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AI made these stunning images.  Here’s why the experts are worried

AI made these stunning images. Here’s why the experts are worried

Neither DALL-E 2 nor Imagen is currently available to the public. Yet they share an issue with many others that already are: they can also produce disturbing results that reflect the gender and cultural biases of the data on which they were trained — data that includes millions of images pulled from the internet. The …

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It’s alive!  How belief in AI sentience is becoming a problem

It’s alive! How belief in AI sentience is becoming a problem

OAKLAND, Calif., June 30 (Reuters) – AI chatbot company Replika, which offers customers bespoke avatars that talk and listen to them, says it receives a handful of messages almost every day from users who believe their online friend is sentient. “We’re not talking about crazy people or people who are hallucinating or having delusions,” said …

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Instagram is testing AI that verifies your age with a selfie scan.  It’s not perfect

Instagram is testing AI that verifies your age with a selfie scan. It’s not perfect

Meta-owned Instagram said in a blog post on Thursday that AI is one of three new methods it’s testing to verify users’ ages on the photo-sharing site. Users will be required to use one of the options to verify their age if they edit their birth date on Instagram from under age 18 to over …

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Amazon’s Alexa could soon mimic the voice of your dead loved ones – National

Amazon’s Alexa could soon mimic the voice of your dead loved ones – National

Your Amazon Alexa may soon be able to replicate real, human voices — even those of your deceased loved ones. The company announced the new feature at it annual Re:Mars conference, which is focuses on innovation in artificial intelligence (AI). The update to Alexa’s system would allow the virtual assistant to mimic the voice of …

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Apple and Android phones hacked by Italian spyware, Google says

Apple and Android phones hacked by Italian spyware, Google says

SAN FRANCISCO, June 23 (Reuters) – An Italian company’s hacking tools were used to spy on Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Android smartphones in Italy and Kazakhstan, Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google said in a report on Thursday. Milan-based RCS Lab, whose website claims European law enforcement agencies as clients, developed tools to spy on private messages …

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Meta and other tech giants form metaverse standards body, without Apple

Meta and other tech giants form metaverse standards body, without Apple

The logo of Meta Platforms is seen in Davos, Switzerland, May 22, 2022. Picture taken May 22, 2022. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register June 21 (Reuters) – Meta (META.O), Microsoft (MSFT.O) and other tech giants racing to build the emerging metaverse concept have formed a group to foster development …

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BC student’s VR tech gets lift off in experiment on astronaut loneliness

BC student’s VR tech gets lift off in experiment on astronaut loneliness

A virtual reality program created at Simon Fraser University is being used in a months-long space flight simulation in Russia to help alleviate loneliness and isolation in astronauts. SFU PhD student Katerina Stepanova and her colleagues created the VR experience that takes viewers through several settings, including a campfire, a deer grazing, and a sunset, …

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Holoride’s VR entertainment system coming to Audi in June

Holoride’s VR entertainment system coming to Audi in June

Holoride, a tech startup whose promise is “turning vehicles into moving theme parks,” recently announced at the SXSW festival in Austin that it is bringing VR headsets to select Audi SUVs and sedans this summer. With the Holoride system, Audi passengers will be able to blend what they see on the actual journey with augmented …

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China proposes more rules on internet posting, commenting services

China proposes more rules on internet posting, commenting services

A sign above an office of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) is seen in Beijing, China July 8, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING, June 17 (Reuters) – China’s cyberspace regulator on Friday proposed an addition to existing rules for internet posting and commenting services, saying platforms …

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Internet Explorer gravestone goes viral in South Korea

Internet Explorer gravestone goes viral in South Korea

SEOUL, June 17 (Reuters) – For Jung Ki-young, a South Korean software engineer, Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) decision to withdraw its Internet Explorer web browser marked the end of a quarter-century love-hate relationship with the technology . To commemorate its demise, he spent a month and 430,000 won ($330) designing and ordering a headstone with Explorer’s …

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