Category: Insight

AI’s Next Big Step: Detecting Human Emotion and Expression

Alex Kantrowitz at The Big Technology: The AI field has made remarkable progress with incomplete…

Build a Thriving Workforce to Defend Against Disruption

Generative AI has begun to reshape jobs; leaders have an opportunity to reimagine work, the…

My Word of the Year: Hostages

By Anatoly Liberman at OUP: The Hebrew word “hostages” can be translated into English as…

For a Dollar, For a Battle

by John Allen Paulos at 3 Quarks Daily: An abstract paradox discussed by Yale economist…

Why Did Our Ancestors Make Startling Art in Dark, Firelit Caves?

‘Why do you think they drew these stags here?’ Eduardo Palacio-Pérez, the conservator of the…

Why Science Needs Metaphor

Tasneem Zehra Husain in New Humanist: If science has a native tongue, it is mathematics. Equations…

How a NASA Probe Solved a Scorching Solar Mystery

Thomas Zurbuchen in Quanta: Our sun is the best-observed star in the entire universe. We…

How ‘Feelings About Thinking’ Help Us Navigate Our World

A key idea here is that our brains are constantly riding the ups and downs…

Mother Trees and Socialist Forests: Is the ‘Wood-Wide Web’ a Fantasy?

Daniel Immerwahr in The Guardian: The German forester Peter Wohlleben’s surprise bestseller, The Hidden Life…

Quantum Computers Can Now Run Powerful AI That Works like the Brain

Rahul Rao in Scientific American: Few computer science breakthroughs have done so much in so…

Why is Incompetent Leadership Rewarded?

Hot air rises—and so, unfortunately, do many of the aspiring leaders who spout it. Why…

Does AI Know What an Apple Is?

The computer scientist Ellie Pavlick aims to find out: She is translating philosophical concepts such…