So, I’ll be speaking to you using language … because I can. This is one these magical abilities that we humans have. We can transmit really complicated thoughts to one another. So what I’m doing right now is, I’m making sounds with my mouth as I’m exhaling. I’m making tones… Continue Reading How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky

Consciousness is perhaps the biggest riddle in nature. Stripped to its core meaning, consciousness is what allows us to be aware both of our surroundings and of our own inner state. But thinking about consciousness has this habit of taking us round in circles. We all intuitively know what consciousness… Continue Reading The Origin of Consciousness – How Unaware Things Became Aware

When I was a kid, I was the quintessential nerd. I think some of you were, too. (Laughter) And you, sir, who laughed the loudest, you probably still are. (Laughter) I grew up in a small town in the dusty plains of north Texas, the son of a sheriff who… Continue Reading Don’t fear superintelligent AI | Grady Booch

This is an interesting painting and I want you to just take a look at it for a few seconds before we talk about it. I’ve looked at this painting a thousand times. I use it in my classes, I’ve seen it in art museums when it’s been on view… Continue Reading Are You Detective Material? Practice Your Visual Intelligence | Amy Herman

I’m James. I’m a writer and artist, and I make work about technology. I do things like draw life-size outlines of military drones in city streets around the world, so that people can start to think and get their heads around these really quite hard-to-see and hard-to-think-about technologies. I make… Continue Reading The nightmare videos of childrens’ YouTube — and what’s wrong with the internet today | James Bridle

Brian Skerry: Researchers have told usan awful lot about these animalsbut there is a lot more waiting to be revealed.There lies endless potential for discoveryand maybe for enlightenment.( applause ) These are, arguably, the most intelligent animals in the ocean. And with this story I’ve worked with five different species… Continue Reading Dolphins: Even Smarter Than You Thought | Nat Geo Live

This is Lee Sedol. Lee Sedol is one of the world’s greatest Go players, and he’s having what my friends in Silicon Valley call a “Holy Cow” moment — (Laughter) a moment where we realize that AI is actually progressing a lot faster than we expected. So humans have lost… Continue Reading 3 principles for creating safer AI | Stuart Russell

I work on helping computers communicate about the world around us. There are a lot of ways to do this, and I like to focus on helping computers to talk about what they see and understand. Given a scene like this, a modern computer-vision algorithm can tell you that there’s… Continue Reading How we can build AI to help humans, not hurt us | Margaret Mitchell

I want us to start by thinking about this device, the phone that’s very likely in your pockets right now. Over 40 percent of Americans check their phones within five minutes of waking up every morning. And then they look at it another 50 times during the day. Grownups consider… Continue Reading 3 fears about screen time for kids — and why they’re not true | Sara DeWitt