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Dec 6, 2023

Evidence for a midlife crisis in great apes consistent with the U-shape in human well-being

Posted by in categories: biological, neuroscience

Recently, economists and behavioral scientists have studied the pattern of human well-being over the lifespan. In dozens of countries, and for a large range of well-being measures, including happiness and mental health, well-being is high in youth, falls to a nadir in midlife, and rises again in old age. The reasons for this U-shape are still unclear. Present theories emphasize sociological and economic forces. In this study we show that a similar U-shape exists in 508 great apes (two samples of chimpanzees and one sample of orangutans) whose well-being was assessed by raters familiar with the individual apes. This U-shaped pattern or “midlife crisis” emerges with or without use of parametric methods. Our results imply that human well-being’s curved shape is not uniquely human and that, although it may be partly explained by aspects of human life and society, its origins may lie partly in the biology we share with great apes. These findings have implications across scientific and social-scientific disciplines, and may help to identify ways of enhancing human and ape well-being.

Dec 6, 2023

Vesuvius Challenge: Can AI decipher these mysterious ancient scrolls?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The eruption of Vesuvius preserved an ancient library, but rendered its fabled contents illegible. Can AI restore what’s lost?

Dec 6, 2023

Elon Musk’s AI startup — X.AI — files to raise $1 billion in fresh capital

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, internet, robotics/AI, space

X.AI, Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence startup, has filed with the SEC to raise up to $1 billion in an equity offering. The company has raised nearly $135 million from four investors, with the first sale occurring on Nov. 29, according to the filing. The AI startup, which Musk announced in July,…

X.AI, an artificial intelligence startup founded by Elon Musk, has filed with the SEC to raise up to $1 billion in an equity offering.

The company has already brought in nearly $135 million from four investors, with the first sale occurring on Nov. 29, and has a “binding and enforceable agreement” for the purchase of the remaining shares, the filing says.

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Dec 6, 2023

‘There’s no winning strategy’: the pacy, visually stunning film about the dangers of AI — made by AI

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

Is artificial intelligence going to put artists out of a job? Alan Warburton decided to make a film posing that very question – using AI. The result was disturbingly watchable.

Dec 6, 2023

A New Trick Uses AI to Jailbreak AI Models—Including GPT-4

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

Adversarial algorithms can systematically probe large language models like OpenAI’s GPT-4 for weaknesses that can make them misbehave.

Dec 6, 2023

AMD To Launch AI Chip Wednesday That Could Heat Up Competition With Nvidia

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

KEY TAKEAWAYSAdvanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) on Wednesday is to launch its latest chip designed for artificial intelligence (AI) systems. The launch event could feature a comparison with competing Nvidia products and an appearance from Microsoft, Wedbush analysts said in a research report. The new…

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) is set to unveil its latest chip designed to power artificial intelligence (AI) systems on Wednesday, a move that could help the chipmaker compete with Nvidia (NVDA) amid the AI boom.

The company is to launch the Instinct MI300 data center graphics processing unit (GPU) accelerator, at Wednesday’s AMD “Advancing AI” event. Alongside the new AI chip, AMD says it will “highlight the company’s growing momentum with AI hardware and software partners.”

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Dec 6, 2023

‘Mega-deals’ could be inflating overall AI funding figures

Posted by in categories: health, robotics/AI

It’s safe to say that VCs struck while the iron was hot this year where it concerned generative AI.

A recent report from Pitchbook shows that ‘mega-deals’ could be inflating AI startup funding totals, giving a misleading picture of the sector’s health.

Dec 6, 2023

Make no mistake—AI is owned by Big Tech

Posted by in categories: policy, robotics/AI

If we’re not careful, Microsoft, Amazon, and other large companies will leverage their position to set the policy agenda for AI, as they have in many other sectors.

Dec 6, 2023

IBM & Meta Launch the AI Alliance for Safe, Open AI

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

In an era where artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping the contours of technology, a groundbreaking initiative has emerged: the AI Alliance. The alliance is a consortium of leading organizations spanning various sectors — industry, academia, research, startups, and government–united in their commitment to fostering open innovation and open science in AI.

Created by IBM and Meta, the AI Alliance is a testament to the belief that open and transparent innovation is crucial for harnessing AI advancements in a way that prioritizes safety, diversity, and widespread economic opportunity.

At the heart of the AI Alliance’s mission is creating an open community that accelerates responsible AI innovation while ensuring scientific rigor and trust. The effort is action-oriented and distinctly international, reflecting the global nature of AI’s impact.

Dec 6, 2023

The True Value Of Data And AI In Human Resources

Posted by in categories: business, information science, robotics/AI

As we venture deeper into the digital era, the scope and possibilities of data and artificial intelligence (AI) in human resources (HR) are expanding at an unprecedented rate.

Johnson & Johnson deployed an AI-based writing tool, Textio, to identify unconscious bias in their job listings. Upon identifying a masculine tilt in the language of many of their job postings, they made some AI-driven adjustments that led to a 9% uptick in female applicants.

Unilever employs AI to streamline the initial stages of its recruitment process. Candidates are asked to play a number of games that test their logic, aptitude, reasoning, and appetite for risk. Then the HR team uses machine learning algorithms to assess candidates’ suitability for the role they have applied for, by matching their profiles against previously successful employees. This approach has not only improved the efficiency of Unilever’s recruitment process but also provided a more engaging candidate experience.

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