Conferences After Covid Will Be Shorter—and Smarter

A virtual pet parade, a “social shouting” Slack channel, and Zoom karaoke—these are some of the activities that event planners pulled together after the Covid-19 pandemic canceled in-person gatherings and they searched for virtual options that wouldn’t, well, suck....

AI Algorithms Are Slimming Down to Fit in Your Fridge

Artificial intelligence has made stunning strides, but it often needs absurd amounts of data and computer power to get there. Now some AI researchers are focused on making the technology as efficient as possible.Last week researchers showed it is possible to squeeze a...

Mark Zuckerberg’s Blue Christmas

After that experience, Facebook spent endless blood and treasure on identifying upstarts who came up with something that Facebook didn’t do, and then trying to buy them. Ironically, Zuckerberg found himself approaching founders with an eerily similar proposition that...

The Dark Side of Big Tech’s Funding for AI Research

Last week, prominent Google artificial intelligence researcher Timnit Gebru said she was fired by the company after managers asked her to retract or withdraw her name from a research paper, and she objected. Google maintains that she resigned, and Alphabet CEO Sundar...

The Smoking Gun in the Facebook Antitrust Case

Last year saw a conceptual breakthrough on that front. In a paper titled “The Antitrust Case Against Facebook,” the legal scholar Dina Srinivasan argued that Facebook’s takeover of the social networking market has inflicted a very specific harm on consumers: It has...