Devin Coldewey

Devin Coldewey

Writer & Photographer

Devin Coldewey is a Seattle-based writer and photographer. He first wrote for TechCrunch in 2007. He has also written for, NBC News, DPReview, The Economist/GE’s Look Ahead, and others.

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Age of AI: Everything you need to know about artificial intelligence

AI is appearing in seemingly every corner of modern life, from music and media to business and productivity, even dating. There’s so much it can be hard to keep up — so read on to find out eve

‘Only human creators’ can win a Grammy, but AI isn’t totally forbidden

We are only scratching the surface of how artificial intelligence might be used in art, and musicians are already experimenting with the technology. But if their AI-assisted composition is to be eligi

Lilz brings its gauge-watching smart cameras to the US and raises $4M

When you run big real-life industrial operations, there’s always a gauge or readout somewhere deep in the facility that your engineers or field teams need to check in person. Lilz is a Japanese

Lynk connects Palau’s off-grid islands with satellite texting

Satellite-to-phone connectivity provider Lynk has made its debut in Palau, where the nation’s hundreds of islands make traditional cell coverage difficult to achieve. The company’s “

This week in AI: Big Tech bets billions on machine learning tools

Keeping up with an industry as fast-moving as AI is a tall order. So until an AI can do it for you, here’s a handy roundup of the last week’s stories in the world of machine learning, along with

If the ‘Secret Invasion’ title credits aren’t an ethical use of AI art, what is?

This isn’t a facetious question; it’s an unanswered one. What, if anything, is an ethical way to use current generative AI in a major, public-facing work of art? This quandary emerges from

Inflection debuts its own foundation AI model to rival Google and OpenAI LLMs

Inflection, a well-funded AI startup aiming to create “personal AI for everyone,” has taken the wraps off the large language model powering its Pi conversational agent. It’s hard to

Meta says it’s totally fine for 10-year-olds to wear its VR headset, probably

Meta will soon officially permit users as young as 10 to use its Meta Quest 2 and 3 VR headsets — if their parents say it’s okay, anyway. In a blog post, the tech giant says that there’s

NASA hits up 7 space companies to take on orbital squad goals

NASA has announced Space Act agreements with seven private space companies in the hopes of spurring tech developments the government may invest in down the line, from space stations to human transport

Virgin Galactic starts commercial spaceflights in two weeks

After years of tests, space tourism line Virgin Galactic is finally beginning commercial spaceflight services at the end of the month, the company announced today. After these initial flights, they wi

Mercedes is adding ChatGPT to its infotainment system, for some reason

Mercedes owners in the U.S. will soon add a new luxury to their already luxurious vehicles: ChatGPT. The automaker is adding OpenAI’s conversational AI agent to its MBUX infotainment system, tho

Luminoah’s quest to reinvent tube feeding attracts new funding

When someone is very ill or has had surgery that interrupts ordinary ways of eating and drinking, tube feeding is a life-saving necessity, but it’s cumbersome and uncomfortable to use. Luminoah

Mechanical Turk workers are using AI to automate being human

File this one under inevitable but hilarious. Mechanical Turk is a service that from its earliest days seemed to invite shenanigans, and indeed researchers show that nearly half of its “turkers&

Twitter is being evicted from its Boulder office over unpaid rent

Twitter owes three months’ rent to its Boulder landlord, and a judge has signed off on evicting the tech giant from its office there, court documents show. Since its takeover by Elon Musk, Twitt

FTC reportedly seeks injunction to stop Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard deal

Update: The FTC confirms that it has requested a “temporary restraining order” preventing the deal from going through while reviews are underway. Original story follows this statement from

ChatGPT told Charlie Brooker exactly how not to write a ‘Black Mirror’ episode

“Black Mirror” has been one of the most consistently on-target (and consistently frightening) satires of humanity’s relationship with technology. So consistent, in fact, that ChatGPT was

Antler branches out from pre-seed to later-stage investing with $285M fund

Antler has made a name for itself with its rather trusting method of investing in founders without actually knowing what they’re founding. Now the global investment network is moving past pre-se

DeepMind repurposes game-playing AIs to optimize code and infrastructure

DeepMind’s Alpha series of AIs has provided a few world-firsts, like AlphaGo beating the world champion at Go. Now these AIs originally trained around playing games have been put to work on othe

How to tell friends you got home safe with iPhone’s new Check In feature

Making sure loved ones got home safe at the end of the night is something we all try to do. But it can be easy for that “Home safe! 😙” message to be missed or forgotten. Apple’s n

This AI used GPT-4 to become an expert Minecraft player

AI researchers have built a Minecraft bot that can explore and expand its capabilities in the game’s open world — but unlike other bots, this one basically wrote its own code through trial and
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