Stephen Ornes

Contributing Writer

Animation showing virtual players hiding and seeking in a digital arena
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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.