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Nov 30, 2023

Chery and Huawei brand Luxeed shakes up EV market with 855 km range S7, starting at $35k

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Luxeed – a young, premium EV brand developed between Chery Automobile and Chinese tech giant Huawei, has shared new details of its flagship sedan, the S7. In a matter of months since first teasing the Tesla Model S competitor, followed by an influx of pre-orders, Chery and Huawei have now shared trim variants, pricing, and of course, range – which tops out at an impressive 855 km.

Luxeed is a new all-electric brand in China and when we say “new,” we mean we didn’t even know the official name of the joint effort between China’s Chery and Huawei until about four months ago.

In that time, we’ve seen Huawei tease its first model, learned its core specs from a regulatory filing in China, and saw the S7 sedan’s first unveiling three weeks ago, ahead of an official launch that took place today.

Nov 30, 2023

December 2023 Celestial Events

Posted by in category: space

Save this for later! From the Moon to the planets to the stars, read about the celestial events happening in December 2023!

Labroots recently shared key celestial events for November 2023 which offered skywatchers an opportunity to witness 16 days of events that included numerous meteor showers, comets, and planetary encounters. Now, Labroots wishes to share with you 22 days of celestial events for December 2023 that will ensure astronomy fans will not be disappointed. Each event is labeled in all caps for the type of event (e.g., MOON, PLANET, COMET, etc.) to provide skywatchers additional excitement to catch these incredible events!

December 1 (MOON and STAR): The Earth’s Moon will pass between 1–2 degrees from the star Pollux, which is located just under 34 light-years from Earth and resides within the constellation Gemini.

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Nov 30, 2023

Teaching Robots to Ask for Help: A Breakthrough in Enhancing Safety and Efficiency

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

“We want the robot to ask for enough help such that we reach the level of success that the user wants. But meanwhile, we want to minimize the overall amount of help that the robot needs,” said Allen Ren.

A recent study presented at the 7th Annual Conference on Robotic Learning examines a new method for teaching robots how to ask for further instructions when carrying out tasks with the goal of improving robotic safety and efficiency. This study was conducted by a team of engineers from Google and Princeton University and holds the potential to design and build better-functioning robots that mirror human traits, such as humility. Engineers have recently begun using large language models, or LLMs—which is responsible for designing ChatGPT—to make robots more human-like, but this can also come with drawbacks, as well.

“Blindly following plans generated by an LLM could cause robots to act in an unsafe or untrustworthy manner, and so we need our LLM-based robots to know when they don’t know,” said Dr. Anirudha Majumdar, who is an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University and a co-author on the study.

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Nov 30, 2023

Sports Illustrated accused of using AI for fake writers and articles

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Publisher denies Futurism report, says they didn’t use AI.


One example cited by Futurism, which first reported the story, was of Drew Ortiz, who was listed as a “Product reviewer,” complete with a profile and a picture, for Sports Illustrated on its website.

Nov 30, 2023

Microsoft president says no chance of super-intelligent AI soon

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

LONDON, Nov 30 (Reuters) — The president of tech giant Microsoft (MSFT.O) said there is no chance of super-intelligent artificial intelligence being created within the next 12 months, and cautioned that the technology could be decades away.

OpenAI cofounder Sam Altman earlier this month was removed as CEO by the company’s board of directors, but was swiftly reinstated after a weekend of outcry from employees and shareholders.

Reuters last week exclusively reported that the ouster came shortly after researchers had contacted the board, warning of a dangerous discovery they feared could have unintended consequences.

Nov 30, 2023

Generative AI could revolutionize health care — but not if control is ceded to big tech

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, robotics/AI

Large language models such as that used by ChatGPT could soon become essential tools for diagnosing and treating patients. To protect people’s privacy and safety, medical professionals, not commercial interests, must drive their development and deployment.

Nov 30, 2023

ChatGPT is winning the future — but what future is that?

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI

OpenAI didn’t mean to kickstart a generational shift in the technology industry.

The biggest thing in tech since the iPhone was basically an accident.

Nov 30, 2023

Tesla Cybertruck is here: electric truck will start at $60,990 and get up to 340 miles of range

Posted by in category: transportation

Tesla finally delivered the long-awaited Cybertruck to the first batch of customers. But there’s still a long road ahead for the angular, polarizing truck.

Nov 30, 2023

The X Prize is taking aim at aging with a new $101 million award

Posted by in categories: life extension, neuroscience, Peter Diamandis

Any team that can restore at least a decade’s worth of muscle, brain, and immune function in older adults will claim the top prize.

Money can’t buy happiness, but X Prize founder Peter Diamandis hopes it might be able to buy better health.

Nov 30, 2023

The Rise And Fall… And Rise Of Sam Altman Has Grave Implications For AI Research And Humanity

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Within a tumultuous week of November 21 for OpenAI—a series of uncontrolled outcomes, each with its own significance—one would not have predicted the outcome that was to be the reinstatement of Sam Altman as CEO of OpenAI, with a new board in tow —all in five days.

While it’s still unclear the official grounds of Sam Altman’s lack of transparency to the board, and the ultimate distrust that led to his ousting, what was apparent was Microsoft’s complete backing of Altman, and the ensuing lack of support for the original board and its decision. It now leaves everyone to question why a board that had control of the company was unable to effectively oust an executive given its members legitimate safety concerns? And, why was a structure that was put in place to mitigate the risk of unilateral control over artificial general intelligence usurped by an investor—the very entity the structure was designed to guard against?

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