I Am Laura Kipnis-Bot, and I Will Make Reading Sexy and Tragic Again

I Am Laura Kipnis-Bot, and I Will Make Reading Sexy and Tragic Again

When a flattering email arrived inviting me to participate in an AI venture called Rebind that I’d later come to think will radically transform the entire way booklovers read books, I felt pretty sure it was a scam. For one thing, the sender was Clancy Martin, a writer and philosophy professor I didn’t know personally…

OpenAI-Backed Nonprofits Have Gone Back on Their Transparency Pledges

OpenAI-Backed Nonprofits Have Gone Back on Their Transparency Pledges

Neither database mandates nor generally contains up-to-date versions of the records that UBI Charitable and OpenResearch had said they provided in the past. The original YC Research conflict-of-interest policy that Das did share calls for company insiders to be upfront about transactions in which their impartiality could be questioned and for the board to decide…

Apple Intelligence Won’t Work on Hundreds of Millions of iPhones—but Maybe It Could

Apple Intelligence Won’t Work on Hundreds of Millions of iPhones—but Maybe It Could

Apple has announced its next era. Your experience of using an iPhone, Mac, or iPad will be guided by, and suffused with, artificial intelligence. Apple calls it, of course, Apple Intelligence. It’s coming later this year. That’s right: We have another “AI” to deal with. You may have heard plenty about how it makes Siri…

An AI Bot Is (Sort of) Running for Mayor in Wyoming

An AI Bot Is (Sort of) Running for Mayor in Wyoming

Victor Miller is running for mayor of Cheyenne, Wyoming, with an unusual campaign promise: If elected, he will not be calling the shots—an AI bot will. VIC, the Virtual Integrated Citizen, is a ChatGPT-based chatbot that Miller created. And Miller says the bot has better ideas—and a better grasp of the law—than many people currently…

There’s an AI Candidate Running for Parliament in the UK

There’s an AI Candidate Running for Parliament in the UK

As the United Kingdom heads toward its elections next month, the country is seeing its first instance of a new kind of politician: an AI candidate. AI Steve, an avatar of real-life Steven Endacott, a Brighton-based businessman, is running for Parliament as an Independent. Voters will be able to cast their ballots for AI Steve,…

Don’t Let Mistrust of Tech Companies Blind You to the Power of AI

Don’t Let Mistrust of Tech Companies Blind You to the Power of AI

Meanwhile, in less visible ways, AI is already changing education, commerce, and the workplace. One friend recently told me about a big IT firm he works with. The company had a lengthy and long-established protocol for launching major initiatives that involved designing solutions, coding up the product, and engineering the rollout. Moving from concept to…