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22 Days Ago   A Saudi man chatting with a robot at an investment event in 2017. | Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images The riches of Silicon Valley have enabled some extravagant and quixotic projects, but they’ve got nothing on what oil money can do.

23 Days Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The belief that facial expressions reliably correspond to emotions is unfounded, says a new review of the field Continue reading…

24 Days Ago   Over the past year, AI has seriously improved its ability to generate the written word. By scanning huge datasets of text, machine learning software can produce convincing samples of everything from short stories to song lyrics.

25 Days Ago   Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Food delivery company DoorDash has said it’s reevaluating how it pays workers after outcry over the company’s policy of using customer tips to subsidize base pay.

25 Days Ago   The issue affects older iOS devices including the iPhone 5 (pictured). | Photo by Anthony Devlin/PA Images via Getty Images If you’re using an iPhone or iPad introduced in 2012 or earlier, you should check your device for an iOS update if you want it to keep reporting the correct time, date, and location.

26 Days Ago   A selection of portraits produced by the AI Portrait Ars model. Bored of using AI to age yourself into a desiccated husk? Why not use it to turn your selfies into harrowing but artistic portraits instead?

26 Days Ago   Some of OpenAI’s recent work has included improving robot dexterity. | Photo: OpenAI Microsoft is investing $1 billion in OpenAI, a San Francisco-based research lab founded by Silicon Valley luminaries, including Elon Musk and Sam Altman, that’s dedicated to creating artificial general intelligence (AGI).

26 Days Ago   Photo: DoorDash When you order food through an app and tip the worker who delivers it, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the money you give goes directly to that person.

29 Days Ago   From top to bottom and left to right, these images are misidentified as “digital clock,” “lighthouse,” “organ”, “syringe,” “toucan,” “Persian cat.” Computer vision has improved massively in recent years, but it’s still capable of making serious errors.

30 Days Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Visitors to porn sites have a “fundamentally misleading sense of privacy,” warn the authors of a new study that examines how tracking software made by tech companies like Google and Facebook is deployed on adult websites.

31 Days Ago   Source Image: Boston Dynamics | Graphic: Alex Castro / The Verge Not many robotics companies can boast legions of fans online, but not many robotics companies make robots quite like Boston Dynamics.

33 Days Ago   A Google employee who helped lead protests over the company’s work for the military, its handling of AI ethics, and its sexual harassment policies has left the organization.

33 Days Ago   A whole host of startups have launched in recent years with the aim of making last-mile deliveries using robots. But a company from Michigan has a new spin on this familiar enterprise: it wants to put those bots in bike lanes, at least part of the time.

36 Days Ago   Amazon is still working on a mobile home robot, according to a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. It’s also planning to add a high-end Echo to its lineup of Alexa devices.

36 Days Ago   Google is rolling out an update to the News tab of its desktop search function, with a refreshed design that sacrifices information density for clarity. The new design, which the company announced in a tweet, brings the look of the News tab closer to that of the dedicated Google News site.

37 Days Ago   AI has definitively beaten humans at another of our favorite games. A program, designed by researchers from Facebook’s AI lab and Carnegie Mellon University, has bested some of the world’s top poker players in a series of games of six-person no-limit Texas Hold ‘em poker.

38 Days Ago   A report from Belgian public broadcaster VRT NWS has revealed how contractors paid to transcribe audio clips collected by Google’s AI assistant can end up listening to sensitive information about users, including names, addresses, and details about their personal lives.

38 Days Ago   Google is rolling out a significant update to the camera feature on its Translate app. The new version of the app adds support for 60 new languages; makes the translated text less jumpy on users’ screens; and updates the underlying translation models, in some cases reducing errors in the final translations by as much as 85 percent.

38 Days Ago   Machine learning can be a fantastic tool for creators, but integrating AI into your workflow is a challenge for those who can’t code. A new program called Runway ML aims to make this process easier by providing artists, designers, filmmakers, and others with an “app store” of machine learning applications that can be activated with a few clicks.

39 Days Ago   The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has announced what it claims is a world first: a partnership with Amazon’s Alexa to offer health advice from the NHS website.

43 Days Ago   Google has backed down in a spat with the New Zealand government after its email alert system Trends breached a court order suppressing details of a high-profile murder case.

44 Days Ago   Bitcoin consumes more energy than the entire nation of Switzerland, according to new estimates published by researchers at the University of Cambridge. An online tool that launched this week called the Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index, or CBECI, estimates how much energy is needed to maintain the Bitcoin network in real time, before using this to calculate its annual energy usage.

45 Days Ago   Everyone knows the bit in The Matrix when Neo achieves digital messiah status and suddenly sees “reality” for what it really is: lines of trailing green code.

45 Days Ago   Once something has been shared online, it never truly goes away. This adage is particularly relevant for DeepNude, software that uses AI to create fake nude images of women.

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