Category Archives: Technology

At Art Auctions Market Seeks Its Footing After Stumbling Sales and a Hack at Christie’s

Estimates are still soaring past the $20 million mark and canvases still bear the signatures of dependable ringers like Warhol, Basquiat and Picasso. But there is a shadow looming over the spring auction season that begins Monday. A cyberattack at Christie’s brought down the company’s website on Thursday, and as of Sunday morning, Christie’s had […]

Patient Dies Weeks After Kidney Transplant From Genetically Modified Pig

Richard “Rick” Slayman, who made history at age 62 as the first person to receive a kidney from a genetically modified pig, has died about two months after the procedure. Massachusetts General Hospital, where Mr. Slayman had the operation, said in a statement on Saturday that its transplant team was “deeply saddened” at his death. […]

Elon Musk’s Diplomacy: Woo Right-Wing World Leaders. Then Benefit.

Minutes after it became clear that Javier Milei had been elected president of South America’s second-largest nation in November, Elon Musk posted on X: “Prosperity is ahead for Argentina.” Since then, Mr. Musk has continued to use X, the social network he owns, to boost Mr. Milei. The billionaire has shared videos of the Argentine […]

California Will Add a Fixed Charge to Electric Bills and Reduce Rates

Utility regulators in California on Thursday changed how most residents will pay for energy by adding a new fixed monthly charge and lowering the rates that apply to energy use. Officials said the shift would reduce monthly bills for millions of residents and support the use of electric vehicles and appliances that run on electricity, […]

Trudeau says Meta news standoff ‘a test moment’ as wildfire season arrives

Canada’s dispute with Meta is a “test moment” for the country to stand against the social media giant that’s making billions off people, but taking no responsibility for the well-being of communities it profits from, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday. Trudeau made his comments in West Kelowna, one of several B.C. communities involved in […]

Apple Will Revamp Siri to Catch Up to Its Chatbot Competitors

Apple’s top software executives decided early last year that Siri, the company’s virtual assistant, needed a brain transplant. The decision came after the executives Craig Federighi and John Giannandrea spent weeks testing OpenAI’s new chatbot, ChatGPT. The product’s use of generative artificial intelligence, which can write poetry, create computer code and answer complex questions, made […]

Christie’s Website Is Brought Down by Hackers Days Before $840 Million Auctions

Days before Christie’s expected to sell as much as $840 million worth of art at an auction set to include paintings by Warhol and Basquiat, the auction house experienced what it described as a “technology security issue” that took its website offline. Some collectors and art advisers noticed the problem on Thursday evening. By the […]

How Airlines Are Using AI to Make Flying Easier

Last month in Chicago, a United Airlines flight to London was ready to depart, but it was still waiting for 13 passengers connecting from Costa Rica. The airline projected they’d miss the flight by seven minutes. Under normal circumstances, they’d all be scrambling to rebook. But thanks to a new artificial-intelligence-powered tool called ConnectionSaver, the […]

Meet Kevin’s A.I. Friends – The New York Times

Listen to and follow ‘Hard Fork’Apple | Spotify | Amazon | YouTube Kevin reports on his monthlong experiment cultivating relationships with 18 companions generated by artificial intelligence. He walks through how he developed their personas, what went down in their group chats, and why you might want to make one yourself. Then, Casey has a […]

Apple Says Destructive iPad Ad ‘Missed the Mark’

Apple doesn’t make mistakes often and seldom apologizes, but on Thursday, its head of advertising said the company had erred in making a new iPad commercial that showed an industrial compressor flattening tools for art, music and creativity. “Creativity is in our DNA at Apple, and it’s incredibly important to us to design products that […]