Tag Archives: AI

Cover Preview: Scientific American – September 2022

New Solutions to Black Holes, Snake Phobia and Forecasting Atmospheric Rivers

New Solutions to Black Holes, Snake Phobia and Forecasting Atmospheric Rivers

These fun stories show progress from the scale of quantum effects to that of snakes and from Earth to the edge of the universe

Monkeypox Explained: Transmission, Symptoms, Vaccines and Treatment

Tanya Lewis

AI Can Help Indigenous People Protect Biodiversity

Wai Chee Dimock

CLIMATE CHANGE

What Megafires Can Teach Us about California Megafloods

Chelsea Harvey and E&E News

Opinions: New Frontier For AI, British Stagnation, Story Scene Imagination

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, why foundation models are artificial intelligence’s new frontierthe stagnation nation: a chronic British disease (10:30), and why visiting the scenes of stories is an act of imagination (18:20).

Preview: The Economist Magazine – June 11, 2022

Artificial intelligence’s new frontier

The promise and perils of a breakthrough in machine intelligence

Jun 9th 2022ShareGive

Picture a computer that could finish your sentences, using a better turn of phrase; or use a snatch of melody to compose music that sounds as if you wrote it (though you never would have); or solve a problem by creating hundreds of lines of computer code—leaving you to focus on something even harder. In a sense, that computer is merely the descendant of the power looms and steam engines that hastened the Industrial Revolution. But it also belongs to a new class of machine, because it grasps the symbols in language, music and programming and uses them in ways that seem creative. A bit like a human.

The “foundation models” that can do these things represent a breakthrough in artificial intelligence, or ai. They, too, promise a revolution, but this one will affect the high-status brainwork that the Industrial Revolution never touched. There are no guarantees about what lies ahead—after all, ai has stumbled in the past. But it is time to look at the promise and perils of the next big thing in machine intelligence.

Technology: How AI Is Helping To Cure Blindness

England’s health service handles 10m clinic appointments for eyes every year. Artificial intelligence could help speed up and improve diagnoses for patients.

Cover Preview: Nature Magazine – March 10

History & Science: Ancient Texts Deciphered With AI

The origins of ancient inscriptions are often shrouded in mystery. Writing carved into stone millennia ago can be hard to read and is often missing entire sections of the text. Now a neural network, trained on thousands of existing inscriptions, could help historians figure out when and where a piece of writing comes from – as well as fill in missing words and characters.

Read the paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s4158…

Preview: New Scientist Magazine – February 19

ISSUE 3374 | MAGAZINE COVER DATE: 19 February 2022 | New Scientist

COVER STORIES

  • FEATURESWhy everything you thought you knew about posture is wrong
  • FEATURESHybrid AI: A new way to make machine minds that really think like us
  • FEATURESCould ancient viruses from melting permafrost cause the next pandemic?
  • NEWSDoing yoga at least once a week may help to lower blood pressure
  • NEWSFusion energy record suggests we really could build artificial suns

Technology: How AI Can Improve Health Care

AI has the power to transform health care. From more efficient diagnoses to safer treatments, it could remedy some of the ills suffered by patients. Film supported by @Maersk

Timeline: 00:00 – Can AI help heal the world? 00:45 – How can AI spot blindness? 04:01 – Protecting patients’ privacy 05:10 – How to share medical data safely 06:11 – Medical AI is rapidly expanding 08:02 – What do the sceptics say? 08.36 – Using AI for new medical devices 11:08 – What does the future hold for medical AI?