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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.
Deep Secrets and the Thrill of Discovery
The biologist Sean B. Carroll rediscovers the scientific thrill of an unexpected revelation.
Time’s (Almost) Reversible Arrow
The irreversibility of time may be a clue as to what makes up the universe’s dark matter.
Big Data’s Mathematical Mysteries
Machine learning works spectacularly well, but mathematicians aren’t quite sure why.
The Physical Origin of Universal Computing
The physical nature of computers might reveal deep truths about their uniquely powerful abstract abilities.
Einstein’s Parable of Quantum Insanity
Einstein refused to believe in the inherent unpredictability of the world. Is the subatomic world insane, or just subtle?
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?