AI can do a lot of things extremely well. One thing that it can do just okay -- which, frankly, is still quite extraordinary -- is write college term papers. That's the finding from EduRef , a resource for students and educators, which ran an experiment to determine if a deep learning language prediction model known as GPT-3 could get passing marks in an anonymized trial. Artificial intelligence: How to build the business case AI might be a hot topic but you'll still need to justify those projects. Read More "We hired a panel of professors to create a writing prompt, gave it to a group of recent grads and undergraduate-level writers, and fed it to GPT-3 and had the panel grade the anonymous submissions and complete a follow up survey for thoughts about the writers," according to an EduRef post. The results were a surprising demonstration of the natural-language prowess of AI . The specific AI -- GPT-3, for Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 -- was … [Read more...] about AI can write a passing college paper in 20 minutes
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High in the Himalayas, a four-to-five-day trek from the nearest village, sits an unassuming glacial lake called Roopkund. The spot is beautiful, a dollop of jewel-toned water amid rough gravel and scree, but hardly out of the ordinary for the rugged landscape — except for the hundreds of human bones scattered within and around the lake. These bones, belonging to between 300 and 800 people, have been a mystery since a forest ranger first reported them to the broader world in 1942. Lately, though, the mystery has only deepened. In 2019, a new genetic analysis of the ancient DNA in the bones, detailed in the journal Nature Communications , found that at least 14 of the people who died at the lake probably weren't from South Asia. Instead, their genes match those of modern-day people of the eastern Mediterranean. Related: 11 famous places that are littered with dead bodies What's more, these bones were far newer than most of the others at the lake, which date to … [Read more...] about Hundreds of skeletons fill this remote Himalayan lake. How did they get there?
By Ian Randall Oct. 6, 2020 , 1:30 PM It’s one of life’s little ironies: Sweet foods get sweeter when you add a little salt. Now, scientists may have provided connoisseurs of salted caramel and grapefruit with the reason this culinary trick is worth its salt. Your ability to savor food comes from the receptor cells in your tongue’s taste buds. Sweet tastes are detected by a family of receptors called T1R, which pick up both natural sugars and artificial sweeteners. Scientists originally thought disabling the T1R family would stop any responses to sweet stimuli. But in 2003, researchers showed that mice whose T1R genes had been genetically “knocked out” still liked the sugar glucose . The finding suggested there must be another way that mice—and possibly humans—sense sweetness. Seeking an explanation, physiologist Keiko Yasumatsu of Tokyo Dental Junior College and colleagues turned to a protein that works with glucose elsewhere in the body: sodium-glucose cotransporter 1 … [Read more...] about Why adding salt makes fruit—and candy—sweeter
Spider-Man character J. Jonah Jameson is set to appear in more Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, actor J.K. Simmons revealed Monday. The Daily Bugle host, who outed the super hero's identity as Peter Parker in the post-credits scene of Spider-Man: Far From Home , said he's already filmed at least one other appearance, CNET sister site Comicbook.com reported Monday. "Yeah, that's the short answer," Simmons told SiriusXM when asked if JJJ will appear again . "There is a future for J. Jonah Jameson after a several year hiatus." CNET Culture Entertain your brain with the coolest news from space to superheroes, memes to robots. Simmons, who also played JJJ in the 2000s Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire , added " there is one more JJJ appearance in the can and from what I'm hearing there is a plan for yet another one." Since Spider-Man 3 has yet to begin production, and Morbius and the Venom sequel have both finished filming, JJJ … [Read more...] about Spider-Man’s J. Jonah Jameson could appear in two more MCU movies
Education advocate Monica Lozano has been elected to Apple's board of directors, the company said Tuesday. Lozano is president and CEO of College Futures Foundation , which works to help low-income students and students of color access higher education. Before starting at the foundation in 2017, Lozano spent 30 years as editor and publisher of La Opinión, the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the US. She rose to become chair and CEO of La Opinión's parent company, ImpreMedia. She serves on the boards of Target and Bank of America and previously was on the board of Disney. Everything Apple CNET's Apple Report newsletter delivers news, reviews and advice on iPhones, iPads, Macs and software. "I've always admired Apple's commitment to the notion that technology, at its best, should empower all people to improve their lives and build a better world," Lozano said in a statement. Apple CEO Tim Cook calls Lozano as a "true leader and trailblazer" in business, media and … [Read more...] about Apple board adds Monica Lozano, education advocate and ex-journalist