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The Laboratory of Nuclear Studies, Cornell University, 1948. Photo: Bettmann/Getty

The ultimate goal of AI research is a system that rivals a human’s thinking power — but it is still far out of sight.

Instead, in the coming years, AI may provide an intelligence boost in a different way: by coordinating still-unsurpassed human brainpower and correcting some of the errors inherent how we think.

By definition, AI processes information very differently from humans and can combat group-think, says Berkeley’s Ken Goldberg, a robotics expert who directs the university’s People and Robots Initiative.

  • One way to do this is by simply assembling better teams. Algorithms can create groups with complementary skills and qualities, each challenging their peers and filling in others' gaps — like an automated Tinder for work.
  • IBM is developing technology meant to prompt critical thinking in humans, in the form of what Goldberg calls an AI-powered devil’s advocate.
  • In a similar vein, bots will automate humans' better nature, reminding decision-makers about the context and ramifications of their choices, or of potentially false assumptions.

These advances would improve work for the creative class. But for workers whose time is taken up almost entirely by routine tasks, AI may be more threatening than liberating.

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Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

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President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.

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