Game over? Computer beats human champ in complex strategy challenge

Jan 28, 2016

Game over? Computer beats human champ in complex strategy challenge

In a milestone for artificial intelligence, a computer has beaten a human champion at a strategy game that requires “intuition” rather than brute processing power to prevail, its makers said Wednesday. Dubbed Alphago, the system honed its own skills through a process of trial ...

When hurt, rodents may console each other

Jan 24, 2016

When hurt, rodents may console each other

Dogs, dolphins and elephants are known to show empathy when a loved one is in pain, and now researchers have found the first consoling behavior in a rodent. Researchers say the findings, published in the U.S. journal Science, could help scientists better understand human ...

Jan 14, 2016

War zone blasts may alter brain permanently: study

U.S. military members who are exposed to repeated blasts in a war zone may suffer permanent damage in parts of the brain that lend emotional stability, said a study Wednesday. Researchers have described mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) — more commonly called “concussion” — ...

PTSD nation? U.S. shootings inflict growing mental toll

Jan 7, 2016

PTSD nation? U.S. shootings inflict growing mental toll

Mass shootings from Newtown to San Bernardino are weighing ever more heavily on Americans, with signs of post-traumatic stress spreading far beyond the circle of survivors and loved ones, experts say. Gun violence kills about 30,000 Americans every year and mass shootings — extremely ...

Dec 11, 2015

Scientists coax computers to think more like people

For artificial intelligence and smart machines to really take off, computers are going to have to be able to think more like people, according to experts in the field who are making important progress toward that goal. Scientists on Thursday said they had created ...