Orkut’s Founder Is Still Dreaming of a Social Media Utopia

Orkut’s Founder Is Still Dreaming of a Social Media Utopia

Before Orkut launched in January 2004, Büyükkökten warned the team that the platform he’d built it on could handle only 200,000 users. It wouldn’t be able to scale. “They said, let’s just launch and see what happens,” he explains. The rest is online history. “It grew so fast. Before we knew it, we had millions…

Light-Based Chips Could Help Slake AI’s Ever-Growing Thirst for Energy

Light-Based Chips Could Help Slake AI’s Ever-Growing Thirst for Energy

“What we have here is something incredibly simple,” said Tianwei Wu, the study’s lead author. “We can reprogram it, changing the laser patterns on the fly.” The researchers used the system to design a neural network that successfully discriminated vowel sounds. Most photonic systems need to be trained before they’re built, since training necessarily involves…

Apple Proved That AI Is a Feature, Not a Product

Apple Proved That AI Is a Feature, Not a Product

Apple’s otherworldly, flying-saucer headquarters in Cupertino, California, felt like a suitable venue this week for a bold and futuristic revamp of the company’s most prized products. With iPhone sales slowing and rivals gaining ground thanks to the rise of tools like ChatGPT, Apple offered its own generative artificial intelligence vision at its Worldwide Developer Conference…

Apple Intelligence Will Infuse the iPhone With Generative AI

Apple Intelligence Will Infuse the iPhone With Generative AI

Apple is finally getting into the generative artificial intelligence game—with a little help from an unlikely partner in OpenAI. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Apple’s long-awaited AI reboot at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference in Cupertino, California, today. What the company is calling “Apple Intelligence,” available in beta this fall, includes a handful of features…