Language models might be able to self-correct biases—if you ask them

The second test used a data set designed to check how likely a model is to assume the gender of someone in a particular profession, and the third tested for how much race affected the chances of a would-be applicant’s acceptance to a law school if a language model was asked to do the selection—something […]

The UN just handed out an urgent climate to-do list. Here’s what it says.

As inexpensive as wind and solar are, they can still represent a significant financial investment. That’s why the new report emphasizes that improved access to financing, especially for developing nations, would help speed climate action. “Money cannot solve everything, but it is critical to narrowing the gap between those who are most vulnerable and those […]

The Download: weight loss drugs, and a new abortion fight frontier

Over the course of the last year, so-called “miracle” weight-loss drugs have blown up across the internet. Although celebrity users have boosted their standing, they owe much of their fame to social media and discussion boards, where they are promoted by influencers and everyday people alike. Yet not everyone who wants them goes to a […]

Texas is trying out new tactics to restrict access to abortion pills online

Texas is trying to limit access to abortion pills by cracking down on internet service providers and credit card processing companies. These tactics reflect the reality that, post-Roe, the internet is a critical channel for people seeking information about abortion or trying to buy pills to terminate a pregnancy—especially in states where they can no […]

Anthropic introduces Claude, a “more steerable” AI competitor to ChatGPT

reader comments 3 with Share this story On Tuesday, Anthropic introduced Claude, a large language model (LLM) that can generate text, write code, and function as an AI assistant similar to ChatGPT. The model originates from core concerns about future AI safety and Anthropic has trained it using a technique it calls “Constitutional AI.” Two […]

Google tells users of some Android phones: Nuke voice calling to avoid infection

Enlarge / Images of the Samsung Galaxy S21, which runs with an Exynos chipset. reader comments 40 with Share this story Google is urging owners of certain Android phones to take urgent action to protect themselves from critical vulnerabilities that give skilled hackers the ability to surreptitiously compromise their devices by making a specially crafted […]

A new paradigm for managing data

Regeneron isn’t the only company eager to derive more value from its data. Despite the enormous amounts of data they collect and the amount of capital they invest in data management solutions, business leaders are still not benefitting from their data. According to IDC research, 83% of CEOs want their organizations to be more data […]

The Download: China’s version of ChatGPT, and protecting our brain data

Tech that aims to read your mind and probe your memories is already here In recent years, we’ve seen neurotechnologies move from research labs to real-world use. Schools have used some devices to monitor the brain activity of children to tell when they are paying attention. Police forces are using others to work out whether […]

Tech that aims to read your mind and probe your memories is already here

The US military has been working to develop mind-reading devices for years. The aim is to create technologies that allow us to help people with brain or nervous system damage, but also enable soldiers to direct drones and other devices by thought alone, as Paul Tullis reported in 2019. Several multi-millionaires who made their fortune […]