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How to Win at Deep Learning

What happens when you increase the number of layers in an artificial neural network?

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New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning

A new idea is helping to explain the puzzling success of today’s artificial-intelligence algorithms — and might also explain how human brains learn.

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A Brain Built From Atomic Switches Can Learn

A tiny self-organized mesh full of artificial synapses recalls its experiences and can solve simple problems. Its inventors hope it points the way to devices that match the brain’s energy-efficient computing prowess.

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Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious

Computer scientists are finding ways to code curiosity into intelligent machines.

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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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Searching for the Algorithms Underlying Life

The biological world is computational at its core, argues computer scientist Leslie Valiant.

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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?

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Concerns of an Artificial Intelligence Pioneer

Computer scientist Stuart Russell wants to ensure that our increasingly intelligent machines remain aligned with human values.

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A Common Logic to Seeing Cats and Cosmos

New research suggests physicists, computers and brains employ the same procedure to tease out important features from among other irrelevant bits of data.