Art by algorithm
From book critiques to music choices, computation is changing aesthetics. Does increasingly average perfection lie ahead?
The most avid believers in artificial intelligence are aggressively secular – yet their language is eerily religious. Why?
Raising good robots
We already have a way to teach morals to alien intelligences: it's called parenting. Can we apply the same methods to robots?
Intelligence: a history
Intelligence has always been used as fig-leaf to justify domination and destruction. No wonder we fear super-smart robots
When robots read books
Artificial intelligence sheds new light on classic texts. Literary theorists who don’t embrace it face obsolescence
From algorithms to aliens, could humans ever understand minds that are radically unlike our own?
Getting things moving
The most important moments in invention are sometimes the imaginative leaps – even when they turn out to be dead-ends
‘Big data is people!’
The sum of our clickstreams is not an objective measure of who we are, but a personal portrait of our hopes and desires
Should we be afraid of AI?
Machines seem to be getting smarter and smarter and much better at human jobs, yet true AI is utterly implausible. Why?
Where do minds belong?
Intelligence could have been moving back and forth between biological beings and machine receptacles for aeons
Our machines could become self-aware without our knowing it. We need a better way to define and test for consciousness
We could build an artificial brain that believes itself to be conscious. Does that mean we have solved the hard problem?