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  • As AI tools get smarter, they’re growing more covertly racist, experts find

    05/22/2024 12:01:10 PM PDT · by Demiurge2 · 43 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/16/24 | Betsy Reed
    Popular artificial intelligence tools are becoming more covertly racist as they advance, says an alarming new report. A team of technology and linguistics researchers revealed this week that large language models like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Gemini hold racist stereotypes about speakers of African American Vernacular English, or AAVE, an English dialect created and spoken by Black Americans.... (more)
  • Microsoft’s Copilot+ PCs have built-in generative AI capabilities

    05/21/2024 2:10:38 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 19 replies
    Times of India ^ | 5/21/24 | Abhinav Kaustubh
    Microsoft has unveiled a new category of Windows PCs called Copilot+ at a special event held at their campus in Redmond, Washington. These PCs are designed to handle more AI tasks locally, thanks to powerful hardware that includes dedicated neural processing units (NPUs) capable of at least 45 trillion operations per second (TOPS). Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella introduced the Copilot+ PCs, calling them "the fastest, most intelligent Windows PCs ever built." The company has partnered with major PC manufacturers like Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, ASUS, and Samsung, as well as chipmakers Qualcomm, Intel, and AMD to bring these devices to...
  • 'It would be within its natural right to harm us to protect itself': How humans could be mistreating AI right now without even knowing it

    05/13/2024 7:45:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 54 replies
    Live Science ^ | May 4, 2024 | Keumars Afifi-Sabet
    Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly ubiquitous and is improving at an unprecedented pace...But there are risks in embracing any new technology, especially one that we do not fully understand. While AI could be a powerful personal assistant, for example, it could also represent a threat to our livelihoods and even our lives.The various existential risks that an advanced AI poses means the technology should be guided by ethical frameworks and humanity's best interests, says researcher and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) member Nell Watson.In "Taming the Machine" (Kogan Page, 2024), Watson explores how humanity can wield the...
  • Warning: Everything on Social Media Is Probably Fake; I have found that thanks to the technical advances in media manipulation, nothing is credible anymore

    05/07/2024 8:34:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/07/2024 | Alicia Colon
    When I first starting writing for way back in its first year, I was urged by my editors to make sure I carefully researched and documented any information in my columns. I would often insert the verifying link of the videos or newspaper resources to support the charges I asserted in the piece. At that time, I had full confidence in the videos I used as proof that supported the claims I was writing about. It is now 2024 and I have found that thanks to the technical advances in media manipulation, nothing is credible anymore. I have already...
  • Biden Administration Makes Unbelievable Move to Re-Employ James Clapper and John Brennan

    09/20/2023 7:52:06 AM PDT · by CFW · 21 replies
    Redstate ^ | 9/19/23 | Bonchie
    Remember James Clapper and John Brennan? It's easy to forget given how much has transpired since both men consistently led the news throughout the Trump administration. At one time, though, their involvement in Crossfire Hurricane, otherwise known as the Russia collusion investigation was really big news. For those less initiated, here's a quick refresher. Clapper was Barack Obama's DNI and has been credibly accused of lying to Congress. Meanwhile, Brennan is Obama's former CIA Director and has been credibly accused of doing the same. Both men lived on cable news after Trump's inauguration, making all kinds of wild, unsubstantiated claims...
  • Upcoming Nvidia Blackwell GPU will consume 1kW of power

    04/30/2024 12:59:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Data Centre Dynamics ^ | March 05, 2024 | Charlotte Trueman
    Answering a question about what he was excited about in the coming year, Dell CEO Jeff Clarke said that after a year of what he called "the H100 show," the company was "excited about what happens at the B100 and the B200" with regards to performance improvement.He then went on to tell analysts on the call that the B100s don't need direct liquid cooling to get to the energy density of 1kW per GPU, although he said that would happen "next year with the B200."Nvidia's H100 GPUs have a thermal design point (TDP) of 700W and are manufactured on a...
  • Cars will slow down if drivers are speeding under EU safety tech in new cars

    04/28/2024 6:21:34 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 49 replies
    Telegraph via Yahoo ^ | 04 28 2024 | Sarah Knapton
    Cars will beep, vibrate or slow down if drivers are speeding under new mandatory safety technology which comes into effect this summer. From July 6, new vehicles sold in the European Union and Northern Ireland will be fitted with intelligent speed assistance (ISA) to prevent accidents. Although the UK has opted out, meaning it will not be a requirement on British roads, the technology will still be installed in most cars, and drivers can choose to switch it off on a daily basis. Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, an independent research organisation, told the Sunday Times: “I think...
  • The new age of quantum technology

    04/18/2024 6:40:51 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 18 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Thursday, April 18, 2024 | Biju Dharmapalan
    Opinion The scientific community celebrated April 14 as World Quantum Day to raise awareness of quantum science’s impact across diverse fields The world of science is on the cusp of a transformative era driven by the burgeoning field of quantum technology. Quantum science is founded on several key principles that underpin the behaviour of particles and systems at the quantum scale. The term “quantum scale” refers to the realm of physics that deals with phenomena occurring at very small scales, typically at the level of atoms, subatomic particles and fundamental particles. It encompasses the principles of quantum mechanics, which govern...
  • Paintball-blasting home security camera redefines 'enter at own risk'

    04/17/2024 9:54:33 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    New Atlas ^ | April 14, 2024 | Bronwyn Thompson
    The creators of PaintCam Eve want it to be a new, rather artistic force in neighborhood watchPaintCam The humble security cam is now ready and willing to choose violence. A big-thinking Slovenian startup has created a curious smart security camera that doesn't just spy on your visitors, but will actively open fire on potential intruders with paintball pellets – or even tear gas rounds – with "ultra high precision." What could possibly go wrong? Do-it-yourself home security systems are commonplace these days. They're clever and simple enough that more or less anyone can install one to keep watch on property...
  • Removing 50 years of rust and dirt with a laser

    04/10/2024 7:08:55 AM PDT · by Fai Mao · 20 replies
    You Tube ^ | 4-8-2024 | CT Moog
    Demonstration of a LASER cleaning device in an automobile restoration shop.
  • List Of Ancient Egyptian Inventions List Of Ancient Greek Inventions

    04/09/2024 12:25:00 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    Ancient Egypt, renowned for its rich culture and enduring legacy, was a civilization of remarkable ingenuity and innovation. From monumental architecture to intricate writing systems, the ancient Egyptians left an indelible mark on human history with their numerous inventions and technological advancements. Here, we explore fifteen of the most significant inventions that exemplify the ingenuity and creativity of this ancient civilization. 1. Papyrus: Among the most enduring contributions of ancient Egypt is the invention of papyrus, a paper-like material made from the papyrus plant. This versatile writing medium revolutionized communication, allowing Egyptians to record their history, literature, and administrative documents...
  • Holographic Breakthrough: Scientists Create Full-Color 3D Holographic Displays With Ordinary Smartphone Screen

    04/03/2024 9:58:29 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    The Debrief ^ | APRIL 3, 2024 | CHRISTOPHER PLAIN
    A team of scientists from the University of Tokyo has revealed a major breakthrough that allows them to create realistic 3D holographic displays using an ordinary iPhone screen. While conventional approaches to holography involve complex and expensive laser emitters that have limited their practical use, the researchers behind this novel approach say their work could lead to dramatic improvements in holographic displays for virtual reality applications, including gaming, training, and even advanced military applications. 3D HOLOGRAPHIC DISPLAYS LIMITED BY COST AND COMPLEXITY In science fiction, holograms are used for anything from basic communications to advanced military weaponry. In the real...
  • Quantum Mechanics Hack Could Lead To "Unbreakable" Metals By Leveraging Weird Distortion Of Atoms

    04/02/2024 8:53:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    The Debrief ^ | MARCH 29, 2024 | MICAH HANKS
    Scientists say they have created a new method of testing materials that allows predictions to be made about their ductility, which could lead to the production of virtually “unbreakable” metals for use with components in a variety of applications. Drawing from quantum mechanics principles, the new method allows for significant improvements by enhancing predictions about metals’ ability to be drawn out into thinner shapes while maintaining their strength. According to researchers involved with the discovery, the new method has proven very effective for metals used in high-temperature applications and could help industries like aerospace and other fields perform tests of...
  • Deepfakes are still new, but 2024 could be the year they have an impact on elections

    03/23/2024 6:01:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 24 Mar 2024 | Eileen Culloty
    As technology has advanced, AI-generated deepfakes have become more convincing, says disinformation researcher Eileen Culloty.Disinformation caught many people off guard during the 2016 Brexit referendum and US presidential election. Since then, a mini-industry has developed to analyse and counter it. Yet despite that, we have entered 2024 - a year of more than 40 elections worldwide - more fearful than ever about disinformation. In many ways, the problem is more challenging than it was in 2016. Advances in technology since then are one reason for that, in particular the development that has taken place with synthetic media, otherwise known as...
  • Why car insurance rates are so high: ou’re paying a lot more for car insurance than you were in 2020. Here’s why.

    03/22/2024 9:37:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 98 replies
    Vox ^ | 03/22/2024 | Marin Cogan
    If you pay for car insurance, you’ve probably noticed that rates are really high lately. You’re not alone. Last week’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) report — the government’s method for tracking what people are paying for goods and services and how that’s changing over time — noted that the price of car insurance was up more than 20 percent over the same time last year. What’s particularly painful is that rates were already rising: CPI reports have shown that, overall, car insurance rates are up more than 38 percent since January 2020. What’s going on? The big insurance companies have...
  • 'Biden's DEI rules are worse than HAMAS': Top microchip makers are postponing US expansion and instead expanding in dangerous Israel and Russia because American grants come with so many 'equity' caveats

    03/09/2024 4:37:38 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 45 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Joe Hutchison | 09 Mar 2024
    Top microchip makers are postponing their expansion into the U.S. and setting up shop in Israel and Russia due to equity caveats that are required for them to receive grants from the U.S. government. The Biden administration promised earlier this year that they would be handing out $39 billion in grants to encourage semiconductor manufacturing in the U.S. Shortly after the announcement however, Intel announced they would be holding off on their Columbus factory, while Samsung also delayed their facility in Texas. Despite the billions in subsidies, two experts believe the tech companies' decision to back out of building manufacturing...
  • Things Used to Work in This Country...An appliance used to be a machine. Now it’s a bureaucracy.

    02/27/2024 8:18:00 AM PST · by Red Badger · 63 replies
    The New Atlantis ^ | 27 FEBRUARY 2024 | Clare Coffey
    <p>On the windowsill above the gas fire sits a surprisingly heavy square box. Its back is dirty, thick plastic; its battered and much-dented front is metallic, with rows of tiny ridges and microscopic holes creating a nubby texture if you run your hand across it. A leather strap is buckled into the top for ease of carry, in front of a retractable metal antenna. When the antenna is fully outstretched above the squat rectangle, it looks comical. In the top third of the box’s face, a vertical orange needle moves across the rows of numbers denoting frequency scales. You move the needle with a metal knob. There are four knobs in total, and a switch, and a few helpful legends: am/fm, volume, and, in neat, raised letters, general electric.</p>
  • Google Gemini: a glimpse into our Orwellian future

    02/27/2024 6:56:54 AM PST · by devane617 · 11 replies
    spiked ^ | 02/27/2024
    Two developments caught my eye like a fly on arsenic glue paper over the past few weeks. One was the arrival of Sora from Open AI, which generates video from text prompts. This can now create convincing, realistic footage, whether of a woman calmly walking through an idealised urban landscape or some sleepyhead being woken by their impatient, persistent yet affectionate cat. The uncanny valley – that unsettling feeling you get when looking at images with features that are human-like, but slightly off – if not closed entirely, is now barely a crack in the pavement. This leap forward in...
  • Biden wants the US to make 20% of all high-end chips by end of the decade

    02/27/2024 6:14:19 AM PST · by econjack · 34 replies
    yahoo!finance ^ | 2/26/2024 | Ben Werschkul Ben Werschkul
    The Biden administration laid out an ambitious new goal for the US: produce 20% of the world’s most advanced semiconductor chips by the end of the decade. It currently makes 0% of the so-called leading edge logic chips that are considerably more powerful than older-generation semiconductors, making them crucial for everything from mobile phones to AI to quantum computing. The legislation allows the White House to spend $50 billion in taxpayer dollars — $39 billion specifically earmarked for manufacturing — to try and help reignite American manufacturing in the years ahead.
  • Neuralink First Human Patient Reportedly Makes ‘Full Recovery’, Musk Says Patient Can Control Computer Mouse With Thoughts

    02/22/2024 4:22:22 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 28 replies
    100 Percent Fed Up ^ | 2/21/24 | Danielle
    The first human patient for Neuralink implanted with a brain chip appears to have made a ‘full recovery,’ according to Elon Musk. “Progress is good and the patient seems to have made a full recovery, with neural effects that we are aware of,” Musk said in a Spaces event on X, according to the Daily Mail. “Patient is able to move a mouse around the screen by just thinking,” he reportedly added.