Stephen Ornes

Contributing Writer

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Abstractions blog

How and Why Computers Roll Loaded Dice

July 8, 2020

Researchers are one step closer to injecting probability into deterministic machines.

Illustration of a robot translating calculus into branching, tree-like structures
artificial intelligence

Symbolic Mathematics Finally Yields to Neural Networks

May 20, 2020

After translating some of math’s complicated equations, researchers have created an AI system that they hope will answer even bigger questions.

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artificial intelligence

Playing Hide-and-Seek, Machines Invent New Tools

November 18, 2019

After millions of games, machine learning algorithms found creative solutions and unexpected new strategies that could transfer to the real world.

Quantum bits, or “qubits,” can be in a superposition of both zero and one.
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Computing’s Search for Quantum Questions

June 2, 2016

Recent tests show that quantum computers made by D-Wave systems should solve some problems faster than ordinary computers. Researchers have begun to map out exactly which queries might benefit from these quantum machines.

About the author

Stephen Ornes is a science writer in Nashville, Tennessee. His book Math Art: Truth, Beauty, and Equations features the work of 19 artists who found inspiration in the heady ideas of math. He's also the host and creator of Calculated, a podcast collection of stories at the intersection of math and culture. Visit him online at stephenornes.com.