Human Intuition Defeats Artificial Intelligence in Quantum Computing Game

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Later on, it was found that computerized numerical optimization failed to find solutions for the tough problems associated with quantum computing tasks, whereas the human players were successful at it. "The big surprise we had was that some of the players actually had solutions that were of higher quality and of shorter duration than any computer algorithms could find," Jacob Sherson said. "One of the most distinctly human abilities is our ability to forget and to filter out information and that's very important here because we have a problem that's just so complicated you will never be finished if you attack it systematically." It was specifically constructed to turn quantum physics optimization problems into a game. Though this is not the first time that a gamification process has been utilized to turn complex science into simpler interactive activity, Quantum Moves takes the process in a different direction.


How the Moth Radio Hour helped scientists map out meaning in the brain

Los Angeles Times

This is your brain on stories. By tracking the blood flow in people's brains as they listened to a storytelling radio show, scientists at UC Berkeley have mapped out where the meanings associated with basic words are encoded in the cortex, creating the first semantic atlas of the brain. The findings, described in the journal Nature, provide an unprecedented view of language and meaning as it plays out on our neural terrain, and could potentially offer a road map for those looking to help patients with certain types of aphasia or other neurological disorders. For a long time, researchers thought about language as a primarily left-hemisphere function that took place in specific spots of the brain, such as Broca's area and Wernicke's area. But those areas aren't associated with understanding language but producing it – speech, in short.


Predicting the Higgs-Boson Signal

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The Higgs Boson is a landmark discovery that will help us to understand the basic nature of the universe. It was discovered first by the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN in 2012. The Higg's Boson decays into two tau particles giving rise to a small signal buried in background noise. The goal of the Higgs Boson Machine Learning Challenge was to classify the characterizing events detected by ATLAS into "tau tau decay of a Higgs boson" versus "background." First step was to analyze the data and look for Missingness in the data.


Does quantum theory explain human consciousness?

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A chess problem could help scientists finally unravel whether quantum theory can explain human consciousness. Sir Roger Penrose created the puzzle to prove the human mind can never be matched by a computer because it exhibits quantum effects. This means the brain doesn't follow the rules for the classical properties of matter, like a computer. Instead, it follows for a new concept of matter altogether that leaves cracks for consciousness and intuition to appear. Now, the Oxford university professor, who has set up a new institute, has invited everyday puzzle enthusiasts to pit their wits against the problem to test his theory.


Predicting the Higgs-Boson Signal

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They are currently in the NYC Data Science Academy 12 week full time Data Science Bootcamp program taking place between January 11th to April 1st, 2016. This post is based on their fourth class project - Machine learning(due on the 8th week of the program). The Higgs Boson is a landmark discovery that will help us to understand the basic nature of the universe. It was discovered first by the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN in 2012. The Higg's Boson decays into two tau particles giving rise to a small signal buried in background noise.