Have you seen the videos of the crow solving an eight-stage puzzle? Or of Lee Sedol losing to DeepMind? Learning seems to extend everywhere from the mobile above an infant’s crib to machines to, some argue, evolution and physical law. As we discover and build new learning systems, the biggest lessons may be about how we fit into the new landscape around us.
How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math: The building blocks of understanding are memorization and repetition, by Barbara Oakley
How To Tell If You’re a Jerk: If you think everyone around you is terrible, the joke may be on you, by Eric Schwitzgebel
Is Artificial Intelligence Permanently Inscrutable: Despite new biology-like tools, some insist interpretation is impossible, by Aaron M. Bornstein
This issue also includes contributions from: Philip Ball, Jonathan Balcombe, Alan S. Brown, Peter Byrne, Adrienne Day, Joanna Ebenstein,Amanda Gefter, James Gleick, Grigori Guitchounts,Lawrence M. Krauss, Susie Neilson, M.R. O’Connor, Michael Segal, Maia Szalavitz, Tom Vanderbilt, Moises Velasquez-Manoff, Genevieve Von Petzinger, Lauren R. Weinstein, and Peter Wohlleben.