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New AI program aims to improve how we search through science

When it comes to the body of scientific literature in existence, the world is suffering from information overload. There are now more than 100 million academic papers online and that number is estimated to be growing at a rate of nearly 5,000 new articles each day. According to one study, only half of those papers are being read by anyone other than the author and the editors of whatever journal published it.

Many researchers think the answers to a lot of fundamental questions about our lives, science, society and history are hidden in these articles and the connections they make, but that humans just don’t have the brain power to make sense of it.

A group of computer scientists funded by Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen is trying to change that through artificial intelligence.

Click here to read more from this November 2, 2015 Washington Post article by Ariana Cha.

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