The steppingstone principle is a way to inject creativity into artificial intelligence. ILLUSTRATION: KEVIN HONG FOR QUANTA MAGAZINE Neural networks are demonstrating profound leaps in their abilities when they’re tasked with open exploration instead of a narrowly focused goal. In 2007, Kenneth Stanley, a computer scientist at the University of […]

(Image: © Shutterstock) The mind-bending calculations required to predict how three heavenly bodies orbit each other have baffled physicists since the time of Sir Isaac Newton. Now artificial intelligence (A.I.) has shown that it can solve the problem in a fraction of the time required by previous approaches. Newton was the first to […]

(Image: © Shutterstock) The mind-bending calculations required to predict how three heavenly bodies orbit each other have baffled physicists since the time of Sir Isaac Newton. Now artificial intelligence (A.I.) has shown that it can solve the problem in a fraction of the time required by previous approaches. Newton was the first to […]

In a study using machine-generated art to understand what makes a picture memorable, researchers found that the images people remembered best had bright colors, simple backgrounds, and subjects centered prominently in the frame. Credit: Image courtesy of the researchers What makes an image memorable? Ask a computer. From the “Mona […]

DeepMind’s artificial intelligence-powered AlphaStar (green) repels an attack in the virtual world of StarCraft II. DeepMind Artificial intelligence developer DeepMind has just announced its latest milestone: a bot called AlphaStar that plays the popular real-time strategy game StarCraft II at Grandmaster level. This isn’t the first time a bot has outplayed humans […]

One modular robotic cube snaps into place with the rest of the M-blocks. Credit: Jason Dorfman/MIT CSAIL Developed at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, robots can self-assemble to form various structures with applications including disaster relief. Swarms of simple, interacting robots have the potential to unlock stealthy abilities […]

Researchers have found a way to marry human creativity and artificial intelligence (AI) creativity to dramatically boost the performance of deep learning. A team led by Alexander Wong, a Canada Research Chair in the area of AI and a professor of systems design engineering at the University of Waterloo, developed a […]