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Mar 1, 2024

Elon Musk sues OpenAI for abandoning its mission to benefit humanity

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, health, information science, law, robotics/AI

Elon Musk claims OpenAI is using GPT-4 to ‘maximize profits’ instead of ‘for the benefit of humanity.’

The lawsuit claims that the GPT-4 model OpenAI released in March 2023 isn’t just capable of reasoning but is also actually “better at reasoning than average humans,” having scored in the 90th percentile on the Uniform Bar Examination for lawyers. The company is rumored to be developing a more advanced model, known as “Q Star,” that has a stronger claim to being true artificial general intelligence (AGI).

Altman was fired (and subsequently rehired five days later) by OpenAI in 2023 over vague claims that his communication with the board was “hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities.” The lawsuit filed by Musk alleges that in the days following this event, Altman, Brockman, and Microsoft “exploited Microsoft’s significant leverage over OpenAI” to replace board members with handpicked alternatives that were better approved of by Microsoft.

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Mar 1, 2024

How scientists are using quantum squeezing to push the limits of their sensors

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering, quantum physics

Fuzziness may rule the quantum realm, but it can be manipulated to our advantage.

Mar 1, 2024

Google DeepMind’s new generative model makes Super Mario–like games from scratch

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Genie learns how to control games by watching hours and hours of video. It could help train next-gen robots too.

Mar 1, 2024

Why concerns over the sustainability of carbon removal are growing

Posted by in categories: space, sustainability

Some investors are raising warnings about the amount of money flowing into direct-air-capture companies, given the high costs and limited markets.

There’s a looming problem in the carbon removal space.

Mar 1, 2024

How much are Nvidia’s rivals investing in startups? We investigated

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Over the past couple of years, Nvidia, by far the largest AI chipmaker, has ramped up its investments in startups that propel it deeper into the AI space.

Nvidia isn’t the only AI chipmaker investing in startups. Its rivals — Intel, AMD and Arm — are too. Here’s to what extent.

Mar 1, 2024

What Exactly Do Large Language Models Really Understand?

Posted by in category: futurism

Ever since these models appeared, researchers and philosophers have debated whether they are complex ‘stochastic parrots’ or whether they are indeed capable of understanding and will eventually be smarter than us.

Mar 1, 2024

Google’s AI-First Strategy Brings Vector Support To Cloud Databases

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, security, space

With an emphasis on AI-first strategy and improving Google Cloud databases’ capability to support GenAI applications, Google announced developments in the integration of generative AI with databases.

AWS offers a broad range of services for vector database requirements, including Amazon OpenSearch Service, Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL-Compatible Edition, Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, Amazon Neptune ML, and Amazon MemoryDB for Redis. AWS emphasizes the operationalization of embedding models, making application development more productive through features like data management, fault tolerance, and critical security features. AWS’s strategy focuses on simplifying the scaling and operationalization of AI-powered applications, providing developers with the tools to innovate and create unique experiences powered by vector search.

Azure takes a similar approach by offering vector database extensions to existing databases. This strategy aims to avoid the extra cost and complexity of moving data to a separate database, keeping vector embeddings and original data together for better data consistency, scale, and performance. Azure Cosmos DB and Azure PostgreSQL Server are positioned as services that support these vector database extensions. Azure’s approach emphasizes the integration of vector search capabilities directly alongside other application data, providing a seamless experience for developers.

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Mar 1, 2024

Korean researchers develop insect brain-inspired motion detector

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, security

The new semiconductor is expected to have some important applications in things like transportation and security systems in both industry and the public.

Korean researchers have developed a new “intelligent sensor” semiconductor that works similarly to the optic nerves of insects.

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Mar 1, 2024

Scientists extract gold from electronic waste using a cheese byproduct

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones, sustainability

Say cheese, get gold.

Many electronic devices, such as smartphones, computers, and televisions, contain small amounts of gold in components like connectors, circuit boards, and integrated circuits, but they are usually considered electronic waste.

Uncover the innovative use of whey protein to extract gold from electronic waste. A sustainable and efficient solution for reducing e-waste.

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Mar 1, 2024

New light-based communication network works on land, sea, and in air

Posted by in categories: computing, Elon Musk, internet, space

Researchers from China used different spectra of light to maximize data transmission in various modes and setting up interoperability between them.

A new light-based communication network developed through a research collaboration between Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications and Suzhou Lighting Chip Monolithic Optoelectronics Technology company in China makes seamless connectivity on land, in the sea, and in the air a reality.

While urban landscapes may enjoy the advantages of wireless 5G internet, many pockets worldwide still need broadband. Even as Elon Musk wants to make space-based ultra-fast internet connections the norm, the services cannot be delivered for undersea activities where research and exploration demand them.

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