My friend and Cool Tools partner Kevin Kelly was interviewed about his book, The Inevitable. In this video, he discuss what will happen when artificial intelligence is sold like electricity, as a utility.
A Google Engineer named Blake Lemoine was placed on leave last week after publishing transcripts of a conversation with Google's AI ChatBot in which, the engineer claims, the ChatBot showed signs of sentience. From The Washington Post: LaMDA, short for Language Model for Dialogue Applications, is Google's system for building chatbots based on its most… READ THE REST
You've probably seen art made by machine learning systems like Midjourney. I've been experimenting with them and posting my favorite results to my Instagram account. We also used them from time-to-time here on Boing Boing. This Vox video looks at AI art and provides a high-level overview of how it works. READ THE REST
When I first saw a headline in the Technology Review about therapists using AI to improve treatment, my initial instinct was to cringe. With the rise of remote therapy apps, I can absolutely envision a world where some intrepid entrepreneur decides to "disrupt" the cognitive behavioral therapy industry by automating the process with help from… READ THE REST
How much of your Mac's storage space is actually stuff you use? Odds are good a significant portion of your hard drive is filled with untouched downloads, duplicate files, and apps you forgot existed. You may not have noticed it, but the gradual slowing of your computer could be due to all those files just sitting… READ THE REST
Personal hygiene is an essential part of self-care. Keeping your body clean and well-groomed not only makes you more pleasurable around, but it can actually help to keep you from getting sick. There are some interesting and downright bizarre products around to help with your personal hygiene, and perhaps none are more beneficial than an update to the time-honored… READ THE REST
It's summertime, and you know what that means? Unbearable heat waves are coming, and for some, they're already here! The only way for many people to sleep comfortably during the warmer months is by getting an air conditioner for their bedroom, but what about during the day when you need to cook in the kitchen or when you… READ THE REST