February 23, 2024

This Week’s Tech Stories From Around the Web (Fraud July 22)

Google Tests AI Tool That Can Write News Articles
Benjamin Mullin and Nico Grant | The New York Times
“Google is testing a product that uses artificial intelligence technology to produce news stories, presenting it to news organizations including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal’s owner, News Corp, according to three people familiar with the matter. The tool, known internally by the working title Genesis, can take in information — current event data, for example — and generate news content, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the product.”

Cerebras introduces A 2-Exaflop AI Supercomputer
Samuel K. Moore | IEEE Spectrum
i‘Generated AI is eating the world.’ That’s how Andrew Feldman, CEO of Silicon Valley AI computer maker Cerebras, begins his introduction to his company’s latest achievement: an AI supercomputer capable of 2 billion billion operations per second (2 exaflops). …The Silicon Valley company plans to continue adding Condor Galaxy installations over the next year until it is running a network of nine supercomputers capable of a total of 36 exaflops.”

First Successful Robotic Liver Transplant Performed in the US
Bronwyn Thompson New Atlas
“The hospital is focused on developing this cutting-edge technology to minimize the invasiveness of surgery and, in turn, deliver significantly better recovery times and outcomes for patients. The surgeons have performed more than 30 kidney transplants, and other procedures involving the bile ducts, pancreas and stomach, using the robotic system, but this is their – and the nation’s – first liver transplant.

Thousands of Authors Ask AI Chatbot Owners to Pay for Use of Their Work
Talal Ansari | The Wall Street Journal
” ‘Millions of copyrighted books, articles, essays and poetry provide ‘food’ for AI systems, unlimited meals for which there is no bill,’ the letter [signed by more than 8,000 authors and published by the Author’s Guild] say. ‘You are spending billions of dollars to develop AI technology. It is only fair that you compensate us for using our writings, without which AI would be banal and extremely limited.’ “

Meta’s latest AI Model is Free for Everyone
Melissa Heikkilä MIT Technology Review
“Meta is going all-in on open source AI. The company is unveiling LLaMA 2 today, its first major language model available for anyone to use – for free. …[The company] placed in the slow lane. In February when rivals Microsoft and Google announced their AI chatbots, Meta implemented the first smaller version of LLaMA, limited to researchers. But he hopes that the release of LLaMA 2, and making it free for anyone to build commercial products on top of it, will help him catch up.”

‘It Was Like My Dad Was Really Texting Me’: Sadness in the Age of AI
Aimee Pearcy | The Guardian
“Because of all the advances in medicine and technology over the past centuries, there has never been any controversy about the finality of death. But in the past few months, there has been an increase in the number of people sharing their stories of using ChatGPT to say goodbye to loved ones. They raise serious questions about the rights of the deceased, and what it means to die.”

Fervo ushers in a Revolution in Geothermal Power Technology
Loz Blain | New Atlas
“Fervo’s ‘next generation geothermal’ technology has been proven in testing, making it the most productive enhanced geothermal plant in history. The company hopes its approach will expand access to clean energy, as shale did for oil. [Its] The first full-scale commercial pilot, Project Red in Nevada, is the first time a geothermal project has ever drilled a pair of horizontal tunnels, extending approximately 3,250 ft (990 m) laterally. …it produces 3.4 megawatts of power, or about enough to power 500 US homes.”

Gene-Editing Yeast Is Taking Over Craft Beer
Anna Kramer | Wired
“Craft brewers are falling in love with genetically modified yeast strains that help them inject creativity and new flavor into beer, including bursts of pineapple and guava … Craft brewers across the US have switched from traditional yeasts to Berkeley strains for some, and sometimes all, of their beers. Berkeley declines to share numbers, but six craft brewers told WIRED that everyone they know in the trade is using the startup’s strains or considering it.”

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Brain Scans Are Putting the Grand Theory of Consciousness to the Test
Wilson Program | New Scientist
“Brain scans taken while people are slipping into anesthesia are providing support for one of the main explanations for consciousness. This approach could lead to advances in the understanding of the brain as well as new ways to test awareness in people with medical mental conditions, such as those in a vegetative state after head injuries.”

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