Microsoft’s Nadella Says AI Can Make the World More Inclusive

Talk of artificial intelligence often leads to speculation about how machines may displace workers. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thinks we should talk more about how AI algorithms can expand the workforce now—by helping people with disabilities. “There are a billion people in the world who don’t fully participate in our economies or societies,” Nadella said, at the WIRED25 Summit in[…]

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Anand Giridharadas Delivers a Harsh Message to Rich Techie Philanthropists

During a panel on the need for a more democratic approach to philanthropy, Giridharadas said our age of “extraordinary elite generosity,” has still one big problem: benevolent billionaires have been “building the most unequal America in 100 years.” “Ordinary people, the bottom half of this country, on average has not gotten a raise since 1979, [and] 82 percent of wealth[…]

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Marc Benioff Wants to Tax Billionaires, Including Himself

Of all the buzzwords on which Silicon Valley thrives—growth, engagement, disruption, profit—none is more central to the way tech works than scale. Whatever you’re building, it’s not worth much if you can’t make it work for the masses—because that’s where the world-changing happens. Which is why Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff thinks philanthropy is the wrong way to attack the social[…]

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Researchers Call for More Humanity in Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence researcher Fei-Fei Li has spent her career trying to make software smart—with some success. Lately she’s begun to ask herself a new question: How can we make smart software aligned with human values? “As much as AI is showing its power, it’s a nascent technology,” Li said at the WIRED25 Summit in San Francisco Monday. “What’s really important[…]

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MIT’s Neha Narula and Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Say It’s Early Days Yet For Cryptocurrencies

Some people call bitcoin “the internet of money,” suggesting the digital currency and related technologies could do for the financial system what the internet did to information distribution over the past few decades. But skeptics are still waiting for a “killer app,” while bitcoin prices have never returned to their late 2017 peak when trading hit more than $20,000 per[…]

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Says Tech Companies Should Work With the Pentagon

“If big tech companies are going to turn their back on US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said Monday, defending government contracts amid a wave of employee protests. Bezos spoke at the WIRED25 summit, where Steven Levy, WIRED’s editor-at-large, asked his view of companies using the most advanced technology to[…]

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