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Volodymyr Mnih

Volodymyr Mnih

Volodymyr Mnih, a research scientist at DeepMind, has created the first system to demonstrate human-level performance in almost 50 Atari 2600 video games, including Pong and Space Invaders. Minh’s system was the first to combine the playful characteristics of reinforcement learning with …Continue reading

Fabian Menges

Problem: Complex microprocessors—like those at the heart of autonomous driving and artificial intelligence—can overheat and shut down. And when it happens, it’s usually the fault of an internal component on the scale of nanometers. But for decades, nobody who designed chips could …Continue reading

Phillipa Gill

Five years ago, when Phillipa Gill began a research fellowship at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, she was surprised to find that there was no real accepted approach for empirically measuring censorship. So Gill, now an assistant professor of computer science …Continue reading

Using chatbots to help people avoid legal fees

Joshua Browder is determined to upend the $200 billion legal services market with, of all things, chatbots. He thinks chatbots can automate many of the tasks that lawyers have no business charging a high hourly rate to complete. “It should never be …Continue reading

Increasing the GDP of the Internet

When Apple launched its new payment service last October, it boasted of support from major partners such as American Express, Chase, and Macy’s. But Apple had also spent months ahead of the launch working with a relative minnow in the world of …Continue reading

Technology Repaints the Payment Landscape

In developed economies, money has been digitizing for decades. Few Westerners touch a paycheck anymore. Through direct deposit, digital money is transferred electronically from our employer to our bank account every pay period. A similar process moves contributions into our 401(k) accounts …Continue reading