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How a Computer Broke a 50-Year Math Record
DeepMind researchers trained an AI system called AlphaTensor to find new, faster algorithms for matrix multiplication. AlphaTensor quickly rediscovered — and surpassed, for some cases — the reigning algorithm discovered by German mathematician Volker Strassen in 1969.
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Leslie Valiant: Searching for the Algorithms Underlying Life
Leslie Valiant explains the term “ecorithm.”
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Richard Dawid discusses the fine line between science and speculation.
Christoph Adami: The Information Theory of Life
Christoph Adami explains how information theory can explain the persistence of life.
Joan Strassmann: The Woman Who Stared at Wasps
Joan Strassmann explains the benefits of studying social amoebas.
Gabriela González: Searching the Sky for the Wobbles of Gravity
Gabriela González explains how to measure black-hole collisions using gravitational waves.
What Is a Species?
David Kaplan explains why a simple definition of “species” is hard to come by.
Nima Arkani-Hamed’s Visions of Future Physics
Nima Arkani-Hamed makes his “big-picture” case for building a 100-TeV particle collider.