Artificial intelligence

A selection of our stories on AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing rapidly. The technology, which relies on large datasets and powerful computers, has recently made huge strides in solving real-world problems. As “large language models”—the type of AI that powers ChatGPT, a chatbot made by a startup called OpenAI—have been scaled up, they have surprised even their creators with their unexpected talents.

Below you will find our most recent coverage, including an explanation of how AI works, and why it matters. For a greater understanding of how AI might change the course of history, read our analyses of its economic impact and of how deep learning will improve scientific research.

Latest developments

So long iPhone. Generative AI needs a new device

Is this the twilight of the screen age?

How Microsoft could supplant Apple as the world’s most valuable firm

It hopes to seize on AI to transform the future of work

ChatGPT mania may be cooling, but a serious new industry is taking shape

Three forces will shape the business of generative AI

Abu Dhabi throws a surprise challenger into the AI race

It has released the world’s most powerful open-source model, and will soon launch an AI company

Could OpenAI be the next tech giant?

What the business of AI’s leading startup says about the technology’s future

How artificial intelligence can revolutionise science


Technology and research

Could AI transform science itself?

Previous scientific revolutions have been led by academic journals and laboratories. Robots might create the next one

Meet Ernie, China’s answer to ChatGPT

Baidu’s bot is catapulting its maker back to stardom

How AI image-generators work

Some are getting good enough to fool humans

The bigger-is-better approach to AI is running out of road

If AI is to keep getting better, it will have to do more with less

Artificial brains are helping scientists study the real thing

No model is perfect. But that doesn’t stop them being useful

What does a leaked Google memo reveal about the future of AI?

Open-source AI is booming. That makes it less likely that a handful of firms will control the technology


Business and economics

AI is setting off a great scramble for data

Feeding ever-larger models is requiring makers to get creative

Your employer is (probably) unprepared for artificial intelligence

That is bad news for your earnings—and the broader economy

A Lego-lover’s guide to preparing for the AI age

How to transform companies for the digital era, brick by pixel

Surging stockmarkets are powered by artificial intelligence

We calculate the extent to which the recent rally depends on tech optimism

The AI boom has turbocharged Nvidia’s fortunes. Can it hold its position?

Competition and regulation may pose a threat—but only eventually

How to invest in artificial intelligence

Private startups or public markets?


Policy and regulation

How to make Britain’s health service AI-ready

The NHS should clean up and open up its data. Patients will benefit

How worried should you be about AI disrupting elections?

Disinformation will become easier to produce, but it matters less than you might think

AI will change American elections, but not in the obvious way

How polarisation inoculates Americans against misinformation

What are the chances of an AI apocalypse?

Professional “superforecasters” are more optimistic about the future than AI experts

AI is making Washington smarter

So far, lawmakers are taking cautious, bipartisan steps toward regulating it

How Britain can become an AI superpower

Rishi Sunak’s enthusiasm is welcome. But his plans for Britain fall short


AI and...

AI could make it less necessary to learn foreign languages

That is good news for travellers, bad news for soulful connection

The world’s poor need to know about weather disasters ahead of time

Three things need to be done to make the most of meteorology’s potential

AI is making it possible to clone voices

That could help fraudsters and disrupt creative industries

Generative AI could radically alter the practice of law

Even if it doesn’t replace lawyers en masse

Art made by artificial intelligence is developing a style of its own

AI models not only reflect but magnify what they see in the images they are fed

Artificial intelligence is remixing journalism into a “soup” of language

The rise of the robot reporter implies profound changes to the nature of the news