NASA’s Perseverance Rover Lands on Mars: Here’s How It Is Using AI

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After its ambitious Feb. 18 landing on Mars, NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is already getting critical help from the multiple onboard AI systems that are designed to guide its two-year exploratory mission on the red planet.
Perseverance successfully completed its 293-million-mile voyage from Earth to Mars and landed safely on the Martian surface at 3:55 p.m. EST Thursday.

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AI at the speed of Light

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There’s a reason why most of the talk about artificial intelligence is around its potential instead of its accomplishments. To function at peak levels it often needs more computing power than current technology can deliver. Too much data is needed too quickly for its operations to run smoothly. This is why so many AI programs are stuck in the ‘research’ or ‘development’ phase. The present just can’t keep up with the future.

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Quantum & AI: Accelerating discovery to help the world cope

All it took was a ball of discarded Scotch tape in the waste basket… The discovery was serendipitous — but just like many other accidental material discoveries, it could significantly impact our world, leading to flexible circuits and unbreakable touchscreens, more powerful gadgets, improved bulletproof vests and more efficient medical, chemical and industrial processes.

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Machines misbehaving: 62 scientific studies showing how Big Tech’s Algorithms can harm the public

Might it be time to create an “FDA for algorithms? In the United States, there is currently no federal institution that protects the public from harmful algorithms. We can buy eggs, get a vaccine, and drive on highways knowing there are systems in place to protect our safety: the USDA checks our eggs for salmonella, the FDA checks vaccines for safety and effectiveness, the NHTSA makes sure highway turns are smooth and gentle for high speeds. But what about when we run a Google search or look up a product on Amazon?

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Incoming White House science and technology leader on AI, diversity, and society

Technologies like artificial intelligence and human genome editing “reveal and reflect even more about the complex and sometimes dangerous social architecture that lies beneath the scientific progress that we pursue,” said Dr. Alondra Nelson today as part of the introduction of the Biden administration science team. On Friday, the Biden transition team appointed Nelson to the position of OSTP deputy director for science and society. Biden will be sworn in Wednesday to officially become the 46th president of the United States.

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Why we might be looking at the Brain in the wrong way

The mind tries to understand the world in terms of concepts, most of which are dressed in language and in some cases, in mathematics. But our conceptual understanding of the world suffers from a chicken-and-egg problem: where do the concepts in which this understanding is modeled come from in the first place? How can you build a new theory with old terminology and make sure that it doesn’t suffer from the implicit assumptions inherent in the terminology?

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Deep Science: Using machine learning to study anatomy, weather and earthquakes

Research papers come out far too rapidly for anyone to read them all, especially in the field of machine learning, which now affects (and produces papers in) practically every industry and company. This column aims to collect the most relevant recent discoveries and papers — particularly in but not limited to artificial intelligence — and explain why they matter.

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