machine learning

Signal’s Meredith Whittaker: AI is fundamentally ‘a surveillance technology’

Why is it that so many companies that rely on monetizing the data of their users seem to be extremely hot on AI? If you ask Signal president Meredith Whittaker (and I did), she’ll tell you it&#8

Survey finds relatively few Americans actually use (or fear) ChatGPT

From its prominence in the tech world, you might think that everyone on the planet is using ChatGPT or some other AI tool for everything from automating their job to planning their garden. But recent

Amazon brings new AI-driven features to Thursday Night Football

As Amazon’s Prime Video gears up for its second year as the exclusive rights holder to NFL’s Thursday Night Football (TNF), the streaming service hopes to give fans a more enhanced viewing experie

Modular secures $100M to build tools to optimize and create AI models

Modular, a startup creating a platform for developing and optimizing AI systems, has raised $100 million in a funding round led by General Catalyst with participation from GV (Google Ventures), SV Ang

Hugging Face raises $235M from investors, including Salesforce and Nvidia

AI startup Hugging Face has raised $235 million in a Series D funding round, as first reported by The Information, then seemingly verified by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff on X (formerly known as Twitte

Making AI trustworthy: Can we overcome black-box hallucinations?

We all learned the importance of 'showing our work' in elementary school, and we can certainly demand that same rigor from AI.

YouTube tests a search feature where users hum to identify songs

YouTube announced a new experiment on Android devices that determines a song via humming — which seems like a major step up from Apple’s music recognition app Shazam. As noted on YouTube’s sup

Twilio Segment teams with Amazon SageMaker on new customer predictions product

The customer data platform provides a central place to collect first-party information about customers, but simply having a pile of data is not the point. Companies want to put it to work to improve c

Age of AI: Everything you need to know about artificial intelligence

AI is appearing in seemingly every corner of modern life, from music and media to business and productivity, even dating. There’s so much it can be hard to keep up — so read on to find out eve

Datasaur lets you build a model automatically from a set of labels

Long before people were talking about ChatGPT and generative AI, companies like Datasaur were dealing with the nuts and bolts of building machine learning models, helping label things to train the mod

Steg.AI puts deep learning on the job in a clever evolution of watermarking

Watermarking an image to mark is one’s own is something that has value across countless domains, but these days it’s more difficult than just adding a logo in the corner. Steg.AI lets crea

It’s not just Netflix’s $900K AI jobs, it’s the hypocrisy

The discovery of an AI product manager role at Netflix with a pay ceiling of $900,000 sent critics of the company and entertainment industry wild yesterday. That isn’t the only such listing, and

Graft is building an AI development platform for the masses

When Graft launched its AI development platform in beta last year, it was looking to build something that put AI within reach of every company, not just the largest ones with tons of engineering resou

AI leaders warn Senate of twin risks: Moving too slow and moving too fast

Leaders from the AI research world appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss and answer questions about the nascent technology. Their broadly unanimous opinions generally fell into two

Top AI companies visit the White House to make ‘voluntary’ safety commitments

While substantive AI legislation may still be years away, the industry is moving at light speed and many — including the White House — are worried that it may get carried away. So the Biden admini

Meta launches an AI research community but devotes few resources to it

Angling to stay relevant in the exploding AI field, Meta is launching a new organization, the Open Innovation AI Research Community, to foster what it describes as “transparency, innovation and

Meta expects recommendation models ‘orders of magnitude’ bigger than GPT-4. Why?

Meta made a remarkable claim in an announcement published today intended to give more clarity on its content recommendation algorithms. It’s preparing for behavior analysis systems “orders

‘Only human creators’ can win a Grammy, but AI isn’t totally forbidden

We are only scratching the surface of how artificial intelligence might be used in art, and musicians are already experimenting with the technology. But if their AI-assisted composition is to be eligi

4 VCs illustrate why there’s good reason to be optimistic about the machine learning startup market

TechCrunch+ surveyed four active VCs about their views on the ecosystem for ML startups, an underexplored subfield of AI.

Inflection debuts its own foundation AI model to rival Google and OpenAI LLMs

Inflection, a well-funded AI startup aiming to create “personal AI for everyone,” has taken the wraps off the large language model powering its Pi conversational agent. It’s hard to
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