ECONOMIST Watch: Economical About Artificial Intelligence

Speaking of The Economist: Before being felled by rhinoviruses I’d intended to do a takedown of that magazine’s June 25th special issue on Artificial Intelligence. (The reason for a special issue was that the June 23rd Brexit vote result was to be announced at just the wrong point in The Economist’s print-production cycle.  They needed something glamorous to plug the gap so they could give over the following issue to the Brexit result.) I never did get round to that takedown, but fortunately psychologist James Thompson has done the job for me, very thoroughly. As part of a holiday ritual I buy The Economist to take to the beach and find out if it has improved. The issue of June 25th looked promising, in that it had a special report…


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