Math with a Mind of Its Own

What makes humans human?  "Homo sapiens" literally means "knowing man" because human intelligence, or sapience, is the main factor that sets us apart from other creatures.  For thousands of years, we've assumed that we are the only species capable of abstract reasoning, language, and problem solving. 

Now, a highly specialized branch of math and computer science is challenging this age-old assumption, comparing humans not to other creatures but to computers.  Artificial-intelligence researchers face formidable challenges, but they've also made remarkable progress in recent years, including speech recognition, face recognition, and natural language processing.  Even in this recent explosion of ideas, one sector of artificial intelligence has remained seemingly off-limits:  simulating human creativity.  Enter:  Explicit-Implicit Interaction theory, the scientific dissection of the human creative process.  Read more about the new psychology theory that's turning heads in artifical intelligence.

The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?” WeUseMath.org is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question. This website describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics.


 

$126,000/yr
Actuary
$160,000/yr
Physician
$187,199/yr
Cryptanalyst
$137,780/yr
Attorney
$187,199/yr
Cartographer
$92,310/yr
$100,000/yr
$165,000/yr
Chemist
$116,130/yr
$155,490/yr

Figures represent salary potential.

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Dr. Cary Oberije, a postdoctoral researcher in The Netherlands, has found that mathematical models can be used to accurately predict patients' responses to treatment. Prediction models were used to analyze lung cancer patients' likelihood of survival and...

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