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Jun 1, 2023

Next AI winners are not your usual suspects

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI

Generative AI can help businesses in many sectors increase efficiency and boost their bottom-lines, not just tech giants. A UBS report analyzes well-positioned firms.

Jun 1, 2023

Researchers link death in gene-editing study to a virus used to deliver the treatment, not CRISPR

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

The lone volunteer in a gene-editing study targeting a rare form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy likely died after having a reaction to the virus that delivered the therapy in his body, researchers concluded in an early study.

Terry Horgan, 27, of Montour Falls, New York, died last year during one of the first tests of a gene-editing treatment designed for one person. Some scientists wondered if the gene-editing tool CRISPR played a part in his death. The tool has transformed genetic research, sparked the development of dozens of experimental drugs, and won its inventors the Nobel Prize in 2020.

But researchers said the virus — one used to carry treatment into the body because it doesn’t usually make people sick — combined with his condition, triggered the problems that ultimately killed him.

Jun 1, 2023

Intelligent interfaces of the future

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Making things that think.

Jun 1, 2023

Terrifying New Use Of AI Brings Humanity One Step Closer To Extinction

Posted by in categories: existential risks, robotics/AI

Published 49 mins ago.

Jun 1, 2023

Texas company building humanoid robots for the home

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI

The future of humanoid robots is being developed by a Texas company called Apptronik.

Jun 1, 2023

Dr. Elica Kyoseva, Ph.D. — Quantum for Bio Program Director — Wellcome Leap

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering, finance, health, information science, quantum physics

Is the Quantum for Bio Program Director, at Wellcome Leap (, a $40M +$10M program focused on identifying, developing, and demonstrating biology and healthcare applications that will benefit from the quantum computers expected to emerge in the next 3–5 years.

Wellcome Leap was established with $300 million in initial funding from the Wellcome Trust, the UK charitable foundation, to accelerate discovery and innovation for the benefit of human health, focusing on build bold, unconventional programs and fund them at scale—specifically programs that target global human health challenges, with the goal of achieving breakthrough scientific and technological solutions.

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Jun 1, 2023

Another Major Dark Matter Mystery Challenges Scientists

Posted by in category: cosmology

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Hello and welcome! My name is Anton and in this video, we will talk about a strange discovery of excess of dark matter and other related mysteries.
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Jun 1, 2023

A developer says Reddit could charge him $20 million a year to keep his app working

Posted by in categories: futurism, policy

‘I don’t see how this pricing is anything based in reality or remotely reasonable.’

Apollo, the popular Reddit app for iOS, could face millions of dollars in fees as a result of Reddit’s new paid API model. According to an update posted by developer.

Reddit announced changes to its API policy in April, which allows the platform to put limits on the number of API requests made by a third-party client like Apollo. But now, we have more details on what exactly this means: Selig says Reddit plans on charging about $12,000 per 50 million requests.

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Jun 1, 2023

Character.AI, the a16z-backed chatbot startup, tops 1.7M installs in first week

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Demand for AI via consumer mobile apps has been climbing, with market leader OpenAI’s ChatGPT mobile app topping half a million downloads in its first six days. Now, another AI app is touting its own launch success, as the a16z-backed Character. AI app is claiming to have pulled in over 1.7 million new installs in less than a week on the market. The AI app maker, which announced a whopping $150 million in Series A funding earlier this year, valuing its business at $1 billion, offers customizable AI companions with distinct personalities, as well as the ability for users to create their own characters.

While there are a number of these AI character generators available on today’s app stores, interest in Character. AI has a lot to do with its founders. The Palo Alto–based startup was created by Noam Shazeer and Daniel De Freitas, AI experts who previously led a team of researchers at Google that built LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications), a language model that helps power conversational AI experiences.

At Google, the founders had become frustrated with the company’s hesitancy to roll out AI chatbots to other researchers and the general public, including through integrations with other Google products, like Assistant, The Wall Street Journal reported. Believing AI would revolutionize search and other areas, the duo ultimately decided to leave Google in late 2021, despite pleas from CEO Sundar Pichai to stay and continue their work on LaMDA. That same November, Shazeer and De Freitas founded Character Technologies, now home to Character. AI.

Jun 1, 2023

Baidu’s $145M AI fund signals China’s push for AI self-reliance

Posted by in categories: economics, internet, robotics/AI

The U.S.-China decoupling is giving rise to a divided tech landscape between the two major economies, shaping the development of the red-hot area of generative AI, which turns text into various forms of content like prose, images, and videos.

China, in order to reduce dependence on the U.S. technological foundation, has been pursuing its own large language models that match OpenAI’s GPT models. But unlike the U.S., some of its most advanced AI endeavors are happening at established internet juggernauts, such as Baidu.

The search engine and autonomous driving giant rolled out its counterpart to ChatGPT in March. Now the 23-year-old firm wants to have a stake in other AI startups, too. The company aims to have a stake in other AI startups. During a JPMorgan summit in China this week, Baidu’s co-founder and CEO Robin Li announced the launch of a billion yuan ($145 million) fund to back generative AI companies.

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