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A startup in Berkeley is decarbonising air to solve global warming

In Berkeley, a startup is building a carbon capture device to trap CO2 from the air. And their working material comes from Home Depot.

An absorption column at the Climeworks AG Mammoth carbon removal plant in Hellisheioi, Iceland, on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Once fully operational, Mammoth will be capable of capturing up to 36,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year using a technique known as direct air capture (DAC). Photographer: Heida Helgadottir/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
Published on Jun 09, 2024 10:30 AM IST

OpenAI’s voice scandal sounds larger AI alarm

OpenAI CEO announced GPT-4o, a new AI model, resembling Scarlett Johansson's voice, sparking a dispute on AI's use of copyrighted material without consent.

Sky’s intonation and personality also sounded like the sultry AI voice in a film called Her, portrayed by actress Scarlett Johansson (REUTERS)
Updated on May 27, 2024 06:48 AM IST
By, San Francisco

AI is way beyond our expectations, says Google co-founder Sergey Brin

From a surprise visit by the company’s co-founder to a hologramlike video chat product and an AR glass cameo, the best at Google I/O was delightful.

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai speaks at a Google I/O event in Mountain View, Calif., Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)(AP)
Published on May 26, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Seeing Silicon | California's new gold rush

In the posh Los Altos Hills at an AI symposium, founders from across the world gather with the latest AI products in hopes of getting funded. And some do.

Artificial Intelligence words are seen in this illustration taken in March.(REUTERS)
Published on May 12, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Seeing Silicon | Cracking the case with eDNA

Move over camera traps, environmental DNA is a new technique to survey species and protect biodiversity.

Environmental DNA or eDNA is an approach where researchers collect environmental samples such as a scoopful of soil, a pail of water or a handful of air from an ecosystem
Published on Apr 28, 2024 08:30 AM IST

How Elon Musk keeps ticking along

A visionary technologist and a ruthless businessman, Elon Musk is a legend that viral media can’t get enough of. And now he’s coming to India.

Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk (REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 05:34 AM IST

Seeing Silicon | How I was scammed by an AI on LinkedIn

AI-created profiles have become a headache for LinkedIn. Here’s how the world’s biggest social network for professionals is combating it.

FILE PHOTO: A keyboard is placed in front of a displayed LinkedIn logo in this illustration taken February 21, 2023. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo(REUTERS)
Published on Apr 14, 2024 08:10 AM IST
By | Edited by Anish Yande

Seeing Silicon | Can AI turn you into Picasso or take over the world?

The Misalignment Museum in San Francisco aims to demystify artificial intelligence one artwork at a time, but what it does to art is another matter altogether

Audrey Kim, curator and artist, talks about the piece
Published on Mar 31, 2024 12:19 AM IST

‘We have enough time to experience, and adapt to AI,’ says AI researcher

Today Parmar is the reigning queen of AI, one of a handful of women founders in the ultra-alpha, ultra-competitive global AI space

Niki Parmar sat down for an interview with HT in the noisy but cosy Farley’s Cafe in San Francisco’s trendy Potrero Hill Valley on a rainy Saturday afternoon in February. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 14, 2024 06:36 AM IST
By, San Francisco

Apple’s VisionPro promises a superhero vision — but are you ready for it?

With their enhanced technological abilities, augmented reality devices are here to stay. And it’s only a matter of time (and money) before you put one on.

Apple Vision Pro (Representative Photo)
Published on Mar 03, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Seeing Silicon | Why Sam Altman and other tech magnates are banking on fusion

We haven’t been able to calculate the carbon footprint of a ChatGPT query. But Silicon Valley is looking at fusion as the sustainable answer to its AI models

TOPSHOT - This undated handout image taken and received by the National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology (QST) on December 1, 2023 shows the JT-60SA, the world's biggest nuclear fusion reactor constructed to date, before its planned inauguration in the city of Naka, Ibaraki prefecture on December 1. Harnessing nuclear fusion, the same process which powers the Sun, has been described as potentially humanity's best energy source for the future but the technology is in its infancy. (AFP)
Published on Feb 18, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Seeing Silicon | Driverless cabs or robotaxis face a unique challenge. A cone.

On the wild streets of San Francisco in the United States, a dramatic human versus autonomous vehicle conflict plays out

The city of San Francisco, home to tech hub Silicon Valley, gave self-driving cabs or robotaxis from two companies — Cruise owned by GM and Waymo owned by Google (pictured above) — the permit to operate within city limits in August 2023.(AP File Photo)
Published on Feb 04, 2024 11:52 AM IST

In a world of hashtags and -isms, is it impossible to fight for equal rights without becoming a ‘feminist’?

More time is wasted on demeaning the term than on understanding and accepting it

According to the dictionary, the word ‘feminist’ refers to ‘an advocate of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes’(iStock)
Published on Jul 01, 2017 10:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByShweta Taneja

Putting a stop to mobile addiction

In May, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Nimhans) opened a first of- its-kind clinic in the country—a centre to treat teenagers’ obsession with social networking, instant chatting apps, texting and mobile games. In other words, addiction to mobile phones.

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Updated on Jul 06, 2014 11:41 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByShweta Taneja, Chandigarh
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