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Google Seeks to Influence AI Research by Giving Software Away
The software Google developed and uses for artificial intelligence tasks such as understanding the content of images is now anyone’s to use or modify. Releasing the software as open source is expected to help researchers and smaller companies develop new applications for machine learning more quickly.

NSA Says How Often, Not When, It Discloses Software Flaws
The U.S. National Security Agency claims that it informs companies about flaws it has discovered in their software 90 percent of the time. Reuters reports that the agency often uses them to hack into the computers of its target first, though.

Automation Will Change Jobs More Than Kill Them
A new report from McKinsey suggests that less than 5 percent of jobs are at imminent risk of being taken over entirely by machines or software. But the authors say most jobs will be changed in some way by automation, because emerging technologies are capable of taking over some activities that workers’ currently perform, even in “high-skill” positions.

Let’s Look to Magicians to Better Understand Technological Deception
Technology that deceives can be bad, such as Volkswagen’s “defeat device” that dodged emissions tests. But one writer argues that helpful, well-designed technology often uses trickery, too, and we should get used to that.

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The dark secret behind those cute AI-generated animal images

Google Brain has revealed its own image-making AI, called Imagen. But don't expect to see anything that isn't wholesome.

biomass with Charm mobile unit in background
biomass with Charm mobile unit in background

Inside Charm Industrial’s big bet on corn stalks for carbon removal

The startup used plant matter and bio-oil to sequester thousands of tons of carbon. The question now is how reliable, scalable, and economical this approach will prove.

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The hype around DeepMind’s new AI model misses what’s actually cool about it

Some worry that the chatter about these tools is doing the whole field a disservice.

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Peter Reinhardt

How Charm Industrial hopes to use crops to cut steel emissions

The startup believes its bio-oil, once converted into syngas, could help clean up the dirtiest industrial sector.

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