Category: Business / Artificial Intelligence

April 1, 2020

Energy-Saving AI Is Coming for Your Office Thermostat

UC Berkeley’s Costas Spanos thinks you should track your workers and hand over the lights and temperature controls to artificial intelligence.


by Gregory Barber in Business
March 18, 2020

Coronavirus Disrupts Social Media’s First Line of Defense

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all announced this week that thousands of content moderators are being sent home—leaving more of our feeds in the hands of machines.


by Louise Matsakis Paris Martineau in Business
March 17, 2020

Researchers Will Deploy AI to Better Understand Coronavirus

More than 2,000 papers have been published about the virus since December. It will take some smart algorithms to mine insights from them.


by Will Knight in Business
March 14, 2020

AI Is Coming for Your Most Mind-Numbing Office Tasks

Routine work, like cutting and pasting between documents, is increasingly being automated. But for now, there’s little artificial intelligence involved.


by Will Knight in Business
March 10, 2020

Construction Workers Embrace the Robots That Do Their Jobs

A robotic excavator can dig a pipeline trench without a human in the cab. An engineers’ union is partnering with the company that makes the tech.


by Tom Simonite in Business
March 10, 2020

These Industrial Robots Get More Adept With Every Task

Vicarious, a secretive 10-year-old startup backed by Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos, reveals its progress and an initial customer.


by Tom Simonite in Business
March 9, 2020

If AI’s So Smart, Why Can’t It Grasp Cause and Effect?

Deep-learning models can spot patterns that humans can’t. But software still can’t explain, say, what caused one object to collide with another.


by Will Knight in Business
February 28, 2020

Forget Chess—the Real Challenge Is Teaching AI to Play D&D

Some artificial intelligence experts think role playing adventure games will help machines learn to be as clever as we are.


by Will Knight in Business
February 27, 2020

When AI Can’t Replace a Worker, It Watches Them Instead

Whether software that digitizes manual labor makes workers frowny or smiley will come down to how employers choose to use it.


by Tom Simonite in Business
February 26, 2020

Chinese Hospitals Deploy AI to Help Diagnose Covid-19

Software that reads CT lung scans had primarily been used to detect cancer. Now, it’s been retooled to look for signs of pneumonia caused by coronavirus.


by Tom Simonite in Business