In this episode of the Perpetual Notion Machine, PNM reporter Will Cushman previews the Wisconsin Science Festival, which runs Thursday, Nov. 2 to Sunday, Nov. 5 at various venues around the state. Some events include the Robot Zoo, Plasma Physics, the Birds of Wisconsin, the Science of Brewing, and Science Policy, to name but a […]
The promise, or specter — depending on your philosophical bent — of artificial intelligence has spellbound science fiction readers for generations. A machine that thinks like a human is both a thrilling and terrifying concept. Today, forms of mechanical intelligence surround us daily, from vending machines to smartphones to supercomputers. Computers now routinely beat humans […]
How many of us have ever shouted with joy or screamed in agony while watching our favorite sports team in a tournament? And how many of us, when faced with a complex situation, have opted to simplify things and take the least complicated course of action? These scenarios seem common enough, but what I bet […]
What’s it like working alongside a humanoid robot? Computer scientist Alison Sauppe recently interviewed several humans doing just that. Alison joins the Monday Buzz to tell us if we will all be assimilated.
UW computer science grad student Shike Mei is using social media to track air pollution in China – in real time, no less.