbing and a staff of young researchers dressed like Urban Outfitters models, New York University’s AI Now Institute could easily be mistaken for the offices of any one of New York’s innumerable tech startups. For many of those small companies (and quite a few largerContinue reading “Time: Meet the Researchers Working to Make Sure Artificial Intelligence Is a Force for Good”

Time: Why TIME’s 2019 Tech Optimists Are Upbeat About Silicon Valley’s Future

August 07, 2019 at 01:00PM As data breaches, misuse of personal information and the spread of disinformation erode the public’s trust in Silicon Valley, it can be all too easy to become cynical about technology’s impact on the world. But there are still plenty of reasons to be optimistic about tech’s role in society movingContinue reading “Time: Why TIME’s 2019 Tech Optimists Are Upbeat About Silicon Valley’s Future”

Time: This AI Software Is ‘Coaching’ Customer Service Workers. Soon It Could Be Bossing You Around, Too

July 08, 2019 at 02:49PM I’m on the phone with a startup executive roleplaying as a frustrated customer, and a note along with a speedometer icon appears on my computer screen: Speaking slowly — You are speaking slower than usual. Try increasing your speaking pace. I speed up, and the message disappears, only to beContinue reading “Time: This AI Software Is ‘Coaching’ Customer Service Workers. Soon It Could Be Bossing You Around, Too”