Fusion power: DeepMind uses AI to control plasma inside tokamak reactor

For the first time, artificial intelligence has been used to control the super-hot plasma inside a fusion reactor, offering a new way to increase stability and efficiency Technology 16 February 2022 By Matthew Sparkes Plasma inside the TCV fusion reactor in Switzerland Curdin Wüthrich/SPC/EPFL Fusion reactors promise cheap, abundant and relatively clean energy – if … Read more

DeepMind has made software-writing AI that rivals average human coder

AI company DeepMind has built a tool that can create working code to solve complex software challenges Technology 2 February 2022 By Matthew Sparkes Artist’s impression of data Andriy Onufriyenko/Getty Images DeepMind, a UK-based AI company, has taught some of its machines to write computer software – and it performs almost as well as an … Read more

DeepMind cracks ‘knot’ conjecture that bedeviled mathematicians for decades

The artificial intelligence (AI) program DeepMind has gotten closer to proving a math conjecture that’s bedeviled mathematicians for decades and revealed another new conjecture that may unravel how mathematicians understand knots.  The two pure math conjectures are the first-ever important advances in pure mathematics (or math not directly linked to any non-math application) generated by artificial intelligence, the researchers … Read more

Biggest science news of 2021: DeepMind solves 98.5 per cent of human protein structures using its AlphaFold model

In July, DeepMind announced that its AlphaFold model had worked out how most of the proteins in our bodies fold. Pushmeet Kohli tells New Scientist that there is more to come Technology 15 December 2021 By Matthew Sparkes A 3D model of a fruit fly protein from DeepMind DeepMind IT TOOK decades for scientists to … Read more

DeepMind: AI software collaborates with humans on mathematical breakthroughs

Humans and AI working together can reveal new areas of mathematics where data sets are too large to be comprehended by mathematicians Technology 1 December 2021 By Matthew Sparkes A simple knot DeepMind AI software has collaborated with mathematicians to successfully develop a theorem about the structure of knots, but the suggestions given by the … Read more

DeepMind experiment shows AI must grow smarter, not just bigger

The dominant approach to building more advanced artificial intelligences is simply to scale up their computing power, but AI firm DeepMind says we are reaching a point of diminishing returns Technology 8 December 2021 By Matthew Sparkes Training large artificial intelligences requires a lot of computing power sefa ozel/Getty Images DeepMind says that teaching machines … Read more

DeepMind AI: Machine learning tool helps study strange electrons in chemical reactions

Strange so-called fractional electrons are crucial to many chemical reactions, but traditional methods cannot model them – a problem that DeepMind has used machine learning to fix Physics 9 December 2021 By Leah Crane An artistic representation of molecules interacting DeepMind Machine-learning tools have taken us closer to understanding electrons and how they behave in … Read more