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Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4

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Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4

    Artificial (not so) Intelligence

    Artificial (not so) Intelligence

    Artificial Intelligence – or AI for short – is often depicted in films in the shape of helpful droids, all-knowing computers or even malevolent ‘death bots’. In real life, we’re making leaps and bounds in this technology’s capabilities with satnavs, and voice assistants like Alexa and Siri making frequent appearances in our daily lives. So, should we look forward to a future of AI best friends or fear the technology becoming too intelligent. Tim Harford talks to Janelle Shane, author of the book ‘You Look Like a Thing and I Love you’ about her experiments with AI and why the technology is really more akin to an earthworm than a high-functioning ‘death bot’.

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    WS More or Less: Coronavirus - The Numbers

    WS More or Less: Coronavirus - The Numbers

    A lot has changed since our last episode covering the numbers behind the coronavirus - for a start it now has a name, Covid-19. This week news has broken that deaths are 20 per cent higher than thought, and the number of cases has increased by a third. Tim Harford talks to Dr Nathalie MacDermott, a clinical lecturer at King’s College London about what we know – and what we still don’t.

    • 8 分鐘
    Coronavirus, jam, AI and tomatoes

    Coronavirus, jam, AI and tomatoes

    Covid-19 stats, spreading jam far and wide, cooking with AI, and James Wong on vegetables

    • 23 分鐘
    WS More or Less: How fast are Alligators and Hippos?

    WS More or Less: How fast are Alligators and Hippos?

    We all know that you should never smile at a crocodile, but rumour has it that alligators are great perambulators – at least that’s what a booklet about Florida’s wildlife claimed. Tim Harford speaks to John Hutchinson, Professor of evolutionary bio-mechanics to see whether he could outrun one of these reportedly rapid retiles. Also – our editor thinks he could outrun a hippo, is he right? (…probably not).

    • 10 分鐘
    Tracking terror suspects

    Tracking terror suspects

    Costing counter-terrorism, interrogating tomatoes, the UK's reading age, politics and GDP

    • 28 分鐘
    WS More or Less: Coronavirus

    WS More or Less: Coronavirus

    The WHO have declared a ‘Global Health Emergency’ as health officials are urgently trying to contain the spread of a new coronavirus in China and beyond; but not all the information you read is correct. We fact-check a particularly hyperbolic claim about its spread that’s been doing the rounds on social media.

    • 8 分鐘

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