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Blake Lemoine Says Google’s LaMDA AI Faces ‘Bigotry’

In an interview with WIRED, the engineer and priest elaborated on his belief that the program…

The Soul of a New Machine Learning System

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Big Tech Has Become a Creature of the Swamp

Plus: Time travel on the blockchain, an update on apocalyptic horsemen, and '90s-era squabbles over internet…

Meta’s New COO Is Nothing Like Sheryl Sandberg

Plus: The early days of Facebook, charitable donations, and a disconcerting playlist.

Sheryl Sandberg and the Death of ‘The Deal’

Meta's famous COO is leaving after 14 years at the company—and so goes a partnership that…

Benjamin Franklin Meets the Blockchain

Plus: The early days of Y Combinator, a world without electricity, and a frightening new norm.

The Private Equity Firm That Grounded Paul Allen’s Dream

Plus: A visit to Stratolaunch, the music of the future, and prices America can’t run on.

A World Without iPods

Plus: An interview with Steve Jobs, keeping up with early MIT hackers, and a relatable collapse.

Bill Gates Is So Over This Pandemic

The acerbic optimist thinks anxious people (like me) need to move on from Covid and start…