Devin Coldewey

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$6M fine for robocaller who used AI to clone Biden’s voice

The FCC has proposed a $6 million fine for the scammer who used voice-cloning tech to impersonate President Biden in a s...
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ZeroPoint’s nanosecond-scale memory compression could tame power-hungry AI infrastructure

ZeroPoint claims to have solved compression problems with hyper-fast, low-level memory compression that requires no real...
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FCC proposes all AI-generated content in political ads must be disclosed

The FCC has floated a requirement that AI-generated content be disclosed in political ads — but not banned. Chairwoman J...
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Autodesk acquires AI-powered VFX startup Wonder Dynamics

3D tools behemoth Autodesk has acquired Wonder Dynamics, a startup that let creators quickly and easily make complex cha...
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Alchemist’s latest batch puts AI to work as accelerator expands to Tokyo, Doha

Alchemist Accelerator has a new pile of AI-forward companies demoing their wares today, if you care to watch, and the pr...
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Indiebio’s SF incubator lineup is making some wild biotech promises

IndieBio’s Bay Area incubator is about to debut its 15th cohort of biotech startups; here are a few we took specia...
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Google’s expands hands-free and eyes-free interfaces on Android

As part of 2024’s Accessibility Awareness Day, Google is showing off some updates to Android that should be useful...
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Senate study proposes ‘at least’ $32B yearly for AI programs

A long-running working group in the Senate has issued its policy recommendation for federal funding for AI: $32 billion ...
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ChatGPT’s new face is a black hole

The decision to go monochrome was probably a smart one, considering the candy-colored alternatives that seem to want to ...
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Apple’s ‘Crush’ ad is disgusting

The problem is not the media, but the message. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only. Source: T...
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OpenAI offers a peek behind the curtain of its AI’s secret instructions

Ever wonder why conversational AI like ChatGPT says “Sorry, I can’t do that” or some other polite refu...
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Google Deepmind debuts huge AlphaFold update and free proteomics-as-a-service web app

Google Deepmind has taken the wraps off a new version AlphaFold, their transformative machine learning model that predic...
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Crypto? AI? Internet co-creator Robert Kahn already did it… decades ago

Robert Kahn has been a consistent presence on the Internet since its creation — obviously, since he was its co-creator. ...
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The Rabbit r1 shipped half-baked, but that’s kind of the point

I finally received the rabbit r1 (the company insists on this lowercase styling) I’ve been writing about since its...
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Allozymes puts its accelerated enzymatics to work on a data and AI play, raising $15M

Allozymes uses a method in which millions of enzymes can be tested per day, rather than just a few hundred. © 2024 TechC...
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Shinkei’s humane, quality-preserving fish-harvesting tech could upend the seafood industry

Shinkei raised $6 million to help it go from pilot to production, with a goal of 10 machines in actual use by the end of...
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Creators of Sora-powered short explain AI-generated video’s strengths and limitations

OpenAI’s video generation tool Sora took the AI community by surprise in February with fluid, realistic video that...
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Meta AI tested: Doesn’t quite justify its own existence, but free is free

Meta’s new large language model, Llama 3, powers the imaginatively named “Meta AI,” a newish chatbot t...
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FCC officially votes to reinstate net neutrality

This restores, with some changes and protections, the rules passed back in 2015 allowing the FCC to enforce basic rules ...
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Radical thinks the time has come for solar-powered, high-altitude autonomous aircraft

Though many eyes are on space as orbit develops into a thriving business ecosystem, Radical is keeping things a little c...
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Too many models

How many AI models is too many? It depends on how you look at it… but 10 a week is probably a bit much. That&#8217...
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Space startups are licking their lips after NASA converts $11B Mars mission into a free-for-all

Considering how heavily both primes and space startups have been investing in interplanetary capability, this announceme...
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Betaworks bets on AI agents in latest ‘Camp’ cohort

Betaworks is embracing the AI trend not with yet another LLM, but instead a clutch of agent-type models automating every...
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Space diversity initiative builds steam with new leadership and K-12 focused National Space Day

A growing effort to attract more women and people of color into the space industry has shared some of its first results ...
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Net neutrality won’t survive a Trump presidency

Net neutrality’s long trip toward (then away from, then toward again, then away, and now once more toward) federal...
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‘A Brief History of the Future’ offers a hopeful antidote to cynical tech takes

Cynicism is a quality taken almost for granted in tech journalism, and certainly we are as guilty as the next publicatio...
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Anthropic researchers wear down AI ethics with repeated questions

How do you get an AI to answer a question it’s not supposed to? There are many such “jailbreak” techni...
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Why Trump’s digital media company is different from other money-losing startups

Former president Donald Trump’s digital media company is losing money, and lots of it. But why is that any differe...
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ChatGPT no longer requires an account – but there’s a catch

OpenAI is making its flagship conversational AI accessible to everyone, even people who haven’t bothered making an...
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Amazon doubles down on Anthropic, completing its planned $4B investment

Amazon invested a further $2.75 billion in growing AI power Anthropic on Wednesday, following through on the option it l...
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