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Is Overconfidence Tearing the World Apart?

Is it good to think you’re better than you are? By most accounts, confidence is a positive characteristic. It convinces people to trust you, motivates you towards big goals, and is for the most part a more positive experience than doubt or uncertainty. Low confidence suggests a lack of belief in oneself. It will likely…

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All Too Human

To pass the Turing test, a computer program must convince a human judge that it is a human by answering a series of questions the judge presents. “A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human.” —Alan Turing What does convincing the judge prove?…

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Will the Future be Filled with Biased Robots?

Godwin’s Law: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1.” In 2016, Microsoft gifted to the world a chat bot named Tay. She was designed to mimic the language of a 19 year old American girl while also learning from her conversations on Twitter. As an algorithm designed to learn,…

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The Allure of Simplicity Hints at a Cognitive Bias

Simplicity is now something we expect from design. Everything should be clear, obvious, intuitive—in other words, we should not have to think very hard. For the most part, this is a good thing. We don’t want to have to think about every small thing everyday—like whether to push or pull a door, it should be obvious! Making…

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