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A New Photonic Computer Chip Uses Light to Slash AI Energy Costs

AI models are power hogs. As the algorithms grow and become more complex, they’re increasingly taxing current computer chips. Multiple companies have designed chips tailored...

Elon Musk Doubles Down on Mars Dreams and Details What’s Next for SpaceX’s Starship

Elon Musk has long been open about his dreams of using SpaceX to spread humanity’s presence further into the solar system. And last weekend,...

Your Brain Breaks Its Own DNA to Form Memories That Can Last a Lifetime

Some memories last a lifetime. The awe of seeing a full solar eclipse. The first smile you shared with your partner. The glimpse of...

Cell Therapy Takes Aim at Deadly Brain Tumors in Two Clinical Trials

When my uncle was diagnosed with glioblastoma, I knew he was on borrowed time. The deadliest form of brain cancer, it rapidly spreads through the...

An AI-Designed Drug Is Moving Toward Approval at an Impressive Clip

For the first time, an AI-designed drug is in the second phase of clinical trials. Recently, the team behind the drug published a paper...

Watch an AI Robot Dog Rock an Agility Course It’s Never Seen Before

Robots doing feats of acrobatics might be a great marketing trick, but typically these displays are highly choreographed and painstakingly programmed. Now researchers have...

What Is a GPU? The Chips Powering the AI Boom, and Why They’re Worth Trillions

As the world rushes to make use of the latest wave of AI technologies, one piece of high-tech hardware has become a surprisingly hot...

This AI Can Design the Machinery of Life With Atomic Precision

Proteins are social creatures. They’re also chameleons. Depending on a cell’s needs, they rapidly transform in structure and grab onto other biomolecules in an...

A Google AI Watched 30,000 Hours of Video Games—Now It Makes Its Own

AI continues to generate plenty of light and heat. The best models in text and images—now commanding subscriptions and being woven into consumer products—are...

Amazon’s Billion-Dollar Investment Arm Targets Generative AI in Robotics

Last year, Amazon announced the next step for its growing robotic workforce. A new system, dubbed Sequioa, linked robots from across a warehouse into...

Like a Child, This Brain-Inspired AI Can Explain Its Reasoning

Children are natural scientists. They observe the world, form hypotheses, and test them out. Eventually, they learn to explain their (sometimes endearingly hilarious) reasoning. AI,...

Google Just Released Two Open AI Models That Can Run on Laptops

Last year, Google united its AI units in Google DeepMind and said it planned to speed up product development in an effort to catch...

Why the New York Times’ AI Copyright Lawsuit Will Be Tricky to Defend

The New York Times’ (NYT) legal proceedings against OpenAI and Microsoft has opened a new frontier in the ongoing legal challenges brought on by...

AI Is Everywhere—Including Countless Applications You’ve Likely Never Heard Of

Artificial intelligence is seemingly everywhere. Right now, generative AI in particular—tools like Midjourney, ChatGPT, Gemini (previously Bard), and others—is at the peak of hype. But...

This AI Is Learning to Decode the ‘Language’ of Chickens

Have you ever wondered what chickens are talking about? Chickens are quite the communicators—their clucks, squawks, and purrs are not just random sounds but...

An AI Just Learned Language Through the Eyes and Ears of a Toddler

Sam was six months old when he first strapped a lightweight camera onto his forehead. For the next year and a half, the camera captured...

AI Can Design Totally New Proteins From Scratch—It’s Time to Talk Biosecurity

Two decades ago, engineering designer proteins was a dream. Now, thanks to AI, custom proteins are a dime a dozen. Made-to-order proteins often have specific...

IMF Says AI Will Upend Jobs and Boost Inequality. MIT CSAIL Says Not Fast.

The impact that AI could have on the economy is a hot topic following rapid advances in the technology. But two recent reports present...

Mac at 40: Apple’s Love Affair With User Experience Sparked a Tech Revolution

Technology innovation requires solving hard technical problems, right? Well, yes. And no. As the Apple Macintosh turns 40, what began as Apple prioritizing the...

Google DeepMind’s New AI Matches Gold Medal Performance in Math Olympics

After cracking an unsolvable mathematics problem last year, AI is back to tackle geometry. Developed by Google DeepMind, a new algorithm, AlphaGeometry, can crush problems...

Scientists Extend Life Span in Mice by Restoring This Brain-Body Connection

It’s easy to vilify body fat as just a layer of unwanted padding sitting silently beneath the skin. But these cells are surprisingly active....

This Graphene-Based Brain Implant Can Peer Deep Into the Brain From Its Surface

Finding ways to reduce the invasiveness of brain implants could greatly expand their potential applications. A new device tested in mice that sits on...

The AI Behind ChatGPT Is Ready to Do Chemistry

With its row of glossy chambers connected by squiggly tubing, the AI-powered setup looks more like a futuristic brewery than a chemistry lab. Yet when...

Pigs With Human Brain Cells and Biological Chips: How Lab-Grown Hybrid Life Forms Are Bamboozling Scientific Ethics

In September, scientists at the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health announced they had successfully grown “humanized” kidneys inside pig embryos. The scientists genetically altered...

Welcome to the Cyborg Era: Brain Implants Transformed Lives This Year

This year gave rise to an incredible mix of brain implants that can record, decode, and alter brain activity. It sounds like déjà vu—brain-machine interfaces...

Will AI’s Breakneck Pace Continue? Predictions for the Hottest Thing in Tech

Artificial intelligence had a breakout year in 2023 as large language models leapt from research curiosity to the hottest consumer product around. Given current...

This AI Trained on the Life Events of Every Person in Denmark. It Can Now Predict Their Future.

The possibility of mapping out someone's entire life in advance is both exciting and scary. A new artificial intelligence trained on the personal data...

AI Discovers a New Class of Antibiotics After Scouring 12 Million Compounds

Antibiotics have saved countless lives and are a crucial tool in modern medicine. But we're losing ground in our battle against bacteria. In the...

A New Brain-Like Supercomputer Aims to Match the Scale of the Human Brain

A supercomputer scheduled to go online in April 2024 will rival the estimated rate of operations in the human brain, according to researchers in...

After Weight Loss, Ozempic Is Set to Conquer a Universe of Brain Disorders

One inescapable word dominated biomedicine this year: Ozempic. Physicians were amazed at the drug’s efficacy in treating diabetes, for which it is FDA approved, and...

A Ball of Brain Cells on a Chip Can Learn Simple Speech Recognition and Math

A tiny ball of brain cells hums with activity as it sits atop an array of electrodes. For two days, it receives a pattern...

Google’s Gemini AI Hints at the Next Great Leap for the Technology

Google has launched Gemini, a new artificial intelligence system that can seemingly understand and speak intelligently about almost any kind of prompt—pictures, text, speech,...

This Mind-Reading Cap Can Translate Thoughts to Text Thanks to AI

Wearing an electrode-studded cap bristling with wires, a young man silently reads a sentence in his head. Moments later, a Siri-like voice breaks in,...

Ultrasonic 3D Printer Could One Day Repair Organs in the Body Without Surgery

A plump piece of farm-fresh chicken leg rested on a pristine surface at Harvard Medical School. Skin on and bone in, it was precisely...

Brain Implant Sparks Remarkable Recovery in Patients With Severe Brain Injury

At 21 years old, a young woman’s life was turned upside down after suffering a blow to the head and severe brain injury during...

This DeepMind AI Rapidly Learns New Skills Just by Watching Humans

Teaching algorithms to mimic humans typically requires hundreds or thousands of examples. But a new AI from Google DeepMind can pick up new skills...

A Google DeepMind AI Just Discovered 380,000 New Materials. This Robot Is Cooking Them Up.

A robot chemist just teamed up with an AI brain to create a trove of new materials. Two collaborative studies from Google DeepMind and the...

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year Reflects Growing Concerns Over AI’s Ability to Deceive

When Merriam-Webster announced that its word of the year for 2023 was “authentic,” it did so with over a month to go in the...

An AI Tool Just Revealed Almost 200 New Systems for CRISPR Gene Editing

CRISPR has a problem: an embarrassment of riches. Ever since the gene editing system rocketed to fame, scientists have been looking for variants with better...

OpenAI Mayhem: What We Know Now, Don’t Know Yet, and What Could Be Next

If you'd never heard of OpenAI before last week, you probably have now. The level of attention given to recent mayhem at the company...

DeepMind Says New Multi-Game AI Is a Step Toward More General Intelligence

AI has mastered some of the most complex games known to man, but models are generally tailored to solve specific kinds of challenges. A...

Google DeepMind AI Nails Super Accurate 10-Day Weather Forecasts

This year was a nonstop parade of extreme weather events. Unprecedented heat swept the globe. This summer was the Earth’s hottest since 1880. From...

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman Says His Company Is Now Building GPT-5

At an MIT event in March, OpenAI cofounder and CEO Sam Altman said his team wasn't yet training its next AI, GPT-5. “We are...

Researchers Warn We Could Run Out of Data to Train AI by 2026. What Then?

As artificial intelligence reaches the peak of its popularity, researchers have warned the industry might be running out of training data—the fuel that runs...

How Generative AI Could Help Us Predict the Next Pandemic

Viruses have an uncanny ability to rapidly evolve. Covid-19 is a stark example. As the virus mutated from beta to delta to omicron, the...

Spinal Implant Helps a Man With Severe Parkinson’s Walk With Ease Again

In his mid-30s, Marc Gauthier noticed a creeping stiffness in his muscles. His hand shook when trying to hold steady. He struggled to maintain...

How to Give AI a ‘Gut Feeling’ for Which Molecules Will Make the Best Drugs

Intuition and AI make a strange couple. Intuition is hard to describe. It’s that gut feeling that gnaws at you, even if you don’t know...

Like Humans, This Breakthrough AI Makes Concepts Out of the Words It Learns

Prairie dogs are anything but dogs. With a body resembling a Hershey’s Kiss and a highly sophisticated chirp for communications, they’re more hamster than...

Why Google and Bing’s Embrace of Generative AI Could Upend the SEO Industry

Google, Microsoft, and others boast that generative artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT will make searching the internet better than ever for users. For example,...

AI in the C-Suite? Why We’ll Need New Laws to Govern AI Agents in Business

The prospect of companies or other organizations run by AI looks increasingly plausible. Researchers say we need to update our laws and the way...
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