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When self-driving cars crash, who’s responsible? Courts and insurers need to know what’s inside the ‘black box’

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.
People can have several thousand thoughts per day, many of which can be classified as spontaneous or involuntary. (Shutterstock)

Where our thoughts come from: How microemotions affect spontaneous thought

Emotions play a key role in many types of spontaneous thoughts. Even microemotions — which are often fleeting and unconscious — can affect thoughts and influence attention.
Eliminating human guesswork can make for faster and more accurate research. KTSDESIGN/Science Photo Library via Getty Images

New AI technique identifies dead cells under the microscope 100 times faster than people can – potentially accelerating research on neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s

Understanding when and how neurons die is an important part of research on neurodegenerative diseases like Lou Gehrig’s, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Artificial intelligence requires machines, processing power and energy consumption, among other things. Often, we’re unaware of the presence of this infrastructure around us. (Shutterstock)

Hidden in plain sight: The infrastructures that support artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is supported by an infrastructure of hardware and software that is growing increasingly present in our lives, yet remains hidden in plain view.
Neural networks try to simulate the brain by processing data through layers of artificial neurons. MF3d / E+ via Getty Images

What is a neural network? A computer scientist explains

Neural networks today do everything from cameras to translations. A professor of computer science provides a basic explanation of how neural networks work.
Artificial intelligence tutoring systems can engage students in dialogue. (Shutterstock)

AI in schools — here’s what we need to consider

Robots for tutoring? The desire to keep pace with technological change should not eclipse larger questions about how children’s development is impacted.

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