Dr Lucy McDonald at St John’s College, Cambridge

Philosopher’s thumbs-down to social media ‘likes’ gets award thumbs-up from Royal Institute

12 May 2021

The Royal Institute of Philosophy has awarded (jointly) its 2021 essay prize to a University of Cambridge researcher for the first philosophical analysis of ‘liking’ on social media. The essay, which focuses on Facebook, warns that ‘likes’ encourage communicative laziness while ‘like tallies’ fuel fake news, ‘gamify sociality’ and play to our psychological weaknesses.

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Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

Can federated learning save the world?

10 May 2021

Training the artificial intelligence models that underpin web search engines, power smart assistants and enable driverless cars, consumes megawatts of energy and generates worrying carbon dioxide emissions. But new ways of training these models are proven to be greener.  

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Bamboo bats... Howzat?!

10 May 2021

Cricket bats should be made from bamboo rather than traditional willow, say researchers from Cambridge’s Centre for Natural Material Innovation. Extensive tests showed that bamboo performs better than willow as well as being more sustainable and cheaper.

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