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The goal of the “busy beaver” game is to find the longest-running computer program. Its pursuit has surprising connections to some of the most profound questions and concepts in mathematics.
A cryptographic master tool called indistinguishability obfuscation has for years seemed too good to be true. Three researchers have figured out that it can work.
Deep neural networks, often criticized as “black boxes,” are helping neuroscientists understand the organization of living brains.
Vinton Cerf helped create the internet 40 years ago, and he’s still working to connect people around the world — and off it.
After 44 years, there’s finally a better way to find approximate solutions to the notoriously difficult traveling salesperson problem.
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