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  • NASA lands on a middle path to nuclear fusion

    Earlier this year, a team of scientists based at NASA’s Glenn Research Center reported on a novel, promising method for generating nuclear fusion reactions in solid-state materials they termed “lattice confinement fusion.”  The experimental results and theoretical analysis were published in separate articles in the…
  • Why AI still struggles to learn languages

    Common sense would tell us that it is necessary to understand a text in order to translate it. So can an artificial intelligence system actually understand a text in the same sense a human being can?  The simplest approach to translation would be simply to…
  • AI tries to learn English

    From the very beginning, language has been central to AI’s effort to imitate the human mind. As I mentioned in the last installment, “mind” per se is a nebulous and slippery concept. Without some sort of structure, artificial intelligence has nothing to work with, nothing…
  • Free webinar: What should you believe about Covid-19

    Register for “Covid 19: What went wrong and how to fix it with AI and Big Data” Featuring Dr John Ioannidis, a leading scholar on data and the study of scientific research with a focus on clinical medicine. Hosted by Asia Times Editor Uwe Parpart…
  • The problem with symbolic AI

    So-called symbolic artificial intelligence aims at imitating the human mind, rather than the brain as a physical system.  But what is the mind? The concept is nebulous and not only difficult but perhaps even impossible to define.  To be sure, “mind” should include, in addition…