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Giving artificial intelligence a ‘memory’ and why that’s so remarkable

AI systems’ tendency to forget the things it previously learned upon taking on new information is called catastrophic forgetting. … For ...
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8 things to know about anti-aging research and why there’s ‘no doubt’ humans can live to 150

Dr. [Michael] West is the CEO of AgeX Therapeutics, a biotech company that is developing novel therapeutics to target human ...
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Using AI to predict evolution of cancer tumors could lead to stronger treatments

Scientists have used artificial intelligence to predict how cancers will progress and evolve, which could help doctors design the most effective treatment for each ...
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Artificial intelligence could predict where earthquake aftershocks will strike

A new artificial intelligence is turning its big brain to mapping earthquake aftershocks. Scientists trained an artificial neural network to ...
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Can artificial intelligence give us a more efficient health care system?

To understand the benefits that artificial intelligence can bring to the world of human medicine, consider the case of Ayako ...
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3 reasons Mars colonization might be a bad idea

I wanted to look at the case against Mars; three reasons humans should leave the red planet alone. … [T]he first argument ...
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Could artificial intelligence protect the world from humanity’s ‘shortsightedness’?

There are fears that tend to come up when people talk about futuristic artificial intelligence — say, one that could ...
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Memphis Meats vice president says traditional agriculture ‘required’ for success of lab-grown meat

Start-up company Memphis Meats says that in the future, consumer meat products won’t start in a pasture or a feedlot. Rather, they ...
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Wearable robotic ‘exoskeletons’ merge humanity and machinery

Ever since the appearance of the power loader in the sci-fi classic Aliens, the idea that powered exoskeletons could let workers ...
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Robots could help autistic children communicate more effectively

As excited or terrified as we might be by the latest advances in robot technology, they’re still far from being ...
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Scientists could use CRISPR gene editing to combat ‘superweeds’ when herbicides fail

There is a pressing need for novel control techniques in agricultural weed management. Direct genetic control of agricultural pests encompasses ...
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Agricultural drones offer high-tech relief for struggling farms

The next generation farmhand in Japan's aging rural heartland may be a drone. For several months, developers and farmers in ...
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Video: Why gene editing could change the path of human evolution

Most people think the genetics revolution is primarily about healthcare. But what's really at play is the evolutionary trajectory of ...
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Pursuing artificial intelligence that’s free of bias

As the problems caused by algorithmic bias have bubbled to the surface, experts have proposed all sorts of solutions on how to make ...
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Will glyphosate’s legal troubles pave the way for greater use of robots in agriculture?

Following a major blow in Californian courts recently, widely-used herbicide glyphosate has continued to take a battering, as industry professionals ...
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In the search for aliens, we need ‘a robust definition’ of life

Even though we still struggle with finding a satisfactory definition of life, that doesn’t mean that we can’t think about ways that ...
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Artificial intelligence could manage our health. But can we trust it?

In May, [startup Beta Bionics] received Food and Drug Administration approval to start clinical trials on what it calls a “bionic pancreas ...
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Lab-grown microbes could reduce agriculture’s dependence on chemical pesticides and fertilizers

There's a potentially huge technology risk on the horizon [for] fertilizer companies  ....  next-generation biotech products called microbials .... Microbials ...
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98: That’s how many humans it would take to start over on another planet

Are we too vulnerable to asteroid strikes and other cataclysms to stick with our single planet? … Frédéric Marin is ...
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Robot peer pressure and why we may need to fear ‘artificial stupidity’

When the robot revolution arrives, we all know the plot: Smarter machines will supersede human intelligence and outwit us, enslave ...
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Using synthetic biology to help humans adapt to a life on Mars

Synthetic biology could solve many problems that Mars colonization brings up ...
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3 ways artificial intelligence is tackling cancer

Case Study 1: The Sharing Project … [Jinghui Zhang wondered] how much faster cancer research could move if data sets ...
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Matching the experts: New AI system proves adept at diagnosing eye problems

A new machine-learning system is as good as the best human experts at detecting eye problems and referring patients for ...
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Google hopes to fix the racial bias problem in artificial intelligence through tech summer camps

Oakland-based nonprofit AI4All [will] expand its outreach to young underrepresented minorities and women with a $1 million grant from Google.org, the technology ...
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Genetically modified astronauts? Why humans may need to be redesigned for deep-space missions

NASA is now preparing for a human mission to Mars, but if our descendants ever shrug off their terrestrial bonds, ...
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What if humans could hibernate?

Whether they are amphibians, mammals, birds, or something else, animals use metabolic depression to thrive in places where they otherwise ...
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Can artificial intelligence point out employee weaknesses, training needs?

Here’s the conundrum with corporate online learning: there are so many classes available from sites like Coursera, edX, and Udacity that companies ...
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5 things to fear from artificial intelligence in the future

CNBC spoke with some experts to see what they think are the five scariest potential future scenarios for AI. A common ...