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The Mind in the Machine

Machine learning is a scientific revolution that is changing how science gets done.
January 1, 2020
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Machine learning is a rapidly advancing field within data science that is being used by national laboratories for a plethora of purposes.

The questions and the math aren’t necessarily new. But the machines are, and what scientists are doing with them certainly is.

Minds and machines have different skill sets. For example, minds do vision better than machines, but machines do computation better than minds. What can our minds do that we can teach machines to do? What can we learn from machines about our own minds? Scientists in all corners of Los Alamos are using and developing machine learning methods for a broad variety of national security challenges. Cataloging them all would be daunting, but what’s key is that machine learning is revolutionizing how science is done.

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