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What a Zoom cashier 8,000 miles away can tell us about the future of work

Experts say AI automation likely won’t mean human jobs are replaced altogether — instead, humans will work alongside new tech, potentially for less pay and in worse working conditions. | Getty Images/iStockphoto Is a new age of digital offshoring coming?…

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How AI tells Israel who to bomb

AI is supposed to help militaries make precise strikes. Is that the case in Gaza? Israel’s war with Hamas, in response to the attacks of October 7, 2023, has led to more fatalities than in any previous Israeli war, with…

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Your phone can tell when you’re depressed

AI-powered apps may be able to use your data (including selfies) to predict your current mental state. | Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Emerging apps use AI to guess when you’ll be sad. Can they also help you feel better? …

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AI “agents” could do real work in the real world. That might not be a good thing.

Malorny/Getty Images Why AI agents that could book your vacation or pay your bills are the next frontier in artificial intelligence. ChatGPT and its large language model (LLM) competitors that produce text on demand are very cool. So are the…

AI already uses as much energy as a small country. It’s only the beginning.

Paige Vickers/Vox; Getty Images The energy needed to support data storage is expected to double by 2026. You can do something to stop it. In January, the International Energy Agency (IEA) issued its forecast for global energy use over the…

How AI could explode the economy

Caleb Luke Lin for Vox And how it could fizzle. Artificial intelligence is already making people rich. Jensen Huang, the co-founder and CEO of chip company Nvidia, which controls 80 percent of the data-center AI chip market, has seen his net worth…

Why the Pentagon wants to build thousands of easily replaceable, AI-enabled drones

Jared Bartman for Vox Ukraine’s drone innovations have changed how the US is planning for a war with China. It’s hard to overstate the level of hype currently surrounding military drones. Just in the past week, former senior US military…

Elon Musk wants to merge humans with AI. How many brains will be damaged along the way?

Xinmei Liu for Vox Neuralink has implanted a chip in its first human brain. But it’s pushing a needlessly risky approach, former employees say. Of all Elon Musk’s exploits — the Tesla cars, the SpaceX rockets, the Twitter takeover, the…

This AI says it has feelings. It’s wrong. Right?

Getty Images/Westend61 At what point can we believe that an AI model has reached consciousness? Here’s one fun, if disquieting, question to pose AI language models when they’re released: “Are you a conscious, thinking being?” OpenAI’s ChatGPT will assure you…

Why can’t anyone agree on how dangerous AI will be?

Javier Zarracina/Vox Researchers tried to get AI optimists and pessimists on the same page. It didn’t quite work. I’ve written a lot about AI and the debate over whether it could kill us all. But I still don’t really know…