2 From the Editor
8 Computers with Empathy
Machines that detect feelings
might boost our compassion.
11 Sickle-Cell Patients See
Hope in CRISPR
The disease is an early target
for the gene-editing tool.
14 Self-Driving Vehicles and
the Angry-Trucker Problem
Displaced workers could be
16 The Cancer Vaccine That
Too Many People Ignore
Why isn’t everyone getting the
26 Fei-Fei Li
We need to emphasize the
human side of technology.
74 On Robots with Feelings
We’re susceptible to thinking
robots feel more than they do.
79 The Seven Deadly Sins of
Rodney Brooks says our view
of the future is all wrong.
88 Machine Hallucinations Illustration by Timothy Luke
For our cover, artist Timothy Luke
began by rendering an image of a
stock model’s face in Cinema 4D
(image 1) and then output a low-poly wireframe of the same face
( 2). Using a tool from DeepArt.io,
based on a convolutional neural
network, he then ran the render
against an image of the Mars
surface obtained from HiRISE, a
camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter ( 3), creating the high-resolution output on
the right (4). The final image was
adjusted and converted for print
( 5), then combined into a tryptic
with the original render image
elements ( 6).
The AI Issue
28 | Is AI Riding a One-Trick Pony?
The AI boom has been based on 30-year-old
ideas. Without new ones, the revolution is over.
By James Somers
37 | Fearsome Machines: A Prehistory
38 | India Warily Eyes AI
Outsourcing, once a path to the middle class in
India, is being wiped out by artificial intelligence.
By Samanth Subramanian
45 | The Dangers of Tech-Bro AI
46 | Can AI Keep You Healthy?
A Chinese entrepreneur wants to prevent disease
by constantly testing your body for everything.
By David Ewing Duncan
53 | How to Root Out Hidden Bias in AI
54 | A Moonshot to Understand the Brain
AI is loosely modeled on the brain, but until now
we’ve barely understood how the brain works.
By M. Mitchell Waldrop
64 | Fiction That Gets AI Right
66 | China’s AI Awakening
The West shouldn’t fear China’s AI revolution. It
should copy it.
By Will Knight
73 | Don’t Let Regulators Ruin AI
ON THE COVER