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Turing Test: why it still matters

Some people claim it's already been passed. But Alan Turing's test of whether artificial intelligence can act like a human remains an important benchmark for our species.
It’s a simple word with a strange history. Andrii Oleksiienko/shutterstock.com

Curious Kids: Why do we say ‘OK’?

The word 'OK' has only been around for 180 years, but it's become the most spoken word on the planet.
Writing wasn’t just invented once by a single person. Many different ancient societies invented writing at different times and places. www.shutterstock.com

Curious Kids: who came up with the first letters?

Writing has only been a part of the human story for the last 5,000 years. In comparison, humans began to communicate using speech some 50,000 years ago.

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