How We’ll Think Tomorrow

Promises and perils of applications of artificial intelligence.

Promises and perils of applications of artificial intelligence.


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    Designed to Deceive: Do These People Look Real to You?

    The people in this story may look familiar, like ones you’ve seen on Facebook or Twitter or Tinder. But they don’t exist. They were born from the mind of a computer, and the technology behind them is improving at a startling pace.

    By Kashmir Hill and

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    Dr. Marianne S. Goodman, a psychiatrist at the Veterans Integrated Service Network in the Bronx. “The fact is, we can’t rely on trained medical experts to identify people who are truly at high risk,” she said.
    CreditBryan Anselm for The New York Times

    Can an Algorithm Prevent Suicide?

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has turned to machine-learning to help identify vets at risk of taking their own lives.


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    Can a Computer Devise a Theory of Everything?

    It might be possible, physicists say, but not anytime soon. And there’s no guarantee that we humans will understand the result.


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    Models of proteins sit on a shelf at the Institute of Protein Design at the University of Washington in Seattle, where scientists are designing ways to disrupt the coronavirus’s ability to invade the body’s cells.
    CreditJovelle Tamayo for The New York Times

    Antibodies Good. Machine-Made Molecules Better?

    With help from computer algorithms, researchers designed proteins from scratch that can trounce the coronavirus in lab animals.