Artificial Intelligence

The president’s pick for assistant secretary of state for business focuses on the impact of AI financial crises. The move is the latest attempt by the administration to work toward a unified national AI strategy amid rising global competition.

The brain-computer interface startup received $205 million in a recent funding round. Though BCIs are on the rise, interfaces that require invasive surgery like Neuralink may face steeper adoption hurdles.

Lawmakers try to chip away at Section 230: The proposed legislation would remove liability protection for companies that spread health misinformation via algorithms. But the difficulty of defining “misinformation” and determining which content was algorithmically amplified presents challenges to the bill’s adoption.

Amazon announced most of its Echo devices will support the cross-platform smart home standard— an essential endorsement for Matter’s success given Amazon’s outsize role in the smart speaker market.

Facebook’s CEO believes its hefty investment in AR and VR could make it a powerful player in the next stage of the internet. The proclamation comes amid rampant regulatory scrutiny and slowing user growth among Facebook’s core products.

New safety issues involving Tesla’s Full Self-Driving feature call into question the company’s choice to test on public roads. Though rapid real-world testing could advance the tech, it may also amplify consumers’ No. 1 concern about AVs: safety.

A pair of government watchdog reports into federal use of facial recognition has reinvigorated bipartisan calls for AI regulation generally. Algorithmic amplification of online content could present an opportunity for consensus for both parties, albeit from different angles.

Johns Hopkins’ diagnostic AI spinout comes out of stealth mode: The clinical decision support platform is going on the commercial market and hoping to win the trust of physicians—we unpack why it just might.

The FCC approved Amazon’s request to use radar to track and monitor consumers’ sleeping patterns. Though Amazon has not announced how it will incorporate the tech, Echo users already appear comfortable having smart speakers record them in their bedrooms.

Hackers are using masks, deepfakes, and other facial recognition evasion techniques to illegally claim unemployment benefits. This apparent rise in facial recognition evasion technique could inevitably accelerate an arms race between facial recognition developers and its opponents.

The Japanese firm’s investment in facial recognition startup AnyVision marks its second major funding of the tech since 2018. SoftBank’s investment carries a reputational risk and comes as Big Tech firms are publicly distancing themselves from facial recognition.

The YouTube recommendation algorithm regularly recommends misinformation and other content that violates the company’s own policies per a new study. The findings further highlight the inherent tensions social media companies face when relying on algorithms to both drive and moderate content.