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Topic Brief: Synthetic Biology

Zev Burton
With the launch of the new topic, Synthetic Biology in the Energy Sector, we’ve put together this Topic Brief filled with resources to help you make your forecasts.

Sneak Peek: Forecaster training program coming soon; Pros begin this week with an open-source research training

INFER Team
We're excited to show you a sneak peek of our new Forecaster Training Program designed by our partners at Pytho. Special live training on open source research techniques will also be offered to a select group of Pros and other forecasters.

New Question Release: Funding for Biofuels, Algae-Based Fuels, and Renewable Energy

Zev Burton
The first set of questions just launched in the new topic, Synthetic Biology in the Energy Sector. This post explains why we selected those questions and what they help to signal about the future of the field.

INFER introduces new topic to assess U.S. competitiveness in synthetic biology, focusing first on the energy sector

INFER Team
INFER has launched a new topic area on synthetic biology to assess how this field will transform U.S. competitiveness and increase national security in the energy sector.

Thoughts from a Pro: How crowd forecasting can benefit public health policy

Zev Burton
In this edition of "Thoughts from a Pro," we caught up with a Pro who submitted the recently-closed PHEIC question, Alex Demarsh!

Monkeypox: The outcome we didn’t expect

Zev Burton
Why were we, as a crowd, trending in the wrong direction on this question? Granted, with a 30% chance of occurring, it’s going to happen three out of ten times, but why wasn’t our forecast higher? 

New features: pre-mortems and accuracy comparisons

Zev Burton
Take a look at the development team's new features to improve your forecasting!

Forecaster spotlights: Meet Dawna and Ryan, our community mentors

INFER Team
Meet Dawna Coutant and Ryan Beck, our community mentors!  You may have seen notes and comments on our discussion boards from these two Pro Forecasters aimed to help you in your own forecasting. Get to know them, how they approach forecasting, and their advice for honing your skills. 

Topic Brief: The Global AI Race

Zev Burton
An introduction to the global artificial intelligence (AI) competition as a starting point for your forecasting.

Dear Fern: Why do we use numbers to express a forecast?

Zev Burton
Fern answers a question concerning the ambiguity of language and explains why INFER uses numerical probabilities instead.

Topic Brief: Microelectronics 101

Zev Burton
A basic introduction to the field of microelectronics as a starting point for your forecasting.

New question release: AI patents in U.S. and China, and AI scientific publications in the EU

Zev Burton
This week, we released questions on AI patent development and scientific publications.

New question release: AI “high impact” projects, publications, and skills

Zev Burton
In this batch of new questions, users can forecast about high-impact AI projects, AI publications, and AI skills penetration.

By the numbers: INFER forecasts increase and "time" is most popular word in April

Zev Burton
In the first "By the Numbers," we explore the number of forecasts, how accurate forecasters were, and many other statistics about INFER forecasts during the month of April. 

New question release: AI patents, skill demand, and Chinese publications

INFER Team
This week's new question release features questions on AI related patents, domestic demand for AI skills, and Chinese research output.

Dear Fern: I'm not an expert

INFER Team
A new advice column in which forecasters write in to "Fern" for help with anything forecasting related. Today's forecaster writes in: I'm not an expert on AI or microelectronics, can I still forecast on these questions?

Who is winning the AI race: United States, China, or someone else?

INFER Team
Learn about the factors we are assessing to understand the global state of artificial intelligence and which countries we will be focusing on with our new Strategic Question: Which countries will lead AI developments in research, technology, and human capital in the coming decade? 

Effective altruism students hone forecasting skills in first INFER tournament

INFER Team
INFER has launched its first tournament for effective altruism (EA) student groups. EA groups from top universities around the world are learning forecasting techniques and putting skills into practice in an attempt to be more accurate in predicting the future.

New question release: aluminum prices, lithography machines, and China’s top universities

INFER Team
This week's new question release features questions on aluminum prices, sales of extreme ultraviolet lithography machinery to the U.S., and rankings of Chinese universities in computer science.

Microelectronics: A major factor for assessing U.S. competitiveness in AI

INFER Team
Learn about all the factors we're assessing to understand the U.S. competitive position in microelectronics, a key contributor to the U.S. overall competitiveness in AI.

Assessing U.S. competitiveness in AI using crowdsourced forecasting

INFER Team
Learn about INFER's U.S. Competitiveness in AI topic area and the decomposition we used to develop forecast questions.

Get better answers by asking better questions: understanding strategic question decomposition

INFER Team
Learn how the INFER team uses a process called “Strategic Question Decomposition” to develop forecast questions that help shed light on broader strategic issues.

New feature releases: analysis tab, comment filters

INFER Team
We have recently introduced two new features on INFER to help you evaluate and use crowd forecasts and comments with greater ease and precision. Within each question page, you can now find 1) an Analysis tab and 2) comment filters.

Pro Forecasters: what they do and why they're an important part of INFER Public

INFER Team
We've launched the 2022 Pro Forecaster program, comprised of 100 forecasters paid to dedicate time to forecasting, collaborating with other Pros, and attending exclusive trainings and events. Here's what's new for 2022, why INFER is investing in growing the program -- and how you can become a Pro!
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