The AI stories that made us smile in 2021 — and 5 that made us cry

AI had a memorable 2021, although not always for the best reasons. The field unleashed an arousing blend of breakthroughs, applications, and ideas — but also discharged a steady stream of bigotry, BS, and big tech barbarity.

At Neural, we aspire to be like Fox News in its prime: fair and balanced. In this equitable spirit, we’ve compiled an even mix of AI’s best and worst of 2021.

Without further ado, here are five stories that made us cherish our robot overlords — and five that had us reaching for the off switch.

10. Bad: Slaughterbots coming to your neighborhood