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‘Noise’ in the Machine: Human Differences in Judgment Lead to Problems for AI

Many people understand the concept of bias at some intuitive level. In society, and in artificial intelligence systems, racial and gender biases are well...

Google and Harvard Map a Tiny Piece of the Human Brain With Extreme Precision

Scientists just published the most detailed map of a cubic millimeter of the human brain. Smaller than a grain of rice, the mapped section...

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE OpenAI Could Unveil Its Google Search Competitor on Monday Jess Weatherbed | The Verge "OpenAI is reportedly gearing up to announce a search product powered...

Global Carbon Capture Capacity Quadruples as the Biggest Plant Yet Revs Up in Iceland

Pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere is likely to be a crucial weapon in the battle against climate change. And now global carbon...

Google DeepMind’s New AlphaFold AI Maps Life’s Molecular Dance in Minutes

Proteins are biological workhorses. They build our bodies and orchestrate the molecular processes in cells that keep them healthy. They also present a wealth of...

Astronomers Discover 27,500 New Asteroids Lurking in Archival Images

There are well over a million asteroids in the solar system. Most don't cross paths with Earth, but some do and there's a risk...

AI Can Now Generate Entire Songs on Demand. What Does This Mean for Music as We Know It?

In March, we saw the launch of a “ChatGPT for music” called Suno, which uses generative AI to produce realistic songs on demand from...

A Massive Study Is Revealing Why Exercise Is So Good for Our Health

We all know that exercise is good for us. A brisk walk of roughly an hour a day can stave off chronic diseases, including heart...
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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Sam Altman Says Helpful Agents Are Poised to Become AI’s Killer Function James O'Donnell | MIT Technology Review "Altman, who was visiting Cambridge for a...

This Plastic Is Embedded With Bacterial Spores That Break It Down After It’s Thrown Out

Getting microbes to eat plastic is a frequently touted solution to our growing waste problem, but making the approach practical is tricky. A new...

AI Is Gathering a Growing Amount of Training Data Inside Virtual Worlds

To anyone living in a city where autonomous vehicles operate, it would seem they need a lot of practice. Robotaxis travel millions of miles...

Mind-Bending Math Could Stop Quantum Hackers—but Few Understand It

Imagine the tap of a card that bought you a cup of coffee this morning also let a hacker halfway across the world access...

Scientists Find a Surprising Way to Transform A and B Blood Types Into Universal Blood

Blood transfusions save lives. In the US alone, people receive around 10 million units each year. But blood banks are always short in supply—especially...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through April 27)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Meta’s Open Source Llama 3 Is Already Nipping at OpenAI’s Heels Will Knight | Wired "OpenAI changed the world with ChatGPT, setting off a wave...

How Quantum Computers Could Illuminate the Full Range of Human Genetic Diversity

Genomics is revolutionizing medicine and science, but current approaches still struggle to capture the breadth of human genetic diversity. Pangenomes that incorporate many people’s...

This AI Just Designed a More Precise CRISPR Gene Editor for Human Cells From Scratch

CRISPR has revolutionized science. AI is now taking the gene editor to the next level. Thanks to its ability to accurately edit the genome, CRISPR...

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