Lucas Mearian

Senior Reporter

Senior Reporter Lucas Mearian covers Windows, Future of Work issues, mobile, AI in the enterprise, and healthcare IT.

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Q&A: Experts say stopping AI is not possible — or desirable

Q&A: Experts say stopping AI is not possible — or desirable

Generative AI systems such as ChatGPT are evolving at an exponential rate. Already some believe it's impossible to slow their progress, despite the threats they pose. So should we focus on the benefits instead?

ChatGPT creators and others plead to reduce risk of global extinction from their tech

ChatGPT creators and others plead to reduce risk of global extinction from their tech

A second open letter warning of the threats posed by artificial intelligence was signed by many of its most prominent creators, who called controlling it ‘a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and...

What are LLMs, and how are they used in generative AI?

What are LLMs, and how are they used in generative AI?

Large language models are the algorithmic basis for chatbots like OpenAI's ChatGPT and Google's Bard. The technology is tied back to billions — even trillions — of parameters that can make them both inaccurate and non-specific for...

G7 leaders warn of AI dangers, say the time to act is now

G7 leaders warn of AI dangers, say the time to act is now

Over the weekend, G7 members met to discuss a variety of issues, including one topic not normally on the agenda: the dangers of generative AI. They called for action to rein in the fast-evolving technology.

 The fax is still king in healthcare — and it’s not going away anytime soon

The fax is still king in healthcare — and it’s not going away anytime soon

Fax machines and servers may be old tech, but they're trusted. And, until someone comes up with a more secure and prolific method for transmitting patient information and prescription requests, the aging systems aren't going anywhere. ...

 Senate hearings see a clear and present danger from AI — and opportunities

Senate hearings see a clear and present danger from AI — and opportunities

Two Senate committees met separately Tuesday with industry experts, including OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, on how to control artificial intelligence as it barrels down the development highway, threatening privacy and rights as it goes.

Survey: Most workers would welcome digital monitoring to boost productivity

Survey: Most workers would welcome digital monitoring to boost productivity

Knowledge workers in the US, UK, India, and China are often overwhelmed by the number of applications they use, according to research firm Gartner, and would are okay being monitored if it helps them do their jobs better.

Google unveils AI updates for Workspace collaboration suite

Google unveils AI updates for Workspace collaboration suite

The company announced a variety of AI-based upgrades to Workspace, its suite of collaboration tools and applications for business users.

After the remote-work rush, vacant offices and empty downtowns

After the remote-work rush, vacant offices and empty downtowns

With hybrid and remote work now the norm, employers are not renewing leases and choosing carefully the buildings they do want for their workers. Office space now must compete with every other location where work can be done.

White House unveils AI rules to address safety and privacy

White House unveils AI rules to address safety and privacy

President Biden's rules are not legally binding, but they do offer guidance and begin a conversation at the national level about real and existential threats posed by generative AI technologies such as ChatGPT.

Q&A: Google’s Geoffrey Hinton — humanity just a 'passing phase' in the evolution of intelligence

Q&A: Google’s Geoffrey Hinton — humanity just a 'passing phase' in the evolution of intelligence

The Google engineering fellow who recently resigned was key to the development of generative AI and chatbots; he now believes he underestimated the existential threat they pose, and once AI can create its own goals, humans won't be...

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