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The Black Lives Matter protests drew sympathetic public statements from investors in 2020. One year later, signs of progress are harder to find.
Unable to find enough workers, employers are turning to technology to perform tasks—and women are likely to be the hardest hit.
Pinduoduo, which recently passed Alibaba as the shopping site with the most customers, connects 12 million farmers to more than 800 million users.
Researchers applied AI techniques to make portions of Seattle look more like Beijing. Such imagery could mislead governments or spread misinformation online.
A list of incidents that caused, or nearly caused, harm aims to prompt developers to think more carefully about the tech they create.
Video from the cameras is often used in facial-recognition searches. A report finds they are most common in neighborhoods with large nonwhite populations.
For decades, the federal government has issued a guide for designing streets. Activists want to make it better for pedestrians and cyclists.
The war on eggs started back in the ’70s, not with the company formerly known as Hampton Creek, but with a little cafe-grocery store in Los Angeles.
Georgetown researchers used text generator GPT-3 to write misleading tweets about climate change and foreign affairs. People found the posts persuasive.
The company's first-ever union agreement could distract from more changes that need to happen, both within the gig economy and governments. 
Microsoft reveals plans to bring GPT-3, best known for generating text, to programming. “The code writes itself,” CEO Satya Nadella says. 
A study finds that users of advanced driver-assistance systems drive 4,888 more miles per year than similar drivers without the feature. 
It’s never been easier to invest in startups, and Gen Z is taking full advantage.
When films are dubbed in another language, an actor’s facial movements may clash with his lines. Technology related to deepfakes can help smooth things over.
The Stop Social Media Censorship Act almost certainly violates both the US Constitution and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. 
The automaker says the battery inside the pickup can power a home for three days—useful in a world of fires, floods, and freezes. 
Gas taxes are the largest source of funding for highway construction and maintenance. As more cars plug in, that revenue is shrinking.
After tax credits, the base model of the electric pickup will be cheaper than its gas-fueled sibling, removing what has been a big barrier for EV sales.
Connected TV advertising brought in $9 billion last year and is poised to grow as more viewers shift from cable to streaming.
A software entrepreneur pivoted to making masks at the start of the pandemic. The experience opened his eyes: “I thought, ‘Wow, the US really is behind.’”
Talk is cheap, unless you’re an in-demand content creator for platforms like Clubhouse and its many clones.
Thousands of would-be investors are joining Discord groups that promise big earnings by manipulating the crypto market.
The Alphabet-owned company is working with Liverpool to bring computer vision and statistical learning to the high-stakes world of sports.
The company reveals a process that it says can cram two-thirds more transistors on a semiconductor, heralding faster and more efficient electronic devices.
The move is the latest fallout following the departures of the heads of the company's ethical AI research team and a recruiter.
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