Cassini Seeks Insights to Life in Plumes of Enceladus, Saturn’s Icy Moon
Is life everywhere, or is life incredibly rare? The Cassini spacecraft takes on more pass at finding out by flying through the water vapor plumes of Saturn’s moon Enceladus.
—Tim Maher, Managing Editor
Epic Fail: Digitizing America’s Medical Records Was Supposed to Help Patients and Save Money. Why Hasn’t That Happened?
The U.S. government has handed out $28 billion to encourage doctors and hospitals to switch to electronic health records, hoping it will make health care cheaper and more effective. Returns have been slight because the funds have helped prop up companies building closed-off systems that don’t interoperate.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco Bureau Chief
Google Turning Its Lucrative Web Search Over to AI Machines
Google has enhanced its search engine with an artificial neural network that has learned to relate different words according to their meaning. Facebook is using the same technology Facebook to try to make software capable of basic conversation (see “Teaching Machines to Understand Us”).
Inside the Surprisingly Sexist World of Artificial Intelligence
Quartz asks if bringing more women and minorities into computer science and AI research might not help broaden and improve the two fields’ goals and perspectives.
—Will Knight, Senior Editor, AI
Walmart Seeks to Test Drones for Home Delivery, Pickup
The U.S. retail giant apparently plans to get into a dogfight with Amazon, Google, and others vying to delivery products by air.
This artist is dominating AI-generated art. And he’s not happy about it.
Greg Rutkowski is a more popular prompt than Picasso.
VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence
On key metrics, a VR experience elicited a response indistinguishable from subjects who took medium doses of LSD or magic mushrooms.
This nanoparticle could be the key to a universal covid vaccine
Ending the covid pandemic might well require a vaccine that protects against any new strains. Researchers may have found a strategy that will work.
How do strong muscles keep your brain healthy?
There’s a robust molecular language being spoken between your muscles and your brain.
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