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Generative AI: what is it good for? -The Economist

 

Generative AI is the technology behind the wave of new online tools used by millions around the world. As the technology is ever more widely deployed, what are its current strengths and its weaknesses?

I Tested AI Photo Apps Like Adobe Firefly and Midjourney on Strangers | WSJ

 

AI image tools, including Adobe Firefly, FaceApp, Midjourney and Try It On, can give people appearances, features and characteristics that, well, aren’t real. WSJ’s Joanna Stern set up an AI photo booth in New York City to test out the photo tools.

New York vs. Tokyo’s Subway: How Japan Got So Far Ahead | U.S. vs. Japan | WSJ

 

Japan’s train system is ranked the most efficient in the world, according to Statista. The United States is tied with Azerbaijan for 11th best. Part of this is because Japan’s railway system has more points of connection allowing for easier commutes.

How Amazon’s Drone Delivery Fell Behind Walmart And Alphabet -CNBC

 

Amazon says its Prime Air drones recently completed 100 deliveries in two small U.S. markets. Meanwhile, competitors like Alphabet’s Wing and Walmart partner Zipline have made hundreds of thousands of deliveries.

Will Apple’s Headset Be as Disruptive as the iPod, iPhone or Apple Watch? | WSJ

 

Apple is expected to announce a mixed-reality headset in 2023. Thanks to the iPhone, Apple has a massive 2-billion-person installed base, but convincing customers to purchase a pricey headset could be a challenge.

Why Hydrogen-Powered Planes Will Beat Electric Planes -CNBC

 

Aircraft giant, Airbus, is exploring this new technology, as well as new startups, ZeroAvia and Universal Hydrogen. CNBC explores hydrogen planes and whether they could fix aviation’s emissions problem.

I Challenged My AI Clone to Replace Me for 24 Hours | WSJ

 

New AI voice and video tools can look and sound like you. But can they fool your family—or bank? WSJ’s Joanna Stern replaced herself with her AI twin for the day and put "her" through a series of challenges.

How to stop AI going rogue -The Economist

 

Artificial intelligence is improving so fast that no one knows what it might be capable of. It brings huge opportunities, but also huge risks. Arjun Ramani, The Economist's global business and economics correspondent, explains what could go wrong.

How Tap-to-Pay Works | The Tech Behind | WSJ

 

From Apple iPhones to New York City subway turnstiles, tap-to-pay use in everyday American life is growing, thanks in part to its security and ease of use. But tap-to-pay and its small near field communication antennas are more complicated than they look.

Beyond ChatGPT: what chatbots mean for the future -The Economist

 

With the arrival of generative AI chatbots, artificial intelligence no longer seems the preserve of science fiction. Now that the bots are talking back, what does it mean for the future of the internet—and our relationship with machines?

The Rise Of Dumb Phones -CNBC

 

Dumb phones, once considered outdated, are still prevalent around the world, making up about a quarter of mobile phones actively in use. Affordability in developing countries is a significant reason for their continued use.

How eVTOLs Could Disrupt The $49B Helicopter Industry -CNBC

 

With an estimated 200 companies working on them, electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles are taking the aviation industry by storm.

How TikTok Could Become a U.S. Company | WSJ

 

TikTok is at a crossroads, as U.S. concerns about its Chinese ownership grow. Some officials have explored the idea of forcing a sale to a U.S. company. WSJ explains the challenges of making that happen.

Will Robots Replace Fast Food Workers? -CNBC

 

This robot named Flippy runs the fry station at a White Castle outside of Chicago. With a mechanical arm and using computer vision technology Flippy can cook everything from french fries and onion rings to cheese sticks.

How Tech Is Betting Big On AI Generated Art -CNBC

 

Silicon Valley is abuzz over a new kind of artificial intelligence — generative AI. It's a somewhat new field that exploded in popularity and attention in recent weeks.

How Joby And Delta Are Making Flying Taxis A Reality -CNBC

 

Advances in battery and electric propulsion technology have enabled entirely new types of aircraft to take to the skies. Startups Joby, Archer, Vertical, Lilium and more are developing eVTOLs, electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft

Self-Driving Tech Companies Aren't Developing Fast Enough | Tech News Briefing Podcast | WSJ

 

Self-driving cars have advanced quite a bit, but the technology isn't making it onto roads as fast as some executives and investors had predicted.

How AI Art Generators Like Dall-E 2 and DreamStudio Work | WSJ

 

New text-to-image generators powered by artificial intelligence, including OpenAI Dall-E 2 and Stability AI DreamStudio, let you type in almost any phrase and get an image.

Does Apple’s Crash Detection Work? We Totaled Some Cars to Find Out. | WSJ

 

Apple’s new iPhone 14 and Apple Watch models can detect severe car crashes and automatically call 911. So can Google Pixel. But does crash detection actually work? WSJ finds out.

The New Data Storage Tech Beyond Hard Drives | Tech News Briefing Podcast | WSJ

 

We’re storing more of our data than ever, but the hard disk drives we rely on are reaching their physical limits. Now scientists are working on methods to increase capacity and find new ways to house our data.