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Newsletter  / Issue No. 12

AI Is Running Out of Information. Is Fake Data the Answer?

Companies dependent on AI are facing a shortage of real-world data. But using AI to fabricate new, so-called synthetic data creates its own problems.

Plus

Graphene, a potentially world-changing material, is having a moment, personal avatars show up for work and a better way to recycle plastic.

Artificial Intelligence / Podcast

A New Podcast Series About the Past, Present and Future of Artificial Intelligence

Computers can now beat people at chess and Go, give driving instructions and write like Shakespeare. But can we build artificial intelligence we can trust?

Artificial Intelligence / Feature

One Company's Decision to Put AI Into the Ground

What does it mean to adopt AI? For John Deere it meant hundreds of millions of dollars, a new corporate culture and forever changing the relationship between a farmer and the land.

By Gideon Lewis-Kraus

Is AI Stuck? History Shows That It Wouldn't Be the First Time.

By Konstantin Kakaes

Small, Flexible and Sometimes Weird. The Next Generation of Robots is Here.

By Clive Thompson

Robotics / Timeline

13 Milestones in the History of Robots

People have been making machines that replicate human abilities for centuries. These are the breakthroughs that got robots to where they are today. Photo: NMAH

By Clive Thompson

Robotics / Feature

Robots' final frontier? Taking care of us.

To understand how far robots are from replacing humans, just look at the everyday task of using a fork.

By Clive Thompson

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