EU commission to take hard-line stance against ‘high-risk’ AI

The European Commission is set to unveil a new set of regulations for artificial intelligence products. While some AI tech would be outright banned, other potentially harmful systems would be forced through a vetting process before developers could release them to the general public. The proposed legislation, per a leak obtained by Politico’s Melissa Heikkila, would ban systems it deems […]

Can Medical Alexas Make Us Healthier?

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Are voice recognition technologies like Alexa helpful in medicine or are they hogwash? For now, the short answer is a little of both. Microsoft on Monday said that it would spend roughly $16 billion to buy Nuance Communications, whose speech transcription software […]

Physicists working with Microsoft think the universe is a self-learning computer

A team of theoretical physicists working with Microsoft today published an amazing pre-print research paper describing the universe as a self-learning system of evolutionary laws. In other words: We live inside a computer that learns. The big idea: Bostrom’s Simulation Argument has been a hot topic in science circles lately. We published “What if you’re living in a simulation, but […]

Intel’s new AI helps you get just the right amount of hate speech in your game chat

The Intel microprocessor company was founded in 1968. It’s bushwhacked a trail of technology and innovation in the decades since to become one of the leading manufacturers of computer chips worldwide. But never mind all that. Because we live in a world where Kodak is a failed cryptocurrency company that’s now dealing drugs and everyone still thinks Elon Musk invented […]

Everything you need to get started in this year’s $200K Call for Code challenge

It’s that time of year again! David Clarke Cause, IBM, United Nations Human Rights, and the Linux Foundation have kicked off the 2021 Call For Code. This year’s focus is on climate change. Developers participating in the $200K competition have three key areas to develop novel solutions (with a little help from IBM) for: Clean water and sanitation World hunger […]

What if you’re living in a simulation, but there’s no computer?

Swedish Philosopher Nick Bostrom’s simulation argument says we might be living in a computer-generated reality. Maybe he’s right. There currently exists no known method by which we could investigate the parameters of our “programming,” so it’s up to each of us to decide whether to believe in The Matrix or not. Perhaps it’s a bit more nuanced than that though. […]

Robo-taxi company Waymo now has two CEOs

Take me to your leader(s). Waymo CEO John Krafcik today stepped down from his leadership position at the Google sister company. According to an email posted to the company’s blog, he’ll maintain an advisory role. Replacing him will be not one, but two Waymo executives: former COO Tekedra Mawakana and former CTO Dmtri Dolgov. The timing of Krafcik’s departure is […]