Michael Nielsen

Contributing Columnist

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Is AlphaGo Really Such a Big Deal?

The Go-playing program teaches itself to replicate something very much like human intuition, an advance that promises far-reaching consequences.

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The Physical Origin of Universal Computing

The physical nature of computers might reveal deep truths about their uniquely powerful abstract abilities.

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The Rise of Computer-Aided Explanation

Computers can translate French and prove mathematical theorems. But can they make deep conceptual insights into the way the world works?

About the author

Michael Nielsen is a computer scientist and research fellow at the Recurse Center in New York City. He has written books on quantum computing, open science, and deep learning. His current research interests are collective cognition and intelligence amplification.