Google’s AlphaGo Zero AI is like an “alien civilization inventing its own mathematics”

Google’s Latest Self-Learning AI Is Like an “Alien Civilisation Inventing Its Own Mathematics” The AI that vanquished humanity at perhaps the most complex traditional game on Earth was inconceivably smart. But not smart enough to survive its own replacement by an even more awesome, alien intelligence. Google’s DeepMind researchers have just announced the next evolution

Vera Rubin Ridge

A creature, whose body was plasmic for a moment before solidifying into form, crouched behind a riff of sandy rock. Its eyes blinked at the tiny sun, just coming into a morning exposure to the surface that would last another 25 hours. Things came into focus. Most of it blended into a dusty stretch of

The Galactic Star Factory

The last thing I remember was a sine waveform and thirty seconds of intensifying, painful sound rising in frequency from 440 hertz to 1,320 hertz in a linear interpolation. And then it stopped. When I awoke, I beheld a massive expanse of stellar clouds and star systems—incredible nebulous arrays of blue, white, and pink formations

Deep in the Ice Pack, a Massive, Mysterious  Hole Has Opened in Antarctica

A hole as large as Lake Superior or the state of Maine has opened up in Antarctica, and scientists aren’t sure why it’s there. The gigantic, mysterious hole “is quite remarkable,” atmospheric physicist Kent Moore, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, told Motherboard over the phone. Areas of open water surrounded by

Dolphins that co-operate with humans have a unique accent

Dolphins that cooperate with artisanal fishermen in Laguna, Brazil sound different than their independent counterparts, new study finds. When the mullet migrate northward, the fishermen in Laguna, Brazil are waiting. They rise early and take their places in line, waist-deep in the water, tarrafa—a kind of circular throwing net—in hand. Without a word, the dolphins arrive, herding schools