Quanta MagazineComputer Science Machines’ Language Skills Just Surpassed Our Own. But Is This Understanding?Quanta Magazine - John Pavlus A tool known as BERT can now beat humans on advanced reading-comprehension tests. In a sense, this means that artificial intelligence has solved …

Quanta MagazineComputer Science Chemistry Nobel Goes to Lithium Battery InnovatorsQuanta Magazine - Jordana Cepelewicz John Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino shared the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing lithium-ion batteries, "the hidden …

Quanta MagazineInternet To Invent a Quantum InternetQuanta Magazine - Natalie Wolchover Fifty years after the current internet was born, the physicist and computer scientist Stephanie Wehner is planning and designing the next internet — …

Quanta MagazineComputer Science Computers and Humans ‘See’ Differently. Does It Matter? | Quanta MagazineQuanta Magazine - Kevin Hartnett In some ways, machine vision is superior to human vision. In other ways, it may never catch up. When engineers first endeavored to teach computers to …

Quanta MagazineComputer Science The Anthropologist of Artificial IntelligenceQuanta Magazine - John Pavlus The algorithms that underlie much of the modern world have grown so complex that we can’t always predict what they’ll do. Iyad Rahwan’s radical idea: …

Quanta MagazineSoftware Development Decades-Old Computer Science Conjecture Solved in Two PagesQuanta Magazine - Erica Klarreich The “sensitivity” conjecture stumped many top computer scientists, yet the new proof is so simple that one researcher summed it up in a single …

Quanta MagazineQubits Quantum Supremacy Is Coming: Here’s What You Should KnowQuanta Magazine - Kevin Hartnett Researchers are getting close to building a quantum computer that can perform tasks a classical computer can’t. Here’s what the milestone will …

Quanta Magazine Curious About Consciousness? Ask the Self-Aware MachinesQuanta Magazine - John Pavlus Consciousness is a famously hard problem, so Hod Lipson is starting from the basics: with self-aware robots that can help us understand how we …

Quanta MagazineComputer Science Where We See Shapes, AI Sees TexturesQuanta Magazine - Jordana Cepelewicz To researchers’ surprise, deep learning vision algorithms often fail at classifying images because they mostly take cues from textures, not …

Quanta Magazine How to Turn a Quantum Computer Into the Ultimate Randomness GeneratorQuanta Magazine - Anil Ananthaswamy Pure, verifiable randomness is hard to come by. Two proposals show how to make quantum computers into randomness factories. Say the words “quantum …

Quanta Magazine A New Law to Describe Quantum Computing’s Rise?Quanta Magazine - Kevin Hartnett Neven’s law states that quantum computers are improving at a “doubly exponential” rate. If it holds, quantum supremacy is around the corner. In …

Quanta Magazine Computer Scientists Expand the Frontier of Verifiable KnowledgeQuanta Magazine - Kevin Hartnett The universe of problems that a computer can check has grown. The researchers’ secret ingredient? Quantum entanglement. “The verifier can send the …

Quanta Magazine A New Approach to Multiplication Opens the Door to Better Quantum ComputersQuanta Magazine - Kevin Hartnett In practice, quantum computers can’t run many programs that classical computers can, because they’re not allowed to selectively forget information. A …

Quanta Magazine Mathematicians Discover the Perfect Way to Multiply | Quanta MagazineQuanta Magazine - Kevin Hartnett By chopping up large numbers into smaller ones, researchers have rewritten a fundamental mathematical speed limit. Four thousand years ago, the …

Quanta Magazine Cryptography That Can’t Be HackedQuanta Magazine - Kevin Hartnett Researchers have just released hacker-proof cryptographic code — programs with the same level of invincibility as a mathematical proof. Programmers …

Quanta Magazine A New Approach to Understanding How Machines ThinkQuanta Magazine - John Pavlus Neural networks are famously incomprehensible — a computer can come up with a good answer, but not be able to explain what led to the conclusion. …

Quanta Magazine Milestone Experiment Proves Quantum Communication Really Is Faster | Quanta MagazineQuanta Magazine - Kevin Hartnett In a Paris lab, researchers have shown for the first time that quantum methods of transmitting information are superior to classical ones. The new …

Quanta MagazineComputer Science Mathematicians Seal Back Door to Breaking RSA Encryption | Quanta MagazineQuanta Magazine - Kevin Hartnett Digital security depends on the difficulty of factoring large numbers. A new proof shows why one method for breaking digital encryption won’t work. My …

Quanta MagazineComputer Science Graduate Student Solves Quantum Verification ProblemQuanta Magazine - Erica Klarreich Urmila Mahadev spent eight years in graduate school solving one of the most basic questions in quantum computation: How do you know whether a quantum …

Quanta MagazineScience Quanta Magazine - Illuminating Science | Quanta MagazineQuanta Magazine - Ashley Smart After successfully predicting laboratory earthquakes, a team of geophysicists has applied a machine learning algorithm to quakes in the Pacific …

Quanta MagazineCognitive Computing Teenager Finds Classical Alternative to Quantum Recommendation Algorithm | Quanta MagazineQuanta Magazine - Kevin Hartnett 18-year-old Ewin Tang has proven that classical computers can solve the “recommendation problem” nearly as fast as quantum computers. The result …

Quanta Magazine A Short Guide to Hard ProblemsQuanta Magazine - Kevin Hartnett What’s easy for a computer to do, and what’s almost impossible? Those questions form the core of computational complexity. We present a map of the …

Quanta MagazineQuantum Computing Finally, a Problem That Only Quantum Computers Will Ever Be Able to SolveQuanta Magazine - Kevin Hartnett Computer scientists have been searching for years for a type of problem that a quantum computer can solve but that any possible future classical …

Quanta Magazine A Classical Math Problem Gets Pulled Into the Modern WorldQuanta Magazine - Kevin Hartnett A century ago, the great mathematician David Hilbert posed a probing question in pure mathematics. A recent advance in optimization theory is …

Quanta Magazine To Build Truly Intelligent Machines, Teach Them Cause and EffectQuanta Magazine - Kevin Hartnett Judea Pearl, a pioneering figure in artificial intelligence, argues that AI has been stuck in a decades-long rut. His prescription for progress? …

Quanta Magazine Why Artificial Intelligence Like AlphaZero Has Trouble With the Real WorldQuanta Magazine - Joshua Sokol The latest artificial intelligence systems start from zero knowledge of a game and grow to world-beating in a matter of hours. But researchers are …

Quanta Magazine Smart Swarms Seek New Ways to CooperateQuanta Magazine - Kevin Hartnett New algorithms show how swarms of very simple robots can be made to work together as a group. One strategy would be to appoint a leader that …

Quanta Magazine The Argument Against Quantum ComputersQuanta Magazine - Katia Moskvitch The mathematician Gil Kalai believes that quantum computers can't possibly work, even in principle. Sixteen years ago, on a cold February day at Yale …

Quanta Magazine The Era of Quantum Computing Is Here. Outlook: CloudyQuanta Magazine - Philip Ball Quantum computers should soon be able to beat classical computers at certain basic tasks. But before they’re truly powerful, researchers have to …