There’s no denying that smart speakers have become integral gadgets for the home. You may even own one or more of them yourself. I myself count five different smart speakers just in my tiny apartment. However, I never really thought about the environmental impact of smart speakers until I started reviewing the most-recent-generation models. I’m not talking about the materials … [Read more...] about The rise of smart speakers shows why it matters to have sustainable packaging
OpenAI OpenAI’s GPT-2 text-generating algorithm was once considered too dangerous to release. Then it got released — and the world kept on turning. In retrospect, the comparatively small GPT-2 language model (a puny 1.5 billion parameters) looks paltry next to its sequel, GPT-3, which boasts a massive 175 billion parameters, was trained on 45 TB of text data, and cost a … [Read more...] about Language supermodel: How GPT-3 is quietly ushering in the A.I. revolution
DNA is an incredibly revealing thing. Just by looking at someone’s DNA, it’s possible to determine what kind of health problems that person is predisposed to. This kind of information is even more powerful when gathered en-masse and used to provide health insights into entire populations of people. But there’s a problem. Despite the fact that genetic information is more … [Read more...] about Genetic research has a whiteness bias. H3Africa is trying to fix it
We don’t necessarily think of inspection tasks as being particularly dangerous. But that’s probably because most of us have never had to do them. While there are certainly inspection jobs that amount to little more than form-filling and box-checking, there are others that require daredevil feats such as climbing to dizzying heights, braving high temperatures, or otherwise … [Read more...] about The inspection drones are coming. Do not be alarmed
A robot started prowling the aisles at my local Stop & Shop grocery store a few months ago, a tall, thin drink of water with big, ridiculous googly eyes at the top of its 7-foot-tall frame. Called Marty, the 140-pound robot was first rolled out in 2019 and is continuing to expand his empire, finally reaching the Long Island store I’ve been frequenting. Huzzah? Marty spots … [Read more...] about The future of retail: Do robots, A.I., and AR spell demise for stores?