Defending Reality

Defending Reality

Supasorn Suwajanakorn  [ Machine Learning ] Look at these images and tell me which Obama here is real. . . . to help families refinance their homes, to invest in things like high-tech manufacturing, clean energy and the infrastructure that creates good new jobs . . . Anyone? The answer is, “none of them.” None of these is actually real. Let me tell

Soft Robots

Soft Robots

  Giada Gerboni [  Biomimicry ] So, robots. Robots can be programmed to do the same task millions of times with minimal error, something very difficult for us, right? And it can be very impressive to watch them at work. Look at them. I could watch them for hours. No? What is less impressive is that if you take these robots out of

Sleep Emergency

Sleep Emergency

 Matthew Walker [ Sleep Engineering ] It’s a delight and privilege to be here and I would like to start with testicles. Men who sleep 5 hours a night have significantly smaller testicles than those who sleep 8 hours or more. In addition men who routinely sleep 5 to 6 hours a night will have a level of testosterone which is that

Persuasion Architectures

Persuasion Architectures

  Zeynep Tufecki [ Machine Learning ] When people voice fears of artificial intelligence, very often, they invoke images of humanoid robots run amok. You know, Terminator. That might be something to consider, but that’s a distant threat. Or, we fret about digital surveillance with metaphors from the past. “1984,” George Orwell’s “1984,” it’s hitting the bestseller lists again. It’s a great book,