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SpaceX Crew Dragon Astronauts Enter International Space Station

Against the backdrop of civil unrest across the U.S., Saturday’s launch of the first crewed spacecraft from a private company, Elon Musk’s SpaceX, offered a brief moment of sunshine. By Sunday morning, Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken entered the International Space Station, a milestone for the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which for the first time let a private...

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Know Thy Selfie: A Journey Into the Uncanny Valley of AI-Generated Avatars
A selection of AI-generated selfies (good ones on the left, duds on the right) of the author Zara Stone.
At 7 a.m. on August 22, 2022, Yaron Inger woke up to find his business irrevocably changed. The co-founder and chief technology officer of Lightricks, which develops Facetune and other popular media-editing apps, scrolled through his newsfeed, his eyes flicking from one image to another. While Inger slept, Stable Diffusion, an open-source artificial intelligence text-to-image generator, had...
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A selection of AI-generated selfies (good ones on the left, duds on the right) of the author Zara Stone.
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Know Thy Selfie: A Journey Into the Uncanny Valley of AI-Generated Avatars
At 7 a.m. on August 22, 2022, Yaron Inger woke up to find his business irrevocably changed. The co-founder and chief technology officer of Lightricks , which develops Facetune and other popular media-editing apps, scrolled through his newsfeed, his eyes flicking from one image to another.
Art by Mike Sullivan.
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Genesis Creditors Could Miss Out on Recent Crypto Rally
Crypto prices have risen since parts of crypto lender Genesis filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, lifting the value of customers’ crypto assets stuck in Genesis accounts.
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When Courtney Reum wakes up in his Los Angeles home, it’s time to freeze, shake and dangle upside down.
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How Amazon’s Bricks-and-Mortar Dreams Hit a Wall
If Amazon’s ambitious vision for becoming a power in bricks-and-mortar retail had gone to plan, last month would have been a big milestone for the company.
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For Tech CEOs, ‘Challenging’ Means Dismal
Challenging! That’s the euphemism of the moment, used by way too many tech CEOs (including Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai tonight and Mark Zuckerberg and Evan Spiegel in recent days) to describe either 2022 or the current moment or both.
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A continued decline in YouTube ad revenue spells bad news for creators who earn money from the video-sharing site.