Science writer at the i and freelance science writer. My second book, "How to Read Numbers", is out now.
Author: Tom Chivers
I'm a science writer at the i newspaper. Before that, I was a freelance writer and science editor at UnHerd; until January 2018 I was science writer for BuzzFeed UK; before that, I was a comment and features writer for the Telegraph, having joined in 2007.
I've written two books, "How to Read Numbers" with my cousin David Chivers, and "The Rationalist's Guide to the Galaxy".
Having conquered Go and protein folding, the company turns to a really hard problem
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE has reached deep into our lives, though you might be hard pressed to point to obvious examples of it. Among countless other behind-the-scenes chores, neural networks power our virtual assistants, make online shopping recommendations, recognize people in our snapshots, scrutinize our banking transactions for evidence of fraud, transcribe our voice messages, and weed out hateful social-media postings. What these applications have in common is that they involve learning and operating in a constrained, predictable environment.
Dominic Cummings and I share some interests, to my slight chagrin. Both he and I are big fans of the nerdy, abstruse bit of the internet filled with people who are sometimes called “Rationalists”. Read more on Unherd.