Dozens of snowmen with different characteristics
Year in Review

This Snowman Does Not Exist

While generative adversarial networks were infiltrating cultural, social, and scientific spheres, they quietly transformed the web into a bottomless well of synthetic images of . . . well, you name it.
Two reindeers with masks on a snowy night
Year in Review

Coping With Covid

AI accelerated the search for a coronavirus vaccine, detected Covid-19 cases, and otherwise softened the pandemic’s blow. Machine learning researchers worldwide scrambled to harness the technology against the coronavirus.
Illustration of a fireplace with "Happy holidays" cards in English, Spanish and French
Year in Review

Natural Language Processing Models Get Literate: Top NLP Advances in 2019

Earlier language models powered by Word2Vec and GloVe embeddings yielded confused chatbots, grammar tools with middle-school reading comprehension, and not-half-bad translations. The latest generation is so good, some people consider it dangerous.

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