Hi everyone! Welcome to the new Seeker Elements set. We’re still going to be covering all of the mind bogglingly awesome discoveries in the science and tech world, we’ve just got a fun new way to do it. And what better way to kick things off then with an update… Continue Reading Neural Networks: How Do Robots Teach Themselves?
It’s safe to say that our private information isn’t private anymore. New technologies are collecting data to be sold or shared between companies… in sometimes questionable ways. Y’all really think that Black Mirror isn’t gonna happen? Well, it’s not GOING to happen. It’s already happening. Let’s start in China, where… Continue Reading China’s New Surveillance Tech Monitors Workers’ Brainwaves
These 50 cards represent every person who took the SAT college entrance exam in 2017. In America, this score — this ranking of students — is hugely important. Elite schools like Yale or Harvard select the large majority of their students from this pile — the top 1 percent of… Continue Reading The problem with America’s college entrance exam
We often talk about how traditional computing is reaching its limit–there’s a threshold we can’t move past without making some seriously big changes to the way we structure computers. One of those exciting ways is by making physical computers a little more like human brains. We introduced this concept in… Continue Reading Neuromorphic Computing Is a Big Deal for A.I., But What Is It?
Apparently, no calories does NOT equal no consequences, and artificial sweeteners, like the kind you may find in diet drinks, may be just as bad for you as sugar, with your brain and your gut responding in surprising ways to that delicious, synthetic sweetness. The FDA has approved six artificial… Continue Reading What Do Artificial Sweeteners Actually Do to Your Body?
By a strange twist of fate, video games have played a role in developing artificial intelligence. Graphics processing units that were originally intended just to pump out polygons and pixels happen to be the perfect systems to train neural networks. But artificial intelligence might repay the favor, and make video… Continue Reading The Way We Build Video Games Is Changing, Here’s How
I know. This looks pretty freaky, but what you’re looking at is actually a monumental step forward for medicine. Researchers have now created an artificial womb that can successfully keep an extremely premature fetus alive and developing normally. A lamb fetus, that is. The latest development in artificial placenta-based life… Continue Reading Scientists Grew a Lamb in a Bag… Wait What?
Elephants have earned a crazy reputation for being able to remember places, migratory patterns and voice differences… in fact there’s some evidence to show that they can even hold a grudge. But is it true they really NEVER forget? Elephants have arguably one of the most intelligent brains in the… Continue Reading Do Elephants Really Never Forget? Here’s How Their Brains Are Different From Ours
Artificial intelligence is, really, techniques that help machines and computers mimic human behavior. It’s like a Russian nesting doll… Artificial intelligence, at the highest level, is the device being smart. How it becomes smart under the hood then is the next layer of machine learning, which are the general techniques… Continue Reading AI Explained in 101 Seconds
The human body is complex. It’s got 206 bones, over 600 muscles, and every day I get older, I discover a new joint I didn’t know could hurt so bad. Learning to control the darn thing takes years of practice and refinement, and some of us still don’t quite have… Continue Reading Why This Virtual Human Is Being Injured by Scientists