A radical new neural network design could overcome big challenges in AI

David Duvenaud was collaborating on a project involving medical data when he ran up against a major shortcoming in AI. An AI researcher at the University of Toronto, he wanted to build a deep-learning model that would predict a patient’s health over time. But data from medical records is kind of messy: throughout your life, you might visit the…

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What is AI? We drew you a flowchart to work it out

What is AI, exactly? The question may seem basic, but the answer is kind of complicated. In the broadest sense, AI refers to machines that can learn, reason, and act for themselves. They can make their own decisions when faced with new situations, in the same way that humans and animals can. As it currently…

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Sorry, graphene—borophene is the new wonder material that’s got everyone excited

Not so long ago, graphene was the great new wonder material. A super-strong, atom-thick sheet of carbon “chicken wire,” it can form tubes, balls, and other curious shapes. And because it conducts electricity, materials scientists raised the prospect of a new era of graphene-based computer processing and a lucrative graphene chip industry to boot. The…

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Grocery bills can predict diabetes rates by neighborhood

In 1826, the French gastronomer Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin published a book called The Physiology of Taste. The work is famous for introducing the aphorism “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are”—the origin of the saying “You are what you eat.” Brillat-Savarin would no doubt have much to say about…

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