Finding the best tour from A through B, C and D and back to A might not be that hard, but adding a few more destinations could give you a headache.
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The traveling salesperson problem is so difficult that practical solutions can never be perfect – only good enough. The challenge is coming up with the best approximations.
TV and movies are one way we understand people and places we’ve never had direct contact with – and maybe never will.
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An Italian media scholar raised on American TV assesses Netflix's ambitious strategy to create original productions in Italy, Japan, Brazil and beyond – and distribute them globally.
Algorithms help lots of people discover new music.
Music recommendation algorithms are more likely to suggest music by male than female artists.
Today, artificial intelligence is deeply imbedded in the systems we use to make decisions. However, the assumptions on which they’re built are often completely hidden to us.
While AI is intended to help us, it tempts us to abandon judgment and moral responsibility. And without a proper understanding of how it works, we cannot circumvent its negative effects.
Search engines often serve up a distorting blend of information and misinformation.
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Search engines, like social media algorithms, get you to click on links by learning what other people click on. Enticing misinformation often comes out on top.
Google's shift to 'profiling' is being billed as a privacy boon – but it's also a strategic pivot.
Twitter and Facebook suspended Donald Trump’s accounts after his posts commenting on the Capitol riot.
Twitter has permanently suspended the account of the U.S. president, saying Donald Trump's tweets glorified the violence of the siege on the Capitol.
Our AI made its predictions by looking at how cells changes and act under different conditions in the body.
Understanding how cells grow under a variety of conditions is necessary for diagnosing disease and developing treatments in the future.
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Shielding people based on their individual risk profile has been proposed by some experts.
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As more comes to light about the money-making tactics of social media platforms we need to reevaluate our relationship with them.
Computer algorithms can involve complicated math, but the concept of an algorithm is simple.
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A close look at how you decide what clothes to put on in the morning can help you understand how computers work.
Have you ever watched something because YouTube recommended it to you? You've probably been influenced by an algorithm. But at the end of the day, underneath all the algorithms are people.
Despite the exams algorithm fiasco, UK government bodies are making positive uses of the technology.
More choice and greater information can allow parents to make more informed decisions.
Without transparency, algorithms will erode trust in government decision making.
Government algorithms threaten our right to hold politicians to account.
Over the past decade, news media companies have been at the mercy of big tech platforms' algorithms in delivering them readers. But with no guarantee of sustained revenue, media firms are looking elsewhere.
A-level students protest the use of algorithms to determine their grades.
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Problems in the underlying data mean we can't leave algorithms to decide things on their own.
Small groups of fringe activists pushing online disinformation are a growing threat to Australian democracy.
Facial recognition algorithms will always make mistakes. But how can we make them less discriminatory?