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What happened to OpenAI’s long-term AI risk team?

Enlarge (credit: Benj Edwards) In July last year, OpenAI announced the formation of a new research team that would prepare for the advent of supersmart artificial intelligence capable of outwitting and overpowering its creators. Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI’s chief scientist and one of the company’s co-founders, was named as...

Sat May 18, 2024 19:31
The nature of consciousness, and how to enjoy it while you can

Enlarge (credit: SEAN GLADWELL) Unraveling how consciousness arises out of particular configurations of organic matter is a quest that has absorbed scientists and philosophers for ages. Now, with AI systems behaving in strikingly conscious-looking ways, it is more important than ever to get a handle on who and what is...

Sat May 18, 2024 15:41
“Outrageously” priced weight-loss drugs could bankrupt US health care

Enlarge / Packaging for Wegovy, manufactured by Novo Nordisk, is seen in this illustration photo. (credit: Getty | Jakub Porzycki) With the debut of remarkably effective weight-loss drugs, America's high obesity rate and its uniquely astronomical prescription drug pricing appear to be set on a catastrophic collision course—one...

Sat May 18, 2024 01:22
The Apple TV is coming for the Raspberry Pi’s retro emulation box crown

Enlarge / The RetroArch app installed in tvOS. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Apple’s initial pitch for the tvOS and the Apple TV as it currently exists was centered around apps. No longer a mere streaming box, the Apple TV would also be a destination for general-purpose software and games, piggybacking off of the iPhone's...

Sat May 18, 2024 01:22
Financial institutions have 30 days to disclose breaches under new rules

Enlarge (credit: Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images) The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will require some financial institutions to disclose security breaches within 30 days of learning about them. On Wednesday, the SEC adopted changes to Regulation S-P, which governs the treatment of the personal information...

Fri May 17, 2024 22:30
Using vague language about scientific facts misleads readers

Enlarge Anyone can do a simple experiment. Navigate to a search engine that offers suggested completions for what you type, and start typing "scientists believe." When I did it, I got suggestions about the origin of whales, the evolution of animals, the root cause of narcolepsy, and more. The search results contained...

Fri May 17, 2024 22:30

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