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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.