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The Race To Build An AI Chip For Everything Just Got Real

Yann LeCun once built an AI chip called ANNA. But he was 25 years ahead of his time. The year was 1992, and LeCun was a researcher at Bell Labs, the iconic R&D lab outside New York City. He and … Continue reading

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Ad-Blocking Just Might Save the Ad Industry

The Coalition for Better Ads, a consortium of ad, publishing, and tech companies, wants to save the advertising industry—by killing it. Or at least parts of it. Companies in the coalition will discuss, among other idea, pre-installation of a selective … Continue reading

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The Hidden Laborers Training AI to Keep Ads Off Hateful YouTube Videos

Every day across the nation, people doing work for Google log in to their computers and start watching YouTube. They look for violence in videos. They seek out hateful language in video titles. They decide whether to classify clips as “offensive” … Continue reading

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You’ve Never Heard of Tech Legend Bob Taylor, But He Invented ‘Almost Everything’

Last week the world lost the most important tech pioneer whom hardly anyone has heard of: Bob Taylor. When I asked Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt to tell me about Taylor—Schmidt worked in Taylor’s Silicon Valley computer science lab as … Continue reading

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The Real Reason the Online Uprising Against Bill O’Reilly Worked

Decades-worth of sexual harassment allegations finally caught up with Bill O’Reilly this week. Fox News officially dropped the conservative pundit and face of its brand following a bombshell New York Times investigation and the weeks of flashy protests that followed, … Continue reading

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The Rise of AR Will Unleash Competing Corporate ‘Realities’

This week, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled what he calls the world’s first augmented reality platform, a way of layering digital effects atop anything we see through our smartphone cameras. Eventually, he says, this platform will even let you “pin” digital objects … Continue reading

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Facebook Unveils Two New VR Cameras With ‘Six Degrees of Freedom’

Facebook believes that video is the future. Not just any video, but immersive 360-degree video that approaches virtual reality. Of course, creating such video requires a very different breed of camera. So, a team of Facebook engineers, led by a … Continue reading

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Facebook’s Augmented Reality Engine Brings AI Right to Your Phone

When Hussein Mehanna showed off a new incarnation of Facebook’s Big Blue App back in November, it seemed a tiny improvement—at least on the surface. The app could transform a photo from your cousin’s wedding into a Picasso or a … Continue reading

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AI Isn’t Smart Enough (Yet) to Spot Horrific Facebook Videos

When Steve Stephens uploaded a 57-second video to Facebook of himself shooting and killing a man Sunday, the video stayed on Stephens’ Facebook page for more than 2 hours before the company finally pulled it down. It was enough time … Continue reading

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Anger Isn’t Enough, So the #Resistance Is Weaponizing Data

If Jon Ossoff, a Democrat, wins today’s special election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district—a seat Republicans have held since 1979—it won’t be because he’s young. It won’t be because he’s idealistic, camera-friendly, or Star Wars-savvy. Mostly, it will be because … Continue reading

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