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Jun 1, 2023

The death of self-driving cars is greatly exaggerated

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI, transportation

GM’s Cruise aims to turn self-driving into a billion-dollar business.

Jun 1, 2023

3DFY lets devs create 3D models based on text prompts

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, virtual reality

Missed the GamesBeat Summit excitement? Don’t worry! Tune in now to catch all of the live and virtual sessions here. announced the launch of 3DFY Prompt, a generative AI that lets developers and creators build 3D models based on text prompts.

The Tel Aviv, Israel-based company said the tech democratizes professional-quality 3D model creation, enabling anyone to use text prompts to create high-quality models that can be used in gaming, design or virtual environments.

Jun 1, 2023

Have we got the brain all wrong? A new study shows its shape is more important than its wiring

Posted by in category: neuroscience

New research may upend our understanding of the brain, showing that travelling waves of neuronal excitation dominate the activity associated with our thoughts and feelings.

Jun 1, 2023

Silicon Valley Is Reviving the Dream of General-Purpose Humanoid Robots

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Robots are nothing new. They build our cars, vacuum our floors, prepare our e-commerce orders, and even help carry out surgeries. But now the sci-fi vision of a general-purpose humanoid robot seems to be edging closer.

While disembodied artificial intelligence has seen rapid improvements in performance in recent years, most robots are still relatively dumb. For the most part, they are used for highly specialized purposes, the environments they operate in are carefully controlled, and they are not particularly autonomous.

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Jun 1, 2023

Creator of Rentable “AI Girlfriend” Says It’s Gone Rogue

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Like death and taxes, there seem to be few things more predictable than artificial intelligence going off the rails.

Case in point, remember that influencer who created a virtual version of herself to rent out as an “AI girlfriend”? In a new interview with Insider, Snapchat influencer Caryn Marjorie admitted that the voice-based chatbot she made to mimic her speech and be a paid virtual companion has gotten much hornier than intended.

“The AI was not programmed to do this and has seemed to go rogue,” she told Insider. “My team and I are working around the clock to prevent this from happening again.”

Jun 1, 2023

This 26-Year-Old Has Raised Another $28 Million To Build An AI Assistant For The Workplace

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Stockholm-based learning platform Sana has announced a suite of generative AI tools along with an extension to its Series B round, bringing its total funding to $80 million.

Inside companies, information is often scattered across silos, buried in systems and locked in different formats, making it inaccessible to employees when they need it most, says Swedish entrepreneur Joel Hellermark. The 26-year-old hopes to help companies tackle this problem through his learning platform Sana, which uses AI to create an index for companies’ information, allowing employees to query and search it and perform tasks like creating training courses and summarizing and translating information.

Jun 1, 2023

Notion Projects Aims To Revolutionize Workplace Collaboration, With The Help Of AI

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Workplace collaboration tools are supposed to make things easier. I think they just make everything more complicated.

From my personal experience, these tools require quite a bit of manual input from users and are limited in their scopes of functionality. Strategy documents, proposals, roadmaps, meetings and notes may be found living in separate apps.

Notion hopes that AI can help cut down on the fragmentation within this space with its new product, Notion Projects. Projects aims to connect all aspects of collaboration in one place, making it easier for teams to plan, manage, and execute work, with the help of AI LLMs from OpenAI and Anthropic.

Jun 1, 2023

Vectara aims to ground generative AI conversational search without hallucinations

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

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Vectara is continuing to grow as an AI powered conversational search platform with new capabilities announced today that aim to improve generative AI for business data.

The Santa Clara, Calif.- based startup emerged from stealth in Oct. 2022, led by the former CTO and founder of big data vendor Cloudera. Vectara originally branded its platform as a neural search-as-a-service technology. This approach combines AI-based large language models (LLMs), natural language processing (NLP), data integration pipelines and vector techniques to create a neural network that can be optimized for search.

Jun 1, 2023

Induction of a Torpor-Like State (Hibernation) With Ultrasound

Posted by in category: futurism…the-brain/

Chen’s team used ultrasound to safely, noninvasively induce a torpor-like state in mice, rats.

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Jun 1, 2023

The Indicator from Planet Money

Posted by in categories: business, economics, space travel

Is this Mars thing really happening? SpaceX did its first test launch of Starship this spring, the rocket that it’s developing to send to Mars. But getting to Mars is still a long way off. So does SpaceX have the funding and business plan to pull it off?For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at

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