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ChatGPT is everywhere. Here’s where it came from

We’ve reached peak ChatGPT. Released in December as a web app by the San Francisco–based firm OpenAI, the chatbot exploded into the mainstream almost overnight. According to some estimates, it is the fastest-growing internet service ever, reaching 100 million users in January, just two months after launch. Through OpenAI’s $10 billion deal with Microsoft, the…

Posted on 8 February 2023 | 7:34 pm

Building the backbone for innovation, speed and thriving humanity

From AI-powered platforms that can detect abnormal activities in supermarkets, to edge servers helping preserve biodiversity in remote locations, today’s technologies drive innovation in ways never before imaginable. “Innovation serves the purpose of making our life better, our work more productive, and our planet more sustainable,” says Yang Yuanqing, CEO and chairman of Lenovo. Technology…

Posted on 8 February 2023 | 3:08 pm

Out with the old and in with the “new IT”

For enterprises looking to shift from hardware investments to services and beyond, a change in technology and data infrastructure could be key. One approach is a focus on the “New IT,” a term coined by Lenovo, that features five elements: client, edge and cloud, network, and intelligence to meet business goals. “The mission of the…

Posted on 8 February 2023 | 3:05 pm

The Download: inside our chaotic brains, and small nuclear reactors

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. Neuroscientists listened in on people’s brains for a week. They found order and chaos. The news: Our brains exist in a state somewhere between stability and chaos as they help us make sense…

Posted on 8 February 2023 | 1:10 pm

How Telegram groups can be used by police to find protesters

China Report is MIT Technology Review’s newsletter about technology developments in China. Sign up to receive it in your inbox every Tuesday. First of all, I’m still processing the whole “Chinese spy balloon” saga, which, from start to finish, took over everyone’s brains for just about 72 hours and has been one of the weirdest recent events…

Posted on 8 February 2023 | 11:00 am

We were promised smaller nuclear reactors. Where are they?

For over a decade, we’ve heard that small reactors could be a big part of nuclear power’s future. Because of their size, small modular reactors (SMRs) could solve some of the major challenges of traditional nuclear power, making plants quicker and cheaper to build and safer to operate.   That future may have just gotten a…

Posted on 8 February 2023 | 10:00 am

Neuroscientists listened in on people’s brains for a week. They found order and chaos.

Our brains exist in a state somewhere between stability and chaos as they help us make sense of the world, according to recordings of brain activity taken from volunteers over the course of a week. As we go from reading a book to chatting with a friend, for example, our brains shift from one semi-stable…

Posted on 7 February 2023 | 8:01 pm

The Download: generative AI for video, and detecting AI text

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. The original startup behind Stable Diffusion has launched a generative AI for video What’s happened: Runway, the generative AI startup that co-created last year’s breakout text-to-image model Stable Diffusion, has released an AI…

Posted on 7 February 2023 | 1:10 pm

Why detecting AI-generated text is so difficult (and what to do about it)

This story originally appeared in The Algorithm, our weekly newsletter on AI. To get stories like this in your inbox first, sign up here. Last week, OpenAI unveiled a tool that can detect text produced by its AI system ChatGPT. But if you’re a teacher who fears the coming deluge of ChatGPT-generated essays, don’t get the party…

Posted on 7 February 2023 | 9:41 am

The original startup behind Stable Diffusion has launched a generative AI for video

Runway, the generative AI startup that co-created last year’s breakout text-to-image model Stable Diffusion, has released an AI model that can transform existing videos into new ones by applying any style specified by a text prompt or reference image. In a demo reel posted on its website, Runway shows how its software, called Gen-1, can…

Posted on 6 February 2023 | 8:09 pm