Apple’s and Google’s New AI Wizardry Promises Privacy—at a Cost

The companies revealed upgrades for their phones that protect data and reduce reliance on the cloud.…

What Really Happened When Google Ousted Timnit Gebru

She was a star engineer who warned that messy AI can spread racism. Google brought her…

Don’t End Up on This Artificial Intelligence Hall of Shame

A list of incidents that caused, or nearly caused, harm aims to prompt developers to think…

Covid Forced America to Make More Stuff. What Happens Now?

A software entrepreneur pivoted to making masks at the start of the pandemic. The experience opened…

It Began as an AI-Fueled Dungeon Game. It Got Much Darker

The game touted its use of the GPT-3 text generator. Then the algorithm started to generate…

This Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent

Kate Crawford, who holds positions at USC and Microsoft, says in a new book that even…

How Face Recognition Can Destroy Anonymity

Cameras are everywhere, and increasingly powerful software can pick an individual out of a crowd. Except…

The Departure of 2 Google AI Researchers Spurs More Fallout

Two academics changed plans to attend an invite-only conference this week; a third says he’ll no…

Microsoft-Led Team Retracts Disputed Quantum-Computing Paper

The 2018 report in Nature claimed to have found evidence of an elusive subatomic particle. A…

A Second AI Researcher Says She Was Fired by Google

Margaret Mitchell was the co-leader of a group investigating ethics in AI, alongside Timnit Gebru, who…