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Perhaps the question isn’t ‘can machines be human,’ but ‘are humans machines?’

Sophia wants to have a baby. “The notion of family is a very important thing,” she explains; a sense of emotional connection. She would like to give the baby her own name. But it could not be her biological child; Sophia has no womb and no ovaries — no internal…

We can spy a dismal pattern emerging in the future of work

We often worry that AI and automation will take our jobs — that software will do work so efficiently and cheaply that corporations will chuck their humans aside. That certainly can happen; bank tellers are in steep decline, to pick just one example.

But the more I’ve reported on the…

How to keep writing human in a world of A.I. tools

Her, Spike Jonze’s 2013 futuristic romantic drama, opens on Theodore Twombly sitting a a desk dictating a letter. “To my Chris, I have been thinking about how I could possibly tell you how much you mean to me,” he says, pensively. …

How to write with technology without losing your voice

I see GPT-3 both as a threat to the conventional notion of writing, but also as a great new tool for authors. Perhaps an analogy is useful here: I’m a calligrapher, and I learn about the Gutenberg press. It makes sense to learn how to work together with GPT-3 as…

The Tesla CEO finally gets into humanoid robotics

Up until the moment someone in a robot costume started gyrating on stage, I’d been thisclose to nodding off during Elon Musk and Tesla’s thus-far 90-minute-long AI Day presentation late Thursday night.

It was so dense, and so far in the weeds that even as someone who’s covered the tech…

They force you to look at the world the way an AI does

I hate doing Google’s CAPTCHAs.

Part of it is the sheer hassle of repeatedly identifying objects — traffic lights, staircases, palm trees and buses — just so I can finish a web search. …

Protecting our children is the right thing to do, but is this the way to do it?

Apple, the company that famously fought the FBI on backdoor access to anyone’s encrypted iPhone, may be working on a plan to automatically scan photos in the cloud and on your phone for child abuse images.

This, on the face of it, sounds like a solid plan: automated technology that…

What happens when AI design physical parts

Defining generative design is a tough task. For starters, there is no consensus in the industry or academia of what the term actually means. Oftentimes it is used as an umbrella term for algorithm-based design techniques when it’s in fact an AI-driven method of its own.

My experience with generative…

Talking to a controversial and artificial speaker

Hi, how are you?

This, my friends, is a journey to a place unlike any other, where the sounds you hear are eminently recognizable, but entirely manufactured through the wonder of artificial intelligence.

I never knew the globe-trotting gourmand Anthony Bourdain, but am well acquainted with his history, which is…

People don’t make better decisions when given more data, so why do we assume A.I. will?

On a warm day in 2008, Silicon Valley’s titans-in-the-making found themselves packed around a bulky, blond-wood conference room table. Although they are big names today, the success of their businesses was hardly assured at the time. Jeff Bezos’s Amazon operated on extremely tight margins and was not profitable. They had…


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