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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
 

Machines Beat Humans on a Reading Test. But Do They Understand?

By  JOHN PAVLUS

A tool known as BERT can now beat humans on advanced reading-comprehension tests. But it's also revealed how far AI has to go.

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ABSTRACTIONS BLOG
 

Computers and Humans 'See' Differently. Does It Matter?

By  KEVIN HARTNETT 

In some ways, machine vision is better than ours. In other ways, it may never catch up.

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Q&A
 

New Approach to Understanding How Machines Think

By  JOHN PAVLUS 

Been Kim is developing a way to understand neural networks' decision-making processes.

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ABSTRACTIONS BLOG
 

How the Neutrino's Tiny Mass Could Help Solve Big Mysteries

By  MARCUS WOO

The KATRIN experiment is closing in on the mass of the neutrino, which could point to new laws of particle physics and reshape theories of cosmology.

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Q&A(2016)
 

On a Hunt for a Ghost of a Particle

By  MAGGIE McKEE

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BEHAVIOR
 

Inherited Learning? It Happens, but How Is Uncertain

By  VIVIANE CALLIER

Studies suggest that epigenetics allows some learned adaptive responses to be passed down to new generations. The question is how.

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EVOLUTION(2016)
 

Scientists Seek to Update Evolution

By  CARL ZIMMER

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INSIGHTS PUZZLE
 

How Randomness Can Arise From Determinism

By  PRADEEP MUTALIK

Playing with a simple bean machine illustrates how deterministic laws can produce probabilistic, random-seeming behavior.

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