OpenAI’s new language generator GPT-3 is shockingly good—and completely mindless

That’s not to downplay OpenAI’s achievement. And a tool like this has many new uses, both good—from powering better chatbots to helping people code—and bad—from powering better misinformation bots to helping kids cheat on...

How Will Covid Be Remembered?

This is the flask in which Donoghue distills the drama of the 1918 pandemic. It’s a good choice. Adults in the prime of life were particularly vulnerable to that flu, and pregnant women were...

New Swift project handles server app startup, shutdown

The developers behind Apple’s Swift language have introduced an open source project for the Swift server ecosystem, called Swift Service Lifecycle, to aid server applications with managing startup and shutdown sequences. Accessible from GitHub, Swift Service...

Micro-X receives FDA clearance for mobile x-ray technology – Small Caps

Micro-X has received regulatory clearance in the United States for its Rover device, designed for deployed military medical facilities. Australian technology company Micro-X (ASX: MX1) has obtained early approval from the United States Food...

Dystopia Isn’t Sci-Fi—for Me, It’s the American Reality

And then, many years later, I read "The Day Before the Revolution," the prequel short story to The Dispossessed, and found in it the practical application of the novel’s revolutionary ideas. The story is...

“Do More with R” video tutorials

‘Do More with R’ offers quick video tips on useful things you can do in the R programming language. Now you can search these R tutorial videos by topics, tasks, and packages in the...

Contraband cellphones have given us prison TikTok

When Adnan Khan was sent to jail in 2003 at the age of 18, texting wasn’t all that popular. But by the time he was released from prison in January 2019, texting was the...

Emoji reveal more about you than you think

Since these digital pictographs debuted on mobile phones two decades ago, emoji have become a ubiquitous facet of human communication. There are now more than 3,000 emoji, and over 100 new ones, which...

A concept in psychology is helping AI to better navigate our world

The concept: When we look at a chair, regardless of its shape and color, we know that we can sit on it. When a fish is in water, regardless of its location, it knows...

What comes after Zoom fatigue

It’s well over 100 days into the Covid-19 crisis, and I have to make a confession: I hate doing everything over video chat. I hated it at the start, and I hate it in...

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