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AI's uneasy coming of age

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For the first six decades of AI's development, the biggest question facing researchers was whether their inventions would work at all. Now, the field has entered a new stage of introspection as its effects on society — both positive and damaging — reverberate outside the lab.

In this uneasy coming of age, AI researchers are determined to avert the catastrophic mistakes of their forefathers who brought the internet to adulthood.

Record investment pours into carbon-tech company

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Carbon Engineering brought in a record $68 million worth of private equity, which will enable the Canada-based company to commercialize zany-sounding technology capturing carbon dioxide emissions from the sky.

Why it matters: This type of technology does far faster what trees can and naturally: suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Because there's already so much buildup, scientists say we’ve reached a point in which some CO2 needs to be removed to limit Earth’s temperature rise and avoid the worst impacts of a warmer world.

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