The first Amazon Go grocery and convenience store is open to the public Seattle — letting any person with an Amazon account, the Amazon Go app and a willingness to give up more of their personal privacy than usual simply grab anything they want and walk out, without going through a checkout line.Read more
Construction is one of the largest industries in the world, accounting for $10 trillion annually, about 13 percent of global GDP.
But while productivity in adjacent industries like petroleum and mining has skyrocketed with the advent of new technologies, productivity in the construction sector has remained flat.Read more
AIs might not know much about art, but they can easily tell apart one style from the other — even when they’re terribly similar.Read more
Remember all the times you snickered when some TV character zoomed in on a photo and said “Enhance!” turning a blurred mess into a highly detailed, razor-sharp image?Read more
There’s much concern about the potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on jobs and the economy. And while it’s difficult to know for certain which types of jobs will likely be eliminated by AI, one thing is for sure: the technology will have a profound affect on a range of skills.Read more
IF YOU WANT to blame someone for the hoopla around artificial intelligence, 69-year-old Google researcher Geoff Hinton is a good candidate.Read more
Computer software that mimics how the human visual cortex works can solve text-based CAPTCHA challenges, the image recognition tasks often used by websites to differentiate human visitors from spam bots.+Read more
The sometimes glamorous job of modeling may be going the way of elevator operator.
Online fashion tech startup Vue.ai is selling technology that analyzes pieces of clothing and automatically generates an image of the garment on a person of any size, shape, or wearing any kind of shoes.Read more
Mining social networks for every scrap of information about our online lives is now common practice for marketers, academics, government agencies, and so on.Read more
MODERN artificial intelligence is much feted. But its talents boil down to a superhuman ability to spot patterns in large volumes of data. Facebook has used this ability to produce maps of poor regions in unprecedented detailRead more
CRAIG VENTER, boss of Human Longevity, a San Diego-based company that is building the world’s largest genomic database, is a rebel. In the late 1990s he declared that the international, publicly funded project to sequence the human genome was doing in wrong, and developed a cheaper and quicker method of his own.Read more