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To Build Truly Intelligent Machines, Teach Them Cause and Effect

May 15, 2018

Judea Pearl, a pioneering figure in artificial intelligence, argues that AI has been stuck in a decades-long rut. His prescription for progress? Teach machines to understand the question why.

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Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos

April 18, 2018

In new computer experiments, artificial-intelligence algorithms can tell the future of chaotic systems.

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Why Artificial Intelligence Like AlphaZero Has Trouble With the Real World

February 21, 2018

The latest artificial intelligence systems start from zero knowledge of a game and grow to world-beating in a matter of hours. But researchers are struggling to apply these systems beyond the arcade.

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The Future of Quantum Computing

Job One for Quantum Computers: Boost Artificial Intelligence

January 29, 2018

The fusion of quantum computing and machine learning has become a booming research area. Can it possibly live up to its high expectations?

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Solution: ‘How to Win at Deep Learning’

November 3, 2017

When equipped with hidden layers, deep neural networks can accomplish nonlinear feats that are difficult even with sophisticated mathematics.

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How to Build a Robot That Wants to Change the World

November 1, 2017

And not destroy humanity in the process.

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Artificial Intelligence Learns to Learn Entirely on Its Own

October 18, 2017

A new version of AlphaGo needed no human instruction to figure out how to clobber the best Go player in the world — itself.

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How to Win at Deep Learning

October 9, 2017

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

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Wired to Learn: The Next AI

New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning

September 21, 2017

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