Category: Business / Artificial Intelligence

July 13, 2020

This Drone Maker Is Swooping In Amid US Pushback Against DJI

Skydio is best known for “selfie drones.” Now, it’s seeking government contracts, as American officials shun the Chinese drone company.


by Tom Simonite in Business
July 11, 2020

Prepare for Artificial Intelligence to Produce Less Wizardry

A new paper argues that the computing demands of deep learning are so great that progress on tasks like translation and self-driving is likely to slow.


by Will Knight in Business
July 10, 2020

An Algorithm Set Students’ Grades—and Altered Their Futures

The International Baccalaureate program canceled its high-stakes exam because of Covid-19. The formula it used to “predict” scores puzzles students and teachers.


by Tom Simonite in Business
July 8, 2020

Kai-Fu Lee Gives AI a B-Minus Grade in the Covid-19 Fight

Robots and computer programs can help with social distancing and food delivery, but have been less helpful in developing a vaccine.


by Nicholas Thompson in Business
July 7, 2020

Covid Drives Real Businesses to Tap Deepfake Technology

Coronavirus restrictions make it harder and more expensive to shoot videos. So some companies are turning to synthetic media instead.


by Tom Simonite in Business
July 1, 2020

In These Factories, Inspector Robot Will Check Your Work

Artificially intelligent camera systems look for defects and misplaced parts in many industries. The coronavirus pandemic makes them extra useful.


by Will Knight in Business
June 26, 2020

Amazon Shakes Up the Race for Self-Driving—and Ride-Hailing

The ecommerce giant is buying Zoox, which is designing autonomous robotaxis. Beware Uber and Lyft.


by Aarian Marshall in Business
June 25, 2020

If Done Right, AI Could Make Policing Fairer

Stanford’s Fei-Fei Li says technology should be developed in an inclusive way that reflects our values.


by Will Knight in Business
June 24, 2020

A Flawed Facial Recognition System Sent This Man to Jail

Robert Williams may be the first person in the US arrested based on a bad match—exposing problems with the algorithms, and the ways they are used.


by Sidney Fussell in Business
June 24, 2020

An Algorithm That ‘Predicts’ Criminality Based on a Face Sparks a Furor

Its creators said they could use facial analysis to determine if someone would become a criminal. Critics said the work recalled debunked “race science.”


by Sidney Fussell in Business