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OpenAI reportedly in talks with Helion Energy to ‘buy vast quantities’ of fusion power
Helion Energy is talking with OpenAI about a deal in which the AI company "would buy vast quantities of electricity to provide power for data centers," according to the Wall Street Journal.
AI-backed robots roll through Seattle construction site, speeding build process and improving safety
A couple of high-tech workers are part of the crew helping to construct a new residential tower in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood.
Microsoft cuts jobs in Azure, HoloLens, and other units in latest move to control costs
Microsoft is cutting a total of around 1,000 jobs across the company, in areas including its Azure cloud unit and HoloLens mixed-reality organization, a person familiar with the matter confirmed Monday afternoon.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella leaves Starbucks board after 7 years — read his resignation letter
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stepped down from the Starbucks board this week, according to a regulatory filing Friday by the Seattle-based coffee giant.
The rise of AI at JPMorgan Chase — and how Jamie Dimon used a chatbot to prepare for Elon Musk
JPMorgan Chase has been working on artificial intelligence for more than a decade, and CEO Jamie Dimon is a big believer.
NVIDIA and top VC firms invest in Vilya, a biotech spinout from Seattle’s Institute for Protein Design
Vilya, a biotech startup built off technology developed at the Seattle-based Institute for Protein Design, announced an expanded $71 million Series A investment round.
Wizards of the Coast posts job for an AI engineer — and some fans aren’t happy
A job posting by Wizards of the Coast went viral on social media over the weekend, highlighting some consumers’ lack of enthusiasm for generative artificial intelligence, as well as the continuing fallout from some of Wizards’ recent controversies.
80 years after D-Day, Microsoft uses AI to enhance archival materials and keep memories alive
Microsoft is using artificial intelligence to help preserve the history of D-Day, 80 years after allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, and turned the tide of World War II.
Computer problem forces another delay for first crewed launch of Boeing’s Starliner
Mission managers put a hold on the second attempt to launch Boeing's Starliner space capsule on its first crewed mission.
These startups are tackling deepfake and digital likeness issues spurred by generative AI
Several new startups in Seattle are taking on one of the most pressing issues in tech: the growing problem of deepfakes and likeness issues driven by the rapid adoption of generative AI technology.
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