Category: Business / Artificial Intelligence

March 4, 2021

Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help

Most image recognition algorithms require lots of labeled pictures. This new approach eliminates the need for most of the labeling.


by Will Knight in Business
March 2, 2021

As China Rises, the US Builds Toward a Bigger Role in AI

After decades of staying out of industrial policy, a Pentagon-appointed commission recommends more spending on research and support for US chip makers.


by Will Knight in Business
March 1, 2021

Why a YouTube Chat About Chess Got Flagged for Hate Speech

AI programs that analyze language have difficulty gauging context. Words such as “black,” “white,” and “attack” can have different meanings.


by Will Knight in Business
February 22, 2021

Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog Is Now Armed—in the Name of Art

A group of meme-spinning pranksters attached a paintball gun to the dynamic robot to make a point about the automated future.


by Will Knight in Business
February 19, 2021

A Second AI Researcher Says She Was Fired by Google

Margaret Mitchell was the co-leader of a group investigating ethics in AI, alongside Timnit Gebru, who said she was fired in December.


by Tom Simonite in Business
February 19, 2021

The AI Research Paper Was Real. The ‘Coauthor’ Wasn't

An MIT professor found his name on two papers with which he had no connection. A different paper listed a fictitious author by the name of “Bill Franks.”


by Will Knight in Business
February 13, 2021

A New Artificial Intelligence Makes Mistakes—on Purpose

A chess program that learns from human error might be better at working with people or negotiating with them.


by Will Knight in Business
February 12, 2021

Microsoft’s Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an ‘Error’

In a 2018 paper, researchers said they found evidence of an elusive theorized particle. A closer look now suggests otherwise.


by Tom Simonite in Business
February 4, 2021

How Censorship Can Influence Artificial Intelligence

A study finds that algorithms learn to associate words with other words. “Democracy” can equal “stability”—or “chaos.”


by Will Knight in Business
February 4, 2021

AI and the List of Dirty, Naughty … and Otherwise Bad Words

It started as a way to restrict autocompletes on Shutterstock. Now it grooms search suggestions on Slack and influences Google’s artificial intelligence research.


by Tom Simonite in $*#@!!