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Cross-country road trip gave AI a chance to write a novel—the result was a bit ‘surreal’

Last year, a novelist went on a road trip across the USA. The trip was an attempt to emulate Jack ...
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Video: How ‘turning down’ gene expression in pests can help protect crops and bees

In this video, CropLife International scientist Greg Heck discusses how researchers are using RNA interference (RNAi) to turn off or ...
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Speeding up drug research through ‘visionary’ cryptographic crowdsourcing

A new cryptographic system could allow pharmaceutical companies and academic labs to work together to develop new medications more quickly ...
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Food crops treated with synthetic plant hormone could grow in space, study suggests

With scarce nutrients and weak gravity, growing potatoes on the Moon or on other planets seems unimaginable. But the plant ...
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Keeping artificial intelligence free of intentional bias

The conversation about unconscious bias in artificial intelligence often focuses on algorithms that unintentionally cause disproportionate harm to entire swaths ...
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Deep learning: When artificial and human intelligence come together

[Computational neuroscientist Terrence] Sejnowski, a pioneer in the study of learning algorithms, is the author of The Deep Learning Revolution (out next ...
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‘Autonomous weapons’ based on artificial intelligence could change warfare—and why that’s worrisome

In a new book, an expert (and former U.S. Army Ranger) warns that the world is stumbling toward a scary ...
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Optical illusions and why neural networks can’t seem to figure them out

[Optical illusions] are interesting because they provide insight into the nature of the visual system and perception. So ways of ...
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Robot farmers: ‘This is the revolution’

In a quiet corner of rural Hampshire, a robot called Rachel is pootling around an overgrown field. With bright orange ...
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‘Body on a chip’ could revolutionize drug research, replace animal testing

Bringing a new drug to market takes roughly a decade and requires expensive and arduous testing on humans and animals. But a ...
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Why it’s critical for AI to be given a good dose of common sense

Wherever artificial intelligence is deployed, you will find it has failed in some amusing way. Take the strange errors made by translation algorithms ...
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Merging soldiers and machines: Inside the quest to weaponize the brain

What lies beyond bionics? [DARPA director Justin] Sanchez described his work as trying to “understand the neural code,” which would ...
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First Mars, then Jupiter’s moons: How artificial intelligence is ramping up space exploration

Artificial intelligence in space exploration is gathering momentum. Over the coming years, new missions look likely to be turbo-charged by AI as ...
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This AI-generated cheeseburger will make your mouth water

The techniques that empower computers to make autonomous decisions have become vogue for modern tech companies in the last six years ...
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Synthetic, animal-free collagen could produce candy, shampoo and lotions of the future

Geltor, based in San Leandro, California, produces the protein collagen without animals. Collagen is found in a variety of foods, ...
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Artificial intelligence bias: Amazon shut down AI recruiter engine that ‘penalized women’

Amazon.com Inc’s machine-learning specialists uncovered a big problem: their new recruiting engine did not like women. The team had been ...
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Are we ready for the artificial womb?

In the coming years, the obstacles to ectogenesis --development outside of a mother from fertilization to full-term infancy-- will be ...
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We could visit Mars within a decade—and grow food when we get there

A visit to Mars is almost guaranteed within the next decade or so .... And long-term occupation may not be ...
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Storing movies on DNA pellets? School-bus-sized gene storage machine may help pave the way

In a world awash with data, DNA is a hugely compact way to store it. The data on every iPhone, PC, ...
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Deep dive for aliens: We’ve only examined a ‘hot tub’ worth of cosmic ocean

[A] new study suggests we haven’t exactly taken a deep dive when it comes to hunting for other-worldly life forms ...
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Artificial Intelligence as Ken Kesey: A computer goes on a cross-country novel writing trip

On March 25, 2017, a black Cadillac with a white-domed surveillance camera attached to its trunk departed Brooklyn for New ...
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Deep space travelers could face ‘significant’ gastrointestinal damage from radiation

Deep-space travel could even cause significant gastrointestinal (GI) damage to astronauts, according to one new study. Researchers at Georgetown University ...
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Viewpoint: We need to push artificial intelligence beyond ‘spying, brainwashing, or killing’

We are facing a future with great uncertainty and tremendous promise, and the best we can do is to confront ...
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$5 lab-grown burger could be ready by 2021

Back in 2013, the emerging biotech field of lab-grown meat products held a tasting of a lab-grown burger which cost a staggering ...
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Should we strive to engineer better humans?

While proposals like cognitive or moral enhancements to help create a less doomsday-prone population are quite speculative (and on occasion, ...
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How do you make a lab-grown burger?

In July, [the alternative-meat] movement passed a new milestone: In a packed auditorium in suburban Maryland, the FDA convened the ...
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India a testing ground for technologies that benefit farmers worldwide, Bayer says

On August 21, 2018, Bayer Crop Science .... kicked off a process to integrate the global seed behemoth Monsanto into ...
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‘Theory of mind’: Why artificial intelligence needs to understand how we think

What AI needs, [said Dr. Jun Wang at University College London] is a type of deep communication skill that stems from a critical human ...