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Giving Neural Nets an Innate Brain-Like Structure Could Bolster Deep Learning

How many times have you heard the following idea? Deep learning, the machine learning technique that has taken the AI world by storm, is...

Programming Self-Driving Cars Makes People Less Selfish

Self-driving cars are just around the corner, but working out the rules that should govern them is proving tricky. Should they mimic often self-interested...

Sensors and Machine Learning Are Giving Robots a Sixth Sense

According to some scientists, humans really do have a sixth sense. There’s nothing supernatural about it: the sense of proprioception tells you about the...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through February 16)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AI Is Reinventing the Way We Invent David Rotman | MIT Technology Review "i'This is where the action is,' Alán Aspuru-Guzik says. 'AIs that drive...

AI Is Rapidly Augmenting Healthcare and Longevity

When it comes to the future of healthcare, perhaps the only technology more powerful than CRISPR is artificial intelligence. Over the past five years, healthcare...

What It Will Take For Humans to Be Self-Sustaining in Space

We take for granted that we live on a planet that is rich in life. With over 14 million identified species, the sheer biodiversity...

Combine AI With Crowdsourcing and What Do You Get? Turbocharged Innovation

A great analogy can often be the key to innovation, making it possible to transfer knowledge from one domain to another. Now researchers have...

The Great Myth of the AI Skills Gap

One of the most contentious debates in technology is around the question of automation and jobs. At issue is whether advances in automation, specifically...

New Study Suggests You Can Learn While You Sleep

As a chronic insomniac, I have a trick to lure me to sleep without drugs: podcasts. Every night before bed, I queue up a list...

Demystifying GMOs: New Research Shows Unexpected Changes in Plant DNA

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are one of the most contentious topics in science today. But a study from the Salk Institute, published last month...

What Games Are Humans Still Better at Than AI?

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems’ rapid advances are continually crossing rows off the list of things humans do better than our computer compatriots. AI has bested...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through February 9)

AUTOMATION The Rise of the Robot Reporter Jaclyn Paiser | The New York Times "In addition to covering company earnings for Bloomberg, robot reporters have been prolific...

How New 2D Materials Convert Wi-Fi Signals to Electricity

Our eyes are only attuned to a narrow band of possible wavelengths for electromagnetic radiation, between around 390-700 nanometers. If you could see the...

Marshmello’s Fortnite Performance Hints at the Mindblowing Potential for Huge Shared Virtual Events

An interesting moment at the intersection of digital entertainment, virtual reality, music, and gaming took place this past weekend. It may be remembered as...

Controversial ‘Gene Drives’ Just Worked in Mammals for the First Time

The phrase “gene drive” often sends a shudder down a scientist’s spine: one of awe, dread, and wonder. Tiny snippets of engineered DNA, gene drives...

This AI Can Tell Your Age by Analyzing Your Gut Microbiome

The plethora of bacteria and other tiny organisms that live in your gut, often referred to as the gut microbiome, don’t just help you...

Neuroscientists Just Found a Way to Image the Brain 1,000 Times Faster Than Ever...

You know those stories of scientific breakthroughs, in which the lone genius scientist struggles for years until his “eureka!” moment? Yeah, that’s a lie. With the...

Will These Massive Geoengineering Projects Fix the Earth—or Break It?

From planting continent-long forests to inducing rainfall, researchers have begun proposing, testing, and in some cases implementing large-scale geoengineering projects to radically transform the...

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through February 2)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE The World's Fastest Supercomputer Breaks an AI Record Tom Simonite | Wired "Summit, which occupies an area equivalent to two tennis courts, used more than...

How Genome Sequencing and Senolytics Can Help Us Live Healthier, Longer

The causes of aging are extremely complex and unclear. With the dramatic demonetization of genome reading and editing over the past decade, and Big Pharma,...

Can the Sustainable Development Goals Be Measured by Satellite?

In 2015 the UN established 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be met by 2030. From universal access to clean water and education to...

The Home of the Future Isn’t Smart—It’s ‘Living’ and Green

The varied universes of science fiction often offer inspiration for emerging technologies, or at least fitting leads for articles to describe them. Take the...

From Parkour to Surgery, Here Are the Top 10 Recent Advancements in Robotics

The robot revolution may not be here quite yet, but our mechanical cousins have made some serious strides. And now some of the leading...

Can AI Tell the Difference Between a Polar Bear and a Can Opener?

Scarcely a day goes by without another headline about neural networks: some new task that deep learning algorithms can excel at, approaching or even...

Advancing Vehicle-to-Grid Tech: Why Solar Energy Needs Your Electric Car

Solar may be the future of energy production, but for the time being, it causes a lot of problems.  Energy producers, grid managers, and...

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