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  • OpenAI Employee Says She's Never Tried Therapy But ChatGPT Is Pretty Much a Replacement For It
    by Noor Al-Sibai on September 27, 2023 at 8:20 pm

    Talk To Me A senior OpenAI employee opened a veritable can of worms this week when claiming that the latest version of ChatGPT, which has voice recognition capabilities, is akin to talking with a human therapist. "Just had a quite emotional, personal conversation [with] ChatGPT in voice mode, talking about stress [and] work-life balance," Lilian

  • Strike Ends With Writers Guild Forcing Concessions on AI
    by Victor Tangermann on September 27, 2023 at 7:24 pm

    After five back-to-back days of talks, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has officially reached an agreement with Hollywood studios, ending a five-month strike. Writers are officially back at work as of today. And while better residuals, health and pension contributions, and pay increases are unquestionably a big win for the Guild, things get a

  • Should Doctors Only Pretend to Resuscitate Dying Patients?
    by Victor Tangermann on September 27, 2023 at 6:30 pm

      Being the heroes that they are, healthcare professionals are ethically obliged to do all they can to ensure the survival of their patients. But in some instances, some physicians are willing to go the extra mile and attempt to resuscitate a patient, who's on death's bed — even though they know there's no hope

  • Scientists Intrigued by Drug That Mimics the Effects of Exercise in Mice
    by Noor Al-Sibai on September 27, 2023 at 5:28 pm

    Scientists are intrigued by a drug that appears to imbue mice with the benefits of exercise without actually getting physical activity — but as you'd imagine, there are caveats, so don't throw out your workout clothes just yet. As a University of Florida press release about the new research declares, the newly-developed compound SLU-PP-332 led

  • The World's Biggest Crypto Exchange Appears to Be Melting Down
    by Noor Al-Sibai on September 27, 2023 at 4:30 pm

    Do or Die Binance was left to clean up the mess last fall when FTX crashed — but now, the world's biggest crypto exchange is itself falling apart. As the Wall Street Journal reports, one of the exchange's co-founders warned employees that the company is in a "do-or-die situation" amid major staffing tumult and trouble with

  • Scientists Crack Open Lid of Canister Holding Asteroid Sample
    by Victor Tangermann on September 27, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    Asteroid Dust Earlier this week, a capsule screamed through the Earth's atmosphere at around 27,000 mph, delivering an incredibly rare package: roughly half a pound of material collected from an asteroid tens of millions of miles away. NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission, which launched seven years ago, was designed to shed new light on our understanding of

  • Alabama Prisoner Protests Being Test Subject for New Execution Technique
    by Noor Al-Sibai on September 27, 2023 at 2:43 pm

    Injust Deserts Alabama wants to use an experimental execution technique as capital punishment for one of its death row inmates — and the inmate in question is fighting back. As AP reports, lawyers for Kenneth Eugene Smith, the man whom the state attorney general wants to test their experimental nitrogen gas execution method upon, issued a

  • Google’s Search AI Says You Can Melt Eggs. Its Source Will Make You Facepalm
    by Maggie Harrison on September 27, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    Google's search AI thinks you can melt eggs. Its source? ChatGPT. The complicated case of AI-generated misinformation was first spotted by an X-formerly-Twitter user named Tyler Glaiel, who took to the platform on Monday to share a screenshot of what happened when he typed "can you melt eggs" into Google's search bar. Of course, the

  • Iranian Authorities Say AI Could Help Issue Fatwas Faster Than Ever Before
    by Noor Al-Sibai on September 26, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    Looking Backward Government officials in Iran are looking to modernize by using artificial intelligence to help clerics issue fatwas, or Islamic law rulings. As the Financial Times reports, state-linked officials in the country's holy city of Qom are encouraging clerics to experiment with AI in an attempt to appear more progressive as the country surpasses the

  • People Disgusted With Flavor of Coke's AI-Generated Soda
    by Victor Tangermann on September 26, 2023 at 7:58 pm

    Why 3000 Unless you've been living under a rock, it won't come as a surprise that Coca-Cola has jumped on the AI bandwagon, asking an algorithm to come up with a new flavor. The flavor dubbed "Year 3000" is meant to taste like the future, a machine learning-inspired concoction, designed to rein in a new

  • Sam Bankman-Fried’s Mom Says the Government Is Being Super Mean to Her Beautiful Boy
    by Maggie Harrison on September 26, 2023 at 6:58 pm

    Mama's Boy As former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried's trial draws nearer, the disgraced Forbes cover star's mother, Stanford law professor Barbara Fried, is holding the line that her son is completely innocent, thanks very much! Bankman-Fried, whose impended criminal trial is due to start on Oct 3, has been accused by both the corpse of

  • Japanese Company Testing Drug to Regrow Teeth in Humans
    by Victor Tangermann on September 26, 2023 at 5:44 pm

    Japanese pharmaceutical company Toregem Biopharma has developed a new antibody drug that stops proteins in the mouth responsible for suppressing tooth growth. In other words, the treatment could be used to regrow teeth. It's a futuristic alternative to invasive implants or dentures, leveraging the body's own abilities instead. The company is now planning to kick

  • India's Moon Lander Appears to Have Died
    by Victor Tangermann on September 26, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    Hitting Snooze Last month, India became only the fourth country in the world to pull off a soft landing on the lunar surface. Since then, the country's Vikram lander flexed its muscles by firing up its thrusters to float 15 inches above the surface and softly land once again. A couple of days later, the

  • What Happened After BuzzFeed’s Pivot to AI: Catastrophic Stock Collapse
    by Maggie Harrison on September 26, 2023 at 3:37 pm

    It appears that Buzzy the Robot may not be quite enough to save BuzzFeed from its DIY doom. BuzzFeed, Inc.'s stock has been on the downslide for well over a year now, taking a sharp tumble back in December 2021 and failing to recover in a meaningful way since. The company's Nasdaq prices continued to

  • Critics Furious Microsoft Is Training AI by Sucking Up Water During Drought
    by Sharon Adarlo on September 26, 2023 at 2:43 pm

    Amidst a more than three-year drought, the Associated Press reported that Microsoft's three data centers in Central Iowa guzzled a massive amount of water from local sources last year — to cool the supercomputers that were training OpenAI's ChatGPT-4, the Microsoft-backed company's most advanced publicly available large language model (LLM). This has some in Iowa

  • Beetle Named After Hitler Being Driven to Extinction by Neo-Nazis Collecting It
    by Noor Al-Sibai on September 26, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    Beetle Juice Fascists are so hungry for Nazi memorabilia that they have been buying up Anophthalmus hitleri beetles for years — so much so that the poor bug is near extinction. As the Washington Post reports, the neo-Nazi trade of A. hitleri beetles is yet another reason some scientists are pushing for the rare beetle, which is only found

  • Losing Human Users, Facebook Releasing Chatbots for Lonely to Talk To
    by Maggie Harrison on September 25, 2023 at 9:14 pm

    Lonely Island Meta-formerly-Facebook, the Mark Zuckerberg-helmed social media company that continues to shout from the rooftops that its platforms are designed to "help people connect" and "bring people closer together," is marching forward with its solution for reviving declining user numbers: introducing an array of AI-powered chatbots to its services. According to new reporting from

  • Woman Pleads Guilty for Flying Drug- and Porn-Laden Drone Into Prison
    by Noor Al-Sibai on September 25, 2023 at 8:09 pm

    Drone Striking Out An Australian woman has pleaded guilty after being caught flying (and crashing) a drone filled with drugs and porn into a prison yard with the intent to sell it inside. As The Guardian reports, 27-year-old Cheyenne Anniki Petryszyn pleaded guilty to two counts related to bringing drugs into a correctional facility — $119,000

  • Tinder Now Letting Rizzless Sad Sacks Pay $500/Month to Message People Without Even Matching
    by Noor Al-Sibai on September 25, 2023 at 7:00 pm

    Sad! If you get a message from someone you never matched with on Tinder, it's not a glitch — it's part of the app's expensive new subscription plan that it teased earlier this year, which allows "power users" to send unsolicited messages to non-matches for the small fee of $499 per month. As Bloomberg reports, the

  • NYPD Deploys Villainous-Looking Dalek in Subway System
    by Maggie Harrison on September 25, 2023 at 5:44 pm

    Doctor Adams Watch out, New Yorkers — the NYPD's new surveillance bot has officially arrived at a subway platform near you. On Friday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams finally deployed "K5," the NYPD's latest foray into robot-assisted surveillance technology, at the highly-trafficked 42nd Street subway station in Times Square, The New York Times reported