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Pac-Man, Risky AI, and Science Fiction Inventions: Lux Recommends #231

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #231, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

40 Years on, PAC-MAN Recreated with AI by NVIDIA Researchers: “GameGAN, a generative adversarial network trained on 50,000 PAC-MAN episodes, produces a fully functional version of the dot-munching classic without an underlying game engine.” — Sam

The epic battle against coronavirus misinformation and conspiracy theories: “Analysts are tracking false rumours about COVID-19 in hopes of curbing their spread.” — Adam G

A Case for Cooperation Between Machines and Humans: “A computer scientist argues that the quest for fully automated robots is misguided, perhaps even dangerous. His decades of warnings are gaining more attention.” — Deena

She Gets Calls And Texts Meant For Elon Musk. Some Are Pretty WeirdSam

Our Economy Was Just Blasted Years Into the Future: “The crisis is compressing and accelerating trends that would have taken decades to play out” — Adam K

Artificial intelligence and the future of global healthDeena

Why Remote Work Is So Hard — and How It Can Be Fixed: “The challenges aren’t just technological. They’re managerial.” — Peter

Science Fiction Timeline of InventionsSam

How Britain’s oldest universities are trying to protect humanity from risky A.I. Deena

This 70-step trick shot just keeps getting better — friend of Lux Jeff Weinstein

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