You can call it the “revenge of the computer scientist.” An algorithm that made headlines for mastering the notoriously difficult Atari 2600 game Montezuma’s Revenge can now beat more games, achieving near perfect scores, and help robots explore real-world environments...
The annual science education event describes imaginary encounters to teach ecology
A cybersecurity expert explains how safety systems stopped the attack
“Doomscroll Reminder Lady” Karen K. Ho explains how to step away from the screen
A massive amount of information downloaded from Parler includes potentially incriminating material. But innocuous posts on mainstream platforms can also create vulnerabilities
Such accounts can distort online conversations and potentially diminish support for climate policies
Laser light reveals the structure of the planet’s tallest trees
Indigenous trackers inspire a safer way to help rhinoceroses
A new type of learning model uses far less data than conventional AIs, allowing researchers with limited resources to contribute
A cybersecurity expert explains how hackers used SolarWinds to steal information from government and industry organizations
Scientific American and the World Economic Forum sifted through more than 75 nominations for the most innovative and potentially game-changing technologies in 2020. The final top 10 span the fields of medicine, engineering, environmental sciences and chemistry. And to win the nod, the technologies must have the potential to spur progress in societies and economies by outperforming established ways of doing things...
Synthetic voices have become ubiquitous. They feed us directions in the morning, shepherd us through phone calls by day and broadcast the news on smart speakers at night. And as the technology used to make them improves, these voices are becoming more and more human-sounding...
Some types of artificial intelligence could start to hallucinate if they don’t get enough rest, just as humans do
Replication problems plague the field of AI, and the goal of general intelligence remains as elusive as ever
Deep-learning robot Shimon writes and rhymes in real time
The setup of lasers and mirrors effectively “solved” a problem far too complicated for even the largest traditional computer system
Google’s deep-learning program for determining the 3-D shapes of proteins stands to transform biology, scientists say
Our willingness to share content without thinking is exploited to spread disinformation
Understanding how algorithm manipulators exploit our cognitive vulnerabilities empowers us to fight back
High-precision metrology based on the peculiarities of the subatomic world