Matthew S. Smith, IEEE Spectrum

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Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by Matthew S:

Quantum Dots Are the Key for Creating Red MicroLEDs

The development could be key to enable thinner, lighter AR glasses → Read More

The Internet Isn’t Completely Weird Yet; AI Can Fix That

“Model collapse” looms when AI trains on the output of other models → Read More

Holy Wow, Apple’s Vision Pro Is Full of Pixels

Cupertino’s pace-setter AR/VR display leaves the metaverse in the metadust → Read More

The Case for Running AI on CPUs Isn't Dead Yet

GPUs may dominate, but CPUs could be perfect for smaller AI models → Read More

The Oh-So-Aromatic History of the Smell-O-Vision

VR olfactory generators are just the latest scent across 150 years of aromatic tech history → Read More

Want to Keep AI From Sharing Secrets? Train it Yourself

On 11 March 2023, Samsung’s Device Solutions division permitted employee use of ChatGPT. Problems ensued. A report in The Economist Korea, published less than three weeks later identified three cases of “data leakage.” Two engineers used ChatGPT to troubleshoot confidential code and an executive used it for a transcript of a meeting. Samsung changed course, banning employee use, not of just… → Read More

Open Source Eyeware Is AR Without Walls

Brilliant Labs leans into generative AI with tiny, affordable lens → Read More

MEMS Micro-Speakers Blast Sounds from the Fab

For pure audio in a small package, silicon’s wowing audiophiles → Read More

Hey, Siri! You Worried ChatGPT Will Take Your Job?

The rapid rise of GPTs distresses natural language processing researchers → Read More

Google and Microsoft Race to Unveil AI-Based Search

But both Bard and Bing Chat stumble out of the gate → Read More

Deepfakes Are Becoming a Cottage Industry

Dozens of startups now offer services based on deepfake technology. The largest of these, London-based, raised $50 million in 2021 and employs over 100. And this is likely just the start of the trend. → Read More

The best AI at CES 2023

The best AI demos at CES 2023 target a specific use. Yet this isn’t a detriment to AI’s potential: on the contrary, it’s precisely what makes AI so alluring this year. The field is mature enough to move beyond demos and offer tangible improvements to countless consumer devices, apps, and services. → Read More

New AI Speeds Computer Graphics by Up to 5x

On 20 September, Nvidia’s Vice President of Applied Deep Learning, Bryan Cantanzaro, went to Twitter with a bold claim: In certain GPU-heavy games, seven out of eight pixels on the screen are generated by a new machine-learning algorithm. That would accelerate rendering by up to 530 percent. → Read More

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X13s laptop ditches Intel to improve portability, but at the cost of almost everything else

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X13s is for a niche group of people who don’t need a lot of performance from their laptops. → Read More

AI-Generated Fashion Is Next Wave of DIY Design

CALA reimagines DALL E as a clothing designer’s ultimate smart sketchpad → Read More

Dell’s new, less expensive XPS 13 laptop is still a star

The XPS 13 delivers a premium Windows laptop experience at a mid-range price point. → Read More

Digital resurrection Brings Star Trek Back to the Future

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story famously used such effects to replicate the late Peter Cushing’s performance as Grand Moff Tarkin. Now, the Roddenberry Archive is using similar effects to give audiences a like-new performance of Leonard Nimoy as Spock—if only inside the virtual world of a video game. → Read More

5 AI Art Generators You Can Use Right Now

2022 could go down in history as the year AI art went mainstream. → Read More

Meet the open source PC that fits in your pocket

Open source computing is coming to your pocket. MNT Research is going small for its next project. The MNT Pocket Reform has a seven-inch screen with a clamshell design that, when closed, will be less than five centimeters thick. → Read More

Why Is Meta’s Metaverse Such a Misfire?

“Facebook is out of touch with game-style software development practices and expectations on art direction and character/avatar development,” says Rafael Brown, CEO of Symbol Zero. “Keep in mind their other internal projects like Quill, that they’ve jettisoned and lost [staff over].” → Read More