Does that sound familiar? You heard this song the other day, and you liked it right away. Yet you remember neither the title nor the name of the performer. Annoying. But then, weeks later, exactly this song can be heard on the music app on your own smartphone. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not – because artificial intelligence (AI) may have unraveled the secret of your musical taste. AI is actually also used to evaluate which music you listen to and then suggest new songs according to the pattern. This proposal, then, was by all means perfect. Wait and see what AI will suggest next. In the meantime, you can read in our cover story what patterns AI should look for in science: for example, in weather data in order to warn of local weather extremes, or in images of brain scans in order to predict the long-term course of a disease.
Jülich researchers are also working on solutions for our future in other areas: for example, they are calculating how Germany can reduce CO2 emissions by 95 per cent by 2050 at low cost, and they are developing various battery systems. You can also read why a hug is as difficult for people with autism as complicated grammar is for others.
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