Computing

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    Computing

    Solving problems by computer just got a lot faster

    A new computer program sifts through all possible solutions to find the best answer to a given problem far faster than other algorithms.

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    Math

    ‘Weird Math’ aims to connect numbers and equations to the real world

    The book Weird Math attempts to make chaos theory, higher dimensions and other concepts more relatable.

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    Computing

    Are computers better than people at predicting who will commit another crime?

    If crime-predicting computer programs aren’t any more accurate than human guesswork, do they still have a place in the criminal justice system?

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    Artificial Intelligence

    ‘Machines That Think’ predicts the future of artificial intelligence

    In a new book, an artificial intelligence expert explores AI’s past, present and future.

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    Computing

    Your phone is like a spy in your pocket

    Smartphones’ powers of perception make them more user-friendly and efficient. But they also open new opportunities for privacy invasions.

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    Artificial Intelligence

    Ask AI: How not to kill online conversations

    Tips on not being a conversation-killer, courtesy of an AI that studied over 60,000 Reddit threads.

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    Artificial Intelligence

    New setup for image recognition AI lets a program think on its feet

    Researchers are revamping image recognition programs to better identify familiar objects in new situations.

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    Quantum Physics

    Quantum computing steps forward with 50-qubit prototype

    Bit by qubit, scientists are edging closer to the realm where quantum computers will reign supreme.

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    Quantum Physics

    Quantum computers take a step forward with a 50-qubit prototype

    Race to build ever-more-powerful processors edges the technology closer to being able to best traditional machines.

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    Artificial Intelligence

    The newest AlphaGo mastered the game with no human input

    AlphaGo Zero is the first AI system of its kind to learn the game just by playing against itself.

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    Computing

    M. Ehsan Hoque develops digital helpers that teach social skills

    Computer scientist M. Ehsan Hoque programs emotionally attuned assistants that bring people together.

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    Tech

    The incredible shrinking transistor just got smaller

    Tiniest transistor, made with carbon nanotubes, suggests computers aren’t done shrinking down.

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