Tag Archives: Innovation and Invention

How explainable artificial intelligence can help humans innovate

Understanding how artificial intelligence algorithms solve problems like the Rubik’s Cube makes AI more useful. Roland Frisch via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA Forest Agostinelli, University of South Carolina The field of artificial intelligence (AI) has created computers that can drive cars, synthesize chemical compounds, fold proteins and detect high-energy particles at a superhuman level. However, these AI algorithms cannot explain …

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Most plastic recycling produces low-value materials – but we’ve found a way to turn a common plastic into high-value molecules

Bales of plastic waste destined for recycling. Koron/Getty Images Susannah Scott, University of California Santa Barbara If you thought those flimsy disposable plastic grocery bags represented most of our plastic waste problem, think again. The volume of plastic the world throws away every year could rebuild the Ming Dynasty’s Great Wall of China – about 3,700 miles long. In the …

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COVID-19 vaccines: Open source licensing could keep Big Pharma from making huge profits off taxpayer-funded research

How many vaccines will be needed to vaccinate the world against COVID-19? Tetra Images/Getty Images

<figure> <img src=”https://images.theconversation.com/files/357982/original/file-20200914-18-qfqjei.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&rect=71%2C26%2C5911%2C4126&q=45&auto=format&w=754&fit=clip” /> <figcaption> How many vaccines will be needed to vaccinate the world against COVID-19? <span class=”attribution”><a class=”source” href=”https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/covid-19-vaccine-with-world-map-in-background-royalty-free-image/1248797862?adppopup=true”>Tetra Images/Getty Images</a></span> </figcaption> </figure> <span><a href=”https://theconversation.com/profiles/charles-m-schweik-1107510″>Charles M Schweik</a>, <em><a href=”https://theconversation.com/institutions/university-of-massachusetts-amherst-1563″>University of Massachusetts Amherst</a></em> and <a href=”https://theconversation.com/profiles/timothy-ford-1154482″>Timothy Ford</a>, <em><a href=”https://theconversation.com/institutions/university-of-massachusetts-lowell-1534″>University of Massachusetts Lowell</a></em></span> <p>An international, multi-billion-dollar race is underway to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, and progress is <a href=”https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/08/health/coronavirus-vaccine-race-intl/”>moving at …

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