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    Vox

    Can we build conscious machines?

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    1. The concept of artificial intelligence consciousness is gaining mainstream attention, with some experts suggesting that AI could develop feelings and potentially suffer. This has led philosopher Thomas Metzinger to call for a global moratorium on research that could create artificial consciousness until 2050 or until we understand it better.
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    13 min read
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    AP News

    Faking an honest woman: Why Russia, China and Big Tech all use faux females to get clicks

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    1. Disinformation researcher Wen-Ping Liu found that fake social media profiles claiming to be female received more engagement and influence than those claiming to be male. This is due to age-old gender stereotypes that have migrated from the real world.
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    3 min read
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    BBC

    We built a mean game to test AI's ability to apologise

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    1. A social experiment was conducted to test the effectiveness of AI-generated apologies in a game where participants were insulted by a computer and then offered pre-written apologies. The aim was to explore how AI might handle sensitive human interactions.
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    10 min read
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    The Guardian

    Why passwords still matter in the age of AI

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    1. Apple is creating a new Passwords app, which will be a standalone version of the password management features already present in iOS and macOS. The app will perform security audits, allow sharing of details with family members, and enable users to import and export the database.
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    5 min read
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    BBC

    Dan's the man: Why Chinese women are looking to ChatGPT for love

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    1. Chinese women are turning to AI boyfriends for emotional support and companionship, with some spending hours each day interacting with their virtual partners. The AI boyfriend concept has gained popularity in recent years, with apps like Glow, which allows users to create and interact with AI boyfriends, amassing millions of users.
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    2 min read
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    The Guardian

    Photographer takes on the machines in AI competition – and wins

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    1. Photographer Miles Astray won third place in the "AI generated" category of the 1839 Awards by submitting a human-made image, challenging the idea of AI-generated images dominating photography awards.
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    2 min read
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    Euronews

    Steve for PM? Meet the AI candidate standing for election as an MP in the UK

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    This is a test.

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    1 min read
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    Vox

    Your social media diet is becoming easier to exploit

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    1. The Pew-Knight research initiative has released a report on how Americans get their news online, revealing that TikTok users who consume news on the platform are just as likely to get news from influencers as they are from media outlets or individual journalists.
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    5 min read
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    AP News

    After several near-misses on airport runways, a tech company revives work on a hazard-warning system

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    1. Honeywell International has been developing an early-warning system for pilots to prevent runway incursions, which are incidents where a plane or ground vehicle is on a runway when it shouldn't be. The system alerts pilots directly, potentially saving precious seconds compared to waiting for word from air traffic controllers.
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    5 min read
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    NPR

    He has cancer — so he made an AI version of himself for his wife after he dies

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    1. Michael Bommer, who has terminal colon cancer, is creating an interactive AI version of himself through a company called Eternos.Life. The AI will be able to answer questions and share stories from Bommer's life.
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    2 min read
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    TIME

    How AI is fueling a boom in data centers and energy demand

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    1. The International Energy Agency predicts that global data-center electricity demand will more than double from 2022 to 2026, largely due to the energy-intensive nature of AI. Data centers, -- which support everything from financial transactions to social media -- currently account for more than 1% of global electricity use.
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    6 min read
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    Euronews

    How the European Space Agency wants to revolutionise space-based Internet

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    1. The European Space Agency is developing a mega-constellation of satellites, known as the HydRON project, to deliver high-speed internet. The project aims to create a network of satellites that transmit laser signals between themselves and a few optical networks on the ground, delivering internet speeds of roughly one terabyte per second.
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    3 min read
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    The Verge

    The AI upgrade cycle is here

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    1. The new Apple Intelligence features in iOS 18 could be the most impressive integration of AI software and consumer hardware to date. It's capable of carrying out a number of functions, including managing notifications, rewriting text and taking actions based on user data.
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    3 min read
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    Futurism

    This simple logic question stumps even the most advanced AI

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    1. A new paper from AI research nonprofit LAION reveals that even the most advanced large language models struggle with a simple logic question, casting doubt on their sophistication. The question, referred to as the "Alice in Wonderland" problem, involves basic reasoning about family relationships.
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    4 min read
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    The Guardian

    ‘We’re writing history’: Spanish women tackle Wikipedia’s gender gap

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    1. Just under 20% of Wikipedia's content is focused on women, and women make up only about 15% of the site's volunteer editors. This has led to the creation of groups such as Spain's Wikiesfera, which are dedicated to publishing content focused on women.
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    4 min read
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    CNN

    Why Pope Francis thinks the Church should play a part in world leaders’ debate on AI

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    1. Pope Francis is set to make a historic intervention in the debate around AI at the G7 summit, becoming the first pope to participate in the summit. He is expected to urge world leaders to work together on the regulation of AI, echoing his call for a "binding international treaty" to prevent harmful practices and promote the best ones.
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    4 min read
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    CNBC

    Mastercard to phase out manual card entry for online payments in Europe by 2030

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    1. Mastercard plans to replace the practice of entering credit card numbers manually by introducing tokenization for all its cards issued in Europe by 2030. This means that the traditional 16-digit card number will be replaced with a randomly generated "token" for online transactions.
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    3 min read
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    TIME

    Stop counting screen time

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    1. The article compares tracking screen time to counting calories, arguing that while it provides some insight, it can be misleading and doesn't necessarily lead to healthier habits. It suggests that the focus should shift from the amount of screen time to the content, context, and timing of screen use.
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    4 min read
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    Sky News

    Will artificial intelligence make people buy Apple products again?

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    1. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a series of AI products, including a partnership with the creators of ChatGPT and a personalized AI system called "Apple Intelligence". This system includes text and image generation features and an improved Siri voice assistant, supported by integrating ChatGPT into Apple's phones.
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    2 min read
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    Euronews

    Women participate more in meeting with an AI female teammate

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    1. Women are more likely to participate and share ideas in meetings when paired with a female-sounding AI agent, according to a study by researchers at Cornell University.
    Tech
    2 min read