Picture of the Vinalia Faculae region of Ceres obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on July 6, 2018 at an altitude of about 58 kilometers. Can a square and/or a triangle be seen? Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA An artificial neural network has identified a square structure within a triangular one in a crater […]

Image 1: The way in which galaxies cluster together in the Universe is made clear in this image of the Universe as observed by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). The yellow dots represent the position of individual galaxies, while the orange loop shows the area of the Universe spanning […]

Two galaxies in the process of merging. Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble When two galaxies merge, there are brief periods of stellar baby booms. A group of astronomers led by Lingyu Wang from SRON have now used a sample of over 200,000 galaxies to confirm that galaxy mergers are the driving force behind […]

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 […]