The AI AlphaFold can figure out the three-dimensional protein structure any string of amino acids will become. It has now exceeded its training by figuring out what makes some proteins glow.
A Google engineer claims one of the company’s chatbots has become sentient. Experts disagree, but the debate raises old questions about the nature of consciousness.
‘Vicootes’, ‘wa ch zod rea’ and other strings of gibberish seem to have special meanings to state-of-the-art AI models. What’s going on here?
We can use AI to protect nature and human health. But first, we have to expand AI beyond being entirely human-centred.
Would you trust a weather forecast made by a machine that had learned how weather systems behaved by reviewing thousands of past weather maps?
Our research on a recent Australian court case shows how experts and lawyers can overcome opaque AI technology. But regulators could make it even easier, by making AI companies document their systems.
Using machine learning, we analysed meaning and feeling in different translations of an ancient Hindu holy text.
The recent case of a man making a simulation of his deceased fiancée raises important questions: while AI makes it possible to create “deadbots”, is it ethically desirable or reprehensible to do so?
New software that can generate images and text on command may deliver ‘good enough’ creativity in advertising, copywriting, stock imagery and graphic design.
Scientists have crafted the world’s first “treasure map” to reveal Antarctica’s meteorites. These chunks of stone-like material could throw light on the mysteries of our early solar system.
Roughly 90% of species on Earth are believed to be undiscovered. Whether researchers will be able to identify them before they go extinct is unclear.
Mental health charities that provide support via text message have come under fire for sharing users anonymised data.
Pinpointing the molecular targets behind the subjective effects of psychedelic drugs could help clinicians and researchers better treat psychiatric conditions.
To date, the program has provided nearly $10 million to roughly 137,000 of the country’s poorest citizens.
National security professionals and armchair sleuths alike are taking advantage of vast amounts of publicly available information and software tools to monitor geopolitical events around the world.
Pinpointing the chemical compounds that make a fruit tasty to consumers can help producers breed for even more flavorful crops.
It’s easy to be swayed by the grand promises of AI. But new technology is not the solution to everything. Do your sums first.
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The ethics of AI are constantly debated. But does anyone ask the AI?
The increasing use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in public decision making is raising critical issues around fairness and human rights.