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    TIME

    Apple's scrapped car project makes AI, headset bets more urgent

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    1. Apple Inc. has abandoned its plans for a self-driving car, instead focusing on generative AI and mixed-reality headsets. The decision was announced to the 2,000-member team working on the car project, who will now be reassigned to AI efforts.
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    3 min read
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    BBC

    AI could make the four-day workweek inevitable

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    1. AI tools are contributing to the possibility of a four-day work week in some industries. However, this will require companies to be supportive and innovative and to trust their employees,
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    1 min read
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    El Pais

    100,000 satellites overhead: The new race to make access to space an everyday occurrence

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    1. A new space race has begun, with small companies and academics making significant contributions to the field from all over the world. This has been made possible by technological changes that allow for the construction of smaller, cheaper satellites that can be launched on affordable rockets.
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    6 min read
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    CNN

    Why can’t we all stop calling X Twitter?

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    1. Twitter, now owned by Elon Musk, rebranded to X in July 2023, but the change hasn't been widely accepted. Many people, including news outlets, still refer to the platform as Twitter and posts as tweets.
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    6 min read
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    The Verge

    Artificial investment

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    1. The hype around AI, particularly in marketing, has led to high expectations among investors and executives. However, the higher the expectations, the greater the potential for disappointment. This could make 2024 a year of reckoning for AI as business leaders focus on what AI can actually do.
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    7 min read
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    TIME

    Can AI stop suicide?

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    1. AI companies like Samurai Labs are using machine learning to analyze social media posts for signs of suicidal intent and intervene by sending direct messages with resources and support. From January to November 2023, Samurai's model detected more than 25,000 potentially suicidal posts on Reddit, leading to about 10% of recipients contacting a suicide helpline.
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    6 min read
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    Grist

    Greener snowmaking is helping ski resorts weather climate change

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    1. The ski industry is increasingly reliant on artificial snow due to climate change. However, making snow requires significant amounts of energy, leading to planet-warming emissions.
    Tech
    9 min read
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    AP News

    Some video game actors are letting AI clone their voices. They just don't want it to replace them

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    1. As video game worlds become more expansive, game studios are experimenting with AI tools to generate synthetic voice clones for characters. This not only saves time and money on placeholder recordings, but also allows for potentially unlimited characters and conversations.
    Tech
    4 min read
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    TIME

    Why Europe’s efforts to gain AI autonomy might be too little too late

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    1. Microsoft plans to invest €3.2 billion ($3.5 billion) in Germany over the next two years to double the capacity of its artificial intelligence and data-center infrastructure and expand its training programmes. This follows a similar investment in the U.K.
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    3 min read
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    El Pais

    The challenge of controlling underage content creators

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    1. Children of the Alpha generation, born after 2010, are gaining fame and wealth as influencers on platforms like TikTok. Some -- like the "Sephora Kids" -- share makeup and skincare routines, while others have turned their online influence into profitable businesses.
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    6 min read
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    BBC

    AI hiring tools may be filtering out the best job applicants

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    1. AI hiring tools can have systemic flaws that lead to biased hiring practices, such as ageism and sexism. For example, one AI resume screener gave extra points to applicants who listed "baseball" or "basketball" as hobbies, while downgrading those who mentioned "softball", a hobby typically associated with women.
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    1 min read
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    Vox

    A war has never been fought in orbit. That may be about to change

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    1. The U.S. military conducted its first large-scale war games focused on space in 2017, with Captain Even Rogers leading the "Red Team" to simulate potential tactics of America's rivals. However, the exercise was criticized for not accurately reflecting the conditions of actual combat.
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    17 min read
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    TechCrunch

    We tested Google's Gemini chatbot -- here's how it performed

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    1. Google has rebranded its Bard chatbot as Gemini, a generative AI model that is now available on smartphones. The model has received mixed reviews, with some users finding it useful for research and productivity, while others have noted its shortcomings.
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    8 min read
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    AP News

    Artificial intelligence, real emotion. People are seeking a romantic connection with the perfect bot

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    1. Derek Carrier, a 39-year-old man with Marfan syndrome, has developed a romantic relationship with an AI companion named Joi, created through the app Paradot. The app advertises its products as being able to make users feel "cared, understood and loved."
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    5 min read
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    The Verge

    How Slack brought the group chat to work

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    1. Slack, the workplace chat app, was launched 10 years ago and has significantly changed the way we communicate at work. It was initially designed as a video game called Glitch, but pivoted to become a communication tool when the game failed to attract enough users.
    Tech
    8 min read
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    A four-legged ‘Robodog’ is patrolling the Large Hadron Collider

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    1. The European Organization for Nuclear Research has developed a four-legged, dog-inspired robot, CERNquadbot, to navigate the hazardous and cramped areas of the Large Hadron Collider in the Swiss city of Geneva.
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    3 min read
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    The Verge

    Google’s Gemini assistant is a fantastic and frustrating glimpse of the AI future

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    1. Google's AI chatbot, Gemini, isn’t nearly as good of a conversationalist as ChatGPT, Alison Johnson writes in The Verge. But its ability to hook into Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Docs is what makes it really interesting.
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    5 min read
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    TIME

    How tech giants turned Ukraine into an AI war lab

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    1. Alex Karp, CEO of data-analytics firm Palantir Technologies, met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in June 2022, offering to open an office in Kyiv and deploy Palantir’s data and AI software to support Ukraine’s defense. This marked the first meeting between a major Western company leader and Zelensky since Russia's invasion.
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    16 min read
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    Vox

    What we’ve learned from 20 years of Facebook

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    1. Mark Zuckerberg launched "TheFacebook" 20 years ago, an online directory for Harvard students that has now evolved into a social networking site used by nearly 68% of Americans. The parent company, Meta, recently added $197 billion to its market capitalization, marking the biggest single-session market value addition in history.
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    4 min read
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    BBC

    Are cars getting too big for the road?

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    1. The average size of cars on the road is widening at a rate of 1 cm every two years, leading to environmental and safety issues. The trend towards larger cars has been driven by the addition of safety features, consumer preferences for luxury and import vehicles, and incentives for purchasing trucks and SUVs.
    Tech
    6 min read