The technology behind OpenAI’s fiction-writing, fake-news-spewing AI, explained

The language model can write like a human, but it doesn’t have a clue what it’s saying. Read more »

AI is reinventing the way we invent

The biggest impact of artificial intelligence will be to help humans make discoveries we couldn’t make on our own. Read more »

This is how AI bias really happens—and why it’s so hard to fix

Bias can creep in at many stages of the deep-learning process, and the standard practices in computer science aren’t designed to detect it. Read more »

The DIY designer baby project funded with Bitcoin

Cryptocurrency, biohacking, and the fantastic plan for transgenic humans. Read more »

A new Harry Potter–themed cryptocurrency is like a more private version of Bitcoin

Grin, a strange new coin that runs on a technology called MimbleWimble, has captured the blockchain world’s imagination. Read more »

This robot can probably beat you at Jenga—thanks to its understanding of the world

Industrial machines could be trained to be less clumsy if we gave them a sense of touch and a better sense of real world physics. Read more »

Making face recognition less biased doesn’t make it less scary

Three new studies propose ways to make algorithms better at identifying people in different demographic groups. But without regulation, that won’t curb the technology’s potential for abuse. Read more »

We analyzed 16,625 papers to figure out where AI is headed next

Our study of 25 years of artificial-intelligence research suggests the era of deep learning is coming to an end. Read more »

Crowd-sourced maps should help driverless cars navigate our cities more safely

Swedish startup Mapillary is compiling a huge database of roadside objects such as signs and markings to help driverless vehicles get around. Read more »

Will people ditch cash for cryptocurrency? Japan is about to find out

The world’s largest experiment in using blockchain-based networks to pay for things is about to begin. Read more »
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