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The Coming Age of Machine Intelligence

The Coming Age of Machine Intelligence

Marc Andreessen once said that software was eating the world. The point he was trying to make was that software increasingly represents the value in most economic processes. In this sense, where software was previously one small component of a complex process …Continue reading

Data Dystopia

Dystopias in the 20th century came mostly in two flavors: the imposing surveillance state, as depicted in Orwell’s 1984, and the stupefying pleasure dome, as in Huxley’s Brave New World. What if these were not separate nightmares? The real threat could be …Continue reading

Pliable Plants

Producing higher-yielding crops has been a goal for farmers ever since there have been farms. Plant breeders since Gregor Mendel have recognized the heritability of crop traits and how they relate to yield. Heritability is crucial, but it’s only one factor—there’s also …Continue reading

Like GMOs, Minus the Baggage

Almost 60 years ago I stood beneath a blazing Louisiana sun, up to my knees weeding in the tepid, mosquito-infested water of my father’s rice field. It was the 1950s, and I was nine years old. I eventually got off that farm, …Continue reading

Pakistani Universities and Entrepreneurship

The trend of creating jobs rather than hunting jobs is growing in the country. Our universities produce thousands of engineers each year. Have you ever thought how many graduates end up creating jobs, rather than hunting for one? The answer appears to …Continue reading

How Data Science Predicted Brexit

The world, and financial markets in particular, were stunned by Britain’s vote to exit the EU. The markets were quite confident that Britain would stay in the EU. The S&P 500 rose sharply towards the end of the trading day before the …Continue reading

Doing the Dirty Work

Many people still assume that as the world’s most populous nation, China has a limitless supply of cheap labor. While that was true in the 1990s, the reality is that the manufacturing sector faces a challenge people thought impossible just a few …Continue reading