Charlie Beckett, a professor in the school of media and communications at LSE, tells me: “We’ve been arguing for some time now that plurality of news media is good. Diversity is good. Critiquing the mainstream media is good. But now… it’s gone wildly out of control. What Jonathan Albright’s research has shown is that this isn’t a byproduct of the internet. And it’s not even being done for commercial reasons. It’s motivated by ideology, by people who are quite deliberately trying to destabilise the internet.”
Episode 9: For the past five years, Russia’s been building walls around its web and packing it with tech oligarchs, startup cities, face-finding algorithms, hacker hunters, and, of course, a few bears.
“Only the paranoid survive.” — Andy Grove
The area of artificial intelligence has seen rapid progress over the last few years. Computers can now see, hear, and translate languages with unprecedented accuracies. They are also learning to generate images, sound, and text. A reinforcement learning system, AlphaGo, defeated the world champion at Go. However, despite all of these advances, the systems we're building still fall into the category of “Narrow AI” — they can achieve super-human performance in a specific domain, but lack the ability to do anything sensible outside of it.