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AI animals how we define humanity
USC Dornsife anthropologist Tok Thompson believes that an evolving understanding of the world around us could lead to a new definition of the term “humanity.” (Image/iStock)

As our understanding of intelligence evolves, is it time to redefine ‘humanity’?

A USC Dornsife anthropologist says that the increasing acumen of artificial intelligence — along with new knowledge of plant and animal behavior — are challenging how we perceive the concept of being human.

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paleoclimatology data predict future climate
Researchers from the Information Sciences Institute and USC Dornsife have created a novel platform to standardize paleoclimatology data. (Photo/Cassidy Joyes)

Earth scientists and AI researchers join forces to better predict our climate future

Paleoclimatology data — which contains the details of our climate history — can be messy. That’s why USC’s scientists and AI experts have teamed up on a new platform to standardize it for research, analysis and prognostication.

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AI bias natural language generation
USC experts analyzed a natural language generation system and found more frequent manifestations of bias against women, black people and gay people than men, white people and straight people. (Illustration/iStock)

As AI moves into content creation, researchers aim to battle its biases

AI systems like natural language generation are only as good as the data that trains them, and USC Viterbi experts want to uncover why and how that data can be biased against women and minorities.

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LA water
Having clean water is a primary concern for Los Angeles residents after a major earthquake; USC researchers are working with city officials to improve vulnerable plumbing that could be damaged during a quake. (Photo/Matthew Gush, iStock)

The next big effort in AI: keeping L.A.’s water flowing post-earthquake

Experts at the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society are teaming with city officials to find technological solutions for aging, vulnerable pipelines.

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Center for Intelligent Environments human-building interaction
CENTIENTS' Co-directors Burcin Becerik-Gerber and Gale Lucas will use funding from the National Science Foundation to explore projects like smart desks and VR-based learning for construction workers and robots. (Photo/Avni Shah)

How can we design smarter buildings? A new USC research center will pave the way

The Center for Intelligent Environments will study how to incorporate AI and automation into our built environment in ways that reinforce trust, safety and comfort.