Monday, December 16, 2019

Larry Page and Sergey Brin Hand Over Alphabet’s Reins

It’s officially the end of an era at Google. As the company faces a series of antitrust investigations and mounting employee unrest, its two...

Sleepwalkers Podcast: Artificial Intelligence Is Watching Us and Judging Us

Don’t look now, but artificial intelligence is watching you. Artificial intelligence has tremendous power to enhance spying, and both authoritarian governments and democracies are...

Sleepwalkers Podcast: What Happens When Machines Find Their Creative Muse

In March 2018, an eerie portrait created by an artificial intelligence program sold at Christie's Auction House for almost half a million dollars. A...

Sleepwalkers Podcast: Rethinking Our Relationship With AI

Artificial intelligence now shapes our lives in profound ways, curating social media posts that drive us apart, determining who gets a loan or probation,...

Think App Updates Suck? Try Upgrading a Programming Language

Updating software can be a pain. Maybe you can't find a feature you depend on. Or maybe that feature is gone for good. Other...

Why Did PayPal Pay $4 Billion for a Coupon Browser Extension?

Earlier this week, PayPal agreed to purchase Honey, a Los Angeles-based coupon finder, for an eye-popping $4 billion. If it goes through, it will...

Researchers Want Guardrails to Help Prevent Bias in AI

Artificial intelligence has given us algorithms capable of recognizing faces, diagnosing disease, and, of course, crushing computer games. But even the smartest algorithms can...

Chasing Instagram Analytics, My Friend Became a Grocery Store

I learned that over a dozen people tapped on the profile of a coworker after I tagged us eating Mexican food in my story....

GitHub Finally Has Its Own iOS and Android Apps

GitHub is the largest repository of open source software in the world. Everyone from Microsoft, which acquired the company last year, to Google to...

Can AI Built to ‘Benefit Humanity’ Also Serve the Military?

Microsoft’s recent victory in landing a $10 billion Pentagon cloud-computing contract called JEDI could make life more complicated for one of the software giant’s...
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