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Prepping for a Flood of Heavenly Bodies
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Prepping for a Flood of Heavenly Bodies

This is a story of getting the good out of the bad, said Mario Jurić.

To Build Truly Intelligent Machines, Teach Them Cause and Effect
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To Build Truly Intelligent Machines, Teach Them Cause and Effect

Artificial intelligence owes a lot of its smarts to Judea Pearl.

A Revealer of Secrets in the Data of Life and the ­niverse
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A Revealer of Secrets in the Data of Life and the ­niverse

In statistics, abstract math meets real life. To find meaning in unruly sets of raw numbers, statisticians like Donald Richards first look for associations: statistical...

New Brain Maps With ­nmatched Detail May Change Neuroscience
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New Brain Maps With ­nmatched Detail May Change Neuroscience

Sitting at the desk in his lower campus office at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the neuroscientist Tony Zador turned his computer monitor toward me to show off...

Wanted: More Data, the Dirtier the Better
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Wanted: More Data, the Dirtier the Better

To distill a clear message from growing piles of unruly genomics data, researchers often turn to meta-analysis—a tried-and-true statistical procedure for combining...

Is Alphago Really Such a Big Deal?
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Is Alphago Really Such a Big Deal?

In 1997, IBM's Deep Blue system defeated the world chess champion, Garry Kasparov.

Searching For the Algorithms ­nderlying Life
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Searching For the Algorithms ­nderlying Life

To the computer scientist Leslie Valiant, "machine learning" is redundant.

Big Data's Mathematical Mysteries
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Big Data's Mathematical Mysteries

At a dinner I attended some years ago, the distinguished differential geometer Eugenio Calabi volunteered to me his tongue-in-cheek distinction between pure and...

The Physical Origin of ­niversal Computing
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The Physical Origin of ­niversal Computing

Imagine you're shopping for a new car, and the salesperson says, "Did you know, this car doesn't just drive on the road."

Decoding the Remarkable Algorithms of Ants
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Decoding the Remarkable Algorithms of Ants

Ants are capable of remarkable feats of coordination.

Concerns of an Artificial Intelligence Pioneer
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Concerns of an Artificial Intelligence Pioneer

In January, the British-American computer scientist Stuart Russell drafted and became the first signatory of an open letter calling for researchers to look beyond...

Quantum Computing Without Qubits
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Quantum Computing Without Qubits

For more than 20 years, Ivan H. Deutsch has struggled to design the guts of a working quantum computer.
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