Category: Business / Artificial Intelligence

September 21, 2020

Portland’s Face-Recognition Ban Is a New Twist on ‘Smart Cities’

The first big US city to prohibit private businesses from using the technology reflects rising skepticism of new tools and concerns about fairness.


by Tom Simonite in Business
September 20, 2020

As Trump Squeezes China, Alipay’s Star Rises

Chinese consumers tap the fintech app to pay bills, order in restaurants, and book appointments. Now it’s preparing for an IPO that could value it at $200 billion.


by Will Knight in Business
September 18, 2020

YouTube’s Plot to Silence Conspiracy Theories

From flat-earthers to QAnon to Covid quackery, the video giant is awash in misinformation. Can AI keep the lunatic fringe from going viral?


by Clive Thompson in Backchannel
September 14, 2020

Nvidia’s Arm Deal Would Make It the Center of the Chip World

Combining the two chipmakers would unite leaders in two big tech trends—artificial intelligence and mobile computing.


by Will Knight in Business
September 11, 2020

Google’s Autocomplete Ban on Politics Has Some Glitches

The search giant tweaks its algorithm after WIRED finds it would suggest “Donate Biden,” but not “Donate Trump.”


by Tom Simonite in Business
September 10, 2020

Anduril’s New Drone Offers to Inject More AI Into Warfare

A swarm of Ghost 4s, controlled by a single person on the ground, can perform reconnaissance missions like searching for enemy weapons or soldiers.


by Will Knight in Business
September 10, 2020

AI Ruined Chess. Now, It’s Making the Game Beautiful Again

A former world champion teams up with the makers of AlphaZero to test variants on the age-old game that can jolt players into creative patterns.


by Tom Simonite in Business
August 28, 2020

Google Offers to Help Others With the Tricky Ethics of AI

After learning its own ethics lessons the hard way, the tech giant will offer services like spotting racial bias or developing guidelines around AI projects.


by Tom Simonite in Business
August 25, 2020

A Dogfight Renews Concerns About AI’s Lethal Potential

Alphabet’s DeepMind pioneered reinforcement learning. A California company used it to create an algorithm that defeated an F-16 pilot in a simulation.


by Will Knight in Business
August 19, 2020

Skewed Grading Algorithms Fuel Backlash Beyond the Classroom

Thousands protest in the UK after a formula replaced a test that influences college placement. It’s led to broader scrutiny of automation and inequality.


by Tom Simonite in Business