Category Archives: Tech

We interviewed Linux OS through an AI bot to discover its secrets

Enlarge / A world-exclusive interview between man and machine. Aurich Lawson / Getty Images reader comments 66 with 57 posters participating, including story author Share this story Millions of people use Linux every day, but we rarely stop to think about how the operating system feels about it. Wouldn’t it be nice to know what… Read More »

Better than JPEG? Researcher discovers that Stable Diffusion can compress images

Enlarge / These jagged, colorful blocks are exactly what the concept of image compression looks like. Benj Edwards / Ars Technica reader comments 31 with 29 posters participating, including story author Share this story Last week, Swiss software engineer Matthias Bühlmann discovered that the popular image synthesis model Stable Diffusion could compress existing bitmapped images… Read More »

Apps can pose bigger security, privacy threat based on where you download them

reader comments 38 with 25 posters participating Share this story Google and Apple have removed hundreds of apps from their app stores at the request of governments around the world, creating regional disparities in access to mobile apps at a time when many economies are becoming increasingly dependent on them. The mobile phone giants have… Read More »

Russia plans “massive cyberattacks” on critical infrastructure, Ukraine warns

gwengoat | Getty Images reader comments 97 with 44 posters participating Share this story The Ukrainian government on Monday warned that the Kremlin is planning to carry out “massive cyberattacks” targeting power grids and other critical infrastructure in Ukraine and in the territories of its allies. “By the cyberattacks, the enemy will try to increase… Read More »

Darth Vader’s voice will be AI-generated from now on

Enlarge / As James Earl Jones retires, Darth Vader’s voice will come courtesy of voice-cloning software called Respeecher. Lucasfilm / Benj Edwards reader comments 162 with 70 posters participating Share this story During the creation of the Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series, James Earl Jones signed off on allowing Disney to replicate his vocal performance as… Read More »

How 3 hours of inaction from Amazon cost cryptocurrency holders $235,000

reader comments 50 with 39 posters participating, including story author Share this story Amazon recently lost control of IP addresses it uses to host cloud services and took more than three hours to regain control, a lapse that allowed hackers to steal $235,000 in cryptocurrency from users of one of the affected customers, an analysis… Read More »

Artist receives first known US copyright registration for generative AI art

Enlarge / An excerpt from the AI-assisted comic book Zarya of the Dawn, which received a US copyright registration. reader comments 35 with 27 posters participating Share this story In what might be a first, a New York-based artist named Kris Kashtanova has received US copyright registration on their graphic novel that features AI-generated artwork,… Read More »

AI model from OpenAI automatically recognizes speech and translates it to English

Benj Edwards / Ars Technica reader comments 46 with 35 posters participating, including story author Share this story On Wednesday, OpenAI released a new open source AI model called Whisper that recognizes and translates audio at a level that approaches human recognition ability. It can transcribe interviews, podcasts, conversations, and more. OpenAI trained Whisper on… Read More »

Fearing copyright issues, Getty Images bans AI-generated artwork

Enlarge / A selection of Stable Diffusion images with a strikeout through them. Ars Technica reader comments 60 with 42 posters participating Share this story Getty Images has banned the sale of AI generative artwork created using image synthesis models such as Stable Diffusion, DALL-E 2, and Midjourney through its service, The Verge reports. To… Read More »