Artificial Intelligence

What is AI? It's the quest to build machines that can reason, learn, and act intelligently, and it has barely begun. We cover the latest advances in machine learning, neural networks, and robots.

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An ever-changing room of Ikea furniture could help AI navigate the world

The Allen Institute wants to crowdsource navigation algorithms by letting researchers turn their robots loose in its physical and virtual apartments.

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An algorithm that can spot cause and effect could supercharge medical AI

The technique, inspired by quantum cryptography, would allow large medical databases to be tapped for causal links

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AI still doesn’t have the common sense to understand human language

Natural-language processing has taken great strides recently—but how much does AI really understand of what it reads? Less than we thought.

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Why asking an AI to explain itself can make things worse

Creating neural networks that are more transparent can lead us to over-trust them. The solution might be to change how they explain themselves.

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