Month: April 2017

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem. The system is so complicated that even the engineers who designed it may struggle to isolate the reason for any single action. And you can’t ask it: there is no obvious way to design such a system

Putin says US preparing to bomb Syrian capital and blame Assad

Vladimir Putin says US is preparing to bomb Syrian capital and will blame devastation on Bashar-al Assad’s forces The Russian leader made the astonishing claim during a press conference with the Italian President Sergio Mattarella

How artificial life spawned a billion-dollar industry

Scientists are getting closer to building life from scratch and technology pioneers are taking notice, with record sums moving into a field that could deliver novel drugs, materials, chemicals and even perfumes. Despite ethical and safety concerns, investors are attracted by synthetic biology’s wide market potential and the plummeting cost of DNA synthesis, which is