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Google’s New Robot Learned to Take Orders by Scraping the Web
The machine learning technique that taught notorious text generator GPT-3 to write can also help robots make sense of spoken commands.
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Smiling Dogs? Horses Made of Clouds? Captcha Has Gone Too Far
Users face increasingly impossible challenges to prove they are not bots.
In Humanity's Collective Unconscious, the Body Is a Bad Dream
When DALL-E Mini presented a powerful new canvas, people's imaginations drifted in a clinical direction. Why?
Machine Learning Is Causing a ‘Reproducibility Crisis’ in Science
AI hype has researchers in fields from medicine to political science rushing to use techniques that they don’t always understand—causing a wave of spurious results.
The iRobot Deal Would Give Amazon Maps Inside Millions of Homes
Why is the Roomba company worth $1.7 billion to Amazon? It’s not the dust, it’s the data.
We Interviewed Meta’s New AI Chatbot About … Itself
BlenderBot 3 learns by chatting with you and tries to ignore the trolls. Like so many of us, it’s very much a work in progress.
How GPT-3 Wrote a Movie About a Cockroach-AI Love Story
Artist Miao Ying says Surplus Intelligence depicts humanity's conflicted relationship with the algorithms that control people's lives.
How Do You Know a Cargo Ship Is Polluting? It Makes Clouds
Big vessels spew sulfur, which brightens clouds to produce long “ship tracks.” These emissions cause environmental damage—but also help cool the planet.
When AI Makes Art, Humans Supply the Creative Spark
Fears that artificial intelligence tools could displace creatives such as illustrators, designers, and photographers seem unfounded—for now.
The Summer's Best Read Is About AI, Surveillance, and Tiny Aliens
Ever wish George Saunders tried his hand at crime fiction? Try David Musgrave’s imaginative debut novel, Lambda.
Amazon’s ‘Safe’ New Robot Won’t Fix its Worker Injury Problem
The company’s warehouses demand a fast pace of workers, and have higher injury rates than at competing firms.
Cruise’s Robot Car Outages Are Jamming Up San Francisco
In a series of incidents, the GM subsidiary lost contact with its autonomous vehicles, leaving them frozen in traffic and trapping human drivers.
Autonomous Drones Could Soon Run the UK’s Energy Grid
The National Grid is testing computer-manned drones that can save millions in maintenance work.
Genetic Screening Now Lets Parents Pick the Healthiest Embryos
Those using IVF can see which embryo is least likely to develop cancer and other diseases. But can protecting your child slip into playing God?
The Fight Over Which Uses of AI Europe Should Outlaw
A new European Union law will set rules for what the technology can and can’t do to people, like whether it’s OK to deploy lie detectors at borders.
How Orangetheory Kept Pace in a Pandemic World
A pioneer in science-backed and data-driven workouts, Orangetheory Fitness has orchestrated individualized wellness journeys for years. Here’s how a pandemic pivot catalyzed an even more predictive, personalized experience.