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    Why AI Needs a Genome

    AI could learn and adapt like humans with algorithms that work like genes.
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    Why AI Lags Behind the Human Brain in Computational Power

    It might be more accurate to think of many of the brain’s 10 billion neurons as being deep networks, with five to eight layers in each one.
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    The Math of the Amazing Sandpile

    To understand self-organization in nature, behold the sandpile.
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    Why You May Have More Friends Than Your Friends Do

    There’s a rude charm to the title, “Why Your Friends Have More Friends Than You.” It’s catchy, like the title of an antagonistic explainer: Here are the causes of your lackluster social life. It sounds more like a New York Times op-ed than an academic paper. But in fact, “Why Your Friends Have More Friends […]
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    We Already Know How to Stop SolarWinds-Like Hacks

    Last year, hackers made headlines after they breached SolarWinds, a software company that specializes in network monitoring software. About 33,000 organizations, including the Pentagon, the U.S. State Department, and some intelligence agencies, use Orion, one of SolarWinds’ products. Orion was designed to monitor the users’ networks to make sure they were functioning properly and, ironically, […]
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    The Intelligent Life of Droids

    If robots can be devious, self-righteous, and expressive, why not sentient?

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    Why Computers Will Never Write Good Novels

    The power of narrative flows only from the human brain.

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    The Doctor Will Sniff You Now

    Step aside, Dr. House, Deep Nose will one day be the best diagnostician in medicine.

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    How to Fix the Vaccine Rollout

    A computational biologist charts a fair and efficient course for vaccine distribution.

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    Build Your Own Artificial Neural Network. It’s Easy!

    The first artificial neural networks weren’t abstractions inside a computer, but actual physical systems made of whirring motors and big bundles of wire. Here I’ll describe how you can build one for yourself using SnapCircuits, a kid’s electronics kit. I’ll also muse about how to build a network that works optically using a webcam. And […]

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    At the Math Olympiad, Computers Prepare to Go for the Gold

    Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine‘s Abstractions blog.The 61st International Mathematical Olympiad, or IMO, began yesterday. It may go down in history for at least two reasons: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it’s the first time the event has been held remotely, and it may also be the last time that artificial intelligence doesn’t compete. Nautilus […]