In the Global Biodiversity Information Facility there are 682,447 records of human encounters with dandelions.
Does big data threaten how humans explore the natural world? We need to protect our impulses to observe, compare, play, discover and love, no matter what technological capabilities are available.
Big data makes it a bit easier to guess your next move.
Predicting human behavior is big business. But science may never be able to do so with perfect certainty.
Artist impression of Kepler-90i, the eighth planet discovered orbiting around Kepler-90.
Google's artificial intelligence has been taught to look for planets around other stars. It's already making new discoveries that scientists have missed.
DeepMind's machine learning collaboration with another NHS trust (this time, it's applying the tech to breast cancer) kicks up more questions of trust.
How can computers learn to teach themselves new skills?
For future machines to be as smart as we are, they'll need to be able to learn like we do.
Better than human: the artificial intelligence that learned to master Go in just three days.
The new AlphaGo Zero artificial intelligence took just days to learn to play Go from scratch, with no human intervention. It even learned strategies never seen before in human play.
Blade Runner 2049‘s character, Joi, is a holographic artificial intelligence marketed as a personal companion to the protagonist, K.
Blade Runner 2049 misses modern strides in artificial intelligence, which is now capable of performing creative work alongside humans.
We need to build algorithms that act ethically.
Creating an ethical machine learning system is no simple task, but maths can help.
A self-driving shuttle at Texas A&M.
Combining machine learning, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles could revolutionize how people with disabilities get around their communities.
All those neurones: if only a machine could really think like a human.
Computers today are fast and powerful but they still can't think like a human when it comes to some tasks we find easy. That's why tech companies are turning to neuroscience for help.
Digital games now know you so well they can predict your behaviour.
The future and the past, money, technology and politics documented and imagined in fact and fiction, in an economist's recommended reading.
Prometheus statue at Rockefeller Center, Manhattan. The inscription behind it is a paraphrase of Aeschylus that reads: “Prometheus, teacher in every art, brought the fire that hath proved to mortals a means to mighty ends”.
How the idea of a hyper-connected society could quickly go from utopia to dystopia and why neither scenario is likely to last.
Self-driving cars will need to cooperate to avoid bottlenecks.
Self-driving vehicles will need to communicate and work together.
Methods stemming from decades of research on disordered materials are used to describe algorithmic phase transitions, and to design new algorithms in machine-learning problems.
Can artificial intelligence help us stop drowning in paperwork?
Nobody can understand the legal language in privacy policies. Can artificial intelligence digest the text and produce a human-readable explanation?
Ready for AI?
While there is currently interest interest in artificial intelligence, it offers limited achievements, such as the autonomous car. Tomorrow, machines will learn alone and forge solutions.
How can a machine understand who said what?
Important advances have been made in the areas of automatic language processing and emotional computing, and that could have big implications for business.
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Text and video 'mining' could be used to automatically detect violent language and behaviour.
Have the Supreme Court’s rulings changed over time?
The Supreme Court's public reputation is strong in part because people see it as less political than other government branches. What can text analysis tell us about how accurate that perception is?