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by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon

This is a technology with the potential to change history for all of us. The question is, ‘Can we have the good without the bad?’

—Former Google AI chief Fei-Fei Li speaking in mid-March at the opening of Stanford University’s new Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (March 19)

Will it be possible, in the foreseeable future, to build a machine that can discover physics or mathematics that the brightest humans alive are not able to do on their own, using biological hardware? Will the future of science eventually necessarily be driven by machines that operate on a level that we can never reach? I don’t know. It’s a good question.

Kevin Schawinski, an astrophysicist and
CEO/founder of artificial-intelligence company Modulos, talking to...

1. Innermost ossicle of the middle ear
5. Nest material for some wasps
8. Camel’s South American cousin
9. Segmented worm
10. Form rust, say
11. Shrub pollinated by a moth
12. Temple pictured on the Cambodian flag (2 wds.)
16. Carnivora, for dogs, e.g.
18. Programming language of the 1950s
20. Variant of a chemical element
21. German thinker who wrote Science of Logic
22. Tree-graft sites
23. Mother of striped cubs


1. Swimmer using a ladder, maybe
2. Modern-day Mesopotamian
3. Vocalizing like a 23-Across
4. Relevant phenomenon in drug testing (2 wds.)
5. Flower in the violet family
6. Fetid ferret relative
7. Jellyfish’s kind of symmetry
12. Robot in human form
13. Wild sub-Saharan pig
14. Like the Galilean moons
15. Quadrilateral quartet
17. Underground network
19. Elephant loner

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